2012 Japan Study Tour Exhibition (BACHM)

BACHM JST 2012 group photo

The Japan Study Tour was organized for the students of the BA Cultural and Heritage Management programme. With the aims to broaden the students’ professional and cultural horizons, and to offer them chances to apply the knowledge gained in the courses they have already taken in the BACHM programme, it covered two historical cities, namely Kyoto and Nara. Kyoto and Nara were the imperial capitals of Japan from the 8th century until the mid-19th century. They were the centres of Japanese culture, illustrating the development of Japanese religions and traditions. In Kyoto and Nara, more than 20 heritage sites have been listed as Historic Monuments by UNESCO. Therefore through visiting a number of museums and heritage sites in Kyoto and Nara, the tour enhanced students’ professionalism in the management of cultural institutions and heritage preservation, letting them have a better understanding of the knowledge gained from BACHM courses as well as the development of the cultural industry in Japan. The tour took place from 27 May 2012 to 5 June 2012. In total, 26 students and two teachers participated in the tour. Designed as a multi-destination tour, the study tour gave students exposure to a range of museums and heritage sites through visiting five museums and 13 heritage sites, including the Museum of Kyoto, Kyoto Art Museum, Nara National Museum, Kashihara Archeological Research Center and Museum, To-ji, Kenninji, Kiyomizu-dera, Horyuji, etc. As defined by the international council of museums ‘A Museum is a non-profit, permanent institution in the service of society and its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment’. The definition of cultural heritage, as defined by UNESCO, is the monuments, buildings and sites that are of outstanding universal value from the point of view of history, art, culture and science. Based on these definitions, after the visits students were asked to write a group report to comment on the sites and museums visited regarding their preservation, educational activities, facilities, exhibitions and management skills.

Project Coordinators:

Dr. Pedith CHAN

Dr. WANG, Xiaolin


27 May 2012-5 June 2012



No. of participants:

26 students and 2 teachers


Day 1:

Hong Kong to Osaka

Osaka to Kyoto

Day 2:

Lecture: Preservation and Management of Cultural Heritage in Kyoto Prefecture by Mr. Isono Hiromitsu(磯野浩光)


Day 3:

To-ji(東寺), On-site lecture at Toji by Yamashita Yasunaga(山下泰永)and Fukui Mamoru(福井守)

The Museum of Kyoto, on-site lecture given by Mr. Masakage Murano(村野正景), Curator (Archaeology),

Kyoto Art Museum

Day 4:

Kenninji(建仁寺),on-site lecture given by Asano Toshimichi(淺野俊道)

Shokokuji(大本山相國寺)、Jotenkaku Museum

Day 5:

Museum of Kyoto University, Kinkajuji(金閣寺),Daitokuji(大德寺)

Day 6:

Kiyomizu-dera(清水寺), on-site lecture given by Komiya Mutsu(小宮睦)

Ginkakuji(銀閣寺), Nijo Castle(二條城)

Day 7:

Nara National Museum, On-site lecture given by Mr. Hiroyuki Nagai(永井洋之)


Day 8:

Museum, Kashihara Archeological Research Center, on-site lecture given by Dr. Ban Yashushi(坂靖)


Day 9:

Kasuga Taisha(春日大社), Heijo Palace(平城宮)

Nara to Osaka

Day 10:

Japan to Hong Kong

Enquiry: ctlenq@cityu.edu.hk

Page last updated: 4 October 2012