Japan Educational Trip

Tokyo | Kyoto | Osaka

Japan has always been a popular destination for overseas educational travel, with its rich culture and abundant learning opportunities attracting students and schools from all over the world every year.  It is the perfect student travel destination.

Level
Luxury $8,050
Season
All Year Round
Duration
8 Days 7 Nights
Theme
Small Group Journey
Family & Young
Product Code
AP016

The Highlights of the Journey

  • Seafood market in Toyosu & Tsukiji market
  • Private sushi class making
  • Seeing the Traditional & Modern Culture of Japan
  • Futuristic showcases and disaster prevention in Japan
  • Experience the infamous Shinkansen Bullet Train
  • Learn how to meditate and join the cultural tea ceremony
  • 140-meter long bookshelf of Manga in Kyoto

 

**Rates are per person, based on USD
**Rates are based on 10 (ten) people traveling together, with two people occupancy in one room, accompanied by an Experienced Teacher and dREAMSCAPE Travel Director
**Rates are based on low season rate and subject to change depending on the availability


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Day 1 - 3

Tokyo | 3 Nights

Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy your day at leisure by exploring the hotel facilities.

Tokyo City Sightseeing

Start at Asakusa, Sensoji Temple in the oldest district of Tokyo. Walk through Kaminarimon gate with a huge red lantern and Nakamise arcade lined with local crafts and souvenir. Also, your guide will show you famous river view with Tokyo Sky Tree and the headquarters of Asahi Breweries with unique golden art work.

After that, visit Tokyo Metro Museum, a transportation museum with interactive exhibits exploring the history of Tokyo’s infamous subway network.

Then, move to Imperial Palace. Though it is not allowed to enter the premises as it is royal family’s residence, you will be able to see picturesque Double Bridges over the historical moat. Your guide will explain the history and custom of Imperial Family. Lastly, visit Shibuya. During a break of your shopping adventures, stop by the busiest crossing in the world.

Tsukiji Market & Sushi Making Class

Visit Tsukiji Market and see the seafood and agricultural goods. It is the world’s largest wholesale and seafood market. On the viewing decks, tourists can observe the processes of warehousing and management of fruits, vegetables and seafood.

Just before the restaurant opens for lunch time, you could experience sushi making lesson at the actual sushi counter. Changing into traditional sushi chef uniform, sushi chefs will show you how to slice fish into sashimi and make nigari pieces, then you could give it a try to make your own Nigiri for your lunch.

Full Day Mount Fuji & Surroundings Excursion

Drive through a scenic highway to Mt. Fuji Fifth Station at 2,305 metres high. The summit of Mt. Fuji can be observed closely. Then, if you wish, your guide will escort you for 30 minute hiking route around 5th station. Country-style lunch at a mountain hut is recommended, using local herbs and mushrooms.

After that, drive down to the foot and you will be escorted to a kimono museum established by Kubota Icchiku, contemporary kimono designer who is highly reputed in Europe. His masterpieces include Mt. Fuji Design.

Note: Mt. Fuji Fifth station will be closed between the middle of November and the end of April. During this period, another recommendable sites will be suggested.

Then, you will be escorted to Oshino Hakkai, mysterious 8 ponds flowing from the ground of Mt. Fuji. Visit the preserved area with thatch-roofed houses.

Traditional & Modern Culture

Tokyo National Museum
Established in 1872, Tokyo National Museum is the first museum established in Japan. This museum of arts and culture prides itself on its comprehensive collection of artworks and antiquities from Japan as well as other Asian countries, including numerous paintings and works of calligraphy as well as samurai swords from ancient Japan.

Edo Tokyo Museum
Set foot in the Edo-Tokyo Museum to travel back in time! Established in 1993, the museum’s permanent exhibits include a life-size replica of the first wooden Nihonbashi (Japan Bridge) as well as scale models of buildings from the Edo, Meiji and Showa periods. To get a real feel of the history, you may even interact with some of the models here!

Ghibli Museum in Mitaka
The museum is a family-friendly space with a small theater screening short films produced by the studio. A series of exhibits that replicate the animators’ workspaces reveal their secrets for inspiration and their working processes.

Outlook Toward the Future & Disaster Prevention

National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovaction, or Future Museum “Miraikan,” is a museum that features exhibitions about space exploration, advanced computer science and robotic technology.

Association for Technological Excellence Promoting Innovative Advances (TEPIA)
TEPIA is a place where the future happens now! A family-friendly and experience-focused museum, it features many engaging interactive exhibits for visitors to experience the future. Science and technologies that will help people in adapting to the future world such as artificial intelligence, robotic arms and vital sensors are popular exhibits here.

The Tokyo Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park
The Tokyo Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park provides all of this knowledge through a highly realistic earthquake simulation program that students will never forget.

Day 4 - 5

Kyoto | 2 Nights

Today you will be departing to Kyoto from Tokyo station with Shinkansen (bullet train) for about 2 hours 30 minutes. Distance between Kyoto and Tokyo is about 450 km.

Shinkansen bullet trains are the fastest and most convenient way of discovering Japan. The Japan Rail (JR) network is extensive and the trains reach a top speed of 320 km/h

Kyoto Sightseeing

Kiyomizudera Temple is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan. It was founded in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall in the wooded hills east of Kyoto, and derives its name from the fall’s pure waters. In 1994, the temple was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is a pleasant, touristy district in the western outskirts of Kyoto. The area has been a popular destination since the Heian Period, when nobles would enjoy its natural setting. Arashiyama is particularly popular during the cherry blossom and fall color seasons.

Kinkakuji Temple is a Zen temple in northern Kyoto whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. 

Lastly you will visit Fushimi Inari Shrine that is an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It is famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings.

Private Zen Experience & Tea Ceremony

Mindfulness meditation gives you a great benefit for your busy lifestyle. A local temple offers private zen meditation class for you to help you look inside. This 60 minute session includes authentic zen meditation as well as workshop by a monk telling you how to incorporate zen philosophy to daily lives and a Buddhism sutra in the end.

Inspired by Zen philosophy, Kyoto was where tea ceremony was born. It was a hospitality event among aristocrats, wealthy merchants etc., while these days people enjoy the ceremony as a hobby in different degrees of formality. In Kyoto, you will have a special access to a tea room in a local temple and appreciate preparation and presentation of Macha green tea by a tea master.

Kyoto International Manga Museum

Formerly an elementary school, Kyoto International Manga opened in 2006. The museum holds a collection of more than 300,000 comic books and entertains visitors from home and abroad. The volume of collection is so huge that the 140-meter-long bookshelf is nicknamed “The Wall of Manga.”

Day 6 - 8

Osaka | 2 Nights

Today you will be leaving Kyoto for Osaka in about one hour drive.

Osaka City Sightseeing

Today you will go on a sightseeing tour including:

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is located in the Tempozan Harbor Village of Osaka’s bay area, and is one of Japan’s most spectacular aquariums. It introduces various forms of life inhabiting the Pacific Rim in a well organized and impressive way. 

The construction of Osaka Castle started in 1583 on the former site of the Ishiyama Honganji Temple, which had been destroyed by Oda Nobunaga thirteen years earlier. Toyotomi Hideyoshi intended the castle to become the center of a new, unified Japan under Toyotomi rule. It was the largest castle at the time. 

The Osaka Museum of History opened in 2003 in a tall building next to NHK Osaka and just across the street from Osaka Castle. The building offers excellent views of the castle from its top floors. 

Free time for you in Dotonbori area, refers both to the Dotonbori Canal and to Dotonbori Street which runs parallel to the canal’s southern bank. It is one of the most colorful areas in Osaka and an absolute must-visit location when traveling through Kansai region.

Nara Day Trip

Japan’s first permanent capital was established in the year 710 at Heijo, the city now known as Nara. Before that date, the capital used to be moved to a new location whenever a new emperor ascended to the throne.

Nara is located less than one hour from Kyoto and Osaka. Due to its past as the first permanent capital, the city remains full of historic treasures, including some of Japan’s oldest and largest temples

Sightseeing includes:

Todaiji is one of Japan’s most famous and historically significant temples and a landmark of Nara. The temple was constructed in 752 as the head temple of all provincial Buddhist temples of Japan and grew so powerful that the capital was moved from Nara to Nagaoka in 784 in order to lower the temple’s influence on government affairs. 

Nara Park is a large park in central Nara. Established in 1880, it is the location of many of Nara’s main attractions including Todaiji, Kasuga Taisha, Kofukuji, and the Nara National Museum. It is also home to hundreds of freely roaming deer. 

Isuien is an attractive Japanese Garden with a variety of features, such as Nandaimon Gate and Mount Wakakusayama as “borrowed scenery”. Isuien means “garden founded on water”, and the garden’s name is derived from the fact that its ponds are fed by the small adjacent Yoshikigawa River.

 

Free time at your own leisure before your private transfer drive you to the airport for your International flight back home or continuing your journey.

End of Journey.