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Namegawa Eco Museum Center

] 763-4 Fukuda,
Namegawa-machi, Hiki-gun,
Saitama, Japan 355-0803
Tel. 0493-57-1902
Fax. 0493-56-5143

The Namegawa Eco Museum Center was completed in 2000. It serves, in effect, as both an ecology museum devoted to local natural and cultural resources and as a base facility for related activities.
Constructing the building in the vicinity of an irrigation pond demonstrates our concern for maintaining harmony with our natural environment. The museum services include collecting and providing a wide range of information regarding both nature and the culture of Namegawa's Yatsu no Sato. The museum also carries out surveys and conducts research into the mode of life of the miyako tanago, which has been nationally designated as a natural monument, as well as artificial breeding and preservation activities with the objective of eventually reestablishing the natural breeding activities of this fish.

Hours

9:00 ~ 16:30
The museum is closed on Mondays, 3rd Tuesdays and days following national holidays.

Transportation

Take the Tobu Tojo Line to "Shinrin Koen Station" (80 min. from Ikebukuro, 27 min. from Kawagoe).
Leave the station from the North Exit (Kita-guchi) and proceed to the bus terminals.

  1. Take the Nishi-guchi Keiyu Rissho Daigaku bus, or the Rissho Daigaku Kumagaya bus (approx. 5 min.) to the Shinrin Koen Minami-guchi Iri-guchi bus stop. The museum is a 5 min. walk from the bus stop.
  2. Take the Tokinoyu Keiyu Kumagaya bus (approx. 7 min.) to the Uragou bus stop. The museum is a 5 min. walk from the bus stop.
  3. Take the Museum bus to the Shinrin Koen Minami-guchi bus stop. The museum is a 5 min. walk from the bus stop.

The Namegawa Eco Museum Concept

The miyako tanago is only the beginning!

In 1985, some miyako tanago, a species that was thought to be on the verge of extinctionm, were discovered in an irrigation pond inside the Namegawa municipal boundaries. Since the miyako tanago had been rapidly losing their natural breeding grounds and habitats of spring-fed ponds and streams throughout the Kanto region, confirmations of these fish were becoming dwindling rapidly. In order to preserve this tiny fish, the residents of Namegawa initiated a policy of urban enhancement designed to preserve and coexist with our precious natural resources.

The Eco Museum

The Eco Museum was constructed within a natural setting as an attempt to preserve and propagate our natural and cultural assets as a part of our new urban enhancement project. The destruction of historical assets is actually quite simple. This museum strives to protect and propagate nature's blessings and to remind us to leave beautiful flowering plants and animals as they are in their natural habitats so that they may be treasured in the future.

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