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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.


【Saitama Venue】

​ "Yoshimi Caves" + "Symposium"

【Yokohama Venue】

​ "Taya Cave" + "Symposium"

【Optional Tour】

Free​"Taya Cave" Guide Tour


 Tobu Tojo Line 
"Higashi Matsuyama Station"

"Yoshimi Caves"

【Saitama Venue】
"Yoshimi Caves"
About 13 min by Bus & Walk
from TobuTojo Line
"Higashi Matsuyama Station"


 JR Takasaki Line 
"Kounosu Station"

"Kounosu Civic Activity Center"

【Saitama Venue】
"Kounosu Civic Activity Center"

About 5 min by Walk
from JRTakasaki Line
"Kounosu Station"

Program 1:

10:30 ~ 12:00 “Yoshimi Caves” On-site Discussion

(Venue: Yoshimi Caves)

When you visit Yoshimi Caves, you'll encounter lots of wonders!

This is a rare discussion session with experts answering questions from participants for as long as they have time to talk to them!



from 'Yoshimi Hyakunana' to 'Konosu Citizens Activity Centre'

 ※ Free shuttle buses (two runs)

Program 2:

14:30 ~ 18:15 Symposium :

"Utilization and Issues of Underground Built Heritage in Rural Areas"

(Venue: Konosu Civic Activity Center)

Researchers and experts on the utilisation of Underground Built Heritage from Japan and overseas will be here. You can hear about the possibilities of Underground Built Heritage for the region!

We prepared free of charge (registration required), free to enter and leave during the session, face-to-face and online, and with simultaneous interpretation.

In the panel discussion, everyone will discuss "The Potential of Underground Built Heritage as a Tourism Resource".

Participants will also have time to ask questions!

【Speakers from Domestic】

  • Nobuaki Kuchitsu  (Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties)

  • Masahiko Osada  (Professor, Saitama University)

  • Kenichi Ota  (Yoshimi Town Archaeological Center)

  • Kenichi Yagihashi  (Yoshimi Town Industrial Promotion Division Commerce and Tourism Section Manager)

  • Yukio Saito  (Chairman, Usuki Castle Study Group)

​【Speakers from Italy & France】

  • ​Roberta Varriale  (CNR/ISMed, Italy)

  • Celine Schneider  (Associate Professor, Reims University, France) 

  • ​Massimo Cultraro (CNR/ISPC, Italy)


JR Tokaido Line
Ofuna Station

”Taya Cave”

【Yokohama Venue】
"Taya Cave"
About 15 min by Bus
from JR Tokaido Line
"Ofuna Station"


 JR Negishi Line "Hongoudai Station"

"Sakae Public Hall"

【Yokohama Venue】
"Sakae Public Hall"

About 10 min by Walk
from JR Negishi Line
"Hongoudai Station"

Program 3:

13:00 ~ 14:30 

“Taya Cave”  On-site Discussion

(Venue:Taya Cave

When you visit TAYA Cave, you'll encounter a lot of wonder too!

Experts will answer participants' questions outside the cave for as long as possible!



Move from 'Taya Cave' to the symposium venue, 'Sakae Public Hall'

 ※ Free shuttle buses (three runs)

Program 4:


Exhibition and Mini-Workshop 

"TAYA Cave Preservation Activities and Underground Built Heritage"

(Venue: Sakae Public Hall

Poster Exhibition

"Underground Built Heritage and Above-ground Spatial Areas"

Exhibition in collaboration with Elementary School and Universities

"The Efforts by the 6th Graders of Senshu Public Elementary School and the Preservation Activities for TAYA Cave"

Mini-workshop and VR Experience "TAYA Cave"

Program 5:

16:00 ~ 18:15

Symposium :

"Utilization of Underground Cultural Heritage and Educational Support in Suburban  Rural Areas"

(Venue: Sakae Public Hall)

Researchers on Underground Built Heritage from Japan and overseas will join us.

You will hear about regional utilisation and educational developments of Underground Built Heritage!

Free of charge (registration required), free to enter and leave during the session, face-to-face and online, simultaneous interpretation available.

In the panel discussion, we would like to discuss together "The Possibilities of Underground Built Heritage as an Educational Resource". There will also be time for questions!

【Speakers from Japan】

  • Yuki Chubachi  (Lifelong Learning and Cultural Heritage Section, Yokohama City Board of Education Secretariat)

  • Takuro Ogura  (Lecturer, Hyogo University of Teacher Education)

​【Speakers from Italy】

  • ​Laura Genovese  (CNR/ISPC)

  • Roberta Varriale  (CNR/ISMed)

Program 6:

Optional Tour  " Free "Taya Cave" Guide Tour "

(Venue : Taya Cave)

  • Pre-registration is required. Click here to register!

  • In the view of cultural heritage preservation, please pay a visit fee.

  • ​Please make sure to get to the Taya Cave by yourself.

  • This Guide Tour will include explanations by Yasuhiko Tamura (Executive Committee for the Preservation of the Taya Cave).

  • It will be limited to the first 10 applicants (morning session: 5 persons, afternoon session: 5 persons).

  • It will close as soon as the maximum number of participants capacity will be reached.

  • The tour is scheduled to take approximately 2 hours.


Morning session

(capacity 5 persons)

Yasuhiko Tamura (Executive Committee for the Preservation of the Taya Cave)


Afternoon session

(capacity 5 persons)

Yasuhiko Tamura (Executive Committee for the Preservation of the Taya Cave)



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