Cultural Highlights, 9 day Japan School Trip | The Dragon Trip

Cultural Highlights, 9 day Japan School Trip

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9 days - from £1,488

A four-stop tour that showcases the best of modern and traditional Japan. Tokyo has it all: temples, Imperial history, quirky youth culture, and much more. Then, after seeing iconic Mount Fuji, it’s on to Kyoto, the capital of old Japan, with its abundance of stunning temples and teahouses. Finish with a journey into Japan’s tragic past in Hiroshima and a glimpse of it’s exciting future with a school visit in the same city.



Learning Outcomes

  • History
  • Service & Culture
  • Japanese language

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Day 1: Aerial views

Arrive in Tokyo and transfer to accommodation. Visit the top of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building for a fantastic view and trip briefing. In the evening enjoy a welcome dinner after trying your hand at baseball in one of the city’s batting cages.


Day 2: Sushi Making

An early start to see the morning catch at bustling Tsukiji fish market before trying your hand at sushi-making and sushi-sampling. After an afternoon of discovering more about Shinto at Asakusa; finish the day at Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo’s iconic intersection.


Day 3: Company Visit

A morning of wrestling with a trip to the sumo district to watch training before learning about Japanese history at the Edo-Tokyo museum. Understand more about Japanese business with a visit to a local company.


Day 4: Mountain cable-car

Head into the mountains and ride the Hakone cable car for stunning views of Mount Fuji. Then board a pirate ship on Lake Ashi for more amazing views of Fuji and its beautiful surroundings.


Day 5: Golden Pavillion

Bullet train to Kyoto. Transfer to accommodation. Cycle amidst the grounds of the Daisen-In Temple before a meditation class. Finish the bike ride with visits to two of Kyoto’s landmark attractions; The Golden Pavilion and Imperial Palace.


Day 6: Hillside Shrines

Spend the afternoon at Funishimi Inari Taisha shrine with its famous red torii gates before visiting Kiyomizu Dera- a beautiful temple nestled in the hills. Explore the traditional Gion area of Kyoto on foot, looking out for Geisha. Try your hand at calligraphy with a lesson from a master.


Day 7: Miyajima island

Board bullet train to Hiroshima. Stroll around the stunning island of Miyajima with it’s underwater shrine, beaches and waterfalls. Sample Okonomiyaki – Japanese pancakes- in the evening.


Day 8: Peace Memorial Museum

Discover Hiroshima’s tragic past at the Peace Memorial Museum. Visit a local high school and join in with various lessons and activities. An evening quiz to showcase your new-found Japan knowledge.


Day 9: Bullet Train

Bullet train back to Tokyo. Transfer to airport for flight home.

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What are the learning outcomes of this trip?

  • History: The trip is very relevant to the IB DP history curriculum. Historical sites we visit include vestiges of the Meiji period as well as the Samurai Era. In addition, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and walking through the ruins of this atomic tragedy provides students with a 3-D look into the Second World War.
  • Service & Culture: Perfect for students of history or modern cultures, this itinerary is designed to give students a holistic understanding of life and culture in Japan. Going to a company and school visit/exchange also gives students the opportunity to share their experiences with the locals. Participating in numerous traditional activities spanning across religious, athletic, culinary, and artistic categories gives students the chance to be active learners.
  • Japanese language: A Japanese language component can be added into this itinerary, it involves worksheets to accompany certain activities and scavenger hunts as well as basic lessons in Japanese.

How much does a Japan trip cost?

  • Despite the stereotype, travelling in Japan does not have to be as expensive as you might assume! There is a wide range of budget accommodation options, transportation passes and sightseeing discounts which help to make Japan affordable and we will work with you to suit your budget.

Who has travelled with us before?

  • We’re trusted by some of the world’s leading schools and universities including:
  • Whitgift School (UK)
  • The Royal Grammar School High Wycombe (UK)
  • International School of Paris (France)
  • Lorien Novalis School (Australia)
  • Didcot Girls School
  • Bedes School
  • Edgbaston High School
  • Dartford Grammar School
  • North London Collegiate School (all UK)
  • Visit our reviews section to read about their experiences.

When should we visit?

  • The Dragon Trip operates all year round, though schools usually prefer to come on a trip to Japan in April, May, October, or summer holidays. It is best to make a booking 12 months in advance, but trips can be arranged at shorter notice as well.

Is it safe?

  • Travelling to Japan is safer than most other places. Crime rates in Japan are exceptionally low and many travellers to the country have been amazed by the levels of honesty they have encountered! Having said that, pick pockets operate regardless of nationality so we would always advise caution when travelling.
  • Moreover, The Dragon Trip treats health and safety with the utmost importance. We suss out the international-standard hospitals and medical facilities in every city we visit. We ensure the hostel accommodation we work with meet our high-standards and we have public liability insurance up to 5 million and full financial protection. You can see some of our policy and risk assessment forms on the website.

Can you help us get a trip approved?

  • Yes. We’ve worked closely with many schools to ensure their local council or authorising body have all the information they need in order to approve the trips, and that we have fulfilled all of our obligations regarding this. Ask us for more information.

Can we take a pre-departure inspection trip?

  • Yes. We offer discounted, pre-trip, teacher “recce trips” for your trip to Japan so you can do a preliminary check on all the locations and activities on your itinerary.

To book or find out more, contact us

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