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

Japan offers a unique opportunity to enrich students understanding of their Stage 6 PDHPE and HSIE courses, giving students a unique opportunity to experience first hand some of the key course concepts and content they encounter throughout their studies.

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.




Depart Sydney on JAL052 at 0815 Arrive Narita/Haneda on JAL052 at 1705 On arrival you will be met by an English speaking Guide and transfer to your hotel by private coach (approx. 1.5-2 hours from Narita Airport to Tokyo). You will have a welcome and safety brief with your Guide and the upcoming tour explained. In the evening you will head out on foot to a local restaurant for dinner Accommodation: Grids Hotel and Hostel Tokyo Ueno (or similar), multi share/dormitary

Meals:  D

This morning you will head out early to catch the atmosphere of the Tsukiji Market. Your guide will show you around the market, and then you will buy your own breakfast at one of the many fresh food stalls. We will then head to the Imperial Palace Plaza. In its heyday this was the largest fortress in the world, though little remains today apart from the moat and stone walls. It is the main residence of the Emperor of Japan. Most of the complex is off limits, but surrounding the palace is Kokyo-gaien, a 115-hectare national garden, which includes public green spaces, moats and museums. Thye next part of our journey is to the Odaiba District via the Yurikamome Monorail (one-way) - a fully automated, computer-operated train, that journeys along a 15km sky-scraper lined route. Odaiba is the high-tech entertainment hub on an artificial island in Tokyo Bay. Students will visit the Gundam Statue at Diver City Tokyo and enjoy a short transformation performance. Following lunch, the groups will head off in their subject groups: HSIE Students will viist the Miraikan National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation and through interactive displays, view the latest developments in technology that have the capacity to be adopted by businesses to gain a competitive advantage. In the late afternoon students will participate in a Japanese Business Etiquette Seminar. Quite a unique opportunity. PDHPE Students will transfer by coach to participate in a Karate Workshop in a traditional Dojo where they will learn about this traditional martial art practice(approx 2 hours - please wear sportswear/minimum 10 students) This evening students will enjoy a unqiue Japanese Karaoke Experience with light meal and soft drinks. Return to the hotel on foot or by public transport Accommodation: Grids Hotel and Hostel Tokyo Ueno (or similar)

Meals:  B,D

This morning, students will break into their subject groups: PDHPE Students will transfer to Japan National Studium by public transport and have a behind the scenes tour of the Japan National Studium (*availability is to be confirmed on 10th of prior month of requested visit date) HSIE Students will depart for a half day excursion to Kawasaki (approx one hour by chartered coach) where they will visit the Ukishima Recycling Facility & Kawasaki Mega Solar Power Generation Plant (*if conditions permit). Students will visit the Kawasaki Eco Gurashi Mirai-kan, an environmental study facility where you can directly experience and learn how to protect the environment. Centred on three themes: “global warming", “renewable energy" and “resource recycling". The group will join for lunch at a local McDonalds and experience first hand how McDonald's has customised their menu to suit the preferences of the Japanese. In the afternoon, a visit will be arranged to a local Japanese School. Dinner this evening will be at a local restaurant, returning to the hotel on foot or by public transport. Accommodation: Grids Hotel and Hostel Tokyo Ueno (or similar)

Meals:  B,D

An exciting an engaging day is planned in Tokyo today where students will experience first hand some of the very traditional Japanese practice. In the morning students will have the rare opportunity to watch Sumo Wrestlers at their morning practice. In the late morning you will enjoy a sushi making class followed by lunch (of freshly made sushi!). This afternoon you will visit the famous Meiji Shrine. You will have some free time this afternoon to explore the ecclectic Harajuku District with your peers followed by a visit 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. Dinner at a local restaurant, returning on foot or by public transport. Accommodation: Grids Hotel and Hostel Tokyo Ueno (or similar)

Meals:  B,L,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. After breakfast you will experience a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony Following you will visit the Asakusa Kannon Temple and Nakamise Shopping Street. Time permitting we will also visit the Akihabara District (Electric City), famous for its many electronics shops and recognition as the centre of Japan's otaku (diehard fan) culture. Students can view the latest in innovation and technology and can also compare how standard products have been adapted to suit the Japanese market. Lunch is on own account. We have a tradtional Taiko (Japanese Drum) Workshop (one hour) planned and then proceed to Hakone by private coach (approx 2.5 hours). Hakone is a mountainous town known for its hot springs resorts (onsen) and views of the iconic volcano Mount Fuji. On arrival to Hakone you will check in to your Ryokan, a traditional Japanese style of hotel. 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 - Otaki Hotel (or similar), multi-share Japanese-style room *NB, depending on final program and flights, some of the activities today may be moved to the last day, allowing the group to arrive at the Ryokan a bit earlier

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. A In the afternoon students will enjoy a traditional Yosegi-zaiku woodcraft coaster making workshop. At 1714, yoiu depart Odawara for Tokyo by Super Express Shinkansen (Kodama 732) (2nd-class reserved seat), arriving at 1748. Upon arrival at Tokyo Station, tranfser to the hotel in Tokyo by pubic transport. Dinner at a local restaurant. Return to your accommodation on foot Accommodation: Grids Hotel and Hostel Tokyo Ueno (or similar)

Meals:  B,L,D

You depart around 0800 for Tokyo Disneyland by Coach A full day is planned at Tokyo Disneyland (tickets/bookings are subject to Tokyo Disneyland booking policy and subject to change). A visit to Disneyland is not only a great way to end their time in Tokyo, but an excellent learning opportunity to see some of their global marketing strategies in action. Students will also bare witness to the standardisation of Disneyland is stark comparison to the customisation of products that they will see on other parts of the tour Return to accommodation in the evening by Coach. Accommodation: Grids Hotel and Hostel Tokyo Ueno (or similar)

Meals:  B

Your time in Japan has drawn to a close. Some activities from Day 5 may be undertaken on this last day. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a really fun “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! In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for your group flight to Sydney. Depart Narita/Haneda on JAL051 at 1920

Meals:  B

Arrive Sydney on JAL051 at 0625.

Meals:  Nil

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.


  • Return economy group airfares Sydney/Tokyo
  • 7 breakfasts, 2 lunch, 6 dinners
  • Local English-speaking guide throughout the trip
  • Trip accompanied by Teachers from The MLC School
  • Accommodation in dormitary/multi-share
  • Sightseeing and entry fees as listed in itinerary
  • All group and subject specific activities/workshops as outlined in the program
  • Ticket to Tokyo Disneyland
  • 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), from Hakone to Tokyo
  • Metro, public bus for short transfers, as outlined

  • Meals not indicated in the program (4 x lunches, 1 x dinner)
  • 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.


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