Social Program/Excursion

October 18 (Thu.), 2018 / 9:30-15:30 (tentative)
Included in the registration fee
Minimum participants required 20 persons
Participants wishing to reserve excursion should apply online no later than September 30, 2018.
9:15 Assembly Time
1F "Entrance Lobby" The Westin Awaji Island
9:30 Dep.
  1. The Westin Awaji Island
  2. Hokudan Earthquake Memorial Park (11:00)
  3. Uzu-shio Cruise (12:50)
  4. The Westin Awaji Island
14:40 Dep.
  1. The Westin Awaji Island
  2. Sannomiya Station(15:15 arr.)
  3. Shin-Kobe Station(15:30 arr.)
  • ※Arrival time will be changed due to traffic conditions.
  • ※Places to visit, maximum attendee of the tour, etc are subject to change with or without notice.
  • ※Lunch box will be provided.

Hokudan Earthquake Memorial Park

 Thirty nine people lost their lives in Hokudan, Awaji City, due to the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake that occurred on January 17, 1995. Tow thirds of the houses in the area suffered total or partial collapse. The damage and destruction were great but residents and firefighters worked together to rescue many people quickly who were buried alive under the rubble. By the evening of that day, everybody was accounted for. Thanks to close everyday communication among local residents, the damage was minimized, and this fact highly appraised nationwide. This demonstrated that being good neighbors is extremely valuable in saving lives in the event of a natural disaster.

 Earthquakes and other natural disasters occur throughout the world. In order to keep alive the memory of the earthquake, we are preserving the Nojima Fault so that visitors can view and appreciate the brutality of the forces of nature, driving home the message of how important it is to be well prepared for natural disasters and how previous human life is.


 Considered as one of the three greatest currents in the world! he current in the Naruto Strait is the fastest in Japan. The fastest the current can achieve is 10 knots (approximately 20 km/h) or more during the spring tide. This current is on the same level as the Strait of Messina of Italy and the Seymour Narrows of Canada.

 The fast current of the Naruto Strait occurs due to the changing of the tides caused by the gravity of the sun and moon.
The high and low tides occur due to the gravitational pull of the sun and moon.