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Post-1. Cretaceous and Tertiary fossil sites in Hokuriku, Japan Sea-side of Central Japan

31 Aug.- 4 Sep. 

Organizers: Atsushi Yabe (a.yabe@dinosaur.pref.fukui.jp) and Kazuo Terada (k-terada@dinosaur.pref.fukui.jp) (both from Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum)


Itinerary: 

Aug. 31. meeting points: Kanazawa Station at 13pm or Komatsu Airport at 14pm (Ishikawa Pref). 

visit Komatsu City Museum

stay at Kanazawa City (at the same hotel until the end of tour).

Sep. 1. visit Early and latest Cretaceous fossil sites around the Ishikawa–Fukui border. 

visit Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (Fukui Pref.).

Sep. 2. visit Miocene fossil sites in the Noto Peninsula (Ishikawa Pref.).

Sep. 3. hike in natural beech forest along Hakusan Super Rindo Forest Road 

visit UNESCO World Heritage Shirakawago (Gifu Pref.). 

Sep. 4. finish at the hotel in the morning. 


Highlights: 

The tour will visit several fossil sites in the Tetori Group (Early Cretaceous), the Omichidani Formation (latest Cretaceous), the Early to Middle Miocene localities in the Noto Peninsula, as well as modern beech forest on Mt. Hakusan located in the Hokuriku region on the Japan Sea-side of central Japan.

1) The Tetori Group is well-known for its rich Mesozoic floral records as well as terrestrial and shallow marine animals. We will visit some historic localities along the Tedori River around Kuwajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, including “Kaseki-kabe” (a fossil bluff),  in which the first paleobotanical study in Japan was carried out by Dr. Geyler in 1877, and a Cretaceous fossil forest dominated by Xenoxylon latiporosum. We will also visit the uppermost unit of the Tetori Group exposed in the Kitadani Dinosaur Quarry in Katsuyama, Fukui Prefecture, which is one of the most famous dinosaur excavation sites in Japan.

2) In the Noto Peninsula, we can see the evidence of distinct environmental changes that occurred during the opening of the Japan Sea between the Early to Middle Miocene Epochs. We will visit two fossil leaf localities of the earliest and late Early Miocene age and one fossil wood locality preserved as a petrified wood park. You can also enjoy the beautiful oceanic view of the modern Japan Sea.

3) Mt. Hakusan (alt. 2,702 m), located on the borders of Ishikawa, Fukui, and Gifu Prefectures, is one of the national parks in Japan. It is famous not only for its historic importance, but also its wildlife. We will visit there by bus and drive along the Hakusan Super Forestry Road (ca. 30 km) and will enjoy steep cliffs, water falls, and beautiful natural forests.

4) The tour will also visit several important museums in this area. The Komatsu City Museum stores a huge number of Mesozoic plant fossil collections from the Kuruma (Early Jurassic) and Tetori (Middle Jurassic–Early Cretaceous) Groups, both of which were studied by late Prof. Kimura. The Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum is one of the biggest museums on paleontology and geology in Japan. We will see fossil collections recovered from the excavation site (KDQ) in the Tetori Group. The Hakusan Nature Reserve Centre at Chugu, Ishikawa, displays geology and nature in the Hakusan area.

In this tour, we will stay in the same hotel in Kanazawa City during the excursion. Kanazawa is a leading tourist city, where seven million tourists visit every year. The tourist attractions there include the Kanazawa castle, the Kenrokuen Garden, one of three major traditional gardens in Japan, and other historic sites. An optional tour to Kanazawa city will be held upon request on the last day. 

Expenses: 60,000 JPY, including hotels, rental bus charges, and meals; excluding transportation between Tokyo and Kanazawa

Maximum Number of Participants: 20

Additional information: 

A good pair of hiking shoes as well as rain gear are necessary. 

The flight from Haneda (Tokyo) to Komatsu Airport is the most convenient way to get to Kanazawa (ca. 1 hour, ca. 20,000 JPY). JR line is also convenient: Tokyo–Echigo-yuzawa–Kanazawa (4 hours, 12,710 JPY); Tokyo–Maibara–Kanazawa (4.5 hours, 15,570 JPY). Midnight highway bus is also available between Tokyo and Kanazawa (3,500–6,000 JPY). Airport buses are available from Kanazawa Station to Komatsu Airport for return way (40 minutes, 1,100 JPY). Highway buses for Osaka and Tokyo are available (ca. 4.5 hours, 4,300 JPY to Osaka).


@Ishikawa Prefectural Government http://www.pref.ishikawa.lg.jp/foreign/en/index.html

@Kanazawa Tourist Information Guide http://www.kanazawa-tourism.com/

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@Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum http://www.dinosaur.pref.fukui.jp/en/

@Dinosaur-Valley-Fukui Katsuyama Geopark http://www.city.katsuyama.fukui.jp/geopark/lang/english.html

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@UNESCO World Heritage Shirakawa-go http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/734

Kitadani Dinosaur Quarry at Katsuyama, Fukui Prefecture