Fukui Prefecture, the Kingdom of Dinosaurs! Let’s Go See Dinosaurs!
Many fossils of dinosaurs have been excavated from within Fukui Prefecture, including those of several newly discovered species of dinosaurs, earning it the name “Dinosaur Kingdom.” Model dinosaurs are set up throughout the prefecture’s cities, and this article will introduce popular spots within Fukui Prefecture where you can see them!
1. JR Fukui Station, West Exit, Station Square – “Dinosaur Square”
Fukui Station, the gateway into Fukui Prefecture, features three full-scale moving dinosaur models. There are even dinosaurs drawn onto the station building’s walls, and the lower section is also trick art, making it a popular photo location.
2. Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
The Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum is one of Japan’s largest museums of geology and paleontology, with a focus on dinosaurs. Displays include dinosaur skeletons, fossils, and restored model dinosaurs. The museum is located within a large park known as “Katsuyama Dinosaur Forest,” where you’ll find dinosaur-themed playground sets for children to enjoy.
3. Katsuyama Dino Park
Much like the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Katsuyama Dino Park is located on the grounds of the Katsuyama Dinosaur Forest. Many dinosaurs are waiting for you here, including model dinosaurs that span a total length of 20 meters! You can hear the footsteps and cries of the dinosaurs, a thrilling addition that makes it feel like you’ve gotten lost in the dinosaurs’ home!
- Katsuyama Dionsaur Forest, 51-11 Terao, Muroko-cho, Katsuyama City, Fukui Prefecture
- Official Website
- Official Website (English)
Whitesaurs boasts a total length of 16.9 meters, standing proudly against a backdrop of blue skies and open fields. The giant sculpture is said to have been modeled after a Tyrannosaurus Rex. If you take pictures a way away from the sculpture, you can create shots that make it look like you’re being eaten by the beast, making it a popular tourist stop. Whitesaurs is located along the way to the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum.
- Near Gohonji Temple, Muroko-cho, Katsuyama City, Fukui Prefecture