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Japan Cultural Highlights Trip

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Students will have the chance to explore four of Japan’s most iconic destinations on this diverse and enriching tour. In Tokyo, they’ll encounter the contrast between the traditional and the modern: from eclectic pop culture in Harajuku to Buddhism in Asakusa. Next, they’ll have the chance to see the magnificent Mount Fuji at Hakone, before boarding a bullet train to Hiroshima, where they’ll learn about the city’s tragic past and its ongoing commitment to pacifism. The trip ends in Kyoto, with a tour of the old capital’s most iconic sites.

Day 1: Aerial Views See the world’s biggest metropolis from a height at the sky-scraping Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. Later, get together for a welcome dinner and test your sporting prowess at the batting cages.
Day 2: Sushi Making Rise early to see the bustling Tsukiji fish market before testing your culinary skills at a sushi-making class. After an afternoon of traditional-modern contrast in the eclectic Harajuku district, finish the day at Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo’s iconic intersection.
Day 3: School Visit Begin the day with a visit to a local school and experience a morning in the life of a Japanese high school student. Later, see some of Japan’s most important historical treasures at the Tokyo National Museum and learn about Buddhism in Asakusa.
Day 4: Mountain Cable Car See Japan’s beautiful natural scenery on a day trip to the majestic setting of hot spring resort town Hakone. Take in views of Mount Fuji from on board a pirate ship and ride a series of cable cars for spectacular vistas across the volcanic landscape.
Day 5: Miyajima Island Speed across the country on a shinkansen bullet train to Hiroshima. Explore the sacred island of Miyajima, where you’ll encounter tame deer and the partially submerged Itsukushima Shrine.
Day 6: Peace Memorial Museum A reflective day dedicated to Japan’s cataclysmic modern history in Hiroshima. Learn about the impact of the atom bomb that was dropped on the city in 1945 at the Peace Memorial Museum. Afterwards, board the bullet train to Kyoto.
Day 7: Hillside Shrines Head to the ancient Kiyomizu Dera temple, before walking through the historical neighbourhood of Higashiyama. Hone your kanji skills at a calligraphy class and end the day passing through the thousands of torii gates at the Fushimi Inari shrine.
Day 8: Manga and Monkeys In the morning, lose yourself in a graphic novel at the International Manga Museum. Afterwards, head to the bamboo forests of Arashiyama and meet Japanese macaques at the Iwatayama Monkey Park. End the day at the sacred Tenryu-ji Temple.
Day 9: Golden Pavilion Begin the day with mindfulness at a meditation class. Go onto the picture-perfect Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion and walk through the grounds of the Imperial Palace. Spend the evening in the geisha district, Gion and watch a performance of traditional Japanese arts at the Gion Corner theatre.
Day 10: Homeward Bound! Say goodbye to your Adventure Leader and head to the airport for your journey home.
Learning Outcomes

Discover Japanese culture through hands-on activities and a wide variety of excursions, which offer a balance between the modern and the traditional

Practice Japanese language skills with the assistance of one of our Japanese-speaking guides

Uncover Japan’s rich history in context – from its ancient traditions, to the devastation it suffered in the Second World War and the country’s emergence as a major economic player in the late 20th century