State of the Map 2017/Call for venues/Fukushima

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State Of The Map in Fukushima?

Welcome to the bid proposal page to host State of the Map 2017, in Aizu, Fukushima. The Fukushima Prefecture is situated in the south of the "Tohoku" region in the Northern part of the Japanese main island of Honshu. The Fukushima Prefecture is 250 km north of Tokyo.

Five years ago, a huge earthquake and tsunami hit the region, causing major damage in Fukushima. The people living in Fukushima have mostly settled down to a normal life again. But, nearly 100,000 people who were evacuated still have to remain in temporary emergency housing. Although conditions were very bad right after the disaster, things have gradually been getting better. We are thankful for this.


Tsuruga-jo Castle (Aizuwakamatsu City)

Aizuwakamatsu City is located in western Fukushima Prefecture. About 125,000 people live in Aizuwakamatsu City. Aizuwakamatsu City has many places of natural beauty nearby, such as Mt Bandai and Lake Inawashiro. Aizuwakamatsu City is an historic city and currently one of the best sightseeing cities in the Tohoku. The University of Aizu is the first university dedicated to computer science engineering in Japan. Aizuwakamatsu City understands ICT(Information and Communication Technology). There are many startup companies in Aizuwakamatsu City. OpenStreetMap flourishes in Aizuwakamatsu City.

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Aizuwakamatsu City (from Seaburi-yama)

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Landscape of Aizuwakamatsu City, Fukushima

Who's on the team?

Most of us are members of the OpenStreetMap Fukushima community.

Our team members are:

  • Hirotaka Hayashi
  • Jun Meguro (Aizuwakamatsu city officials)
  • Kinya Inoue (OSMF Japan)
  • Mariko Nozawa
  • Mizue Murakami
  • Takehiro Watanabe (OSMF Japan)
  • Tatsuhiro Miyamori

Most members has experience organizing various conferences.



With Bullet Train

  • Narita International Airport/Haneda Airport – Tokyo – (Tohoku Shinkansen: 1 hr 20 mins) – Koriyama – (Ban-etsu West Line: 1 hr 10 mins) – Aizu Wakamatsu
  • Asakusa – (Tobu Kinugawa Line: 2 hrs) – Kinugawa Onsen – (Yagan Railway & Aizu Railway: 2 hrs 10 mins) – Aizu Wakamatsu
  • Shinjuku – (JR Kinugawa Line: 2 hrs) – Kinugawa Onsen – (Yagan Railway & Aizu Railway: 2 hrs 10 mins) – Aizu Wakamatsu

Airtravel (From Regional Airports)

  • Fukushima Airport – (Transit bus: 40 mins) – Koriyama Station – (Ban-etsu West Line: 1 hr 10 mins) – Aizu Wakamatsu

Koriyama Station – (Highway bus: 1 hr 5 mins) – Aizu Wakamatsu Station

  • Niigata Airport – (Transit bus: 30 mins) – Niigata Station – (Highway bus: 1 hr 50 mins) – Aizu Wakamatsu Station
  • Sendai Airport – (Airport Railway & Tohoku Line: 17 mins) – Sendai Station, East Exit – (Highway bus: 2 hrs 25 mins) – Aizu Wakamatsu Station

Access to Fukushima

SAMURAI CITY Getting to Know Aizu Wakamatsu


There are two candidate locations for SotM.

The University of Aizu

University information (Map)

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Auditorium:Capacity 310(max 460) / Lecture Hall:Capacity 240 / Classroom:Capacity 100

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Aizu Wakamatsu City Culture Center

Facility information (Map)

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We are not sure about a date just yet. We are planning to hold SotM2017 in July - August. (3 Days)