Iwaki Coal & Fossil Museum

Museum / Science Museum
The Iwaki Coal & Fossil Museum is dedicated to fossils and to the history of the coal-mining industry. There are displays of many precious fossils from all over the world, with the centerpiece being the Futabasaurus suzukii plesiosaur skeleton that was discovered in the Futaba Town of Iwaki City. The coal exhibition area has displays on the history of coal’s use as a fuel, focusing on the coal that used to be mined in the Iwaki region, and on the history of coal-mining. This part of the Museum includes a very authentic reproduction of part of a coal mine, which was used as a filming location for the movie “Hula Girls.”

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Fukushima Pref. Iwakishi Joubanyumotomachi Mukaida 3-1 map map Map
9:00-17:00(Latest entry16:30)
3rdTuesday (The next day if it's a public holiday), 1/1 *Please check the opening calendar. *In the event of snowfall or a storm warning, etc., temporary closures or closing hours may be changed for safety reasons. Thank you for your understanding.
[Admission fee to view]
[Middle/high school/university students]440yen
[Elementary School Students]330yen
Parking Lot
Credit Card
Available(VISA, MasterCard, JCB, AMEX, Diners Club)
Not available
English Menu
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Average budget
[Lunch] 1,001-3,000yen
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


  • This is a great musium, nothing else comparable in the world (probabaly)
    5.0 Reviewed : 2019.07.03
    Some English explanations exist, so that foreigner can also enjoy. If you are sort of freak on something scientific this is the place you should visit. Scientifically coal and fossil are almost the...
  • Quick visit.
    3.0 Reviewed : 2018.02.09
    Nice place to visit quickly, if in the area. Pretty good amount of fossils and sorts and you can get a little glimps into the japanese coal mining.
  • Great displays
    5.0 Reviewed : 2017.12.04
    I have never been to a fossil museum before so the big dinosaur sceletons were really impressive. Iwaki seems to be really proud of that Suzuki dinosaur which got discovered around there.The best...

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