33rd Symposium on Naval Hydrodynamics, May 31 - June 5, 2020, Osaka, Japan

Social Program

Due to the new corona-virus (COVID-19) pandemic, all face-to-face events have been canceled. The Symposium will take place virtually. Thus regrettably all social programs were canceled.

Himeji Castle (White Heron Castle)

As the Symposium tour, we will visit Himeji Castle, which is located in Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture, about 80 kilometers west of the symposium venue.

Himeji Castle was registered as a World Heritage Site in December, 1993, along with Horyuji Temple in Nara, the first place in Japan to achieve this status. The graceful white building is compared to a white heron in flight, thus called “the White Heron Castle”.

Himeji Castle is characterized by its vivid white walls covered with white plaster. Seen from the outside, Dai-tenshu (the Main Keep) appears to have 5 stories but the interior reveals a 7-floored structure with 6 floors above and 1 in the basement. The present form of Himeji Castle was constructed in 1609, and it has retained its original beauty for more than 400 years.

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Akashi Kaikyo Ohashi (Bridge)

On the way back from Himeji, if we have enough time, we may have a chance to visit Akashi Kaikyo Ohashi, which means ‘big bridge over Akashi Strait’. This bridge connecting Akashi and Awaji Island was completed in 1998, and its total length is 3,911 meters and the main tower is 293.3 meters in height. Akashi Strait is known as an important ship navigation route with a maximum current speed of 7 knots.

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