May
1
2013

Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natural History (神奈川県立生命)

Goukaseishi, Kanagawa Natural History Museum

The Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natural History (神奈川県立生命) is a pretty neat museum just outside of Odawara (小田原市, around 30 minutes, nearly 2 hours from Tokyo).

I thought I would check it out as I lived in Odawara, plus I love nature and history.

The museum is right next to Iriuda Station on the Hakone-Tozan line (Only 220円 (£1.45) from Odawara station).
Goukaseishi, Kanagawa Natural History Museum

When entering the museum you will see the ticket machine like this above and the price for a single adult was 510円 (£3.40)

Goukaseishi, Kanagawa Natural History Museum

The first exhibition you come across shows how the earth formed, with all random crystals and types of rock spaced out in the exhibition.

Below is a model of the globe showing how active Japan is, as well as other places. I couldn’t understand many of the exhibitions, as each part was in Japanese..so I am lucky I had visited with a friend, but I got the jist of each exhibit.

Goukaseishi, Kanagawa Natural History Museum

Another part showed creatures from fish to mammals.

Goukaseishi, Kanagawa Natural History Museum

Such as the scary sharks and random fish that were huge.

Goukaseishi, Kanagawa Natural History Museum

Goukaseishi, Kanagawa Natural History Museum

I liked this below which had “I am male” written next to it, as it made me laugh.

Goukaseishi, Kanagawa Natural History Museum

A scary polar bear..

Goukaseishi, Kanagawa Natural History Museum

and birds, such as this Pelican? that looked like the one in Finding Nemo.

Goukaseishi, Kanagawa Natural History Museum

I loved seeing the butterflies, as they look so pretty.

Goukaseishi, Kanagawa Natural History Museum

One exhibition I found interesting was about life in Kanagawa, and what animals live/have lived in Kanagawa.

Goukaseishi, Kanagawa Natural History Museum

Although I have no idea why they had a moose?

Goukaseishi, Kanagawa Natural History Museum

but this creature below looked cute.

Goukaseishi, Kanagawa Natural History Museum

A view from above of the display showing rocks/minerals and the galaxy.

Goukaseishi, Kanagawa Natural History Museum

Upstairs you can also find a restaurant and an area to chill out in and have a drink.

Goukaseishi, Kanagawa Natural History Museum

the view was pretty nice as well.

Goukaseishi, Kanagawa Natural History Museum

I enjoyed the visit to this museum in Kanagawa, as it’s a nice place visit for a few hours..also for some reason at the train station we saw so many cute cats lying around :D .

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About the Author: Keith Morrell

はじめましてキースです。よろしくおねがいします。 Hello I'm Keith. I'm 25, a Graphic and Web designer from England. I love design, photography, Japanese culture and much more. I have travelled to Japan twice and I currently live in Huddersfield, England. I use this blog to try show the World what I like about Japan, Design & Photography.