The Museum of Nature and Human Activities, Hyogo (HITOHAKU an abbreviation in Japanese) has opened since October 10, 1992. The purpose of the museum is to help citizens in Hyogo area and other people appreciate the beauty and dignity of the natural environment around us. Here visitors can enjoy unique exhibits and educational programs about nature and human life.
Organization
Research
The museum supports natural and urban environment interdisciplinary research.
Collections
The museum houses extensive collections of geological and biological specimens, as well as photographs, print, and recordings. Our herbarium (HYO) is also listed in Index Herbariorum.
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Location
The Museum of Nature and Human Activities, Hyogo
6 chome Yayoigaoka Sanda Hyogo 669-1546, JAPAN
Tel: +81-79-559-2001
Fax: +81-79-559-2007
Research
The museum supports natural and urban environment interdisciplinary research.
Admission Fee
Adults 210 Yen
College Students 150 Yen
High School Students 100 YEN
Junior High and Elementary School Students 0 Yen
Opening Hours
10:00 am to 5:00 pm, admission until 4:30 pm.
Closed
Every Monday (or Tuesday if the National Holiday falls on Monday).
From 28th December until 2th January, and other days for occasional
renovation(1/5-2/6).

Open on Monday for the following:
*Apr.29 to May.5
*Jul.20 to Aug.31
Transportation
There is no parking at the museum. So please use the public car parks located nearby.
There is Priority parking for handicapped people.

By Train:
* From Osaka Station take the JR Line to the Sanda Station. And the Kobe Dentetsu Line to the Flower Town Station. 5 minutes walk from there.
* From Sannomiya Station take the Hokushin Kyuko Line to the Tanigami Station. And the Kobe Dntetsu Line to the Flower Town Station. 5 minutes walk from there.

By Car:
* The Museum is 5 minutes from the Kobe Sanda Interchange.
* There is no parking at the museum. So please use the public car parks located nearby.
* There is Priority parking for handicapped people.
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Starting at the third floor and ending at the first floor, the permanent exhibits are arranged into five themes.

Information Center
Videos featuring wild life in Hyogo can be seen in one or three person booths. The one person booths also allow visitors to access information on items in the museum, on where the flora of Hyogo can be accessible, and on the geology and landscapes of Hyogo.
Information Display System
The museum information system also sends "hot" bulletins to A and B Information Boxes. The A Boxes are located in each Exhibit Corner, and the B Boxes are located in the Entrance Hall and in the Rest Corners on each floor.
Reference Room
Here you'll find a variety of plant, animal, rock, mineral, and fossil specimens. Visual materials dealing with environmental education are also available. Visitors are invited to examine all of these items. If you have any questions, please ask at the Reference Room Counter.
1. Chronicles of Nature in Hyogo
Extending from the Japan sea to the Seto Inland Sea, Hyogo is composed of a number of unique natural environments. Large panels, videos, and the georama highlight the distinctive natural beauty of the Tajima, Tanba, Harima, Hanshin, and Awaji areas.
2. Man and Nature
Here we review the history of man and his environment.
3. Culture of the Generation
These exhibits feature intriguing ideas, ranging from urban redevelopment to personal enrichment. All of these highlight living in harmony with nature.
4. The Biological World
Here we find exhibits that feature the wildlife in rivers. There are also exhibits that introduce us to the wide variety found in the biological world.
5. Our Planet with Life
The earth appeared more than four billion years ago. It has been home to a succession of plants and animals. The georama re-creates for us the rich abundance of life in the beech-tree forests of Mt. Hyonosan. We can also follow the development of life on earth, from its origin over three billion years ago to the apparance of man, as traced with a succession of fossils. This section concludes with beautiful images of the planet of life.
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Research Publications
* Humans and Nature (in English and in Japanese)
This journal dedicated to the dissemination of fundamental knowledge of science itself and human-science interaction. Original research articles, reports, note and reviews are published annually. It is annually published since 1992.
Our official journal entitled "Nature and Human Activies" had been ceased its publication by the No. 12 in 2007. Articles written in English are integrated into the journal "Human and Nature". English articles are also welcome, however, their format is somewhat different from that of Japanese ones.
Other Publications
* Humans and Nature 61 episodes
2002. 199 pages. (in Japanese)
* Rokko san (Mt. Rokko)
2001. 147 pages. (in Japanese)
* Exhibition Guide book
1996. 87 pages. (in Japanese with English abstract)
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