Oya Stone Museum, Utsunomiya

Anyone with an interest in geology or engineering will be enthralled by the carved, angular faces of the mines at Oya Stone Museum. Fairly modest in size, the museum manages to offer a wealth of information regarding the mining operations done here--from primitive 17th-century toils to the current advanced technological pursuits of the rare Oya stone, found only in this area. From here you'll have the opportunity to venture into the vast mine, colorfully lit and covering an enormous 20,000 sq m (215,278 sq ft). Bring a jacket along with you, as it can get a little chilly inside that gigantic cavern. Put Oya Stone Museum into our Utsunomiya trip planning app to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Utsunomiya.
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  • Saw a little while ago is doing on TV, went out. Memory into the basement from the Museum is really fantastic atmosphere is like scene from a science fiction movie.
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  • Ohya stone is around 13 degrees inside the cave even on very hot days and cool, stable accommodation near here and is
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  • Great Museum, a huge, underground, former granite quarry. Cavernous and cold but very very beautiful and laid out. Best time to go is in summer as it gives you an avenue to escape the heat of outside in a nice, cool and natural "cave". The surface has a nice tourist shop and cafe and there are bus stops and taxi ranks close by.
  • Went there with my homestay, heaps of parkings and generous spacing. The ambient senses exhibition is currently on. Lack of English translations in the museum. Space to improve but it's a good experience
  • The average temperature is about 7 for whole year. I visited during July, the temperature for the day was 11. If you didn't bring alone with any warm/ extra garment, blanket is provided around the gate, remember to pick one. Visiting this place can see how Japanese people mining stone. This carven is also been used for movie filming, music video filming, and you can even host your wedding at here. Yet, if all the explanation board can have English version could be better and more friendly to foreigners.
  • Great underground museum. Feels like you're in another world or a time gone by
  • Oya stone is a kind of volcanic rock found only in this area of Japan. It's easy to carve, but also easily weathered. There's a small museum all in Japanese on the first floor, but visiting the cavernous underground quarry itself is well worth the cost of admission. It was 6 degrees inside when I was there in April, and apparently only gets up to 13 in summer, so be prepared!

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