The Kurashiki City Art Museum will be the main venue and it is located within the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter. Other facilities are located close by and will be used for some of the break out sessions.



Facilities satisfy
the requirements of MVA :
✓a large room for Plenaries, with the capacity to accommodate at least 150-200 people
✓5-7 small rooms for Splinter/Working Sessions to be held in parallel, with the capacity to accommodate 20-30 people each
✓halls for coffee breaks, lunches and dinner


Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

This townscape, known for the characteristically Japanese white walls of its residences and the willow trees lining the banks of the Kurashiki River, earned recognition as an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings. Kurashiki prospered in the 1600s as an integral destination for the transportation of goods, and the area continues to offer the historically attractive atmosphere of a calm and harmonious life.



“Special Symposium” will be held at the Arid Land Research Center in Tottori-city. Tottori Sand Dunes, a famous sightseeing spot, is located close to Arid Land Research Center. Participants can visit Tottori Sand Dunes as the site tour event.   


Arid Land Research Center, Tottori University

The Arid Land Research Center, is located on the west side of the Tottori Sand Dunes. The approximately 1-square-kilometer site provides an excellent research environment including a research building, various analytical instruments, and equipment for reproducing the weather conditions in dryland. There are also sandy experimental fields and planted forests and meadows with protected marine plant ecosystems. Furthermore, an exhibition room introduces the results of past research.


Tottori Sand Dunes

The Tottori Sand Dunes are a nationally designated Natural Monument, located in the eastern part of Tottori Prefecture. It is one of the largest coastal dunes in Japan, stretching 16 kilometers from east to west and 2.4 kilometers from north to south. For over 100,000 years, the dunes have been shaped by sand deposits carried by wind and ocean currents from the Sea of Japan. Recently Tottori local government planes to utilize Tottori Sand Dunes as  experimental fields for lunar developments based on the similarities between the Moon’s surface and the dunes.