On this week long economics and business school trip to Japan, students are given the opportunity to explore the real-world business industries in one of the world’s most exciting countries – while also gaining great cultural insight into Japan’s rich history and unique culture. Alongside educational and informative visits to Tokyo startups, the Bank of Japan, and Kyoto’s Coca-Cola Bottler Plant, they’ll also sightsee around the bustling Tokyo and explore Kyoto’s historic streets.
Like what you see? Read below to see a full itinerary breakdown for the Economics in Japan tour – but remember! All our itineraries are entirely customisable to your needs, so get in touch for more information!
*Prices based on groups of 20 students and 2 free teachers, not including flights.
✓ 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!
Touchdown in Tokyo, ready for your economics & business school trip to Japan to begin! Meet your Adventure Leader at arrivals, ready to transfer to the hotel. After unpacking, come together with the Adventure Leader for a trip briefing. Here, they’ll explain the week ahead, provide advice on adapting to Japanese culture, and give tips on keeping safe while travelling.
Make the first real glimpse of Tokyo one to remember, with a trip to the top of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. The view of the city skyline from here is a must-see!
Day 2: Tokyo
- Discover Tokyo in the best way possible – with a private half-day sightseeing tour by bus. Get to know Japanese culture from those who know it better than anyone, with a local guide on board to point out all the city’s key landmarks.
- Visit the Currency Museum, which opened in November 1985 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bank of Japan. Exhibitions include real currency artefacts which date all the way from ancient Japan to the present day.
- Get a glimpse of the busiest intersection in the world: the Shibuya Crossing! Stand back from the edge and watch as pedestrians surge across the junction – it’s arguably one of the most iconic sights in the city.
Day 3: Tokyo
- Explore the Tokyo Stock Exchange Market to learn about the the Japanese Securities Market. Students will receive an insightful lecture on the Japan Exchange Group, and the recent developments in the securities market, before taking part in an interactive stock-trading game.
- Get to grips with all things financial with a visit to the Bank of Japan Head Office. Built in Meiji 29 (1896), the building was Japan’s first formal brick masonry building. Explore the underground vault, the former banking floor, and the exhibition room.
- Take a trip to Akihabara, nicknamed Japan’s ‘Electric Town’ thanks to its post-war industrial boom. Today, it’s a cultural centre for anime and manga lovers, and is also home to Japan’s most famous J-pop group, AKB48.
Day 4: Tokyo
- Ever wondered what it’s like to work in Japan? Today, visit a Japanese company for an office or factory, a presentation from a manager, or a Q&A session.
[Note: the company and itinerary can be tailored and confirmed to your needs.]
- For an immersive look into the business community in Tokyo, students pay a visit to some shared startup offices, where entrepreneurs across all industries are striving to innovate.
- Call in at the batting cages to try your hand at one of Japan’s most popular national sports – baseball!
Day 5: Kyoto
- This morning, jump on board the shinkansen – the bullet train – to transfer from Tokyo to Kyoto.
- Explore the Coca-Cola Bottler Plant, and take an insightful tour of the factory. Here, students will learn more about the history of the company in both Japan and internationally, along with the workings of the factory.
- Kyoto’s historic streets are best explored on foot – so walk around four of Kyoto’s geisha districts, enjoying the beautiful architecture and undeniable atmosphere along the Shirakawa River.
Day 6: Kyoto
- Explore one of Japan’s most enduring images – Kinkakuji, or The Golden Pavilion. This three-story pavilion overlooking Kagayako Pond is a representative example of Muromachi period pavilion architecture, and features opulent gold leaf on the second and third floors. The garden is designated as a Special Historic Site and a Special Place of Scenic Beauty.
- Learn the ancient art of samurai with a sword demonstration in Kyoto’s Samurai Museum. Experience being a samurai or a ninja at this unique museum. Packed full of fun activities for all, the museum lets you get up close and personal with history.
- Climb back on board the shinkansen to transfer back to Tokyo for the final night.
- Back at the hotel, students and teachers alike will take part in a reflection session. In this, you’ll dissect new ideas, and discuss what you’ve learned on the trip – about the country, the subject, and yourself.
Day 7: Farewell
Today brings your economics & business school trip to Japan to an end. Transfer back to the airport, ready to head home.
Develop a detailed understanding of how Japanese businesses operate.
Gain insight into Japan’s economic history, as well as its current status as a leading world economy.
Understand the world of business in Japan’s unique work environment.
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