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As far as operations at our sites allow, the Fisheries Laboratory at Kinki University offers site tours, explanations of our research, and guides of our facilities as detailed below to many people in the same field of study or industry, and prospective students of the Department of Fisheries at the Kinki University Faculty of Agriculture (both from Japan and from overseas).

If you wish to request a tour of our facilities, please read the following conditions, download an application form, and submit your application via e-mail or fax to the laboratory you wish to visit.

[ Please read before requesting a tour of our facilities ]
1) Please submit all requests at least two weeks before the date you wish to visit.
2) Tours may be cancelled or cut short if weather conditions are unfavorable
3) All children of elementary school age or below must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, teacher, or other responsible adult.
4) During the tours, please follow all instructions given by our guides, and take sufficient care to avoid accidents. We will accept no responsibility for any accidents caused by the inappropriate behavior of our visitors.


Details of tours at each testing center

□ Shirahama Testing Center / Uragami Testing Center / Shingu Testing Center / Toyama Testing Center
These sites may accept requests for tours at any of their cultivation facilities on land. They will not, in principle, accept requests for tours at their fishery facilities at sea.

□ Oshima Testing Center
The Oshima Testing Center offers tours both of its cultivation facilities on land and of its bluefin tuna fishery facility at sea. So as not to interfere with bluefin tuna spawning, tours are however limited to 13:00-14:00 every Friday, between September 1 and May 31 only. To visit the sea-based facility, please board a chartered boat at the time designated by the testing center. The testing center will organize the chartered boat for you, but we ask our visitors to pay for this service themselves. Each chartered boat costs 30,000 yen and can hold a maximum of 20 passengers. Please wear trainers when boarding the boat, and bring raincoats, boots etc in the case of bad weather.

□ Amami Testing Center
The Amami Testing Center offers tours both of its cultivation facilities on land and of its bluefin tuna fishery facility at sea. To visit the sea-based facility, please board a chartered boat from the port of Koniya in Setouchi at the time designated by the testing center. Visitors are asked to pay for this service themselves. Each chartered boat costs 13,000 yen (return) for a maximum of 15 passengers, or 16,000 yen (return) for a maximum of 30 passengers. Boats must be booked in advance.

Chartered boats: Setouchi Boat Hire Union (tel: 0997-72-0377); Koniya Boat Hire Union (tel: 0997-72-0332)


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