Dinosaur Train, Operated by Echizen Railway

Dinosaur Train, Operated by Echizen Railway

Tourist Attraction: Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Support from Fukui Prefecture

With eyes set on the 2023 spring opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen line extension within the prefecture, Fukui Prefecture brings focus onto the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (located in Katsuyama City) as a centrepiece for drawing in tourists, with an initial budget for 2020 drafted at ¥1,035,070,000 for expansions and functional enhancements of the facilities. A “Dinosaur Train” and Dinosaur Hotel” project has also been planned out in the background, to support the museum.

In regards to the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum’s enhancements, with a 2023 summer reopening in mind, ¥447,670,000 has been allotted for the expansion project costs, and ¥587,400,000 for the landscaping costs on the museum’s west wing. The museum extension will have event halls and special exhibition room in the 1st and 2nd basement floors. The main building of the museum, which was sculpted into an egg-shaped dome, has been established as a symbol for the museum; the integrity of the museum’s design in being taken into consideration.

In line with the expansion and renovation projects, discussions will also be held with Katsuyama City, to start work on methods to promote trips and accommodations within the prefecture. ¥122,350,000 has been allotted to support those working on projects, including of the Dinosaur Train and Dinosaur Bus, which will be furnished to evoke the image of dinosaurs, and also the project to bring the Dinosaur Hotel into reality.

The Dinosaur Train will be operated by Echizen Railway. In addition to remodelling already existing trains to roll out this summer, preparations to introduce new train cars to operate in three years is in progress.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1032269

School Trips Postponed due to Novel Coronavirus

School Trips Postponed due to Novel Coronavirus

Four School Including Koshi Junior High School, In Response to Increasing Infection

On February 21st, in response to the increasing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infections, four schools, Koshi Junior High School, Fukui University-affiliated Compulsory Education School, Obama Junior High School, and Takahama Junior High School, have decided to postpone their respective school trips, which were scheduled within March. Other elementary, junior high, and senior high schools are currently taking in consideration on whether or not to proceed with plans they have set in, and after, April.

For Koshi Junior High School, the plan was for about 90 second-year students to visit the University of Tokyo and Tokyo Disneyland; there would then be a presentation on the results of their trip, as if to invite other Fukui-born residents to explore beyond the prefecture, and on about what they have learned.

“We considered the merits, as well as the risks, of going on this trip,” said school principal Mitsuhiro Yamakawa, in response to an appeal, made by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, to carefully reconsider the necessity of holding events, in light of the continued increase of infections within the Greater Tokyo Area. The students and guardians were informed of the postponement on February 21st. For how long the trip will be postponed is still undecided.

At the Fukui University-affiliated Compulsory Education School, 103 eighth-year students (equivalent to second-year in junior high school) had planned to visit Tokyo, Yokohama, and Chiba during March 16th to 18th. It is planned for the school trip to be postponed until mid-May; however, depending on the situation of the infection, there is also a possibility for the trip to be pushed as far as the autumn season.

As for Obama Junior High School, their school trip was originally set from March 4th to 6th, while Takahama Junior High School’s trip was set for March 10th to 12th.

According to the Fukui Prefectural Board of Education, along with the four above mentioned schools, there are three other junior high school within the prefecture whose school trips are still scheduled between February 21st and the end of March.

In addition, an international exchange program that plans to sent 27 second-year students, gathered from across five different junior high schools in Sakai City, to Wales in England from March 11th is currently in discussions on whether to continue with the program.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1033926