Fukui’s Parent and Child Dinosaur Travel Along Highway for “Hibernation”

Fukui’s Parent and Child Dinosaur Travel Along Highway for “Hibernation”

From Michi-no-Eki Kuzuryu to Warehouse Protected from Snow

On November 25th, before the arrival of the full-scale winter season, two monuments of an adults and child dinosaur, installed at “Michi-no-Eki Kuzuryu” (Asahi, Ono City, Fukui Prefecture), has made its way into a warehouse, to shelter from the upcoming snowfall. The surrounding mountains were covered with white morning frost, as the large dinosaurs were steadily transported along the roughly one kilometer of road.

The adult dinosaur monument’s full length measures at 12 metres, weighing 3 tonnes, while the child dinosaur monument measures at 4.6 metres and weighs 1 tonne. The monuments have become a symbol of the Izumi District within Ono City, giving visitors an enjoyable sight as the dinosaur occasionally roars, while moving its head. To protect the dinosaurs from damage from the snowfall, it stays protected within a warehouse every winter.

On the day of the move, 10 Michi-no-Eki employees and Ono City staff worked together to transport the monuments, with each dinosaur mounted on its own platform, carefully pulled along by a truck; the move took roughly 30 minutes. A woman visiting the Michi-no-Eki, from Kanagawa Prefecture’s Kawasaki City, expressed, “I’m fortunate to be able to see the dinosaurs’ move; it is a memorable occasion”, taking pictures with a smile.

The dinosaurs are scheduled to return to Michi-no-Eki Kuzuryu during the beginning of April.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1213014

Michi-no-Eki “Dinosaur Valley Katsuyama”, Opens June 20th

Michi-no-Eki “Dinosaur Valley Katsuyama”, Opens June 20th

On June 20th, Katsuyama City’s Michi-no-Eki “Dinosaur Valley Katsuyama” will open for business, after delaying its opening date, due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and insufficient supplies.

The Michi-no-Eki is located on the north side of the Katsuyama Kyoryu Bridge, close to the Katsuyama Interchange, along the Chubu-Jukan Expressway. The facility has a section selling produce grown by the local residents; foods like mizu yokan and soft-serve ice cream will also be sold, and there will be a light-meal corner where visitors can enjoy the local flavours, such as the “Raptor Burger”, inspired by the image of dinosaurs. Outside the facility, a monument of a dinosaur, which is also a slide, can be seen. Katsuyama City stated that it will be carrying out COVID-19 prevention measures on the opening day.

Source: https://www.fukui-tv.co.jp/?post_type=fukui_news&p=129589

Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, to be Closed Throughout Golden Week

Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, to be Closed Throughout Golden Week

Fukui Prefectural Facility, Closed Until May 6th In Response to COVID-19

On April 10th, the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, which was scheduled to be temporarily closed until April 19th in response to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), announced that it has extended its closure to May 6th, in line with the Government of Japan’s declaration of a state of emergency.

The Dinosaur Quarry (an outdoor museum attraction), which was scheduled to open from April 23rd of this year, will also be temporarily closed until May 6th. The museum has stopped accepting tour reservations until that day. Approximately 1,500 customers who had already made reservations have been notified of the suspension through email.

Up to this point, Fukui Prefecture had announced the closure of 45 prefectural facilities, including the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, until April 19th. But with many visitors from the areas which have been declared in a state of emergency by the government, the museum announced an extension of its closure, independent form the other prefectural facilities. Fukui Prefecture will bring the other prefectural facilities under discussion, based on how the COVID-19 situation continues from this point onward.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1066550

While the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum is Temporarily Closed

While the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum is Temporarily Closed

Researchers Publish Videos on Their Favourite Specimens

Although the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum is temporarily closed, due to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), researchers at the museum have published videos on the internet, talking about their favourite specimens.

The project is so that children who love dinosaurs can have a museum experience while staying at home. There are fifteen roughly 3-minute videos in the series, of a researcher talking about their favourite or most recommended specimen. In addition, there are also videos of researchers and reporters going around exhibits unveiled as recently as April 4th, including the skull of a Brachiosaurus and a complete skeleton of a Probactrosaurus.

“We wish for visitors, who plan to visit, to learn about the highlights of this museum” said a Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum researcher.

Source: https://www.fukui-tv.co.jp/?post_type=fukui_news&p=127855&page=1

Effects of the Hokuriku Shinkansen, Favourable for Tourism in Fukui

Effects of the Hokuriku Shinkansen, Favourable for Tourism in Fukui

5 Year Since Kanazawa Opening, Anticipation with Tsuruga Extension

On March 15th, the opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen extension connecting Nagano and Kanazawa will hit its 5th anniversary. The total number of passengers has surpassed 43 million; with this ridership, Fukui Prefecture has been able to maintain its favourable tourist numbers. In preparation for the opening of the extension between Kanazawa and Tsuruga after three years, Fukui Prefecture has postured itself to accelerate the refinement of its measures to attract tourists.

During the Hokuriku Shinkansen’s first year (March 14, 2015 – March 13, 2016), the number of passengers totalled to 9.258 million, and continued to maintain a steady ridership. Within its fifth year (March 14, 2019 – February 2020), in October 2019, Typhoon Hagibis caused flooding in a train yard in Nagano City (Nagano Prefecture), affecting the ridership numbers, totalling to 7.906 million; nonetheless, this is still more than double the number of passengers which had used the conventional train lines (3.142 million) before the Hokuriku Shinkansen was operating.

With such ridership figures, tourist attractions within Fukui Prefecture were able to maintain its strong tourist numbers within 2019. According to the Fukui Prefectural Tourism Department, looking at the preliminary figures for the main tourist facilities for 2019, the Ichijodani Asakura Family Historic Ruins (in Fukui City) received 1.057 million visitors, 335 thousand more than the previous year. Compared to before the Kanazawa extension opened (at 687 thousand visitors in 2014), it is a 1.5 times increase.

The Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama City) received 983 thousand visitors in 2019, a 96 thousand visitor increase compared to the previous year, and the Kehi Jingu Shrine (in Tsuruga City) was visited by 745 thousand people, with a 24 thousand increase from the last year.

“The effects of the Shinkansen are still ongoing. One of the primary factors for the increased visitors last year is a popular television program featuring a number of tourist spots within the prefecture, and there was also Golden Week in May which held a 10-day holiday,” explained the tourism department in an analysis.

Riding on the favourable conditions of the situation, the prefecture has been formulating a plan, the “FIRST 291”, which contains measures towards the opening of the Tsuruga extension in three years time. The main pillars of the plan are the “Enhancement of Information Distribution and Promotion” and the “Enhanced Improvement of Tourist Attractions and Hospitality”. After the plan is formulated within the year, it will be carried out immediately in the new fiscal year, in a strategy to increase the number of tourists.

The Fukui Prefectural Shinkansen Operation Establishment Department described its aim of “Improvement” summarizing its concept as “uniting the stimulation of intellectual curiosity and the desire for personal experience”, considering it as a way to effectively appeal towards tourists.

“Starting with the Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, which is undergoing functional enhancements, the charm of the tourist attractions in Fukui, including the Ichijodani Asakura Family Historic Ruins, is ‘knowledge’. It is not just about enjoying the sights, it is being able to take in and bring home the knowledge,” explained the department enthusiastically.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1042950