Unique local culture and people’s wisdom developing out of geological characteristics
The use of topography, ejection, deposit, terrestrial heat, the water.
Advanced disaster prevention and mitigation initiatives.
From the ancient times, people living in Izu have organized their society to live in symbiosis with this land.
Ground water that accumulates atop mountains flow out from fissures and crevices in the lava and is used for a variety of purposes by the local people. Wasabi (Japanese horseradish) growing in the Amagi area is an example. The combination of ground water and geothermal heat create hot springs. These springs are a main attraction for tourists, but they are also an important part of the local traditions and culture.
Large geyser at Mine Onsen in Kawazu-Town
Japanese horseradish field: a local specialty of Izu nourished by rich waters
Although Izu is blessed with many resources, nature also brings frequent disasters to the area.
Local societies devised ingenious measures for protection from earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions.
Knowledge of nature is the best way to understand the dangers it entails. Izu Peninsula Geopark closely cooperates with the local self-governing bodies and offers its support for emergency training.
Kano River drainage canal used to bypass water. This canal was buoilt to alleviate floods from downstream areas and save human lives. The Kano River is prone to overflow due to the rugged landform of the basin.