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We develop professionals not only capable of working in existing tourism industries such as the travel, hotel, and airline industries, but also able to promote tourism as a form of multicultural exchange. You will gain an understanding of contemporary tourism issues from a global perspective, through studying an array of subjects that includes tourism, policy science, and environmental studies. From your second semester, you can choose one of two courses: the "Tourism Policy Course," in which you will study tourism as a form of cultural policy, and the "Tourism Business Course," in which you will engage in the tourism business in a wide variety of fields.

Learn about new tourism industries as a form of multicultural exchange

One characteristic of this department is its attempt to redefine the concept of tourism in the broader scope of multicultural exchange. Toward that end, in addition to studying traditional tourism industries such as the travel, hotel, and airline industries, you will also learn about how tourism should function as an experience or opportunity for exchange, such as in food tourism, spiritual tourism, and sports tourism. You will create new value in the tourism industry from several angles, such as tourism that communicates the fascination of Japan to the world, and tourism that serves as a methodology for regional development.

Fieldwork that utilizes Kyoto's advantageous standing

Our university is located in Kyoto, an international city of culture and tourism. In addition to studying Community Engagement (a required subject within the faculty), you will conduct fieldwork and volunteer activities focusing on Kyoto. Our university is home to a student group that provides volunteer guides for foreign tourists to Japan, and we have a long history of working within Kyoto. With the streets of Kyoto as your classroom, you will gain the knowledge required to support your activities through studying such subjects as "History of Kyoto," "Learning about Kyoto Products and Concepts," and "Tourism Survey & Research Methods."

Curriculum * Only selected subjects are shown in the table below.

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Specialized subjects

Core subjects

Students learn about the founding philosophy of the university, "PAX MUNDI PER LINGUAS" (World Peace through Languages), acquire the basic attitude towards studying at the Department, and develop both theoretical and practical skills through relevant Community Engagement activities.

Subjects offered on the Tourism Policy Course

These subjects are offered as part of an integrated academic framework designed to help students develop the knowledge and practical skills necessary to appreciate the indigenous value of local communities and contribute to local development by integrating local economy and local culture.

Subjects offered on the Tourism Business Course

These subjects are offered as part of an integrated academic framework designed to help students acquire a wide range of knowledge and basic theoretical understanding necessary for tourism business and develop the practical skills to readily work in the tourism industry.

Common course subjects

Specialized subjects relating to the studies at both the Tourism Policy Course and the Tourism Business Course are designed to help students determine which course to take and encourage them to study their area of interest in depth.

English language seminar subjects

These subjects help students enhance English proficiency to the level necessary to engage in Community Engagement activities overseas.

Japanese language seminar subjects

These subjects help students enhance Japanese proficiency to the level necessary to study specialized subjects in Japanese, engage in Community Engagement activities in Japan and write a graduation thesis or conduct graduation research in Japanese.

Foreign language subjects

Advanced English subjects

These subjects are designed to help students develop more practical English skills and enhance English proficiency to the level necessary to pass high-level English proficiency examinations.

Second foreign language subjects

Learning another foreign language in addition to English helps students enhance their proficiency in the language and develop a specialized understanding of the language.

Third foreign language subjects

Learning another foreign language in addition to the second foreign language and English helps students develop an understanding of and insight into languages in general.

Cultural subjects

Through practical cultural education, students are guided to develop a wide range of knowledge required for playing a leading role in international society and the ability to make fair and appropriate judgments.

Institute for Japan Studies

These subjects are offered in English, in which international and Japanese students study Japanese society, systems, culture and values together to deepen their understanding of Japan and develop the ability to disseminate information about Japan.

Careers

We develop professionals capable of establishing tourism businesses in companies found in a wide range of fields, including traditional tourism industries, such as travel agencies, hotels, airline companies, and hospitality enterprises. A range of business conditions are developing including food tourism, eco/green tourism, spiritual tourism, and sports tourism, and the demand for professionals who have studied tourism continues to grow. Employment in government and public sector institutions and in NPOs / NGOs involved in regional or town development will also an important career path for graduates.

Target careers

  • Tourism-related institutions
  • Government and public office
  • Regional government
  • International institutions such as the World Tourism Organization
  • Environmentally -conscious global enterprises
  • Journalism

Professors

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Professor

  • DAI Zhike
    E-mail: z_dai(at)kufs.ac.jp
    Social Informatics, Area Studies (Chinese-speaking area), International Tourism Studies
  • Hideo YOSHIKANE
    E-mail: h_yoshikane(at)kufs.ac.jp
    Tourism Sociology, Tourism-based Community Building, Eco-Museum
  • Hiroshi MINAMI
    E-mail: h_minami(at)kufs.ac.jp
    Archaeology, Museum Studies
  • Jeff BERGLUND
    E-mail: j_berglund(at)kufs.ac.jp
    Intercultural Communication
  • Kazuki HARA
    E-mail: k_hara(at)kufs.ac.jp
    Tourism Studies, Tourism Education, Philosophy, Social Theory
  • Kikuko YUI
    E-mail: k_yui(at)kufs.ac.jp
    Japanese Language Education, Semantics
  • Shunichi NOZAKI
    E-mail: s_nozaki(at)kufs.ac.jp
    Food Tourism, Service Innovation, Business Planning
  • Yuichi HIROOKA
    E-mail: y_hirooka(at)kufs.ac.jp
    Tourism Studies, Travel Contracts, Travel Business

Associate Professor

  • Eric HAWKINSON
    E-mail: e_hawkinson(at)kufs.ac.jp
    Learning Technology
  • Naoko FUJIKURA
    E-mail: n_fujikura(at)kufs.ac.jp
    English for Qualifications, Women's Studies, American Culture Studies
  • Sachiko KAWAKAMI
    E-mail: s_kawakami(at)kufs.ac.jp
    Cultural Anthropology, Immigrant Studies

Lecturer

  • Kotaro MURAYAMA
    E-mail: k_murayama(at)kufs.ac.jp
    Historical Science, Japanese Early Modern History, Ritual Studies, Imperial Court Studies
  • Wakako MANTANI
    Traffic Engineering, Aviation Policy

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