On this Faculty-Led Art & Design school/university trip to Tokyo & Kyoto, Japan, discover the varied world of Japanese art: from traditional calligraphy to modern-day anime. Here’s out Art & Design short-term study abroad program at a glance:
- Day 1 in Tokyo: Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
- Day 2: Tokyo Animation College, Harajuku, Meiji Shrine, Shibuya Crossing
- Day 3: calligraphy studio, Tokyo National Museum, Sensoji Temple, Asakusa
- Day 4: sketching, Mori Art Museum, 21_21 Design Sight Museum
- Day 5 in Kyoto: Fushimi Inari Shrine, Gion Corner traditional performances
- Day 6: calligraphy lesson, Golden Pavilion, International Manga Museum
Like what you see? Discover Japan’s fascinating art and design world 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: Animation College
Start the day with a visit to the prestigious Tokyo Animation College.
Marvel at the contrast between tradition and modernity in the Harajuku area. Wander through the forest until you reach the Meiji Shrine, then move onto the Harajuku shopping district to see maids, punks, goths, and fashionistas – anything goes in Harajuku!
Watch the city light up at night and head for the Shibuya Crossing. Apparently, it’s the busiest intersection in the world!
Day 3: Calligrapher’s Studio
Head for the studio of the incredible calligraphy artist, Koshun Masunaga, to learn about her creative process.
Move on to the Tokyo National Museum to stand in awe of one of the world’s largest collections of Asia’s artworks and archaeological objects. Then, stop by the colourful Sensoji Temple in Asakusa 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!
Day 4: Contemporary Art
Yesterday, you learned about traditional Japanese art. Today, you’re fast-forwarding to contemporary art styles. You’ll be supplied with a sketchpad and drawing pencils for the day of gallery visits. First up, catch the latest exhibition at the Mori Art Museum.
Explore Tadao Ando and Issey Miyake’s ground-breaking design museum 21_21 Design Sight.
Day 5: Hillside Shrines
Hop on board a bullet train to Kyoto. Your first stop is the iconic Fushimi Inari Shrine, where you’ll see the thousands of red torii gates that guide pilgrims to the top of the mountain.
Enjoy an evening of performances centred around Japan’s traditional arts at Gion Corner.
Day 6: Golden Pavilion
Get engaged with a calligraphy lesson by a master of this traditional art, before travelling to Kinkaku-ji Zen Buddhist Temple to see Kyoto’s most famous site: the exquisite Golden Pavilion.
Get stuck into a graphic novel at the International Manga Museum.
Day 7: Homeward Bound!
It might be home time, but it’s not over. Japan’s varied art and design world will follow you back to the classroom…and beyond!