On this week long art school trip to Japan, students explore Tokyo and Kyoto to learn about Japan’s rich artistic past and forward-thinking future. They’ll explore groundbreaking immersive exhibitions at TeamLab, visit the home of Hokusai’s artwork, and learn about Japan’s global cultural offerings at the International Manga Museum. Along the way, students will get the chance to experience Japan’s buzzing city districts and historic landmarks.
Like what you see? Discover the vibrant world of Japanese art in our detailed itinerary below! But remember, all our school trips are completely customisable.
*Prices based on groups of 20 students and 2 free teachers, not including flights.
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✓ All accommodation costs
✓ Full board meals for the entire trip
✓ All transportation costs, including airport pick-up and drop-off
✓ All activities listed in the itinerary
✓ 1 free teacher per 10 paying students
✓ 24-hour emergency contact support during the trip
✓ Detailed pre-departure summary & briefing
✓ Full financial failure protection
✓ Public liability insurance
✓ Our trips are fully risk-assessed
Day 1: Welcome to Japan
Touch down in Tokyo, ready for the start of your art school trip to Japan! Be greeted at arrivals by an enthusiastic Adventure Leader, ready to transfer to the accommodation. Once checked in and unpacked, come together for a trip briefing. Here, the guide will explain the week’s plans, provide advice on adapting to local culture, and outline how to stay safe.
This evening, get the first – and best – view of the Tokyo skyline with a trip up to the top of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.
Day 2: Tokyo
- Enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Tokyo aboard a private bus. Take in the city’s iconic landmarks, and learn more about the city’s culture thanks to a local guide. [Note: Itineraries can vary, and you are able to customize the route.]
- Visit the Mori Art Museum, the behemoth of Tokyo’s thriving art scene. This huge contemporary art museum is located in the 54-story Roppongi Hills Mori Tower and focuses its efforts on temporary exhibitions and solo shows rather than permanent exhibits.
- Animation is a huge-part of modern culture, and students can glimpse this with a visit to Japan’s first official Nintendo store in Shibuya. It holds all kinds of special products for Super Mario, Splatoon – and many more – and is conveniently located next door to the Pokémon Center.
Day 3: Tokyo
- Visit the Tokyo National Museum, which houses one of the world’s largest collections of artworks and archaeological objects from Asia, with a special focus on Japanese artefacts.
- Wander through the Asakusa district, where an atmosphere of ancient Tokyo survives. Discover the charming streets lined with traditional craft shops and street-food stalls, and explore the Sensoji Temple – one of Tokyo’s most popular Buddhist temples.
- Get another incredible view of Tokyo today – this time, from the water! Take the Sumida River Cruise and spot all the landmarks as you go.
Day 4: Tokyo
- Be immersed into the mesmerizing world of digital art at TeamLab in Tokyo. Step into interactive installations that combine technology, art and nature, creating surrounding, ethereal experiences.
- Explore the Sumida Hokusai Museum, dedicated to the world-famous ukiyo-e artist, Katsushika Hokusai – renowned for the iconic The Great Wave Off Kanagawa. While exploring his famous works, students can also learn more about the artist, his life and work, and the ukiyo-e art genre.
- Take a trip to Akihabara – nicknamed Japan’s ‘Electric Town’ thanks to the post-war industry boom. Today, it’s a cultural epicentre in the city for anime and manga lovers, and is also home to Japan’s most famous J-pop group, AKB48.
Day 5: Kyoto
- Today, transfer between Tokyo and Kyoto on the shinkansen – the bullet train!
- Tour the International Manga Museum – an amazing building which holds both permanent and special exhibitions, as well as housing over 300,000 individual publications. Learn about the history of manga in Japan, and watch as talented in-house manga artists put pen to paper.
- Walk down the bustling Hanamikoji Dori – a street which runs from Sanjo Dori in the North to Kenninji Temple in the south. The street is lined with stunning shrines and temples which provide examples of Japan’s rich architectural history, as well as places to enjoy performing arts – include the Gion Koubu Utamai Neriwa.
Day 6: Kyoto
- Learn more about Japan’s integral contribution to the global development of art with a trip to the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto. Gain an understanding of the artistic movements in the city and the wider Kansai area, by examining the the collection of works from across the twentieth-century.
- Wander through quaint side streets to the 1,200-year-old Kiyomizu Dera Temple, to enjoy postcard-worthy views over the city. Explore the Higashiyama District, one of the city’s best-preserved historic neighbourhoods, and dive into the local traditional merchant shops to pick up a souvenir.
- Transfer back to Tokyo on the shinkansen for the final night of your art school trip to Japan.
Day 7: Farewell
Today, your art school trip to Japan sadly comes to an end. Transfer to the airport, ready to head home with new experiences to digest, plus a wider understanding of Japan’s rich artistic history.
Gain insight into Japan’s rich artistic history – both nationally and globally – through museum visits.
Discover Japanese popular culture in context in Akihabara and Shibuya.
Understand more of Japan’s rich cultural heritage through visits to historical and religious sites.
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