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: Tsukiji fish market, sushi-making lesson, Harajuku, Shibuya Crossing
- Day 3: school visit, Sensoji Temple, Sumida River cruise
- Day 4: create flip book video at Suginami Animation Museum, Edo Tokyo Museum, Akihabara
- Day 5: Hakone Day Trip: ropeway, Lake Ashi cruise
- Day 6: Pokemon Mega Center, Nakano Broadway, Shimokitazawa Tollywood animated film
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 Lesson
Get in amongst the hustle and bustle at the world-famous Tsukiji fish market, before trying your hand at making sushi for yourself!
After filling up on your delicious creations, explore pop culture heaven: Harajuku.
Finish the day admiring the city lights at Shibuya Crossing. Apparently, it’s the busiest intersection in the world!
Day 3: School Visit
Make lifelong friends at a local school. You could be touring the school, joining lessons and participating in sports activities.
Visit 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!
Enjoy a scenic cruise down the Sumida River.
Day 4: Animation Museum
Create your own flip book video at the Suginami Animation Museum.
Head to the Edo Tokyo Museum to learn about how Tokyo transformed from a tiny fishing village into the most populous metropolitan area in the world!
Discover the centre of otaku culture at Akihabara. Here, you’ll find diehard manga and anime fans – and shops for them too!
Day 5: Hakone
Escape the busy city and hop on the train to Hakone, one of Japan’s best-known and most-loved onsen (hot spring) 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. Today, you’ll be able to sample black eggs – a local delicacy coloured by the sulphuric spring waters in which they’re cooked.
Day 6: Pokemon Mega Center
Discover the Pokemon Mega Center, where you can buy Pokemon souvenirs to take home. Then, head to the manga-fan paradise, Nakano Broadway.
Top off the day at Shimokitazawa Tollywood, where you can catch an animated film by an up-and-coming director.
Day 7: 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!