On this week-long Japan geography school trip, students learn all about the country’s long history with disaster, as well as their strides in prevention and relief efforts. They’ll visit key sites like Fukushima, speak to local people on unique homestay experiences, and learn about the country’s policies at the Tokyo Disaster Prevention Center. Along the way, they’ll also be able to explore Japan’s rich culture and their scientific developments.
Discover Japan’s thriving culture and disaster prevention & relief efforts in our detailed itinerary below! But remember, all our school trips are completely customisable.
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*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: Tokyo
Your Japan geography school trip starts today! You’ll touch down in Tokyo and be greeted at the airport by your Adventure Leader, who’ll help you transfer to your accommodation. After checking in and settling, you’ll rejoin them for a trip briefing. Here, your guide will explain the week’s itinerary, give you cultural advice, and tips on staying safe.
Then this evening, you’ll get your first real glimpse of the Tokyo skyline. Get up in the clouds atop the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, before heading back to the hotel.
Day 2: Tokyo
Spend an enjoyable half-day sightseeing in Tokyo. You’ll get a window into Japanese culture thanks to your local guide, and see all the best sights on your own private tour. While your stops might vary, you can expect to see the likes of Tokyo Tower, the Imperial Palace, the Skytree, or the Meiji Shrine.
You’ll pay a visit to one of Japan’s biggest science centers at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. Here, you can learn about the incredible advancements that this country is making in the realms of science.
See the famous Shibuya Crossing! Catch a glimpse of the world-renowned intersection – but make sure to keep your wits about you when the lights turn red!
Day 3: Tokyo
Today, you’ll spend a fascinating day learning about Japan’s disaster responses. As a country prone to natural disasters, Japan needs to have some robust strategies in place – and that’s where the Tokyo Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park comes in. You’ll visit the sprawling headquarters of Tokyo’s disaster response unit, which serves the entire metropolitan area. While you’re here, you’ll explore the visitor center, where you can take a tour which includes a real simulation of an earthquake event. Students will learn how to survive the first crucial hours following a disaster, and along the way there’ll be interactive quizzes to help test their learning.Read More
If that wasn’t enough learning for one day – it’s time for TLA trivia! Students can create their own trivia games with questions about the trip to test one anothers’ knowledge.
You’ll transfer to your next base, Kesennuma, where you can get checked into your new accommodation.
Day 4: Kesennuma
In Kesennuma, you’ll pay a visit to Koyo High School – now the Kesennuma City Memorial Museum. Formerly an active high school located near the seafront, in 2011 the school was hit badly by the tsunami. The ruins of the building now stand as a memorial to the disaster and a reminder of the danger of natural disasters. Along with informative and reflective videos, the Museum also exhibits the classrooms as they were the day of the disaster.
Make the unmissable trip to a local aquaculture farm, which has developed sustainable methods for farming oysters and scallops. After learning all about the farm’s processes, students will get the opportunity to accompany workers out onto boats – to help harvest and process the day’s catch.
Keep your students on their toes with a fun Japan-themed quiz this evening!
Day 5: Rikuzentakata
Today, students will get the opportunity to experiene the warmth and hospitality of Japanese culture firsthand, with a day trip to a homestay in the city of Rikuzentakata. This coastal area also suffered devastating damage in 2011’s tsunami, but visitors can now experience the resilience and recovery of the city’s population in the years since. This day trip provides students with a unique chance to connect with local residents and gain insight into their daily lives.
At the end of this day, we’ll transfer you to Fukushima, where you’ll stay overnight ahead of an early start on Day 6!
Day 6: Fukushima
Students will spend their day on an eye-opening visit to the Fukushima nuclear disaster site. Here, they’ll learn about the issues leading up to the disaster, the facts and figures surrounding the event, as well as the immediate and long-term ramifications of the Fukushima-Daiichi Accident. This insightful trip shows students the impacts of disasters firsthand on local populations.
After this, you’ll make the transfer back to Tokyo. On the final evening of your Japan geography school trip, join your students for a reflection session. Here, they will have space to process their experiences, digest new ideas, and consider what they have learned over the course of their tour.
Day 7: Farewell
Sadly, today marks the end of your Japan geography school trip – you’ll transfer back to the airport, ready to head home.
Examine the effects of a natural disaster, the necessary relief systems and subsequent environmental sustainability efforts put in place.
Learn more about Japan’s contributions to global scientific developments.
Experience Japanese culture through immersion within the local communities.
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