Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2019

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[O-08] How to make the image of the earth's phenomenon to the general people in the Geopark

Sun. May 26, 2019 5:15 PM - 6:30 PM Poster Hall (International Exhibition Hall8, Makuhari Messe)

convener:Noritaka Matsubara(Graduate School of Regional Resource Management, University of Hyogo), Yayoi ICHIHASHI(Sado Island Geopark Promotion Office), Hokuto Obara(Mine-Akiyoshidai Karst Plateau Geopark Promotion Council), Marekazu OHNO(Unzen Volcanic Area Geopark Promotion Office)

[O08-P14] Evaluation and utilization of 34 geosites in Geopark Chichibu

*Hideo Takagi1, Satomi Hirose2 (1.Department of Earth Science, Faculty of Education and Integrated Arts and Sciences, Waseda University, 2.School of Education, Waseda University)

Keywords:Geopark Chichibu, evaluation of geosites, geotourism

The Geopark Chichibu was established in 2011 as a national geopark of Japan, and its geopark status was extended after the review in 2015. Next review is scheduled to be conducted in 2019. Geopark Chichibu is claimed to be the birthplace of modern Japanese geology due to its geodiversity since the Meiji era. The purpose of this study is to evaluate 34 new geosites (Inoue and Tomita, 2018) of the Geopark Chichibu from the perspective of various values, highlight their advantages and issues to be considered, and finally contribute to the management of the Geopark Chichibu through presenting this study. In order to attain the above purpose, research has been conducted for 34 (this number is important because of the 34 pilgrimage sites (temples) in Chichibu) new geosites proposed in July, 2018, and additional 5 possible geosites. Total 39 geosite candidates are assessed from the perspective of six main values; educational value, scientific value, tourism value, safety and accessibility, conservation and site sustainability, and value of tourism information (Suzuki and Takagi, 2017). After showing advantage and issues to be considered for each geosites, this study proposes a partial change of new geosite from the perspective of geotourism as well as ways to make the Geopark Chichibu more attractive for many tourists.
Inoue, M. and Tomita, T., 2018, Bull. Saitama Mus. Nat. Hist. No. 12, 41-48.
Suzuki, D. A. and Takagi, H., 2017, Geoheritage, 10, 123-135.