This 6-day Biology trip takes students out of the classroom, and into the field. Packed full of hands-on learning experiences, students will have the opportunity to observe, hypothesise and experiment their way through Japan.
Students will carry out insect collection and inspection activities, field observation and plant reproduction experiment in Chino city, before exploring the cultural wonders of the capital city, Tokyo.
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*Prices based on groups of 20 students with 2 free teacher spots.
Day 1: Panoramic views of Tokyo
Arrive at Tokyo’s Narita or Haneda airport where you will meet your Learning Adventure guide. Transfer to your accommodation via private coach.
In the afternoon, your guide will talk through your trip briefing. This will give you all the information you need to have a safe and smooth adventure through Japan.
Later, take in the cityscape with an incredible view from atop the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.
Day 2: Entomology tour of Chino
Start the day off with a delicious breakfast at your accommodation. Then, make your way to Shinjuku Station via Tokyo’s public transportation. Hop on board the Azusa Express train to Chino city in Nagano Prefecture (roughly 2.5 hours).
Enjoy a group lunch before taking a tour of the area with a local guide. Search for insects and small animals in nature as you explore. Gain knowledge of the different types of insects you find, before releasing them back into the woods at the end of the day.
Day 3: Field observation activity
Enjoy a big breakfast in preparation for a jam-packed day. Listen to a lecture about the local biology and agriculture. Then, begin a field observation activity in a moss forest, led by a trained instructor.
After a morning of hard work, take a break for lunch to refuel. In the afternoon, begin an experiment on how plants convert energy from the sun into chemical energy.
We will also isolate Magnesium and replace it with Copper to show how important the first element is for the process of energy conversion. Each student will be equipped with material for the experiment (specific content is subject to change).Read more
Day 4: Plant reproduction & growth experiment
This morning, get ready for an experiment looking at plant reproduction and growth.
Students will learn about plant reproduction and growth as well as the different part of a leaf. Part of this experiment will start on Day 1, as it will involve a time-lapse of a growing bean and the changing of a flower (or leaf) colour. Students will be able to appreciate the vein system of a flower’s petal (or leaf). We will then analyse the flower and a series of leaves with a microscope to understand their structure.
In the afternoon, make your way to the Venus Line, a sightseeing road and popular free driving course connecting Nagano Prefecture’s Chino City and Ueda City Utsukushigahara Highlands. Here, you can observe the different types of flowers in bloom (summer only).
Later, take part in a cooking class at the local community centre. Create delicious dishes with wild veggies that you will pick yourself.
Day 5: Explore the capital city
Take a transfer back to Tokyo by private coach. Upon arrival in the afternoon, head to one of the city’s most famous areas, Harajuku. Compare the unique blend of traditional and modern influences found only here!
Then, wander through the forest until you reach the Meiji Shrine, dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shokun. Head back to the Harajuku shopping district to see maids, punks, goths, and fashionistas – anything goes in Harajuku!
In the evening, visit the famous Shibuya Crossing. When the lights turn red at this busy intersection, pedestrians surge into the junction from all sides, like a floodgate opening.
Day 6: Homebound!
Check out of your accommodation and transfer to Narita or Haneda Airport. Say goodbye to your Learning Adventure guide and prepare to fly home, having completed your epic adventure through Japan. Leave excited to apply what you have learned here, back at home!