Commissioned Programs

Conservation and Risk Management of Historic Towns for Cultural Tourism


Commisioned by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Osaka International Center, the “Planning and Management for the Conservation of Historic Townscapes” program designed for administrators, technicians and researchers from developing countries was conducted until 2004. Since 2009, Ritsumeikan had implemented the new program titled “Conservation and Risk Management of Historic Towns for Cultural Tourism”.

In Japan, each local town has worked on conservation of their townscapes on their own since the 1970s. Their conservation methods range from Groups of Traditional Buildings category scheme under the Law for the Protection of Cultural Properties, to townscape conservation based on ordinance of each local municipality.

For countries in the process of modernization, passing down the cultural heritage of a town or city to the later generations is becoming more important than ever, especially in an era of globalization and concerns about the preservation of cultural diversity.

The aim of this training program is for participants to learn about principles, research and planning methods of conservation of historic towns, in accordance with modernization, through theory-based lectures and fieldtrips.

Program Overview

The training curriculum consists of the following contents; 1) Japanese Traditional Architecture, 2) Protection of Cultural Heritage and Disaster Mitigation, 3) Preservation of Cultural Heritage and World Heritage Registration, 4) Community Planning within the Historical Contexts, 5) Tourism Policy, and 6) Research and Planning Training.

Country Developing countries (Asia, Africa, Middle East, Middle and South America etc)
Participants Local, regional and central government officials who are involved in the conservation of cultural heritage, or in urban development or town planning, university researchers who are interested in conservation of historic towns and landscapes
Duration 1 month
Number of participants 10 people
  1. Lectures: Japanese Traditional Architecture, Protection of Cultural Heritage and Disaster Mitigation, Cultural Tourism etc...
  2. Field work: Kyoto Historic Towns, areas affected by Great East Japan Earthquake (2012)
  3. Report Session
Language English (interpretation supplied as required)
Cost The cost of tuition, interpretation, field work, accommodation, meals, and travel expenses is all covered by JICA. Administrative and personnel expenses will also incur.
* For more details, please make an inquiry.
Logistics JICA will arrange suitable accommodation during the program, based on proximity to respective training facilities. Participants will receive an allowance for meals except when the Ritsumeikan Trust prepares them.
Facilities The program will be held mainly in Ritsumeikan Biwako Kusatsu Campus (BKC). As part of the field work, participants will visit municipal offices and other training facilities.
Past Record Year 2004 ~ Year 2014 (August to September)