Genbudo Museum was newly reopened in the spring of 2018 after undergoing extensive renovations to house its collection of rare minerals and precious stones as well as newly added fossils that include a t-rex, pterosaur, and Asian elephant.
Located directly out in front of the museum is the natural national monument Genbudo Caves, also a part of the San’in Kaigan UNESCO Global Geopark.
Genbudo Museum is located at the entrance of Genbudo Park, a designated national natural treasure. On the first floor is a weaving workshop where guests can learn about Toyooka’s traditional art of weaving that has a 2,000-year history and about its connection to the local people. As one wanders the first floor they will also find themselves face to face with an Asian elephant fossil, ancient animals which once roamed the San’in Kaigan Geopark.
On the second floor there are exhibits covering beautiful and fascinating minerals and rocks as well as fossils including that of a t-rex. See if you can find the glowing and musical rocks on display.
At the restaurant seasonal items made with local ingredients are on the menu, and guests can enjoy a cool drink on a hot day or a warm drink on a cold day’s visit. The outdoor terrace offers a beautiful panoramic view over the Maruyama River and surrounding mountains. Go to the souvenir shop to find Toyooka bags, sweets, and more.
While Genbudo does technically have its own train station and therefore is accessible by train (to a point) there is just one small catch. The big river that separates the station and the park. But worry not! For visitors that are coming by train, a boat can be called for pick up.
Before riding the train please first call the museum and let them know of your estimated arrival time at Gembudo Station. The boat fare is 700 yen for adults, 400 yen for children, and 200 yen for infants round trip. Please note that the boat may not operate during bad weather.
Other options for accessing Genbudo Museum and Park include taxi, rental car, and bicycling.
Information listed below was last updated 10/2023 and is subject to change.Contact the business directly for updated information. Note, most businesses can only speak Japanese.
- Business Name
- Genbudo Museum
- Business Hours
Restaurant & Cafe: 9:00~17:00 (L.O. 16:30)
Morning (Breakfast): 9:00~11:00
Lunch: 11:00~15:00 (L.O. 14:50)
Toyooka-shi, Hyogo-ken 668-0801
- Average Price Range
General Admission (Museum)
Adults (age 13+) 800 yen
Children (age 6-12) 500 yen
Infants (4-6, preschool age, must be accompanied by an adult) 400 yen
Boat from Gembudo Sta.
Adults (age 13+) 400 yen
Children (age 6-12) 250 yen
Infants (4-6, preschool age) 150 yen
Adults (age 13+) 700 yen
Children (age 6-12) 400 yen
Infants (4-6, preschool age) 200 yen
(Operates 9:00 - 17:00)
- Language Support
Limited availability of English speaking staff
- Supported Languages
- English staff available at various times
- 70 Spots, Free parking
- Service Charges
- Free luggage storage for those entering the Genbudo Museum. Those who do not enter the museum can store their luggage for 100 yen per item at the museum shop.