Get a Glimpse of Ancient Life Through Fossils.

Hokkaido is a treasure trove of fossils. In particular, this region is globally well known for its rich deposit of ammonites. Many of these ammonites have been found in the Rumoi area, and there are many museums where you can observe these fossils. Why not take a trip to experience life from the Cretaceous Period?

①Teshio River History Museum(Shinsakaedori 6 chome, Teshio)

The fossilized remains of a prehistoric whale, which is believed to have lived 3 million years ago, was discovered within Teshio in August of 1995. You can see it on display at this museum.

Call for information at 01632-2-2071
Museum open season is from May 1st to October 31st
Hours are from 10 AM to 5 PM
Museum holidays are on Mondays
Entrance fees are 200 yen, high school and under are free

②Shosanbetsu Nature Center(Shosanbetsu mura, Shosanbetsu 155-1)

A replica of the Shosanbetsu Kaigyu (aquatic dinosaur) and its fossilized embryo are on display along with a collection of large ammonites and other fossils.

Call for information at 0164-67-2136
Museum hours are from 9 AM to 10 PM
Museum holidays are the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month.
The museum is closed from December 30th to January 5th.

③Haboro Local Museum(Haboro cho Minami machi 20-1)

This museum is filled with memorabilia from the history of Haboro. Ammonites, the Haboro Flower Fossil, large fossilized shellfish and a replica of a Haboro Giant Squid are on display.

Call for information at 0164-62-4519
The museum is open from May 1st to October 31st from 10 AM to 4 PM
Museum holidays are on Mondays.
Entrance fees are 210 yen for adults, high school students and younger are free

④Obira Cultural Center(Obira cho Obira machi 356-2)

A large fossilized plesiosaur, ammonites, surf clams and other fossils are on display in the hall of this facility. Ammonites are also on display at the Tourist Center which is within the Obira Herring House and Roadside Rest Area.

Call for information at 0164-56-9500
(Obira Board of Education Section for Social Education)
Museum hours are from 9 AM to 10 PM The museum is closed during year end holidays.

(A) Nakagawa Town Eco-Museum Center(Yasukawa 28-9, Nakagawa)

Nakagawa cho is well known for its rich cache of ammonites. A Plesiosaur discovered in Nakagawa, large ammonites and other fossils are on display here. You can also observe displays about local history.

Call for information at 01656-8-5133
Museum hours are from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Museum holidays are Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays during the winter season, and year end holidays.
Entrance fees are 200 yen for adults, jr. high students and under are free

(B) Numata Museum for Firsthand Fossil Experiences(Horoshin 381, Numata)

A wide variety of fossils from 9000~3,000,000 years ago are on display here. In the workshop room you can experience cleaning fossils or make a replica.

Call for information at 0164-35-1034
The museum is open from April 29th to November 3rd, which means the off season is from November 4th to April 28th.
Museum hours are from 9 AM to 5 PM
Holidays during the open season are on Mondays and the days after national holidays or multiple day holidays. It is open on most holidays.
Entrance fees are adults 500 yen, elementary, jr. high and high school students 300 yen.

(C) Takikawa City Museum of Art and Natural History(Shinmachi 2 chome 5-30, Takikawa)

This museum is composed of two sections: one for art and one for natural history. A fossilized skeleton of the Takikawa Kaigyu (aquatic dinosaur) is also on display here.

Call for information at 0125-23-0502
Museum hours are from 10 AM to 5 PM
Museum holidays are on Mondays, the day after national holidays and year end holidays.
Entrance fees: adults 620 yen, high school students 370 yen, jr. high students 250 yen and elementary students 120 yen

(D) Mikasa City Museum (Ikushunbetsu Nishikicho 1 chome 212-1, Mikasa)

This is the largest collection of fossilized ammonites in Japan. Rows upon rows of huge ammonites compose a truly impressive collection.

Call for information at 01267-6-7545
Museum hours are from 9 AM to 5 PM (final entry is set at 4:30 PM)
Museum holidays are on Mondays and the day after national holidays
Entrance fees: Adults 450 yen, elementary and jr. high students 150 yen


The geological ages of paleoorganisms