Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natural History










Outline of the Museum of Natural History

Establishment and Activities

The Museum was established in March 1995, separated and developed from the natural history section of the Kanagawa Prefectural Museum in Yokohama. In addition to the exhibitions, the Museum conducts such work as survey and research on nature, and material collection and preservation. Utilizing these, it also carries out study support activities like lecture courses, observation sessions, etc.


Regular Exhibition

The Earth's history of 4.6 billion years, as well as its miraculous aspects is explained chronologically from its birth to the present. The Exhibition presents over 10,000 pieces of real specimens, ranging from skeletons of gargantuan dinosaurs or meteors to tiny insects. Visitors are allowed to take photographs (not for commercial/academic use only).
In the Regular Exhibition Hall JUMBO BOOKS, there are 27 cases shaped like huge encyclopedia, as high as 3.2m, to display real specimens. Donated collections and exhibits on the specific topics are presented at all times.

Museum Library

Books, magazines and videos on nature are offered for reference use. We receive visitors' technical questions at any time. Visitors are also able to use computers to search through the vast amount of information kept by the Museum, including image database of fish and plant specimens.

SEISA Museum Theater

Frequent use of audio-visual presentation at various parts of the Exhibition Halls is one of the major features of the Museum. Short films and interactive quiz enjoyed by both adults and children are shown on the 200-inch large high-definition screen, allowing visitors to gain deeper understanding of the exhibitions.

Guide Map

Guide MapGuide Map

Area Map

By Train
Hakone Tozan Railway (through services from Odakyu Electric Railway line) 3 min. walk from Iriuda Station
By Car
National Route 1 Turn off at Chikyu Hakubutsukan-mae ("Museum of Natural History") intersection
  • Note: parking is free of charge (capacity: 185 passenger vehicles and large buses)

* Parking lot may not be available when school is off, such as spring vacation, summer vacation, and the holidays in May. So, train is recommended to come to the museum. Odakyu Line also runs to Hakone Yumoto Station.

Visitor Information

Opening Times
9:00 to 16:30 (entry by 16:00)
Days Closed
  • Mondays (or the following weekday if Mon. falls on a national holiday or substitute holiday)
  • Facility maintenance holidays (Second Tue. Of every month)
  • Year-end and New Year holiday period (Dec. 28 to Jan. 4)
  • Note: The museum may have unscheduled closings.
Admission Fee

We only accept cash.

  • Age 20 to 64 (excluding students): ¥520 (¥410)
  • Age 15 to 19,students (excluding high school students): ¥300 (¥200)
  • High school students and visitors age 65 or older: ¥100 (¥100)
  • Junior high school students and younger children: free
    • Fees listed in parentheses ( ) are discounted admission for groups of 20 people or more.
    • Students and visitors age 65 or older are requested to present verification of age (passport, driver's license, etc.).
    • This museum offers discounts for holders of Odakyu Electric Railway's Hakone Freepass, Hakone Tozan Railway's train and bus free pass, Izuhakone Railway's Hakone Smile Coupon, etc.
Exhibition Guide Service
  • Online Exhibition Guide Service (TEXT ONLY) is available for the ground floor. Please access following website through your mobile phone or smartphone.


  • English guide service is TEXT ONLY, NO AUDIO SERVICE. Sorry!!
Group Reservation
Visitors in the group are advised to make a reservation for a parking lot for their bus and admission tickets. Receptions hours are between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.


Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natural History
499 Iryuda, Odawara, Kanagawa 250-0031, Japan
+81-(0)465-21-1515 (Phone)
+81-(0)465-23-8846 (Facsimile)