Water nutures the lives – on the way through the Mountain,
River,and Sea.Let’s enjoy stories and themes in this Geopark.

Geopark is a natural park aimed at protecting and utilizing the heritage of the earth.
The whole area of Hakusan city in Ishikawa Prefecture is
certified as Nihon Geopark as Hakusan Tetoragawa Geopark.

Nature and people's living are there as a symbol of Hakusan,
"The story of the earth" hidden in casual scenery Mountain - river - sea and snow,
"Water journey" to nurture life Along the journey of water "Stone's journey"

Let's experience the work of the earth in the geopark!

A story about the lives of the earth,
nature and people


The formation of the earth

In the area there are the strata where fossils such as rocks formed by the collision of small continents, fossils such as dinosaurs can be found, sediments of volcanic activity when the Sea of Japan is being formed, and the ejecta of Hakusan Volcano which is still active, about 3 There is a ground that remembered the changes of the era from 100 million years ago to the present.
The formation
of the earth

Moving earth / changing land

The earth has not been there all the time, but when the Sea of Japan is formed, it will be separated from the continent, the earth itself will be cracked due to being pushed or pulled, magma rising from the ground and volcanic It erupted, it was scraped off by rain, snow, etc., fragments of ground ground were carried, and it is changing constantly.
Moving earth /
changing land

The current "water journey"

The high flowing mountain "Hakusan" created in the changing land brings a lot of snow (rain) from the Sea of Japan to Hakusan. The snow melts and turns into water, after passing the flow of the Tetori River, we return to the Sea of Japan again. This "water journey" (circulation of water) is repeated in this narrow range.
The current
water journey

The current "vstone journey"

In the repeated "water journey", "Stone trip" is also occurring, especially with the flow of the Tete river. The flow of the water of the Tetori River carries the stone flowing out of the upper stream basin where crumbling is likely to occur, and furthermore cuts the ground in the middle area. A lot of stones carried to the downstream area were collected by the Tetoragawa fan, and there are many stones on the way to the river of the Tetoragawa river.
The current
stone journey

Bounty of the earth

Among such "water journeys" and "stone trips" that are repeated in the earth, there are ecosystems such as animals and plants, and a place of our life is born around that. People live in places where we can get the blessings of water and animals and plants, but their grace has been born under the "water journey" "stone trip".
of the earth

Disaster and coexistence

While "water journey" "stone trip" brings grace, it is linked to disasters such as floods. However, people living in this area have coexisted with "water journey" "stone trip" with wisdom to inquire about floods.
Disaster and
  • Geology and terrain

    Geology and terrain
  • Ecosystem

  • History ・ culture ・ industry

    History ・ culture ・ industry

In the geopark, the "story of the earth (geo)" in the area where we live and the "flora and fauna (eco)" living there, and those "people's" life, history, culture, industry Learn the relationship with and enjoy.

Geology, ecology and people.
Let’s enjoy and understand the whole.

In the geopark, the "story of the earth (geo)" in the area where we live and the "flora and fauna (eco)" living there, and those "people's" life, history, culture, industry Learn the relationship with and enjoy.

Global and Japanese Geoparks

A geopark is a type of natural park, and it highlights geological heritage, from which we can learn about activities of the Earth such as land formation, geology and topography. It also includes and highlights sites of nature, archaeological, ecological, and cultural value. Linking geoheritage to the lives of people and wildlife, history and industries, and natural disaster prevention, the initiative offers educational opportunities and promotes regional development in a holistic manner. Global Geoparks have been supported by UNESCO since 2004 and became “UNESCO Global Geoparks” in November 2015.

Three main purposes of Geoparks

1. Protection of geological heritage
2. Popularization of education and science utilizing geological heritage
3. Promotion of sightseeing and geo-tourism utilizing geological heritage

Japanese Geoparks Network (JGN) was established in 2009 to support regional activities related to promotion of geoparks. In JGN there are regular members certified as Japanese Geoparks and associate members trying to be certified as such. They are actively working on promoting Geoparks not only in Japan but also to the world. UNESCO Global Geopark are located in 41 countries and 147 regions, mainly in Europe and China. In Japan, 9 areas are designated as UNESCO Global Geoparks. 35 other areas including the Hakusan Tedorigawa Geopark are actively raising public awareness as Japanese Geoparks.(As of July 2019).


While world heritage places much value on protection and conservation under the treaties, Geoparks put emphasis on protection and conservation as well as utilization, such as popularization of education and science, and local development. We emphasize both protection and utilization. It is different from world heritage, which aims to mainly at protection. In this point these two are different. Geoparks are expected to further culture and environment while protecting and preserving heritage by revitalization of communities and development of local economy through human activities, such as geo-tourism.

  Global Geoparks World Heritage Sites
Object Excellent heritage of earth (matter) Excellent activities (people) Value(matter) as being unique in the world
Purpose Protection and utilization
(popularization of education and science, and local development)
Judgment Re-examination once every four year One time
Relationship with UNESCO UNESCO's program World Heritage Treaty