About HGSJ


The Human Geographical Society of Japan (HGSJ) was founded in 1948. It is one of the most important and influential geographical societies in Japan. The HGSJ is an organization of geographers from various universities and research institutions, graduate and undergraduate students, teachers from secondary schools, and other devotees of geography who share a fascination with the subject and recognize its importance. It is committed to the dissemination of human geographic research and its promotion as a key discipline in education, research, and in the public and private sectors in Japan. For seventy years, the HGSJ has contributed to the advancement of human geography in Japan.

President and Councilors


  • NOMA Haruo (Kansai University)

Board of Executive Councilors

  • Secretary, KOGA Shinji (Ritsumeikan University)
  • Chief Editor, UESUGI Kazuo (Kyoto Prefectural University)
  • Treasurer, KATO Masahiro (Ritsumeikan University)
  • Planning and Public Relations, Fujita Hirotsugu (Kobe University)
  • Meeting Coordinator, KAGAWA Yuichi (The University of Shiga Prefecture)


  • AMANO Taro (Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts)
  • ARAKI Hitoshi (Ritsumeikan University)
  • FUJITA Hirotsugu (Kobe University)
  • FUTAMURA Taro (Doshisha University)
  • KAGAWA Yuichi (University of Shiga Prefecture)
  • KANDA Koji (Ritsumeikan University)
  • KATO Masahiro (Ritsumeikan University)
  • KAWAHARA Norifumi (Ritsumeikan University)
  • KOGA Shinji (Ritsumeikan University)
  • MATSUDA Takanori (Shiga University)
  • MINAMIDE Shinsuke (Otemon Gakuin University)
  • MIZUNO Masahiko (Osaka Prefecture University)
  • NEDA Katsuhiko (Nara University of Education)
  • NOMA Haruo (Kansai University)
  • OGATA Noboru (Kyoto University)
  • OKAHASHI Hidenori (Nara University)
  • TANAKA Kazuko (Kyoto University)
  • TSUCHIYA Jun (Kansai University)
  • TSUTSUMI Kenji (Osaka University)
  • UESUGI Kazuhiro (Kyoto Prefectural University)
  • WAKABAYASHI Yoshiki (Tokyo Metropolitan University)

Office Address

The Human Geographical Society of Japan

Kinkichiho Hatsumei Center, 14 Yoshida-kawaracho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8305, JAPAN

E-mail: jimchi48[a]yahoo.co.jp (replace [a] with @)
Telephone: +81-75-751-7687 (+81: the country code of Japan)
Fax: +81-75-708-5515 (+81: the country code of Japan)

Join the HGSJ


Full member: Annual fee of 9,500 yen. Privileges include: Free subscription of Japanese Journal of Human Geography. Rights to submit papers to the journal. Rights to participate in the meetings of HGSJ. Rights to elect or to be elected President and Councilors of HGSJ. Rights to use the facilities of HGSJ.

Student discount: Undergraduate and graduate students can get the privilege of discount with the annual fee of 6,000 yen and enjoy all the privileges of full members.


Please fill out an admission form and send it to the HGSJ office. After the society accepts your admission, please pay the annual fee (9,500 yen for a full member, 6,000 yen for student discount) in the form of cash or an international money order.

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