. . . . or, what I translate to be, "The Katano Nature & Wildlife Museum".
The planners of this center couldn't have found a more ideal location to erect a museum dedicated to the local wildlife. Located along the "Ikoma-sanke Hiking Course", with a network of hiking tracks giving the enthusiast many options how to get here and, . . . .
The building is wheelchair friendly, with ramps leading to the entrance then, once inside, you are treated to a variety of displays. The staff are very friendly, and if you require any maps of the area, some are on display and available at the office.
In the center of the museum are two glass display cases with a variety of stuffed wildlife - birds, animals - from the park.
Along the walls are other exhibits, ranging from some very large, and scary, wasp nests, as-well-as a variety of other animals, like this fella on the left. In another room is a library with literature on the displays and in the park. Also, to interest the younger generation (the kids), are some games to attract their attention.
But, the Pie`ce de re`sistance, is the view through the window. To repeat what I said earlier - "they couldn't have found a more ideal location . . . ".
Strategically placed along the windows are three sets of binoculars, aimed at some of the wildlife residing on the pond.
Like the family of Mandarin Duck. Again, the very helpful staff will train the binoculars onto wherever the ducks may be at the time.
As mentioned earlier, access to the center is via the many tracks (there is road access and car-park) that network the park and, if you have never hike in this area before, hopefully the above images will convince you to check-out "Katanoikimonofureainosato".
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Oops, I nearly forgot the all important video. Enjoy.