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Nima Sand Museum
Nima Sand Museum is a pyramid-shaped museum about sand standing near Kotogahama Beach that is famous for its Narisuna (singing sand). Inside the building is bright, clean, and fancy. The reason why it's bright is not only because of the lights but also because the pyramid-shaped roof is made of glass bringing in sunlight into the center hall. The document and information on "Narisuna" and the 5.2 meter high biggest sand clock of the world that takes one year to drop all sand are a must see. The wonder of sand will enchant everybody.
- 975 Amagouchi, Nimacho, Oda-shi, Shimane
- Contact No.
- 10-minute walk from Nima Station on JR
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- 9:00‐17:00 (‐16:30 to enter)
Closed: Wednesday, Dec 29‐31, Jan 5, 6, and 12
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 2 hours
- Admission fee
- 700 yen / Sr. high school student and over, 350 yen / elementary and Jr. high school student
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World's biggest Sand Clock
The central symbol of the museum is the one-year sand clock called Sunagoyomi (sand calendar). It is one meter in diameter and 5.2 high, which is the largest in the world. One ton of sand takes one year to drop, which dazzles you!
Sand and Sand Clocks from All Over the World!
This museum has a collection of sand and sand clocks from different places of the world. Probably you do not care about sand in daily life, but on studying it in this museum, you will learn there are many kinds of sand and feel like you find another perspective of the world.
Experience Kotogahama's Famous "Narisuna (Singing Sound)"
Kotogahama is famous for its Narisuna to make squeaky sounds when you tread on it. Its mechanism is yet-to-be-defined clearly, but you can experience it here. Why don't you go to Kotogahama to make sounds with your steps after the museum?