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


  • ISHIKAWA Yoshitaka (Kyoto University)

Board of Executive Councilors

  • Secretary, AKIYAMA Michio (The University of Shiga Prefecture)
  • Chief Editor, KAGAWA Takashi (Kyoto University of Education)
  • Treasurer, NAKAYA Tomoki (Ritsumeikan University)
  • Planning and Public Relations, YANO Keiji (Ritsumeikan University)
  • Meeting Coordinator, YOSHIDA Yoko (Nara Women’s University)


  • AKIYAMA Michio (The University of Shiga Prefecture)
  • FUKUDA Tamami (Osaka Prefecture University)
  • ISHIKAWA Yoshitaka (Kyoto University)
  • ITO Osamu (Kansai University)
  • KAGAWA Takashi (Kyoto University of Education)
  • KOJIMA Yasuo (Kyoto University)
  • KOMEIE Taisaku (Kyoto University)
  • MIKI Satofumi (Nara University)
  • MIZUNO Kazuharu (Kyoto University)
  • NAKAYA Tomoki (Ritsumeikan University)
  • NOMA Haruo (Kansai University)
  • OKAMOTO Kohei (Nagoya University)
  • SATO Renya (Osaka University)
  • SHIMAZU Toshiyuki (Wakayama University)
  • SODA Ryoji (Osaka City University)
  • TAWA Masataka (Kwansei Gakuin University)
  • UCHIDA Tadayoshi (Nara Women’s University)
  • YAMAMURA Aki (Kyoto University)
  • YANO Keiji (Ritsumeikan University)
  • YOSHIDA Yoko (Nara Women’s 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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