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It's worth visiting museum exhibitions on Tokachi's colonization history and art galleries with works harmonized with Tokachi's nature by artists.

There are many museums that introduce nature, climate information and the colonization history of Tokachi. You can get a glimpse of the development of agriculture and how the pioneers coexisted with nature in Tokachi's harsh climate. Sakamoto Naoyuki and Kanda Nissho, artists with connections to Tokachi's colonization history, were born in Tokachi. It is recommended to visit their art galleries. Some museums and art galleries are in harmony with nature. It is good to stroll around after enjoying works of art.

Ashoro Museum of Paleontology (Ashoro Doubutsu Kaseki Hakubutsu-kan)

A Ashoro Museum of Paleontology (Ashoro Doubutsu Kaseki Hakubutsu-kan)

29, 1, Kounan, Ashoro, 089-3727
Tel:+81-156-25-9100
Closed: Tuesday (open daily in summer holidays)
Open: 9:30 – 16:30
http://www.museum.ashoro.hokkaido.jp/
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Ashoro used to be an ocean 25 million years ago! Here mainly displays marine mammal’s fossils such as ‘Ashoroa’ only found here in the world, ‘baleen whale with teeth’, a key species to figure out the evolution of whales. Please also don’t miss a huge whale skeleton and the hands-on experience of digging for fossils.

Hokkaido Obihiro Museum of Art (Hokkaido Obihiro Bijyutsu-kan)

B Hokkaido Obihiro Museum of Art (Hokkaido Obihiro Bijyutsu-kan)

2, Midorigaoka, Obihiro, 080-0846
Tel:+81-155-22-6963
Closed: Monday, 29 December – 3 January, closed randomly
Open: 9:30 – 17:00 (last entry 16:30)
http://www.dokyoi.pref.hokkaido.lg.jp/hk-obj
oibi.ll@pref.hokkaido.lg.jp
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Various exhibitions and lectures are held in the museum, a facility set up to provide information on the culture of eastern Hokkaido.*Admission fees for Collection Gallery: adults ¥170, students ¥100 (group-visit: adults ¥140, students ¥70)

Furusato History Museum Nenrin (Furusato Rekishi-kan Nenrin)

C Furusato History Museum Nenrin (Furusato Rekishi-kan Nenrin)

15, 38, Bisei 2-sen, Memuro, 082-0076
Tel:+81-155-61-5454
Closed: Tuesday, year-end and New Year
Open: 9:00 – 17:00
http://www.memuro.info/kanko/furusato.htm
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Visitors can join the craft workshop with instructors with free of charge. The workshop programme, held on 2nd and 4th weekends, varies every month.

Galaxy Forest Observatory (Ginga-no-mori Tenmondai)

D Galaxy Forest Observatory (Ginga-no-mori Tenmondai)

Uenbetsu, Rikubetsu, 089-4301
Tel:+81-156-27-8100
Closed: Monday, Tuesday
Open: 14:00 – 22:30 (April – September), 13:00 – 21:30 (October – March)
http://www.rikubetsu.jp/tenmon/
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One can enjoy stargazing using the large astronomical telescope with an aperture of 115 cm, one of the largest of its kind in Japan. A planetarium offers three shows per day on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays.

Obihiro Centennial City Museum (Obihiro Hyakunen Kinen-kan)

E Obihiro Centennial City Museum (Obihiro Hyakunen Kinen-kan)

2, Midorigaoka, Obihiro, 080-0846
Tel:+81-155-24-5352
Closed: Monday, the day after national holidays, 29 December – 3 January
Open: 9:00 – 17:00 (last entry 16:30)
http://www.octv.ne.jp/~hyakunen/
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One can enjoy a permanent exhibit that introduces the history, industry and nature of Tokachi, as well as various programs, including lectures held in the museum, tours on the local history and nature observation tours.

Fukuhara Memorial Museum (Fukuhara Kinen Bijyutu-kan)

F Fukuhara Memorial Museum (Fukuhara Kinen Bijyutu-kan)

21, 1, Izumi-machi, Shikaoi, 081-0212
Tel:+81-156-66-1010
Closed: Monday, year-end and New Year
Open: 9:30 – 17:00
http://art-fukuhara.jp/
info@art-fukuhara.jp
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Here has 150 collections of Japanese paintings, sculptures and Japanese Kakejiku drawings. Japanese aesthetics is seen at the site. *Admission fee: adults ¥600, high school students ¥300, elementary/junior high school students ¥200, disables 50% off (group-visit: adults ¥500, high school students ¥250, elementary/junior high school students ¥150)

Churui Museum of Naumann Elephant (Churui Naumanzo Kinen-kan)

G Churui Museum of Naumann Elephant (Churui Naumanzo Kinen-kan)

1, 383, Hakugin-machi, Churui, Makubetsu, 089-1700
Tel:+81-1558-8-2826
Closed: Tuesday (except between late April and early May, and in August), the day after national holidays, year-end and New Year
Open: 9:00 – 17:00
http://www.town.makubetsu.lg.jp/kyouiku/matikadogallery/naumanzokinenkan/naumanzo.html
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One can enjoy an exhibition of a reconstructed skeleton of a 4.3-m long Naumann elephant, and learn the history of the Naumann elephant that was discovered in the Churui district in Makubetsu as displayed on a large screen and a panel.*Admission fee: adults ¥300, elementary/junior high school students ¥200 (group-visit: adults ¥200, high school students ¥150, elementary/junior high school students ¥100)

Sugar Beet Museum (Beet Shiryou-kan)

H Sugar Beet Museum (Beet Shiryou-kan)

West 14, Minami 8-sen, Obihiro, 080-0831
Tel:+81-155-48-8812
Closed: National holidays, year-end and New Year, closed randomly
Open: 9:30 – 16:30 (Monday – Friday), 9:30 – 11:45 (2nd and 4th Saturday)
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Information on the history of the sugar beet industry and sugar-making processes are on display in the museum.

Kanda Nissho Memorial Museum of Art (Kanda Nissho Kinen Bijyutsu-kan)

I Kanda Nissho Memorial Museum of Art (Kanda Nissho Kinen Bijyutsu-kan)

2, 3, Higadhi-machi, Shikaoi, 081-0222
Tel:+81-156-66-1555
Closed: Monday, the day after national holidays, year-end and New Year
http://kandanissho.com
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Here collects works of Nissho Kanda, who drew horses, cows and farmers’ life with excellent skill and the strong touch. There is also a recreated artist’s studio and a display of his drawings.