On this Manga & Anime school trip in Japan, head to this culture’s birthplace in Tokyo. Here’s our Popular Culture, Manga & Anime short-term study abroad program at a glance:
- Day 1: Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
- Day 2: sushi-making lesson, Harajuku, Meiji Shrine, Shibuya Crossing
- Day 3: Suginami Animation Museum workshop, Nakano Broadway, Akihabara, Sega Tower
- Day 4: Asakusa, Sensoji Temple, Sumida River cruise, DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, Gundam Statue art competition
- Day 5: Sunshine City shopping mall, Otome Road, Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo, Namjatown
Like what you see? Discover the vibrant world of Japanese popular culture and manga 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
Step off the plane and transfer to your accommodation. Head up the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building for a trip briefing and an incredible view of the city you’re about to explore. Try to pick out a few of the spots you’ll be visiting over the next few days.
Day 2: Sushi & Shrines
Enjoy a sushi-making class led by a master sushi chef, then sample your creations for lunch. Learn how sushi evolved from a South-East Asian technique of preserving fish in fermented rice.
Enjoy an afternoon of traditional-modern contrast in the Harajuku area of Tokyo. Wander through the forest until you reach the Meiji Shrine dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shokun, who, in the early 20th century, began Japan’s transformation from a feudal to a modern society. Then move on to the Harajuku shopping district to see maids, punks, goths, and fashionistas – anything goes in Harajuku!
See 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. You can observe the organized chaos from the second-storey window of the Tsutaya building on the crossing’s north side.
Day 3: Animation
Visit the Suginami Animation Museum to learn more about the history of anime. Join an animation workshop to create your own flip book video. You may also have a chance to take part in a workshop in the museum to learn how to make simple anime.
Discover manga-fan paradise, Nakano Broadway, an indoor shopping mall that is a hub of otaku culture. There are dozens of shops selling manga, magazines, collectors’ items, game consoles and video games.
Enjoy a free evening in Akihabara, Japan’s “electric town”, a focal point of anime and manga stores. It’s also home to Japan’s most famous J-pop group, AKB48. Make sure you check out Sega Tower, an iconic structure filled with arcade machines.
Day 4: DiverCity Tokyo Plaza
Visit Asakusa and the colourful Sensoji Temple to learn about Buddhism, which 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!
Then, take a scenic cruise down the Sumida River, from Asakusa to Odaiba Seaside Park.
Walk to the DiverCity Tokyo Plaza and marvel at the huge Gundam Statue, from the Gundam franchise. You will be given a sketch book today and draw the statue. You will then vote for the best artwork, and the winner will receive a prize.
Head to the Rainbow Bridge, which is stunning when it lights up at night.
Day 5: Namjatown
Explore Sunshine City shopping mall. Afterwards, go to Otome Road to search for anime goods, before heading for the Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo. This is the place for all things Pokémon that you won’t find anywhere else.
Be amazed at the indoor theme park Namjatown.
Day 6: Homeward Bound!
It might be home time, but it’s not over. Japan’s manga, anime and culture will follow you back to the classroom…and beyond!
Gain valuable inspiration from industry experts during visits to an animation college and museum.
Discover Japanese popular culture in context at Akihabara and Nakano Broadway.
Understand more of Japan’s rich cultural heritage through visits to historical and religious sites.
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