On this week-long culture school trip to Tokyo, students explore the bustling city’s buzzing modernity and storied past. Through visits to the forward-thinking TeamLab and the historic Asakusa district, and with hands-on traditional activities like sushi-making and kimono workshops, they’ll learn more about Japan’s rich heritage. Combined with excursions to the beautiful coastal Kamakura and the iconic Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, this tour provides a well-rounded insight into Japanese life.
Discover all things culture in Tokyo 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 culture school trip to Tokyo! Be greeted at arrivals by your enthusiastic Adventure Leader, ready to transfer to the accommodation. Once checked in and unpacked, meet come together for a trip briefing. Here, the Leader 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.
- Visit the beautiful Meiji Shrine, dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and his wife who, in the early 20th century, began Japan’s transformation from a feudal to a modern society. Then, move onto the Harajuku district – Tokyo’s cultural epicentre. Pokémon, goths, punks, and fashionistas – anything goes in Harajuku!
- Get a glimpse of one of the city’s most iconic modern sights – the Shibuya crossing! Watch as pedestrians surge into the junction from all sides. It’s thought that every day, 2.4 million people cross Shibuya!
Day 3: Tokyo
- Create a new signature dish in a fun sushi-making experience, led by a nationally-accredited instructor. Experience hands-on training, and learn how to create beautifully shaped sushi using traditional utensils.
- Explore the district of Asakusa, where an atmosphere of ancient Tokyo survives. Discover charming streets lined with traditional craft shops and street-food stalls, and visit Sensoji Temple – one of the city’s most popular Buddhist temples.
- Call in at the batting cages to experience one of the most popular sports in Japan first-hand: baseball!
- Wander the streets of Akihabara, nicknamed Japan’s ‘Electric Town’ thanks to its post-war industry boom. Today, it’s a cultural hub for anime and manga lovers, and is home to Japan’s most famous J-pop group, AKB48.
Day 4: Hakone
- Escape the bustling city and embark on a day trip to Hakone. Take in breathtaking views of iconic Mount Fuji, as you ascend the volcanic alley of Owakudani by cable car. In much of the area around Mount Hakone you will see sulphur vents and hot springs created by the volcanic eruption 3,000 years ago!
- Enjoy some time after your decent in the picturesque town nestled in the stunning Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park to see how people outside of the major cities really live.
- It’s trivia time! Students take control of their own learning as they create fun trivia games, with questions relevant to their trip. For extra difficult questions, try pairing students up with Group Leaders!
Day 5: Tokyo
- Create a product from antique Kimono fabric in this hands-on experience. Kimono, Japanese traditional dress, is known as a unique example of ethical fashion. In this workshop, learn the wisdom behind it, see the structuring of the clothes and examine the fabrics, and create a product upcycled from antique textiles.
- Discover the mesmerizing world of digital art at TeamLab. Step into interactive installations that combine technology, art, and nature to create immersive and etheral experiences.
- Hop aboard the Sumida River Cruise for a breathtaking view of the Tokyo skyline. How many landmarks can you spot?
Day 6: Kamakura
- Swap the city for the sea on a full-day excursion to Kamakura, learning more about a beautiful part of Japan not often visited while on tour. Pay a visit to the stunning Great Buddha of Kamakura – a bronze statue that’s over 11m tall and is a renowned national treasure in Japan. Complete the day with a visit to the Hokokuji bamboo forest and temple, where students can marvel at over 2000 towering stalks of bamboo and sample authentic matcha tea.
- On the last night in Japan, there will be a chance for students and teachers to come together for a reflection session. Through discussion and guided thoughts, student can reflect on their week and digest everything they’ve learned.
Day 7: Farewell
Sadly, today marks the end of your culture school trip to Tokyo. Transfer back to the airport, ready to head home.
Discover Japanese traditional culture through hands-on activities.
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Learn more about Japan’s storied past through visits to historic and religious landmarks.
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