• Experiential learning and curriculum enhancement opportunities for students in the context of Japanese society and culture

Japan offers a unique opportunity to enrich students understanding of Japanese history, culture and society through exploration and hands on activity.

In addition to curriculum enhancement, this journey is an excellent introduction to travel in Japan. At the end students will be well versed in the vagaries of transport and travel, understand the unspoken rules and expectations of the society, and be able to move around in a foreign environment with greater assurance and confidence.




After all the preparations, your departure day has arrived! On arrival you will be met by your English speaking Guide and transferred to your hotel by private coach. You will have a welcome and safety briefing with your Guide where the upcoming tour is explained and any questions can be answered. In the evening you will head out on foot to a local restaurant for dinner. Accommodation, Hotel in Tokyo

Meals:  D

An exciting an engaging day is planned to discover Tokyo today and later this afternoon experience first hand some unique Japanese crafts. This morning you head out to visit the famous Meiji Shrine. You will then have some time to be fully immersed in the subcultures of Tokyo in the ecclectic Harajuku District. Following your immersion in the Harajuku District, we then head to the world famous and iconic intersection in Shibuya, Tokyo. The scramble is famous for being the busiest crossing in the world, and has to be seen and experienced to be believed! (Optional visit to Shibuya Sky - a full 360 degree observatory overlooking Shibuya and the greater Tokyo skyline and one of the most futuristic places in Tokyo - must be requested and booked in advance). The group will then head to Tokyo's oldest, and most colourful, Asakusa Kannon Temple. A shopping street of over 200m, called Nakamise, leads from the outer gate to the temple's second gate, the Hozomon. Alongside typical Japanese souvenirs such as yukata and folding fans, various traditional local snacks from the Asakusa area are sold along the Nakamise. The shopping street has a history of several centuries. In the late afternoon students will join a fun and popular “fake food” workshop. Usually made by hand, this elaborate and delicate craft is a part of Japan’s culture. Students have the opportunity to participate in a workshop, crafting 'fake food' out of wax, and taking home a very unique souvenir (students may be broken into smaller groups to complete this activity). You will then return to the hotel to freshen up before dinner. Dinner this evening will be at a local restaurant, returning to the hotel on foot or by public transport. Accommodation, Hotel in Tokyo

Meals:  B,D

(This morning you will need to pack an overnight carry bag/daypack for your next stop as large suitcases cannot be taken to the Ryokan). This morning you students will experience a visit to a local Japanese School. A fantastic engagement and exchange opportunity for students. We then travel to the Odaiba District, the high-tech entertainment hub on an artificial island in Tokyo Bay and is where students will visit the Miraikan National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. Lunch is on own account before transferring by private coach to Hakone (approx 2.5 hours). Hakone is a mountainous town known for its hot springs resorts and views of the iconic volcano, Mount Fuji. This evening you will have a full ryokan experience including learning how to wear Yukata, enjoying a "Kaiseki" (full course Japanese dinner), and sleeping on a futon mattress on a tatami floor. Accommodation - Ryokan, multi-share Japanese-style room

Meals:  B,D

After a traditional ryokan breakfast you will explore Hakone and discover the Owakudani Boiling Valley via Hakone Ropeway (if conditions permit) - an active volcanic zone where sulfurous fumes, hot springs and hot rivers can be experienced. You'll head out for a short cruise on Lake Ashi, a crater lake with Mount Fuji as it's backdrop, and discover the Hakone Shrine, a Japanese Shinto shrine on the shores of Lake Ashi. Around mid-afternoon we will transfer to Mishima by coach to board the Super Express Shinkansen for Kyoto. On arraival in Kyoto, transfer to the hotel on public transport with your Guide. Accommodation, hotel in Kyoto

Meals:  B,D

Full day exploration/sightseeing of Kyoto including Arashiyama District with Bamboo Grove, Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), and Nijo Castle. In the late afternoon enjoy an Japanese Calligraphy Class or Japanese Taiko Class Return to hotel to freshen up before dinner. Accommodation, hotel in Kyoto

Meals:  B,D

Large luggage will be sent from Kyoto to Osaka by courier service. Depart 0800 and drive to Nara (approx 1.5 hours) for a half-day sightseeing tour in Nara with visits to Todai-ji Temple (with Great Buddha), Nara Deer Park and Kasuga Grand Shrine. Around mid-afternoon, leave Kyoto for Hiroshima by Super Express Shinkansen. On arrival tranfsre to hotel by foot/public transport. In the evening experience Okonomiyaki (Japanese savory pancake) cooking, and enjoy the fruits of your cooking for dinner. Accommodation, hotel in Hiroshima

Meals:  B,D

This morning catch the ferry to Miyajama Island and visit Itsukushima Shrine with Torii Gate on the ocean (if conditions permits). Return to Hiroshima and visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and A-Bomb Dome in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Later in the afternoon, depart Hiroshima for Shin Osaka by Super Express Shinkansen. Arrive and make your way to the hotel with your Guide by public transportation. In the evening, dinner at a local restaurant with short walking tour in Dotombori District. Accommodation, hotel in Osaka

Meals:  B,D

Your program concludes today. Transfer by coach to the airport for your onward flihts.

Meals:  B

Learning outcomes for students

A World Expeditions Schools adventure is a unique learning experience. Our journeys are designed to encourage thriving and positive youth development along with leaving the communities and environments where we travel in a better condition than when we arrived.
The programs are designed to enhance the following life skills that will help you grow as an individual:
• the confidence to lead a group and make decisions
• the value of working together as a cohesive team to achieve a common objective
• the ability to face mental and physical challenges
• the ability to adapt to new environments outside of their 'comfort zone'
• to appreciate and care for the natural environment. TInvariably the students will gain a deeper appreciation and understanding about how their individual actions impact on the environment
• build strong friendships and bonds with their peers and also the local peoples
Importantly our journeys help increase general well-being and build resilience in young citizens to help them deal with adverse situations in life.


  • International return economy group airfare
  • Meals as outlined
  • Local English-speaking guide throughout the trip
  • Trip accompanied by Teachers from your School
  • Accommodation in twin share hotel (6 nights) and traditional multi-share ryokan (1 night)
  • Sightseeing and entry fees as listed in itinerary
  • All group and subject specific activities/workshops as outlined in the program
  • Transfers where outlined by private coach *including driver's tip, toll road fee, and parking fee
  • medical kit
  • Train travel on Super Express Shinkansen (2nd class reserved seat)
  • Metro, public bus for short transfers, as outlined

  • Meals not indicated in the program
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry etc
  • Travel Insurance - compulsory
  • Visas


Why travel with us

Why travel with us

Assisted over
14,000 Students Worldwide

Since the 1980's, we have helped students from around the globe to experience the world's most exciting destinations, allowing them to travel, give, grow.

400+ Service Learning

Together with students, we have completed over 400 Service Learning programs in developing countries. We will always continue to support causes including social justice, animal welfare, the environment and more.

Fully Customised
School Travel Programs

Want to include service learning, your school curriculum and a physical challenge, or any of the above? Contact us and we can design a program fully catered for your students and budget.

Safety and
Support - Our #1 Priority

Every school receives a detailed risk management plan that is guided by government advisories and the local partners we work with. We never compromise on the safety of your students to reduce the price of the program.


Want to find out more?

Our educational travel experts are ready to help you tailor an itinerary or service learning project to suit your school’s needs and budget. Contact us today to receive a free consultation.

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