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Wishing a quick and complete recovery to the all victims of

the Noto Peninsula Earthquake in 2024. 

At 16:10 on 1 January 2024, there was a magnitude 7.6 (preliminary) earthquake in the Noto region of Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan.

Many roads are reported to be sinking or collapsing. Rescue operations in the affected areas have been delayed because of these problems.

We wish our deepest sympathies to all people who are staying at home or in shelters in the cold winter days.

​We also pray for you to rebuild the region with great strength.


3-day programme from 6 (Sat) - 8 January 2024

【Saitama Venue】,【[Yokohama Venue】, 【Optional Tour

All successfully completed !

Total participants registered in advance: 121

Total tickets registered: 212.

Total participants over 3 days (On-Site+On-Line): 117

Thank you all for the participation of so many people from Japan and overseas!




 Information / News 

8 Jan 2024.

All the three-day programme was successfully completed.

4 Jan 2024.

A map of the free shuttle bus stop has been added. ( Click here for Yoshimi Caves ) ( Click here for TAYA Cave )

3 Jan 2024.

A reminder email has been sent from Peatix to all registered participants on how to watch the online "ZOOM".

Please check your email.


Date / Venue


Higashimatsuyama Station

Yoshimi Caves

【Yoshimi Caves】

[Observation + On-site discussion]



About 13 minutes by bus and walk from Higashi Matsuyama Station on the Tobutojo Line


JR Konosu Station

Konosu Citizen Activities Center

Konosu Citizen Activities Center

[Symposium (with interpretation)]



About 5 minutes walk from JR Konosu Station

On the day

"Yoshimi Hyakuana" ⇄ "Civic Activity Center"

​Free shuttle bus available

(2 buses planned)


Taya Cave

JR Ofuna Station

【Taya Cave】

[Observation + On-site discussion]



About 15 minutes by bus from JR Ofuna Station


Sakae Public Hall

JR Hongodai Station

【Sakae Public Hall】

[Symposium (with interpretation)]



About 10 minutes on foot from JR Hongodai Station

On the day

"Taya Cave" ⇄ "Sakae Public Hall"

​Free shuttle bus available

(3 buses planned)

【Optional tour】

Free "Taya Cave" Guided Tour

​Morning Tour: 5 people (Peatix registration required)

Afternoon Tour: 5 people (Peatix registration required)

* Registration will close as soon as the capacity is reached.

* Transportation fee to Taya Cave​ and admission fee is own responsibility.

​※ The guide tour takes about 2 to 3 hours.



Underground Built Heritage (UBH) is an important element in creating a community's identity with historical and cultural features, such as caves and mine sites, wartime air-raid shelters, underground munitions factory sites, mining sites or cave dwellings, which are common overseas. In areas with UBHs, there are some cases of local development through the use of these resources. They may also be used as primary and secondary education places.
This symposium provides a forum for research teams from Japan and Italy, who have started academic collaboration on JSPS bilateral joint research, to gather information and share views on the current status of activities and research in other regions, not only in terms of research, but also in terms of promoting and leading the safe and secure usage of UBH in the local region. In other words, it can also be said to be the kick-off meeting of the UBH Consortium.
This symposium will introduce Yoshimi Hyakunana (Yoshimi Town, Saitama Prefecture), Taya Cave (Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture) and Akaneko Cave (Usuki City, Oita Prefecture) from Japan, as well as Naples, Italy, Sicily and the Champagne mine from Reims, France, from abroad. The first day of this symposium will be held in a face-to-face style, with some remote broadcasts, from 'Yoshimi Hyakana' as a case study of the use of UBH research in rural areas, and on the second day from 'Taya Cave' as a case study in a suburban rural area. This session will introduce the field and exchange views, including their deployment and usage for education. Also, the lectures will be given in a high-flex format on both days, after the on-site tours, and we will discuss the use of UBH from an international comparative perspective, including cases of UBH research activities from Europe, such as Italy and France, as well as examples of its deployment of the educational contexts and its commercialisation in the tourism .

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