We hope you are all enjoying the summer weather. It seems like each year is getting hotter and hotter perhaps due to global warming.
In today’s post we would like to talk about ‘Geoparks’. The Japanese Geoparks Network (JGN), a nonprofit organization which acts as a networking platform for the Geoparks in Japan, describes a Geopark as a ‘single, unified geographical area where sites and landscapes of geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development’. It is a place to learn about the earth and enjoy geotourism. You can take a closer look at mountains and rivers and learn in more detail how they were formed.
UNESCO began providing support for Geoparks in 2004 and since then, the World Geopark Network (headquarters in Paris) was established in June 2008. As of writing this blog, 57 locations around the world have been certified, 44 of which are in Japan. The closest Geopark to our hotel is called Mt Apoi. Samani Town in the eastern Hidaka area of Hokkaido is home to numerous mountains and gorges. The town also has an interesting history and rich culture which visitors can have fun learning about. The park is roughly 3.5 hours by car from Sapporo.
You can learn more about Mt. Apoi by visiting http://www.apoi-geopark.jp/ (Japanese)