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古谷勝則の顔写真  FURUYA, Katsunori
Associate Professor PhD
Office: B-301
Telephone: 047-308-8884
E-mail: k.furuya@ (add “faculty.chiba-u.jp”)

Born in the Ibaraki Prefecture. Associate Professor Katsunori Furuya has a PhD from Chiba University. Since 1991, Dr. Furuya has been a scholar at the Faculty of Horticulture and the Graduate School of Science and Technology at Chiba University. He has also specialized in the fields of Nature Conservation Studies, Landscape Planning and Technology, and Landscape Architecture. His theories involve the appropriate usage of nature for conservation efforts; and the subjects of his study range from natural parks to neighborhood green spaces. The results of his surveys and case studies reveal the relationships between humans and the natural environment, as well as users' attitudes in nature. These studies provide a sustainable tourism model that is closely connected with local societies. Dr. Furuya received the Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture Award and Best Teacher Award of Chiba University.


Evaluating Visitors’ Perception of Congestion at Oze

Abstract: The number of daily visitors and perception of congestion have been compared in Oze. The data of the number of visitors was calculated from the Ministry of the Environment sensor data; and questionnaires were distributed to visitors to assess perception of congestion. The number of questionnaires distributed was 8,223, with 4,276 responses (response rate: 52.0%). Survey points to evaluate perception of congestion included: evaluation vs. expected congestion, evaluation vs. ideal number of visitors, and evaluation of feel of disturbance by crowd.
  The results of the survey are as follows: 55% of the respondents were on a day trip and 39% stayed over night, 37% of the respondents were first time visitors to Oze, and some respondents say they changed the visiting date and/or time by considering congestions before visit. In case of Oze, the number of daily visitors has been found to be an important figure to evaluate perception of congestion. However, a separate survey will be required for the places, such as rest houses and restrooms, where intensive congestion tends to occur. It has been revealed that respondents’ perception of congestion differs according to survey points.