In Japan: Study Abroad

“An apprentice near a temple will recite the scriptures untaught.”

I believe that literature and the stories we tell the world contain multitudes of interpretations and hidden nuggets waiting to be discovered. I am a first-generation full-time student and researcher with a passion for the cultures and people which color our world with boundless wonders.

I’m launching this campaign to raise funds for a special opportunity to take my research abroad, to the land of the rising sun: Japan, researching language, folklore, and translation.

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Tokyo, Kyoto & Hiroshima Focus: Cultural Studies
Length: 10 Days Dates: May 22-31, 2021
Cost: $3,525*

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Day 1 – Departure – Friday, May 22nd
Depart Home for Tokyo, Japan
Day 2 – Tokyo – Saturday, May 23rd
Arrive in Tokyo, Japan
Airport Transfer
On-ground Briefing
Orientation Walking Tour – The group will become
oriented with their neighborhood, the public transportation
systems, nearby pharmacies, markets, ATMs, etc.
Welcome Dinner – The group will be taken for an
authentic Japanese dinner with a variety of menu options to
cater all diets.
Day 3 – Tokyo – Sunday, May 24th
Breakfast & Day Briefing
Historical & Cultural Tour of Tokyo – Imperial Palace,
Harajuku, Shinjuku, Metropolitan Government Building, Meiji
Shinto Shrine and more…
Lunch Break
Tokyo National Museum – This famous museum
houses the largest collection of Japanese artifacts and
artworks in the world. With over 100,000 pieces and room to
display only 4,000, exhibits are rotated constantly.
Day 4 – Tokyo – Monday, 25th
Breakfast & Day Briefing
Asakusa Walking Tour
Senso-ji Shrine – It is the oldest Buddhist temple in the
capital, with a five-story pagoda, trails of incense and vast
eaves will take you back to a Tokyo of time gone by.
Lunch Break
Ghibli Museum (TBC) or Edo Tokyo Museum –
Experience Tokyo through the ages at this fun and interactive
Day 5 – Kyoto – Tuesday, May 26th
Breakfast & Day Briefing
Travel to Kyoto – Drop Bags
Historical & Cultural Walking Tour of Kyoto – Kyoto
served as Japan’s capital and the emperor’s residence from
794 until 1868. Over the centuries, Kyoto was destroyed by
many wars and fires, but due to its exceptional historic value,
the city was dropped from the list of target cities for the
atomic bomb and escaped destruction during World War II.
Countless temples, shrines and other historically priceless
structures survive in the city today. (including Nijo Castle)
Gion District – At the heart of Kyoto is Gion, the city’s most
famous entertainment district and the center of its traditional
Lunch Break
Tea Ceremony – Kyoto was where the tea ceremony was
born and remains its spiritual heart. This special ceremony
provides an unforgettable opportunity to learn the Japanese
art of tea!
Program Itinerary |
Program Itinerary
Day 6 – Kyoto – Wednesday, May 27th
Breakfast & Day Briefing
Tea Plantation Visit – Uji is the second-biggest
tea-growing region in Japan and the area’s tea leaves have
supplied Kyoto’s tea culture since the fourteenth century,
when seeds brought over from China were first planted.
Visit the tea fields in a beautiful rural setting to learn about
Japanese tea cultivation, during this tour you will enjoy tea
tasting of popular Japanese teas.
Byodo-in Temple – is a Buddhist temple located in Uji
city, Kyoto. The temple was designated to UNESCO World
Heritage Site as part of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient
Kyoto” in 1994.
Lunch Break
International Manga Museum – This is Japan’s first
museum devoted to manga. It offers a stunning array of
materials with everything from 19th-century Japanese
magazines and books to popular contemporary works from
Japan and abroad.
Day 7 – Kyoto – Thursday, May 28th
Breakfast & Day Briefing
Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) – Kinkakuji is a Zen temple
in northern Kyoto whose top two floors are completely
covered in gold leaf. Each floor represents a different style of
Ryoan-ji Garden
Lunch Break
Traditional Kimono Show & Traditional Silk
Weaving Demonstrations – Students can weave a
table center cloth (approx. 20cm x 30cm in size).
After completing it, they can take it home as a souvenir.
Day 8 – Hiroshima – Friday, May 29th
Breakfast & Day Briefing
Day Trip to Hiroshima
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum – The museum
continues to spearhead the global movement towards nuclear
disarmament and a lasting world peace.
A-Bomb Dome
Presentation and Q&A’s with Hiroshima Survivor TBC
Lunch Break
Miyajima Island
Day 9 – Tokyo – Saturday, May 30th
Breakfast & Day Briefing
Travel to Tokyo
Free Day in Tokyo
Farewell Dinner & Program Closing – The group will be
taken for an authentic Japanese dinner with a variety of menu
options to cater all diets.
Day 10 – Return – Sunday, May 31st
Breakfast & Day Briefing
Airport Transfer
Depart Tokyo, Japan for Home

Program Highlights
• Senso-ji Temple
• Tokyo National Museum
• Edo Tokyo Museum
• International Manga Museum
• Nijo Castle
• Golden Pavilion
• Day Trip to Hiroshima
• Traditional Kimono Show
• Byodo-in Shrine
• Tea Ceremony
• Miyajima Island
Program Includes
• Roundtrip Airfare
• 8 Nights of Accommodation
• All Ground Transportation
• JR Pass 7 Days
• Daily Continental Breakfast
• Welcome and Farewell Dinners
• Historical & Cultural Walking Tours
• Tea Plantation Visit
• Full Time Guidance & Assistance
• Travelers Insurance

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