MENUCLOSE

大学院で学びたい方

在学生の方


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


Hideki Furuya

Click here for a list of faculty members

 

 

 

 

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 2021 Kansai World Masters Games are also scheduled to take place around the same time. These events are expected to draw a large number of visitors from countries all over the world. There is an urgent need to establish an environment that can accommodate inbound tourists, including transportation facilities and means of receiving tourists in local areas.

Furthermore, in a super-aging society with a low birth rate, tourism promotion is expected to be the driver of regional development, with inbound tourism in particular being referred to as a high-potential market. The number of foreign tourists to Japan reached 31.19 million in 2018 (an 8.7% increase from the previous year), and the government aims to increase the number of foreign visitors to 40 million by 2020 and 60 million by 2030. It actively promotes tourism using the International Tourist Tax which started on January 7, 2019, as its financial source. Further, foreign tourists’ total spending has reached 4.5 trillion yen (a 2.0% increase from the previous year), which is catching up to Japanese tourists’ spending in Japan (4.9 trillion yen in 2016). On the other hand, spending per foreign tourist has declined to 153,000 yen (a 0.7% decrease from the previous year), mainly due to an increase of repeat visitors. Repeat visitors account for 61.9% of foreign tourists (according to the Japan Tourism Agency), and this percentage is expected to continue increasing. In order for Japan’s inbound tourism to maintain its competitive advantage over other countries and to win the preference of travelers, it is essential to bring out multifaceted attractiveness in such ways as offering new experiences and story settings.

Turning our eyes to the global demand for tourism, demand bottomed out during the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008 and the debt crisis triggered by the Greece fiscal crisis in 2009, as well as in 2011, the year the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred. After that, demand continued to grow throughout the end of 2017 against the backdrop of quantitative easing by the European Central Bank and devaluations of Chinese Yuan. However, it appears that demand started to slow down in 2018. In 2019, recessions in the United States and China as well as trade conflicts between the two countries, the UK's withdrawal from the EU, refugee issues and the spread of nationalism/populism could cast a shadow over international exchange. Consequently, we must focus on the big picture by considering not only the situation in Japan but also its position in the world.

Also, if we look at the current travelling environment, we often see the use of artificial intelligence and virtual reality in tourism. In the United States, smart speakers are expected to be used in 76 million households (by 2020), and one airline company had anticipated the trend by introducing a smart assistance system, which allows users to plan and book trips through voice recognition. With advancement of these technologies, social media’s word-of-mouth effect is expected to diminish. In addition, low-priced headsets facilitate virtual experience, and in some cases, such headsets are used to give travelers a strong incentive to visit a certain destination.

On top of these technologies, we have recently seen initiatives that combine resource creation and regional development, such as limited-time art festivals, car sharing in depopulated areas, financing through crowd funding, and start-ups of social businesses which solve social issues while engaging in tourism business, although in a small scale. On another front, some point out the issue of “overtourism,” which causes adverse effects, such as congestion caused by an excessive number of visitors and deterioration of the natural environment. As the social environment drastically changes, we need to commit to creating a new society while flexibly and smoothly adapting to such changes.

With the environment surrounding tourism undergoing significant changes, there is an urgent need to train individuals capable of contributing to its development. The Course of International Tourism Management aims to train individuals who can play important creative roles in tourism study and tourism industries in Japan and overseas. It is taught 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 graduate students and working professionals from China, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia. 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 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
国際観光学専攻 
 
 

国際観光学専攻長

野村 尚司

教員紹介はこちら

 

 

専攻長メッセージ

観光は世界経済をけん引する主要産業となりました。

UNWTO(国連観光機関)の『2030長期予測』によると世界全体の国際観光客到着数は、2010年から2030年にかけて年平均3.3%増加し、2020年までに14億人、2030年までに18億人に達すると予測されています。地域別で最も力強く成長するのはアジア・太平洋になる見込みで、33,100万人から2030年には53,500万人(年4.9%増)に達するものと見込まれています。我が国の訪日外国人観光客数は2009年に800万人台半ばであったものが2019年に3,100万人を突破するなど急成長が見られました。客数こそ急激な伸びを示したものの今後はその消費額増加による観光の経済効果改善、つまり「質」の向上も求められるようになりました。

東洋大学大学院国際観光学研究科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。

国際観光学専攻で取り扱う観光学は学際的領域であり、多角的なアプローチによる研究を実施しています。地球的に社会が変化を続ける現在、将来の予測は困難です。課題解決のための予測ならびに計画よりも、課題発見力と将来像の構築が問われる時代となってきました。本専攻は、観光に係る諸課題の解決のみならず、その発見力ならびに構想力の涵養を目指しています。

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。また平日夜間、土曜日の授業履修によって修了することも可能です。

本専攻には多くの社会人院生が在籍しており、企業などでの実務経験を背景にキャンパスに戻って研究に取り組んでいます。所定の課程修了後は実務領域での高みを目指される方、あるいは実務家教員として主に高等教育でのキャリアを進めれる方もおられます。また多様な国・地域からの留学生も在籍しています。研究とは一見個人プレーのような印象がありますが、実は学生、他院生また教員との相互協力により成り立っています。多様な学生で構成される本専攻では様々な知的刺激を受け、多様な仲間とふれあいながら修了を目指すこととなります。

わが国でも数少ない当分野の専門大学院として、万全な研究指導体制を整えている国際観光学専攻で一緒に研究を行いましょう。

概要

 2001年4月、観光学分野の高等教育としては日本で最初に設立された東洋大学短期大学観光学科を改組し、国際地域学部の中に国際観光学科を開設。
その卒業生の中には、実務の世界での活躍を目指す学生もいる一方で、観光立国を志向する日本に貢献するため、さらなる実証的研究、理論的研究を目指そうとする人も大勢います。
こうしたニーズに応え、新たな観光学研究の拠点として誕生したのが本専攻です。

 わが国でも数少ない当分野の専門大学院として、万全な研究指導体制を整えています。

  • 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