The Chugu Museum is located in the same facility next to the Ministry of Environment’s Chugu Onsen Visitor Center, both of which display a number of exhibits relating to the area. At the Chugu Museum you can see fossils found near Mt. Hakusan, examples of the birds and mammals found on the mountain, replications of Hakusan’s unique alpine plants and trees, as well as experience-based exhibitions incorporating the culture and lives of the local people living at the foot of the mountain, and the surrounding nature. Several documentaries are also available to watch at your leisure.
Outside the museum there is also the ‘Jadani Nature Observation Garden’, ‘Wild Monkey Grounds’, and the ‘River Ecology Observation Garden’. On a clear day you can venture out to the riverside of Jadani Valley and play in the cool, refreshing water. The riverside is made up of many volcanic rocks, formed by Mt. Hakusan approximately 60 million years ago. Here you can see many unique species of fish and insects.
The Chugu Museum closes during the winter due to inaccessibility from snow. However, the Bunao Mountain Observation Building opens when the Chugu Museum closes, so be sure to visit one or the other, depending on when you visit.
• 9am to 4.30pm
• Open May to Mid November (Depending on snow)
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