SMBC Environmental Program NPO C.C.C Furano Field

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NPO Furano Field (Furano Shizenjuku)
Enjoy studying a little bit about the earth. You will explore the construction and the history of our planet. And you can have an experience of pure edarknessf. We look forward to seeing you in the forest of Furano.

About us

NPO Furano Field aims to encourage participants to think about the environment by hosting:
The Forest Restoration Project
The Environmental Education Project
It was founded at the site of a closed-down golf course by Soh Kuramoto in 2005. Soh was born in Tokyo, in 1935. He is one of the most famous and highly regarded scriptwriters in Japan.

Program

Environmental Education Program
Furano Field holds various workshops within educational facilities allotted around the project site.
The Green Classroom
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Situated deep within the egreenf of Furano forest, we will explain how forests are vital to humans. You will begin to understand the root of forest restoration within Furano field.
The Stone Earth
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We will explore a model of the Earth to explain the reason why the Earth is called a emiracle planetf and other such issues. If we first understand the Earth as a planet, we can then begin to think about its environment.
The Trails of the Earth
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We will walk along 460m long road that represents 4.6 billion years history of the Earth. By travelling the road, with the instructor guiding you, you will witness every drama and miracle of the Earth up until now.
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@This program includes these three contents.
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Opening Period May - October iPlease consult for April and November.j
Tour Capacity 1 - 30 people
Price (tax inc.) Adult / 2,000 per person
Child and Junior (For age 15 and under) / 1,000 per person
Required time Approx. 90 minutes (variable)
Start time 9:00-/11:00-/13:00-/15:00-
Meeting point & time At the entrance of Furano Prince Hotel
by 10 minutes before the start time
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Things to bring & required items o long-sleeved clothes o full-length trousers
o headwear
o trainers / sneakers (no high heels or sandals)
o drinking water
o insect deterrent spray (if you need)

The Classroom of Darkness
This is Japanfs first permanent facility that allows you to explore and experience pure edarknessf: a world completely devoid of light. If you can no longer rely on vision, you will automatically hone your other senses to guide you.
You can experience this total darkness within the facility, a darkness which is becoming rarer as our civilization progresses and from thereon, have an understanding of what edarknessf and elightf really mean.
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Opening Period all seasons without the year-end and New Year holidays
Tour Capacity 1-5 people
Price (tax inc.) Adults / 2,000 per person
Child and Junior (For age between 10 and 15) / 1,000 per person
Required time Approx. 50 minutes
Start time 9:00-18:00 every hour
Meeting point & time At the entrance of Furano Prince Hotel
by 10 minutes before the start time
Not gNewh Furano Prince Hotel
Things to bring & required items o Towel to wipe your feet after program (if you need)

Location

From Asahikawa Airport: approx 1 hour by car
@From the new Chitose Airport: approx 2 hours 45 minutes by car
@From Furano Station: approx. 5 minutes by car, approx 10 minutes by bus
Map
Address : Shimo-Goryo, Furano-Shi, Hokkaido 076-0017

Important notice

Please read carefully before booking
Environmental Education Program
  1. Programs need to be reserved in advance. Please send us request by contact form on our website by 4 pm on the previous day of the date.
  2. Please inform us immediately about any changes or cancellations.
  3. Please pay by cash on that day.
  4. If you are physically challenged or your physical condition is not excellent, please inform us in advance.
  5. Japanese instructors guide you in English outside. (Japanese is also available.)
  6. In the case of rain, basically programs will be conducted and we are equipping rain boots and a raincoat for free rental.
  7. Please note that we may have to cancel program due to weather conditions such as thunder or strong wind.
  8. Please prepare shoes and wear of good for outside activities suitable for outdoor activities according to the weather.
  9. We recommend you to put on not a blackish wear but a whitish one for a measure against a bee repellent.
  10. Even in fine weather shoes and pants may get wet by morning dew in the field.
  11. It may get cold suddenly even in June or October.
  12. Please follow the guidefs instructions at all times.

The Classroom of Darkness
  1. Programs need to be reserved in advance. Please send us request by contact form on our website by 4 pm on the previous day of the date.
  2. Please inform us immediately about any changes or cancellations.
  3. Please pay by cash on that day.
  4. If you are physically challenged or your physical condition is not excellent, please inform us in advance.
  5. Japanese instructors guide you in English. (Japanese is also available.)
  6. There is the opportunity to eat or drink in the darkness, please tell us if you have any allergies in advance.
  7. Because in the Classroom of Darkness we take a barefoot walk, please refrain from wearing stockings etc.
  8. Please come with casual clothes which you would not mind getting dirty.
  9. Please follow the guidefs instructions at all times.

Message

What is essential for the survival of the human race?
Food is essential, as are clothing and shelter. More importantly - air and water, but we tend to forget their importance because we take them for granted.
The Earth was created because its size and distance from the Sun happened to be perfect. So then, the Earth can be considered an amazing eMiracle Planetf.
This kind of miracle is delicate and fragile in that the fact that it is influenced by many factors.

In 2005, I heard that Furano Prince Hotel golf course was closing down so I proposed to return it to the former forest it once was. Fortunately, my request was granted.
And now, we use the site for two purposes - firstly, restoring the forest and secondly, promoting environmental education within the project site.

Restoring a forest does not simply mean planting trees. It also involves collecting seeds, seedlings and young trees from nearby forests and nurturing them until they are ready to be planted into the earth. As you can see, it takes a great amount of endurance, time and effort. I will probably not live to see the completion of the project and the full forest restored, which is why it is vital we hand this project down to the future generation.

This is not a project to make profit.
We are not growing a forest to produce timber but to produce masses of leaves. We frequently forget that leaves, not the trunk and wood, are the most vital parts of the whole tree; responsible for emitting oxygen into the environment and for storing water.

This project was fortunately able to begin with the support of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC).

Please take an active interest in your environment, and show your support to us and the world around you.

2007 Spring,
SMBC Environmental Program
NPO C.C.C Furano Field
Soh Kuramoto, The president


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