Sendai City Tomizawa Site Museum is a place where you can have fun learning about the Palaeolithic Age.
As you enter via the underground entrance the first thing you see is the enormous ancient remains spreading out before you. The remnants of a bonfire created by humans and a forest from 20,000 years ago have been preserved and are open to the public. The bonfire remains are in a slightly elevated place, where hundreds of stone tools were found.
The Tomizawa remains were found at the time of a preliminary survey for the construction of an elementary school. It was a globally significant discovery, so it was decided to preserve and open it to the public in the state it was excavated, without removing it from the ground where it had lain for millennia. To achieve this method of exhibition special construction and preservation techniques have been used.
The museum comprises an indoor exhibition facility, which displays the remains of a forest and a bonfire as well as fossils, and also an outdoor facility known as the “Ice Age Forest,” which displays recreations of ice age plant life. Explanations by volunteer guides make a visit even more interesting. Enjoy your journey back in time to 20,000 years ago and the depths of the Palaeolithic Age!
- Adults 460 yen (groups 360 yen)
High school students 230 yen (groups 180 yen)
Elementary and junior-high school students 110 yen (groups 90 yen)
- Opening Times
- 9:00-16:45 (last entry at 16:15)
- Closed Mondays (Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday)
Closed on days after a national holiday (open if these days fall on Sat., Sun., or national holidays)
Closed fourth Thursday of the month from January to November (open when the fourth Thursday falls on a national holiday)
Closed year-end/new year period
- 5 minutes on foot from the West 1 or West 2 exit of Nagamachi-minami Station on the Namboku Subway Line
15 minutes by car from the Sendai-minami Interchange of the Tohoku Expressway
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