Need ideas? Well, most groups start in Tokyo, where we’ll jump into the fast-paced Shinjuku and Akihabara districts, checking out the fashion, food, and electronics that have made this city a shopper’s (and diner’s) paradise. We’ll head to venture to Asakusa and its main attraction, Sensoji, the 7th century Buddhist temple and to Odaiba to explore technological innovation at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, or simply, Miraikan. There is the chance to visit a Sumo stable to learn of this unique and very traditional sport, ascend to the top of the SkyTree, try our hand at kumi-daiko, or Japanese drumming, and of course, a bit of shopping along Nakamise-dori. There is also the chance to visit the serene landscapes of nearby Hakone – dominated by the grand profile of Mt. Fuji – offer a peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle of the capital city.
After our time in Tokyo, we board the Shinkansen on the Tōkaidō line to Nagoya where we learn about the bullet train’s evolution and enjoy a demonstration of the high speed train of the future, the MAGLEV, with your students at the controls. Then in Kyoto, Japan’s imperial history comes alive as we visit some of the country’s most stunning shrines and temples. We’ll follow the city’s narrow lanes and take in some very cool traditional eateries before going local with an evening of karaoke. There is also Hiroshima, with a visit to Peace Park which provides a sobering glimpse into the 20th century’s darkest chapter, or head to quaint Mashiko to explore Japanese ceramics.
The diversity of activities in Japan makes a week long exploration perfect for both middle and high school students. And we customize each and every program to meet your specific requirements and foci. To learn more, just drop us a line.