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Nagawa Town Obsidian Museum

Museum
The Nagawa Town Obsidian Museum is located at the base of the Hoshikuso Pass, which is known for its obsidian mines. This museum introduces the 30,000 year-long history of utilizing the obsidian mines from the Paleolithic Period to the Jomon Period through an exhibition of artifacts excavated from sites around the mines. This museum is also conducting excavation projects of obsidian mines and collaborative research with the Obsidian Research Center of Meiji University, and delivering hands-on experience program such as making stone tools and ornaments from obsidian, making pottery, and making bone and antler tools.
Address
3670-3,Daimon Chiisagata-gun Nagawa-machi Nagano
Category
Museum
Tel
0268-41-8050
Fax
0268-41-8052
Mail
museum@town.nagawa.nagano.jp
Opening Hours
9:00 to 16:30 (Reception for hands-on experiences closes at 15:00, and entry to the museum closes at 16:00)
Regular Holidays
Mondays
Year end and New Year holidays
(Note that the museum will be closed the following day if Monday is a public holiday. The museum is open every day in August.)
Price
Adults 300 yen
Children 100 yen
Hands-on experience fee From 300 yen (experiences take at least 30 minutes)
Parking
40 regular-sized vehicles
10 large-sized vehicles
Access
70 minutes by car from Ueda Station on the JR Shinano Railway
50 minutes by car from Chino Station on the JR Chuo Line
60 minutes by car from the Saku IC on the Joshin-etsu Expressway
50 minutes by car from the Suwa IC on the Chuo Expressway
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