Lake Nojiri Naumann Elephant Museum, Shinano-machi

Lake Nojiri Naumann Elephant Museum (野尻湖ナウマンゾウ博物館, Nojiri-ko Nauman-zō Hakubutsukan) opened on the shore of Lake Nojiri in Shinano, Nagano Prefecture, Japan, in 1984. Initially the Nojiri-ko Museum (野尻湖博物館), it was renamed the Lake Nojiri Naumann Elephant Museum in 1996. The collection focuses on finds from the excavations at Lake Nojiri that began in 1962 and continue today, most notably fossils of Naumann's elephant and Yabe's giant deer (ヤベオオツノジカ) (Sinomegaceros yabei), along with the stone and bone tools of those who hunted them some forty thousand years ago.
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Lake Nojiri Naumann Elephant Museum Reviews

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  • I didn't spend enough time in Nojiri Lake else I would do the elephant walk. I didn't know what to expect from this museum. As I entered the glass door, there was this elderly woman sitting behind.....  more »
  • Cute museum. Almost everything is in Japanese. A nice place to kill time (1 hr) on a rainy day. Some good exhibits.  more »
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  • This is a great afternoon stop for the kids. It is a little pricey but not too bad. Our kids loved the interactive area on the first floor. We ended up spending as much time there as the rest of the museum combined. The store has some nice little items as well.
  • It is okay. Friendly staff. Some hands on stuff. Too much money for what you get.
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