Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
The Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum is widely regarded as one of the world’s best dinosaur museums and research facilities with displays aimed at both adults and children. The expansive museum is spread across four-floors and includes a permanent exhibition space – boasting more than 40 dinosaur skeletons along with reconstructions and animatronics – along with a special exhibition area, observable research laboratory, restaurant and giftshop.
As much fun for children and adults, exhibitions also include excellent displays regarding other prehistoric life and the evolution of dinosaurs into birds.
Guided tours to the nearby Katsuyama Field Station – an active excavation site – can be booked at and start from the museum, while the Katsuyama Dino Forest Park is immediately accessible from the museum. To enjoy the museum to its fullest, allow at least 3 to 4 hours for your visit.
09:00 to 17:00 (last entry at 16:30)
Open daily (closed 2nd and 4th Weds. of each month, other than Aug. & Dec.29-Jan.2)
JPY730 for permanent exhibition / additional charges apply for special exbhitions
From Fukui Station, take the Echizen Railway to Katsuyama Station - 60 minutes / JPY770 - and transfer to local bus head to the museum. Disembark the bus at the Kyoryu Hakubutsukan-mae Bus Stop - 15 minutes / JPY300