Kami Town Geopark & Marine Cultural Center
Kami Town Geopark & Marine Cultural Center introduce the attractiveness of the geopark in Kami Town and the culture of people who have been living in the shadow of the Japan Sea. Geopark means a kind of natural parks with attractions that are scientifically special, important, and valuable or that are beautiful. Kami Town is a part of the San’in Kaigan UNESCO Global Geopark.
The first floor exhibits the geopark’s valuable geological heritage attractions, rich food culture characterized by snow crabs, Tajima ushi (ushi: cattle), and tanada mai (rice produced in terraced paddy fields) brought about by the Japan Sea and mountainous landform, and the Amarube Viaduct that is a cultural heritage born from the San’in Coast’s characteristic landform so that visitors can enjoy Kami Town and its life, culture, history, and specialty goods through the five physical senses.
The second floor introduces relationships between the sea and people during the period from the Edo Period through today, focusing on various living creatures grown up in the Japan Sea, Kitamaebune (northern-bound ships) used as a marine transportation means, and the fishery industry where people have been living on marine products.