Course of International Tourism Studies 国際地域学研究科 国際観光学専攻

Course of International Tourism Studies

 Contributing to the development of tourism as one of the few Japanese graduate schools specializing in tourism


Chair of the Course of International Tourism Studies

Naohisa Wada

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Driving the creation of a “tourism nation” through both practice and academia

 The Tokyo Olympic Games will be held in 2020. The 2019 Rugby World Cup and the Kansai World Masters Games are also scheduled to take place around the same time. These events are expected to draw in a large number of visitors from countries all over the world. There is an urgent need to establish environments to accommodate inbound tourists, including transportation facilities and means of receiving tourists in local areas. Such opportunities for international tourism are increasing not only in Japan but in various countries around the world. Japan’s distinctive omotenashi culture has recently attracted interest, and accepting foreign exchange students from various countries is also an important challenge for this course. Research that utilizes Japan’s tourism characteristics and builds on these while going forward is essential.

Tourism has also come to play a much larger role in regional and local development. To address the major challenges facing Japan, such as population decline and the super-aging society, each region must leverage its unique characteristics and independently go forward to build a sustainable society. “Tourism promotion” as a source of endogenous regional development based on local tourism resources and human capital has great potential. This situation has prompted the rapid mobilization of resources that go beyond “experience and intuition” using open data, disclosed to the public by municipal governments, and big data, typified by mobile location information, purchasing behavior, and SNS. While using these resources, possibilities for promoting tourism have emerged through scientific methods. Thus, as the environment surrounding tourism undergoes significant changes, there is an urgent need to nurture individuals capable of contributing to the development of tourism. The Course of International Tourism Studies aims to nurture individuals who can play important creative roles in tourism study and tourism industries in Japan and overseas at a graduate school attached to one of the few departments in Japan that specializes in the field of tourism. To date, the course has welcomed many exchange graduate students and working professionals from China, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia, and students can complete the course by attending classes on weekday evenings and Saturdays. In addition to the Master’s course, we offer a Doctoral course. Of the students who have completed this course, some were aiming for even greater success in practical fields while others intended to conduct empirical and theoretical research to contribute to Japan’s development as a tourism nation.

This course serves as a base for tourism research that responds to these needs. As one of the few graduate schools in Japan that specializes in this area, we invite you to conduct research with us under a well-prepared research guidance system.

Overview of the Course

In April 2001, the Department of International Tourism Studies was established in the Faculty of Regional Development Studies as part of the reorganization of the Department of Tourism at Toyo University Junior College, the first Japanese provider of higher education in the field of tourism. While some of the graduates from this course are aiming for careers in practical fields, a large number of students wish to conduct further empirical and theoretical research to contribute to Japan’s development as a tourism nation. In response to these needs, the course was created to provide a base for new tourism research.

As one of the few graduate schools in Japan that specializes in this area, we have established a well-prepared system of research guidance.

  • Admission capacity: Master’s program – 10 students; Doctoral program – 3 students
  • Lecture times: Day/Evening
  • Campus: Hakusan
  • Degree: Master’s program – Master of International Tourism Studies; Doctoral program – Ph.D. in  International Tourism
  • Training and Education Benefits System: Master’s program
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和田 尚久









 「観光」が地域振興,地域づくりで果たす役割も一層大きくなっています。人口減少,超高齢社会の進展という我が国が直面する大きな課題に対して,各地域がそれぞれの特徴を活かして、自律的で持続的な社会を自ら創り上げて行くことが求められています。地域の観光資源・人的資源を活用して内発的地域振興の手段となりえる「観光振興」は、そのための大きなポテンシャルを有しています。このような中で,自治体の保有情報公開であるオープンデータや携帯の位置情報,購買行動,SNSなどに代表されるビッグデータを利用した「経験と勘」を超えることが期待されるリソースが、急速に整備されています。これらを活用しながら科学的な知見を通じた観光振興の可能性が一層高まっていると考えられます. このように「観光」を取り巻く環境が大きく変わりつつある現在,観光の発展に貢献する人材の育成が急務になっています。「国際観光学専攻」は我が国でも数少ない歴史ある観光を分野とする学科の上に設置された大学院で,国内外の観光学や観光業界において独創的で重要な役割を果たす人材の育成を目的としています。本専攻には,中国、韓国,台湾,ベトナム、タイ,カンボジアからの留学生や社会人大学院生もこれまで多く在籍しており,平日夜間,土曜日の授業履修によって修了することも可能です.また,博士前期課程に加え,博士後期課程も設置しており,その修了生の中には実務の世界で更なる活躍を目指す人がいる一方で,観光立国を指向する日本に貢献するため,さらなる実証的研究,理論的研究を目指す人も大勢います。





  • 入学定員:博士前期課程10名/博士後期課程3名
  • 開講時間:昼夜開講
  • キャンパス:白山
  • 学位:前期課程 修士(国際観光学)/後期課程 博士(国際観光学)
  • 教育訓練給付制度指定講座:前期課程

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