Outline of the 4th Asia-Pacific Geoparks Network San’in Kaigan Symposium


The 4th Asia-Pacific Geoparks Network San’in Kaigan Symposium


The aim of Geopark is “to promote sustainable development of the region by preserving valuable geological heritages, and making use of them in education, science and tourism.”
The 4th Asia-Pacific Geoparks Network Symposium will be held in the San’in Kaigan Global Geopark, Japan and will provide participants from Asia-Pacific National Geoparks with the opportunity to actively share ideas while deepening understanding among APGN members. We are very pleased to share the activities and results of the Japanese Geoparks Network with the Asia-Pacific region.
* China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, and Vietnam are currently members of the APGN. The 1st APGN Symposium was held in Malaysia, the 2nd symposium in Vietnam, and the 3rd symposium in Korea. The 4th APGN Symposium will be held for the first time in Japan.


“Geoparks : Networking and Society”

4.Session Topics

The Sea and People’s Lives
Cultural Heritage and Geostories
Conservation and Interpretation of Nature
Sustaining Local Communities
Education (School, University and Life-long Learning)
Geohazard Risk Reduction, Prevention and Mitigation
Management and Networking
Aspiring Geoparks
Improvements based on Assessment and Recommendations


September 16(Wed) – 20(Sun), 2015
【Kyotango City】
【Toyooka City】
【Toyooka City,Kami Town,Shin’onsen Town】
【Tottori City】
【Tottori City,Iwami Town】
Morning   Registration
Opening Ceremony & Plenary Session
Mid-conference Excursion Registration
Plenary Session & Oral Presentations
Geopark Fair Post-conference Excursion(optional)
Afternoon Pre-conference Excursion(optional) Oral Presentations
Poster Session
Oral Presentations
Poster Session
Evening Ice Breaker Dinner Party(optional) Welcome Party   New GGN Member Ceremony & Closing Ceremony & Farewell Party (Announcement of next host)  


Kyoto Prefecture(Kyotango City)
Hyogo Prefecture(Toyooka City, Kami Town, Shin’onsen Town)
Tottori Prefecture(Tottori City, Iwami Town)

7.Tentative Schedule

Date Content
December, 2014 ・Second Circular
・Abstract submission open
・Poster submission open
・Registration open
・Geopark Fair application open
March, 2015 ・Abstract deadline
・Poster deadline
・Early registration deadline
・Geopark Fair application deadline
June, 2015 ・Registration deadline
・Notification of abstract acceptance


The 4th Asia-Pacific Geoparks Network San’in Kaigan Symposium Organizing Committee
Position Organization Name
Chairman Chairman of Japan Geopark Committee Kazuo OIKE
Vice Chairman Professor Emeritus of Tottori University Ryohei NISHIDA


●TOKYO (Narita) ---bus (1h) ---TOKYO (Haneda) ---airplane (1h20min) ---TOTTORI---train (2h) ---TOYOOKA
●OSAKA (Kansai) ---bus (1h15min) ---OSAKA (Itami) ---airplane (40min) ---TAJIMA---bus (15min) ---TOYOOKA
●OSAKA (Kansai) ---bus (50min) ---Osaka---train (2h30min) ---TOYOOKA

【San’in Kaigan Global Geopark】

* About San’in Kaigan Global Geopark
The San’in Kaigan Global Geopark is located to the northwest of Osaka and consists of Kyoto Prefecture (Kyotango City), Hyogo Prefecture (Toyooka City, Kami Town, Shin’onsen Town) and Tottori Prefecture (Iwami Town, Tottori City). The Geopark covers a vast area centered on the San’in Kaigan National Park, stretching 120km from Kyotango City in Kyoto Prefecture in the east, to Aoya Kaigan in Tottori Prefecture to the west, and spanning a maximum of 50km from north to south. The total geopark area is 2,458.44km². The San’in Kaigan Geopark became a member of the Global Geoparks Network (GGN) in October 2010.
At the San’in Kaigan Global Geopark, you will find many valuable geological assets, such as rocks, strata, coastal landscapes, waterfalls and valleys, which relate to when Japan was a part of the Asian Continent and explain the formation process of the present-day the Sea of Japan. The San’in Kaigan Global Geopark is an interesting panoramic location where visitors can observe various types of creatures, people’s lives, culture and history in a rich natural environment.
One of the major geosites is Genbudo Cave, located in Toyooka City, Hyogo Prefecture. The Quaternary geomagnetic reversal polarity term was first proposed with the basalt in this geosite. The Gauss/Matuyama boundary when the Earth’s magnetic field underwent reversal 2.6 million years ago is one of the markers for the beginning of the Quaternary Period.
Visitors can discover how people’s lives closely relate to the surrounding geomorphology and geology. Notable examples include the rice terraces and Tajima cattle grazing areas located on the gentle slopes formed by landslides, Red Snow Crab and other fishery products from the Sea of Japan, the Oriental White Stork habitat in the Toyooka Basin, the local handbag manufacturing industry, and the cultivation of melons and Chinese shallots in the sand dunes.

[Toyooka weather in September] The average temperature ranges from 18.6℃ to 27.4℃.


APGN 2015 Symposium Secretariat
San’in Kaigan Geopark Promotion Council

7-11, Saiwai-cho, Toyooka City, Hyogo, 668-0025, JAPAN