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<Report>The Training Program on Interpretation in Japan

The ASEAN-Japan Centre invited site managers of national parks/natural heritage sites and officers from national tourism office and natural resource management offices from 8 ASEAN Member States to participate in the training program on interpretation in Japan.

After receiving lectures in Tokyo, the participants moved to Fujinomiya city in Shizuoka, which is a city located at the foothills of Mt. Fuji inscribed as a World Heritage site. The program included inspections of community-based ecotours that incorporate the interpretation method, lectures by the experts and the city’s Tourism Division that explained the importance of the partnership of the public and the private sectors in developing a responsible local tourism. To conclude the training program, each participant designed and presented a program/action plan applying the interpretation method.

The participants are expected to contribute to the development of the sustainable tourism in their respective countries.


Date: October 31-November 6, 2018

Place: Tokyo and Fujinomiya in Shizuoka

Participants:  11 (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam)


<Program Outline>

Day 1 / Lectures

  • Outline of the National Parks System in Japan (Ministry of Environment)
  • Outline of Interpretation and Interpretive Planning
  • Community-based Ecotourism Development in the World


Day 2 / Inspection and Lecture

  • Satoyama Village Ecotour
  • Soba-making experience
  • Local Sake Brewery
  • Interpretation Lecture


Day 3 / Inspection and Lecture

  • Mount Fuji Forest Walk
  • Fujinomiya Township & Culture Ecotour
  • Interpretation Lecture


Day 4 /Inspection and Lecture

  • Interpretation Lecture
  • Fuji World Heritage Centre, Shizuoka
  • Fujinomiya Autumn Festival


Day 5 / Workshop & Presentation

  • Design and present the Ecotour or Action Plan using the interpretation method


Visit to the waterfall

Inspection of Township & Culture eco tour


Inspection of Mt. Fuji Forest Tour

Meet the local community at the festival


Presentation by the participants