Leisure and Environmental Education in Japan
In addition, some more remote rural areas such as Touno (Iwate Prefecture), Ajimu (Oita Prefecture) and Iida (Nagano Prefecture) developed rural tourism by using farmers’ houses. However, the enactment of this law spurred the nationwide spread of green tourism development.
Educational rural tourism is also being developed throughout Japan. Some small communities such as Ojika (Nagasaki Prefecture) and Suo Oshima (Yamaguchi Prefecture) already invite high school students to experience the rural way of life. After their success, many rural municipalities are following the same path.
The rural way of life could be used to attract international tourists as well. Ojika already accepts international excursionists from the US, Korea and Taiwan, and provides international volunteers to assist them. Though Suo Oshima already accepts more than 4000 domestic excursionists each year, it also accepted some participants from the World Scout Jamboree in Yamaguchi in 2015.