The Kuji region is known as Japan's largest amber-producing area. The Kuji Amber Museum is the only museum dedicated to amber where it has been mined for a long time in Japan.
In the movie Jurassic Park, the fossils of mosquitoes trapped in amber are used to extract dinosaur DNA and recreate the once-extinct creatures in the modern day. Amber from the Kuji area precisely dates to the late Cretaceous period in the Mesozoic Era. Recently, fossilised insects trapped in amber have been discovered one after another, which are like time capsules that have captured prehistoric time. You can see the full mysteries of the earth in these precious amber specimens.
You can also go into the field outside with an ice pick or spade to experience amber mining the Cretaceous stratum under the guidance of museum staff, and try your hand at making amber balls and accessory crafts (reservation required, extra fees apply).
- Adults: 500 yen (400 yen for groups)
Elementary and junior high school students: 200 yen (150 yen for groups)
- Opening Times
- 09:00-17:00 (admission until 16:30)
- Year-end and New Year's holiday, end of February
- ● About 10 minutes by taxi from Kuji Station on the JR and Sanriku Railway
● About 45 minutes from Kunohe Interchange on the Hachinohe Expressway
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