Sugimoto Koun

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Sugimoto Koun
Tokyo Metropolitan University
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Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Jul 2014
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Urban Environment Sciences, Tokyo Metropolitan University
Jan 2019
Feb 2019
Visiting Research Fellow, School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, University of Surrey
Apr 2015
Mar 2016
Researcher, Graduate School of Life and Environment Sciences, University of Tsukuba
Oct 2014
Mar 2016
Part-time Lecturer, Ibaraki University
Apr 2014
Jun 2014
Research Fellow PD(University of Tsukuba), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
Apr 2011
Mar 2014
Research Fellow DC1(Tokyo Metropolitan University), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science


Apr 2011
Mar 2014
Department of Tourism Science(Doctoral Course), Graduate School of Urban Environment Science, Tokyo Metropolitan University
Apr 2009
Mar 2011
Department of Tourism Science(Master Course), Graduate School of Urban Environment Science, Tokyo Metropolitan University
Apr 2005
Mar 2009
Division of Architecture and Urban Studies, Faculty of Urban Environment Sciences, Tokyo Metropolitan University

Awards & Honors

May 2019
Best Paper Award, Japan Institute of Tourism Research
May 2018
Best Paper Award, Japan Institute of Tourism Research
Jan 2019
Leading Scientist, Tokyo Metropolitan University
Oct 2015
Excellent Poster Award, 10th Japan-China-Korea Joint Conference on Geography
May 2015
Encouragement award, Japan Association on Geographical Space

Published Papers

Sugimoto Koun, Ota Kei, Suzuki Shohei
Sustainability   11(3) 919   Feb 2019   [Refereed]
Analysis of Inter-Destination Cycle Tourist Movement in Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan Using Volunteered Geographic Information
Nishimura Keita, Sugimoto Koun, Kikuchi Toshio
GIS - Theory and Application   in press    2020   [Refereed]
Factors of Tourist Space in the Ueno Area in the Edo Period:Historical Geographical Approaches
Hong,M., Ota,K., Sugimoto,K., Kikuchi,T.
The International Journal of Tourism Science   11 35-43   Mar 2018   [Refereed]
Psychological reactance in the settings of eco tours in Ogasawara Islands
Hattori Youta, Sugimoto Koun, Kikuchi Toshio
Annuals of Ogasawara Research   41 65-81   2018   [Refereed]
Relationship between childhood nature play and adulthood participation in nature-based recreation among urban residents in Tokyo area
Hosaka Tesuro, Numata Shinya, and Sugimoto Koun
Landscape and Urban Planning   180 1-4   2018   [Refereed]
Regional characteristics of international educational travel in Tokyo: Analysis of the acceptance system and tourist behaviors of foreign students
Isono, T., Sugimoto, K., Iizuka, R., Ikeda, M., Koike, T. and Ota, K.
Journal of Geographical Space   10(3) 180-194   Mar 2018   [Refereed]
A study on the attraction strategy and operation of night cruise in Tokyo: A trend of youth utilization in Tokyo-wan-noryosen
Ota, K., Sugimoto, K., Uehara, A., Ikeda, M., Iizuka, R., Isono, T. and Koike, T.
Journal of Geographical Space   10(3) 165-179   Mar 2018   [Refereed]
The features of night-life tourism in Tokyo through the focus on clubs and live music venues
Ikeda, M., Uda, T., Isono, T., Sugimoto, K., Ota, K. and Iizuka, R
Journal of Geographical Space   10(3) 149-164   Mar 2018   [Refereed]
Development of Craft beer events as youth tourists' destinations in the Tokyo metropolitan area
Iizuka, R., Ota, K., Ikeda, M., Koike, T., Isono, T. and Sugimoto, K.
Journal of Geographical Space   10(3) 140-148   Mar 2018   [Refereed]
Youth tourism and leisure related to Anime in the Tokyo metropolitan area
Koike, T., Sugimoto, K., Ota, K., Ikeda, M., Iizuka, R. and Isono, T.
Journal of Geographical Space   10(3) 125-139   Mar 2018   [Refereed]


Gentrification and Toruism
Sugimoto Koun
Gentrification in a metropolitan area (Tokyo Metropolitan University)   57-63   2019
Analysis of cycle tourist movement using social geo-data
Nishimura,K. Sugimoto,K. and Kikuchi,T.
CD-ROM    Oct 2018
A study on visitor movement towards sustainable urban tourism management
Sugimoto,K. Ota,K. and Suzuki,S.
CD-ROM    Oct 2018
Youth Tourists' Behavior in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area
Sugimoto Koun
Geography (Chiri)   63(9)    Sep 2018   [Invited]
Anime shops and destination image in cities
Koike Takuya, Uehara Akira, and Sugimoto Koun
Geography(Chiri)   63(9)    Sep 2018   [Invited]
Research on Youth Tourism and Its Accepters: Activity Report for the 2017 Fiscal Year
Sugimoto, K., Isono, T., Iizuka, R., Ikeda, M., Ota, K., Koike, T. and Uehara, A.
The Tourism Studies   29(2) 135-138   Apr 2018   [Invited]
Results and future works of geographical studies focusing on youth tourism and leisure
Sugimoto, K.
Journal of Geographical Space   10(3) 195   Mar 2018   [Refereed]
Behavior and space in youth tourism and leisure: Geographical studies in the Tokyo metropolitan area
Sugimoto, K.
Journal of Geographical Space   10(3) 123-124   Mar 2018   [Refereed]
Regional Characteristics of International Educational Travel in Tokyo
Isono, T., Liu, J., Zhang, G., and Sugimoto, K.
roceedings of the 12th Korea-China-Japan Joint & 3rd Asian Conference on Geography      2017
Research on youth tourism and its accepters: Activity report for the 2016 fiscal year
Sugimoto, K., Isono, T., Iizuka, R., Ikeda, M., Ota, K. and Koike, T.
The Tourism Studies   28(2) 125-126   2017   [Invited]

Books etc

Introduction of geography in Tokyo
Sugimoto Koun (Part:Joint Work, Tourism)
Asakura Publishing Co., Ltd.   2019   
Topography topics: Localization
Sugimoto Koun (Part:Joint Work, Singapore as an international city attracting foreign visitors)
Asakura Publishing Co., Ltd.   2018   
Geography on Tourism
Sugimoto Koun (Part:Joint Work, MICE trends in an international city Brussels)
Ninomiya-Shoten Publishers Ltd.   2018   

Conference Activities & Talks

Regional Characteristics of Internationl Educational Travel in Tokyo
Isono, T., Liu, J., Zhang, G. and Sugimoto, K.
12th Korea-China-Japan Joint Conference on Geography   2017   
Intra-region tourist movement during a local event for tourists: A case study of a cultural festival in the Ueno district of Tokyo
Sugimoto, K., Koike, T. and Kikuchi, T.
11th Japan-Korea-China Joint Conference on Geography   2016   
The challenges of implementing the recent MICE strategy in Tokyo
Sugimoto, K.
2015 Korea-China-Japan Joint International Seminar: The Present and the Future of Urban Management in Northeast Asia: Searching for New Possibilities   2015   
Exploration of day trippers’ movement in the Tokyo metropolitan area through the pattern mining of people flow data
Sugimoto, K.
10th China-Japan-KoreaJoint Conference on Geography (The 1st Asian Conference on Geography)   2015   
Geographical analysis of photographs taken during a guided tour: A case study of an experimental group tour in Izu Oshima island, Japan
Koike, T.,Sugimoto, K. and Kikuchi, T.
International Geographical Union Regional Conference 2015   2015   
GIS-based location analysis of accommodation facilities in the Greater Kanto Region of Japan
Sugimoto, K.
International Geographical Union Regional Conference 2014   2014   
Spatial characteristics of tourist attractions distribution in the Sydney Metropolitan area: Focusing on the travel guidebook analysis
Sugimoto, K.
8th Japan-Korea-China Joint Conference on Geography   2013   
Spatial analytical approach for perception-based assessment of urban recreational spaces: An extraction of sightseeing spot clusters based on different preference levels
Sugimoto, K.
Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting 2013   2013   
Sequential characteristics of emotions during hiking experiences in nature-based tourist destination
Sugimoto, K.
32th International Geographical Congress   2012   
Regional differences in distribution and types of tourism resources in Japan
Sugimoto, K.
7th China-Japan-Korea Joint Conference on Geography   2012   

Research Grants & Projects

A practical survey and analysis framework and its application to destination management
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists
Project Year: Apr 2019 - Mar 2022    Investigator(s): Sugimoto Koun
Night life tourism and night time economy
Japan Institute of Tourism Research: 
Project Year: Apr 2018 - Mar 2020    Investigator(s): Ikeda Mariko
A Study on Gentrification in the Metropolis
Tokyo Metropolitan University: 
Project Year: Jul 2017 - Mar 2019    Investigator(s): Toshio Kikuchi
Evaluation of tourism demand and potential on youth tourism and leisure
Tokyo Metropolitan University: 
Project Year: Apr 2018 - Mar 2019    Investigator(s): Sugimoto Koun
Survey on the visitor movement around the Ueno station
Taito City Goverment: Commissioned research
Project Year: Apr 2018 - Jun 2018    Investigator(s): Sugimoto Koun
Compilation of the history of the Ueno area since Showa 39
Ueno Tourism Federation: Commissioned research
Project Year: Oct 2015 - Mar 2019    Investigator(s): Toshio Kikuchi
Geospatial modelling and visualisation of tourist dynamics
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (B)
Project Year: Apr 2015 - Mar 2018    Investigator(s): Sugimoto Koun
Application of the area-marketing method to the tourist behavior studies
Tokyo Metropolitan University: 
Project Year: Jul 2016 - Mar 2017    Investigator(s): Sugimoto Koun
Evaluation of Cultural Art Festival in the Ueno district
Ueno Tourism Federation: Commissioned research
Project Year: Feb 2016 - Mar 2016    Investigator(s): Toshio Kikuchi
Characterization and evaluation of tourist spaces by multiscale spatial analysis
Tokyo Metropolitan University: 
Project Year: Apr 2015 - Mar 2016    Investigator(s): Sugimoto, K.


Review Contribution
Tourism Management
Transactions in GIS
Landscape and Urban Planning
Remote Sensing
ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information
Sustainable Cities and Society
Environment and Planning B
Urban Forestry and Urban Greening
Landscape Research
Progress in Earth and Planetary Science
The Tourism Studies
GIS-Theory and Application-
Journal of Geographical Space