When national road construction work was underway in 1953, a stone wall with mysterious patterns was discovered. It was named Sebayashi-no Sazanami-iwa, which can literally be translated as the fossil of a stone wall bearing the mark of regularly rippling water from the layer that is from 130 million years ago. There were many depressed areas on the surface of the stone wall. It took 30 years before they were determined to be footprints of dinosaurs of several kinds. It was on April 3, 1985, and this first discovery in Japan happened in the old Nakazato-mura, now Kanna-machi. Nakazato-mura took this opportunity as its chance to boost the area economically and started a project to build a dinosaur kingdom. In 1962, the Kanna Dinosaur Center was constructed as a hub of dinosaur kingdom facilities. In 2003, the old Nakazato-mura merged with the neighboring Manba-machi and became Kanna-machi. The center was renamed the Dinosaur Kingdom Nakazato and made a fresh new start.
The museum has a total of nine exhibition areas, each of which has showcases under its own themes. Visitors won't be disappointed as they have some of the most powerful exhibitions, including the entire skeleton of a dinosaur, a live theater, and fossils of many other creatures.
The Dinosaur Kingdom Nakazato offers fossil excavation workshops at the lower cretaceous rock beds near where the dinosaur footprints were first discovered. The place was a coastline at the time, so in addition to plant fossils such as ferns and cycads, bones of fish and vertebrate animals as well as fossils of clam shells and conches were found. Other fossils such as shrimp, crab, and ammonite were also found.
Workshops to make replicas of ammonite or teeth of a dinosaur are offered to visitors. You can make a one-and-only replica for yourself. Let's make a replica of the teeth of an ammonite. Please visit the Center Calendar for the workshop schedule.
Kanna Dinosaur Center
Hours: 9:00-17:00 (Doors close at 16:30)
Closed on Mondays (If Monday falls on a holiday, it will be closed on the following day.)
Admissions: JPY600 for adults and JPY300 for elementary & junior high school students
Address: 51-2, Oaza Kagahara, Kanna-machi, Tano-gun MAP