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Katsuyama Dinosaur Forest Park
Katsuyama Dinosaur Forest Park is located in Katsuyama city, Fukui, where numerous dinosaur fossils were found. In the premises, there are many facilities related to dinosaurs including Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum which is one of the top three dinosaur museums in the world, Katsuyama Dino Park where life-size models of dinosaurs can be seen, Tyrannosaurus Playground with dinosaur play equipment, and the spot where you can take part in a fossil digging experience. It is a park where both adults and kids are thrilled to spend a day.
- 51-11 Murokocho Terao, Katsuyama-shi, Fukui
- Contact No.
- From Katsuyama station on Echizen Tetsudo, take a community bus bound for Nagaoyama-Mizubasho. Ride for 20 minutes and get off at Kyoryu Hakubutsukan-mae.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
Closed: December 29-Jan 2
- Official Website
- Time Required
- Half a day
- Other Information
- *Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum has separate opening hours and closing days.
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One of the Top Three Dinosaur Museums in the World: Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum is the largest theme park of dinosaurs in Japan and also regarded as one of the top three dinosaur museums in the world. In the extensive facility, over 40 full-scale skeletons are exhibited along with more than 1000 specimens and a huge diorama so faithful that it even has the plants of the time recreated.
Make a Historic Discovery!? Fossil Digging Experience
The field station of the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum is about 30 minutes away by the special bus from the main facility of the museum. It is a real excavation site where you can experience fossil digging by hitting on rocks. Doki Doki Kyoryu Hakkutsu Land (dinosaur excavation land) in Katsuyama Dinosaur Forest Park offers a more casual fossil digging experience using the rocks brought from the excavation site. Both are popular programs and it is recommended to make a reservation beforehand.
Katsuyama Dino Park
The green forest of Katsuyama Dino Park has over 30 life-size models of giant dinosaurs that can move and scream. Pteranodons flying in the sky and screaming Tyrannosaurus with a 13-meter-long body are spectacular. It feels like you have time traveled to an ancient time.
Tyrannosaurus Playground with dinosaur play equipment and a pond to play with water is a spot popular among children. It also has a barbecue garden.
Chamagon Park has a slide with a model of Sugiyama dinosaur and thrilling Tarzan rope. The spacious lawn area is a good space for exercising, sunbathing and many other activities you'd like to do.
Food Menu Themed on Dinosaurs
Even the restaurant menu at Katsuyama Dinosaur Forest Park is themed on dinosaurs. Dinosaurs Burger with a footprint of a dinosaur, Tyranno Parfait topped with a Tyrannosaurus-shaped biscuit, and Dinosaurs Chicken Nuggets. This dinosaur-inspired food will only make your day at the park more exciting!