Rural Tourism in Japan: The Regeneration of Rural Communities

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The change in Japanese rural society after World War II can be understood as a tendency towards stagnation and aging. Some way of revitalizing rural societies is needed. This paper examines the development possibility of rural tourism as a means of revitalization in Japan.

This paper discusses the development of rural tourism in Western Europe, and how it can be encouraged to take root in Japan. The components of Japanese rural tourism are made clear, and the different management styles of farm inns are characterized. Some case studies are introduced of various styles of farm inn currently operating in Japan.

Yutaka Arahi
Food & Fertilizer Technology Center