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Consideration of issues and solutions related to the coexistence of cultural properties and the real life of the neighborhood

Yuko Ishida (Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan)
Dowon Kim (Department of Science and Engineering, Ritsumeikan University, Kusatsu, Japan)
Tatsuo Konegawa (Construction Division, Mihama Town Office in Mie Prefecture, Mihama, Japan)
Ryoichi Fukagawa (Department of Science and Engineering, Ritsumeikan University, Kusatsu, Japan)

Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Article publication date: 21 June 2019

Issue publication date: 6 January 2020




The purpose of this paper is to organize the issues that arise during repair processes when the cultural heritage sites and the infrastructure of local residents are simultaneously damaged by disasters and to propose measures before disaster occurrence.


Issues to be considered regarding restoration processes are extracted based on details of damages and restoration work caused by disasters to the world heritage site “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range” and the surrounding living facilities and hearings from government officials.


In order to develop a restoration method with little burden on cultural properties, it is important that related institutions collaborate before the occurrence of disasters and consider reconstruction methods with low environmental impact. The authors should increase the number of effective countermeasure options that prioritize harmony with nature and scenery preservation prior to disasters.

Research limitations/implications

Little is known about the best practice of reconstruction work at the cultural heritage sites.

Practical implications

The damages and restoration works which are described in this paper serve as a precedent of recovery works from future disaster occurrence.

Social implications

The damages and restoration works of Yokogaki-toge Pass, the issues extracted and the measures proposed which are presented in this paper would be helpful the people involved in cultural properties to think about better methods of restoration.


In the hearing investigation clarified that both the person in charge of cultural property and public facility management recognize importance learning from many effective countermeasure methods and previous cases to make a better recovery plan for future damage.



The part of this work was supported by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C) No. 26350380 (2014–2016) from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. The authors would like to thank Kumano Agriculture and Forestry Office and Mihama Town Office for providing the restoration data. The authors are also grateful to persons in charge of cultural property protection and infrastructure management belonging to Agency for Cultural Affairs, Mie Prefecture, Wakayama Prefecture, Tanabe City and Mihama Town who gave the authors a lot of precious opinions about restoration works of damaged cultural properties. Finally, the authors appreciate the feedback and helpful suggestions that are received from Dr Ksenia Chmutina and the reviewers of Disaster Prevention and Management of Emerald Journal.


Ishida, Y., Kim, D., Konegawa, T. and Fukagawa, R. (2020), "Consideration of issues and solutions related to the coexistence of cultural properties and the real life of the neighborhood", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 29 No. 1, pp. 86-108.



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