Faculity of Division of Nature and Culture based Tourism, Urban Environmental Sciences, Tokyo Metropolitan University

Outline of Division of Nature and Culture based Tourism and Department of Tourism Science

History and outline

History of our division and department

The Department of Tourism Science was launched in 2008 as a Tourism Science major within the Department of Geography. A year later, the major was reorganized as a department within the Graduate School of Urban Environmental Sciences. The doctoral program was established in 2010. The division of Nature and Culture-based Tourism, which is an undergraduate program, was established in 2011.

Outline of our division and department

As of Oct. 2016, the Department of Tourism Science has 4 professors, 4 associate professors, and 3 assitant professors, along with 30 doctor candidates, 23 master students, and 42 undergraduates. We have been welcoming international students from several coutries, mostly from East and South-East Asia.

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Tourism Science
- scientific approaches and engineering techniques

Our challenge is to propose a new framework of Tourism Science

The Department of Tourism Science and the Division of Nature and Culture-based Tourism strongly focus on tourism behavior as experiences of natural and cultural environment and interactions with them. Wide variety of target regions of our department and division include natural environment such as tropical rainforest, agricultural landscape, and village forest, as well as historical and cultural resources such as remainders, townscape, and daily lives of local residents.

We are trying to develop a framework and a methodology of Tourism Science which is an interdisciplinary point of view on tourism researches. We employ several knowledge and techniques from both science and engineering fields so that findings of Tourism Science can contribute to nation-building, urban development, and preservation of natural environment from points of view on tourism development, analysis on tourists and tourism behavior.

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Three units of tourism science studies

Nature-based tourism unit employes scientific approaches and methods, such as geography, ecology or environmental studies, to discuss preservation and appropriate use of natural environment and regional resources.

Culture-based tourism unit employes engineering knowledges, such as city planning and architecture, to preserve historical and cultural resources, and to involve local residents to community activities to make the region more attactive to both tourists and residents.

Tourism policy and information unit employes social engineering skills, such as policy studies, psychology, and infomation science, to discuss tourism policy, to discover new tourism behavior, and to develop new information media.

Nature-based Tourism Unit

An attending doctor of ennvironmental sciences:
The nature-based tourism unit focuses on the conservation, protection, and appropriate use of the natural environment in relation to tourism activity by highlighting the natural environment and resources.

Culture-based Tourism Unit

Designs and fulfils plans at the region and country levels:
The culture-based tourism unit trains students in concepts related to land features, natural environment, historical background, and situation of region or country. It is geared towards proposing a plan accompanied by planning principle and techniques.

Tourism Policy and Information Unit

Instructs amendments to tourism policy and management strategy:
The tourism policy and information unit mainly concentrates on policy creation, management strategy in the field of tourism, and methods for attracting people to a city, region, or country. The unit is also interested in analysis and marketing methods that support objective decision making and information dissemination.

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The logo of our division and department

Two sides and the top of the box representing our three units

Division of nature and culture-based tourism and department of tourism science has set our logo in year 2011. Two sides and the top of the box facing outside represent our three units, which are unique and fundamental elements shape tourism science. Letters TOURISM are popping out from the box, representing our extensive approach based on scientific knowledge and engineering techniques. At the same time, swinging letters are a symbol of our alumni and aluminae succeeding in the society.


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