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Obsidian Museum of Archaeology

Museum
This is a hands-on experience museum located at the base of the Hoshikuso Pass obsidian mine. The museum uses the many stone tools excavated from the area around the mine to introduce the history of obsidian over a span of 30,000 years, from the Paleolithic age to the Jomon period. With an experience room that can hold up to 180 people, visitors to the museum can enjoy learning about the wisdom of the Jomon period from a menu of 20 hands-on experiences that only this museum can offer, such as making stone tools from obsidian.
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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