SAN’IN KAIGAN GLOBAL GEOPARK – JAPAN
The San’in Kaigan UNESCO Global Geopark is located in the west of Japan and stretches from the eastern Kyogamisaki Cape, Kyoto to the western Hakuto Kaigan Coast, Tottori. The San’in Kaigan Geopark was designated as one of the Japanese Geoparks in December, 2008. In addition, it was inducted as a Global Geopark in October, 2010.
The San’in Kaigan UNESCO Global Geopark is home to a diversity of geological sites related to the formation of the Sea of Japan, including granite outcrops formed when Japan was part of the Asian continent (70 million years ago), as well as sedimentary and volcanic rocks accumulated when Japan rifted away from Asia (25 to 15 million years ago) to form the Sea of Japan. It contains geographical features, such as Genbudo Cave, ria type coasts, sand dunes, sand-bars, volcanoes and valleys. This natural history makes the San’in Kaigan Geopark an interesting location to observe culture and history.Thanks to such diversity, the Geopark is home to rare plants as well as Ciconia boyciana (Oriental White Storks) – a symbol of biodiversity.
The San’in Kaigan Global Geopark of Japan and Lesvos Global Geopark of Greece signed a sistering agreement at 12 February 2011.