29 October, 2010

San’in Kaigan Geopark Officially Accepted!

     On Sunday, October 3, 2010, San’in Kaigan Geopark was accepted as an official member of the Global UNESCO Network of Geoparks.

  There are already three other official geoparks in Japan; Toya Lake-Usu Mountain Geopark, Itoi River Geopark, and Shimabara Peninsula Geopark making San’in Kaigan Geopark the fourth official member in the country.

---What is a Geopark?---

  A Geopark is a territory with a geological heritage of a scientific/historical significance. Supported by UNESCO, this project is especially popular in Europe and China. The San’in Kaigan Geopark stretches across three prefectures; Hyogo, Kyoto, and Tottori, so tall three are taking part in management of the park.

San'in Kaigan Geopark Promotion Council
http://sanin-geo.jp/en/index_english.html (English)

---Must See---

《Genbudo Cave》 (Toyooka City)
  This cave was created by volcanic activity 1.6 million years ago. A national natural monument, it’s the first place in the world where the reverse magnetic field was discovered.

Link: Genbudo Cave
http://www.hyogo-tourism.jp/spot/index.php?act=detail&id=200347 〔Japanese〕
                                                                   〔Genbudo Cave〕

《San’in Kaigan Boat Cruise:Kasumi-maru Cruise Boat, Tajima Coast Boat Cruise》
(Kami-Cho and Shin-onsen-Cho)
  Enjoy the magnificent nature and beauty of the San’in Kaigan National Park from the cruise boat.

Geopark (Takeno Coast, Kasumi Coast)

                                                                    〔A Cruise Boat〕

《Yuhigaura》  (Kyoto Prefecture)
  Chosen as one of the “Top 100 Sunset Views,” Yuhi-gaura also has a hot spring near by. It’s a very popular tourist destination.
〔Link〕Kyo-Tango-shi Tourism Association

《Tottori Sand Dunes》 (Tottori Prefecture)
  Tottori Sand Dunes are Japan’s largest coastal sand dunes.
The patterns that are continuously changing are nature’s artwork.

Link: Tottori Prefecture Tourism Information

                                                                  〔Tottori Sand Dunes〕
Ping (Hyogo Tourism Association)