An experience of the senses
In the Amakusa Geopark concept promotion conference of 2010, measures were taken to offer a hands-on experience to visitors opening the wonderful expanse of sense experiences that Amakusa has to offer.
The creation of an attractive tour program offers an impressive and informative first-hand experience of the wonderful resources that exist in Amakusa. Geo-tour guides are trained to offer scientific explanations of geologic and geographical features, ecology, culture and history of Amakusa. Based on information collected from the Amakusa Goshoura Geopark tour guide program, a proposal was submitted to the Japanese Geopark commission to extend the Geo-tour guide service throughot the Amakusa islands.
The Goshoura Geo-tour guide
Because Amakusa Goshoura, known as ‘dinosaur island’ was the origin of a dinosaur fossil dating back about 100 million years, authorization was received from the Japanese Geopark Committee in October, 2009 to allow Goshoura to enter the Japanese Geopark Network. The Goshoura Cretaceous Museum and the Goshoura Tourism Promotion Committee have taken the lead in the promotion of geo-tourism in the area.
Conservation and geosites
Areas of precious significance exist throughout the Amakusa islands. While it is the main purpose of the Amakusa Geopark Conference to open these sites to visitors, a keen understanding of the need to protect and preserve each site for future enjoyment is understood. As such, guidelines have been implemented to ensure the safety of these areas.
Because each geosite exists in a natural place, caution must be taken to ensure personal safety and comfort. Comfortable shoes such as sport or hiking shoes are recommended as is comfortable clothing for active movement. Considering personal safety will ensure a satisfying experience of each geosite.
Introduction of satellite institutions
Three institutions assigned with the study and education of the nature and environments of Amakusa.
Goshoura Cretaceous Museum
A sientific museum built around the discovery of a dinosaur fossil in July, 1997. About 1000 fossils including the tooth fossil of the greatest carnivorous donosaur in Japan are exhibited.
The Amakusa Visitor Center
An institution which introduces the nature and hisory of Amakusa through video and displays. Two such presentations concern the exploration of Amakusa's unique tidal flats and the unique occurrence of luminescence known as ‘the sea firefly.’
The Kumamoto Tomioka Visitor Center
A building within the main enclosure of the Tomioka castle offering information about the natural environment of the Unzen-Amakusa National Park, its history and culture.