Sakawa Geology Museum And Institute


Sakawa basin has a typical geologic formation of Outer Zone of Southwest Japan in which belongs to Chichibu Belt. The geological formations of Sakawa span Paleozoic through Mesozoic periods (450million BP to present) in this small area. In a bid to research the formation of Japanese Archipelago, Sakawa basin has become an important resource for researchers. Many geological researchers came to Sakawa to study its geologic formations and published many papers in scientific society.@@

This museum opened on August 1st 1992 and is owned and operated by the municipality of Sakawa. The museum includes an introduction to Doctor Naumann and Professor Kobayashi, a scale model of Sakawa Basin (scaled to 1/10000), terrain models of Kochi Prefecture and a comprehensive collection of fossils. Tyrannosaurus Rex (3/5 life-size) welcomes visitors at the entrance. However, the main feature of exhibition shows the moving continents of the world -a hemispheric model of plate tectonics.

Sakawa Geology Museum

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Welcome to the world of pre-historic Japan where you can explore past eras of Paleozoic period through the Mesozoic period.


Sakawa basin, surrounded by the mountains on all sides, is approximately 28km (17.5 miles) west of the capital - Kochi City. In 2010 Sakawa has an estimated population of 14,400. The township is blessed with the natural beauty of surrounding mountains and the land is further enriched by those mountainous mineral deposits.
The water, however, is among the cleanest and purist anyone can find anywhere in Japan - and this makes for a good rice wine (gSakeh). Sakawa is famous for its gSakeh.
The Tsukasabotan Sake Brewery has been producing marvelous Japanese gsakeh using traditional methods since the seventeenth century.

@Kochi City

Kochi City is the capital of Kochi Prefecture on the island of Shikoku, which literally means gFour Countriesh. Thus, Shikoku is divided into 4 parts, which are the Ehime, Kagawa, Tokushima and Kochi Prefectures. The later of which covers most of the island. Kochi Prefecture was formally called Tosa region during Edo period. The dividing steep and rugged mountains of Shikoku and the inland sea of gSetonaikaih to the north have preserved much of Kochifs unique culture. The most notable feature of the city is the well-preserved feudal period castle. Constructed and re-constructed during the Edo period, this structure sits atop a hill as the center of Kochi City.@

@How to get to Sakawa

EAccess by Air to Kochi Ryoma Airport
EDirect Flights:
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@JR Train Shinkansen & Local JR trains.

Shinkansen to Okayama,change trains at Okayama on Dosan-sen Line via. Seto-Ohashi Bridge@. Get off at Sakawa Station. 15 minutes walk takes you to Sakawa Geology MuseumD


Take Route 33 from Kochi City and Matsuyama city. It takes about 45 minutes from Kochi City and 2 hours from Matsuyama City.

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Sakawa Geology Museum And Institute Ko 360 Sakawa-cho Takaoka gun Kochi ken, Japan FZip code 789-1201