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Scientific Tours for AOGS2014 Participants

Email application to Ms. Kanisawa at
Deadline: June 23, 2014.

Specially organized and lead by specialists in their fields for participants of the 11th Annual Meeting of the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society.

Limited seats per tour, so apply early!

Dates Duration Click on Tour for Itinerary & Description *Fee Per Person
Jul 24 (Thu) to 26 (Sat) 3 days Mt. Apoi Geopark (JGN) 25, 000 JPY
Jul 29 (Tue) 1 day Mikasa Geopark – Time Travel for 100 Million Years 4, 000 JPY
Aug 02 (Sat) 1 day Urahoro – Paleo-tsunami excavation site at Urahoro-town, the Pacific coast 5, 000 JPY
Aug 01 (Fri) 1 day Toya Caldera and Usu Volcano Global Geopark 2, 500 JPY
*Prices are approximate and actual may vary
Mt.Apoi Geopark(JGN)
Dates July 24(Thu)-26(Sat)

Leader Hiroshi Sasaki, a Bureau Chief, Samani Mt. Apoi Geopark Promotion Council

Guides Kiyoaki Niida, Academic adviser of Mt. Apoi Geopark
Allison Barlows, Assistant Language Teacher
Tetsuhito Ohno, Ainu Association

Contact Person Takumi Harada

Cost Each excursion cost varies according to the numbers for each tour.
35,000 JPY~ approximately

Itinerary 【July 24】
15:00 New Chitose Airport - Lake Utonai Wildlife Conservation Center - Mitsuishi Roadside station - 19:00 Apoi Sanso Hotel (Lodging)
【July 25】
8:00 Mt. Apoi Geopark Visitor Center - "Mt. Apoi"mountain climbing(810m, Around Six hours) - Cape Enrumu(Tombolo) - Mt. Kannon(Vehicle) - Peridotite Plaza(A science specimen) - The introduction of Kelp - 18:00 Apoi Sanso Hotel(Lodging) - 19:00 Banquet
【July 26】
9:40 Cape Erimo - Lunch - 16:30 Royton Sapporo Hotel

Includes 1. Transportation expenses from New Chitose Airport July 24 to Royton Sapporo Hotel July 26 (minibus)
2. Experience program, admission fees to Facilities, guide service
3. Accommodation expenses 2 nights(with breakfast on 2 mornings and dinner on 2 evenings)
4. Lunch for July 25, 26

Participants 10(min) - 20(max)

Description A Visit to a Rich Source of Magma and Peridotite
Mt. Apoi (810 m) is located at the southern end of the Hidaka Mountains – the backbone of Hokkaido. It is a symbol of Samani Town, and was called Ape-o-i-nupuri (meaning “mountain where fire was made”) and revered by the region’s indigenous Ainu people. It is known as a mountain of many flowers and as a place where endemic alpine plants grow. On Mt. Apoi and in its surroundings, mantle rock known as Horoman peridotite stretches out for 10 km in each direction. This is an ultrabasic rock rich in magnesium and iron, and has the highest specific gravity among rocks of its kind. It is highly valued because it is not serpentinized and maintains the exact state it had while it was in the upper mantle. Mt. Apoi Geopark provides opportunities for visitors to experience the effects of a massive global change that occurred here at the boundary between two plates in the Northern Hemisphere. The region’s Alpine plants and coastal topography are not to be missed, and visitors can also enjoy the culture of the Ainu and kelp in the region specialty.
*On-board guidance: English   Field guidance: English

Note Clothes for walking are advised. As Mt. Apoi offers a suitable hiking environment for everybody, light gear is considered sufficient. (Rain gear required.)
*Activity details are subject to change in the event of adverse weather conditions.

Mikasa Geopark - Time travel for 100 million years
Date Tuesday, 29-July-14   *One-day field trip

Responsible person Fumiyasu Abe, a Secretary-General of the Mikasa Geopark Promotion Council

Guides Ken'ichi Kurihara (Mikasa City Museum)
Kei Shimomura (Regional Development and Geopark Promotion Section, Mikasa City)
Manabu Kanoh (Mikasa City Museum)
Fumiya Takahashi (Mikasa City Museum)

Contact Person Ken'ichi Kurihara, a curator of the Mikasa City Museum
tel: +81-1267-6-7545   fax: +81-1267-6-8455

Cost 4,000 JPY

Itinerary 8:30 - 9:00 AM. Load onto vehicles at the conference venue, Royton Sapporo Hotel.
9:00 AM. Depart from Sapporo. Mikasa Geopark is about 50 km east of Sapporo City. Travel time to Mikasa City is about an hour.
10:00 AM. Arrive at the Mikasa City Museum (Stop 1). You can see the huge collection of well-preserved ammonites discovered from Hokkaido.
11:00 AM. Arrive in the Open-Air Museum area (Stop 2). You can enjoy a short walking tour while looking at the ruins of coal mine, coal layers and fossils.
12:00 PM. Eat lunch. You can try a "Geo-bentou (lunch box)". The "bentou" means a luch box in Japanese.
12:45 PM. Arrive at the old Pombetsu Coal Mine (Stop 3). You can see the gigantic headframe of coal mine (about 51 meters in height).
1:15 PM. Arrive in the Mikasa area (Stop 4). You can know the mordern history of Mikasa, which developed as a coalmine city.
2:15 PM. Arrive in the Tappu-yama area (Stop 5). You can get a full view of Mikasa and Ishikari plains from the summit of theTappu-yama Mountain.
3:00 PM. Arrive at the Michi-no-eki Mikasa (a road station). You can buy souvenirs of Mikasa. We will leave there for Sapporo at 3:30 pm.
4:30 PM. Arrive at the Royton Sapporo Hotel.

Includes Transportation expences from the Royton Hotel to the Mikasa Geopark, admission fee of the Mikasa City Museum, lunch box (including seafoods and meats).

Participants 120 (max)

Description The Mikasa Geopark is a place where you can enjoy a time travel for 100 million years. This geopark was admitted to the Japanese Geoparks Network in 2013.
100 million years ago, ammonites were swimming in the sea here, and now this region boasts a prosperous coal mining industry. In this geopark, you can know the evolutionary history of ancient life, and human history into which it developed with coal.

Note Recommended light trekking clothes and shoes.
*Please note that the itinerary may change due to poor weather conditions.

Urahoro - Paleo-tsunami excavation site at Urahoro-town, the Pacific coast
Dates Aug 2 (Sat)

Leader Yuichi Nishimura, Hokkaido University

Guides Yuichi Nishimura and Yugo Nakamura, Hokkaido University

Contact Person Yuichi Nishimura

Cost Each excursion cost varies according to the numbers for each tour.
Yen 5,000 approximately

Itinerary 【August 2】
7:00 Royton Sapporo Hotel - 11:00 Urahoro Town Museum (lunch) - 12:00 Arrive at the trench site - 14:00 leave the site - 18:00 Chitose Airport -20:00 Royton Sapporo Hotel

Includes 1. Transportation expenses from Royton Sapporo Hotel to the hotel or to the Chitose airport on Aug 2 (minibus)
2. Field trip guide
3. Lunch

Participants 40(max)

Description Along the northeastern coast of Hokkaido, which faces the Kuril Trench, time-space distributions of tsunami deposits suggested unusually large earthquakes occurred about every 500 years on average over the past 2000-7000 years. We are going to visit Urahoto-town, central Hokkaido, where we observe at least six sandy tsunami layers and five widespread tephras at a 1.5 m deep and 5-10 m long trench excavated in natual peatland. The latest tsunami layer, representing the 17th century not-documented tsunami, is thick (~26 cm) and exhibits two or more sub-units that grade upward. The thickness and sedimentary features are significantly influenced by microtopography of the peatland.

Note Clothes for working in a muddy trench and rain gear (for the case of rain), and rain boots advised.

Toya Caldera and Usu Volcano Global Geopark
Date Friday, 1-August-14   *One-day field trip

Responsible person Nire Kagaya (Toya Caldera and Usu Volcano Global Geopark Council)

Guide Hiromu Okada
Assistant guide: Toya - Usu Volcano Meister

Itinerary 【August 1】
8:30 Royton Sapporo Hotel - 10:30 Showa Shinzan - 11:00 Mt. Usu – 12:00 lunch – 12:45 Mimatsu Masao Memorial Museum - 13:30 1977 eruption remains – 14:00 2000 eruption remains – 15:00 leave the site - 17:00 Royton Sapporo Hotel

Cost 2500 yen approximately

Participants 40 (max)

Description Coexistence with the Ever-changing Earth
The Toya Caldera and Usu Volcano Global Geopark is a volcanic Geopark containing both the Toya Caldera, which was created by catastrophic pyroclastic eruptions at 110,000 years ago, and the world-famous Usu volcano which has been active since 20,000 years ago. Because Japanese Islands is located in quite active tectonic belt among the earth, many of Geoparks in Japan feature geological hazards such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions as main theme. Especially, Toya Caldera and Usu Volcano Global Geopark is the most representative of these, having experienced at least nine eruptions in the past 350 years.

Note Recommended light trekking clothes and shoes.
*Please note that the itinerary may change due to poor weather conditions.

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