Dive head first into Japan’s history, arts and religion on the Japanese Culture school trip through Tokyo, Hakone, Hiroshima and Kyoto. Here’s our Cultural educational tour in Japan at a glance:
- Days 1-3 in Tokyo: Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, Tsukiji fish market, sushi-making class, Harajuku, Shibuya Crossing, local school visit, Tokyo National Museum, Sensoji Temple
- Day 4 in Hakone: ropeway, luxury pirate ship cruise on Lake Ashi
- Day 5-6 in Hiroshima: Miyajima Island (Itsukushima Shrine, beaches, waterfalls), peace talk by A-bomb legacy successor at Peace Memorial Museum
- Days 7-10 in Kyoto: Kiyomizu Dera, Higashiyama, calligraphy lesson, Fushimi Inari Shrine, International Manga Museum, Arashiyama bamboo forest & monkeys, Tenryu-ji Temple, Daisen-In Temple, Golden Pavilion, Imperial Palace, Gion Corner theatre traditional Japanese arts variety show
Like what you see? Discover Japan’s rich and varied culture 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.
✓ 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: Aerial Views
Arrive in Tokyo and transfer to accommodation. Head to the 45th floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building for a fantastic view and trip briefing.
Enjoy a welcome dinner after trying your hand at baseball in one of the city’s 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 filling up on your delicious creations, explore pop culture heaven: Harajuku. Expect to see maids, punks, goths, and fashionistas – anything goes in Harajuku!
Finish the day admiring the city lights at Shibuya Crossing. Apparently, it’s the busiest intersection in the world!
Day 3: School Visit
Start the day with a visit to a local school where students will join in with classes and make friends with their Japanese peers.
Examine some of Japan’s most precious artifacts at the Tokyo National Museum. Afterwards, head to the colourful Sensoji Temple to learn about Buddhism. Buddhism is deeply interconnected with Japanese society, culture and lifestyle. In fact, whilst only 34% of the Japanese population identify as Buddhist, a huge 75% practise some form of Buddhism!
Day 4: Hakone
Go on a trip to Hakone, one of Japan’s best-known and most-loved hot spring (onsen) resort destinations. Take the ropeway over Owakudani. If you’re lucky and the skies are clear, you could even spot the magnificent Mount Fuji. Swap blue skies for pristine waters, as you hop on a luxury pirate ship and enjoy the stunning views across Lake Ashi.
Day 5: Miyajima Island
Board the bullet train to Hiroshima. Stroll around the stunning island of Miyajima, taking in the partially submerged torii gate of the Itsukushima Shrine, as well as its beautiful beaches and waterfalls.
Day 6: Peace Memorial Museum
Learn about the tragedy of the atomic bomb and the city’s subsequent recovery and pacifist mission at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park & Museum. Listen to a peace talk by an A-bomb legacy successor – they’ll present the A-bomb survivors’ experiences, the reality of atomic bombing and the desire for peace.
Take a bullet train to Kyoto.
Day 7: Hillside Shrines
Visit the 1,200-year-old Kiyomizu Dera, a beautiful temple nestled in the hills. Stroll around the Higashiyama District, one of Kyoto’s best preserved historical neighbourhoods.
Get engaged with a calligraphy lesson led by a master of the art.
Finish the day walking through thousands of red torii gates at the iconic Fushimi Inari Shrine.
Day 8: Manga and Monkeys
Get stuck into a graphic novel at the International Manga Museum, an impressive library and exhibition space housed in an old elementary school.
Explore Arashiyama’s enchanting bamboo forest before getting acquainted with the mischievous monkeys. Walk through the grounds of the Tenryu-ji Temple, the most sacred of Kyoto’s Zen Buddhist temples.
Day 9: Golden Pavilion
Find inner peace at a meditation class held at the Daisen-In Temple. Once you’re refreshed, head to one of Japan’s best-loved sites: the Golden Pavilion at Kinkaku-ji Temple.
Stroll through the grounds of the Imperial Palace. This was the home of Japan’s royal family until the 19th century, so soak up the history and admire the magnificent architecture.
Finish the day in Gion, where you might spot a geisha or two, and watch a variety show of traditional Japanese arts at Gion Corner Theatre.
Day 10: Homeward Bound!
Transfer to Kansai International Airport or take the bullet train back to Tokyo to fly home. It might be home time, but it’s not over. Japan’s fascinating and varied culture will follow you back to the classroom…and beyond!
Discover Japanese culture through hands-on activities and a wide variety of excursions, which offer a balance between the modern and the traditional elements of Japanese society.
Practise Japanese language skills with the assistance of our Japanese-speaking guides.
Uncover Japan’s rich history, 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.
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