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Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natural History (神奈川県立生命の星・地球博物館)


Museum / Science Museum

First opened in 1995, here visitors can learn about the 4.6 billion year history of the Earth and the diversity of life found on her. The museum’s standing exhibition is divided into four themes—the Earth, life, Kanagawa, and symbiosis. The exhibition includes over 10 thousand real specimens, including a meteorite in the shape of a globe, ancient dinosaur fossils, mammals, plants, and inspects. One of the highlights of the museum is its showroom filled with 27 of 3.2 meter tall giant encyclopedias containing various exhibits. The museum’s theater, showing nature documentaries and science-based quizzes, is also a popular attraction. A restaurant and museum shop can also be found inside. The closest station is Iriuda Station.


Kanagawa Pref. Odawarashi Iryuda 499 (Hakone / Yugawara / OdawaraArea)

phone 0465211515

9:00-16:30(Latest entry16:00)

Review of Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natural History

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2019/02/02 Lots of bones and taxidermy!
We went with our young kids and really enjoyed a couple of hours here. Adults are 510 yen and kids under 4 are free. There are a couple of food options but also places to have a picnic if you bring...
Reviewed:2018/07/24 Interesting and its suitable for everyone!
Very impressive considering its only 410yen for the admission fee after discounted (we used Hakone Free Pass), or original fee of 520yen. About 10 minutes walk from Iriuda Station, we spent about...
Reviewed:2018/04/27 Geo Layer Parfait & Dinosaur Curry??!
After enjoyed highly academic display about earth, extinct animals,and fossils, I found very photogenic curry and rice (500 JPY) parfait (500 JPY) in a small cafeteria behind the museum shop located...

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Kanagawa Pref. Odawarashi Iryuda 499 [map]
Hakone / Yugawara / OdawaraArea
9:00-16:30(Latest entry16:00)
Monday (Next Weekday for public holidays), New Year's Holiday, Other Irregular holidays
[Admission fee to view]
[20-65 years old] 520yen
[15-20 years old/students] 300yen
[High School Students/Over 65]100yen
[Up to Junior high school student]Free
Parking Lot
Available Free185spaces
Credit Card
Not available
Available (Smoking space available outdoors)
Available (Installation of carrier Wi-Fi only/Available by 3 companies)
Temporary suspension of business:Closed until June 30, 2020 (Information as of June 22, 2020)
*Information may be changed, so please be sure to check the official information.
Estimated stay time
60-120 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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          Kanagawa Areas


          Kanagawa prefecture acts as an extension of the Tokyo metropolis that spills over into coastal towns, most notably Yokohama city, heavily populated and known for its Chinatown and seaside attractions. Just the right distance for a day trip out of Tokyo, Kanagawa is home to some of Tokyo’s most accessible beaches, including around Kamakura, best known for its Big Buddha. Visitors can also travel a little farther afield for a weekend at Hakone onsen town.