• 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.




After all the preparations, your departure day has arrived! Depart Sydney on JAL052 at 0815 Arrive Haneda, Tokyo on JAL052 at 1705 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: Comfort Hotel Tokyo Higashi Kanda (twin share)

Meals:  D

An exciting an engaging day is planned in Tokyo today where students will experience first hand some traditional 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. In the late morning you will enjoy a sushi making class followed by lunch (of your freshly made sushi!). This afternoon, a visit will be arranged to a local Japanese School. 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: Comfort Hotel Tokyo Higashi Kanda (twin share)

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning you will visit 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! The first part of the morning, you will visit Shibuya Sky, a full 360 degree observatory overlooking Shibuya and the greater Tokyo skyline and one of the most futuristic places in Tokyo - https://www.shibuya-scramble-square.com.e.apy.hp.transer.com/sky/ Following your visit to Shibuya Sky, there will be time to experience the famous crossing with some time for shopping. Lunch will be at McDonalds Shibuya to experience first hand how McDonald's has customised their menu to suit the preferences of the Japanese. Students will then transfer to participate in a traditional Japanese Drumming (Taiko) Workshop. Students will then break into their subject groups: PDHPE Students will transfer to Japan National Stadium by public transport and have a behind the scenes tour of the Japan National Stadium (*this visit will be confirmed on 10th March, one month prior to the requested visit date. Should the Stadium Tour not be available, an alternative visit for PDHPE students will be arranged). 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 (conditions permitting). 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. This facility is centred on three themes: “global warming", “renewable energy" and “resource recycling". Dinner this evening will be at a local restaurant, returning to the hotel on foot or by public transport. Accommodation: Comfort Hotel Tokyo Higashi Kanda (twin share)

Meals:  B,D

This morning you will head out early to catch the atmosphere of the Tsukiji Outer Market, a district adjacent to the site of the former Tsukiji Wholesale Market. Tsukiji Outer Market consists of a few blocks of market shops and stalls as well as restaurants crowded along narrow lanes. Your guide will show you around the market, and then you will buy your own breakfast at one of the many fresh food stalls. You will then split into your subject groups: HSIE students will participate in a Business Etiquette Seminar which will be a unique opportunity to learn about Japanese business style. Following the seminar students will travel 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 and is where students will visit the Miraikan National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. Through interactive displays, students will view the latest developments in technology that have the capacity to be adopted by businesses to gain a competitive advantage. PDHPE students will have a short sightseeing tour before they are transferred to a Karate Workshop (2 hours, 1300-1500) in a traditional Dojo where they will learn about this martial art practice (please wear sportswear). Following the workshop, students transfer to Shimbashi Station by coach and travel to the Odaiba District via the Yurikamome Monorail where the group will join together again. Students will visit the Gundam Statue at Diver City Tokyo and enjoy a short transformation performance. This evening you will enjoy a unique Japanese Karaoke Experience with a light meal and soft drinks. Return to the hotel on foot or by public transport. Accommodation: Comfort Hotel Tokyo Higashi Kanda (twin share)

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 will visit 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. We will also visit the Akihabara District (Electric City), famous for its many electronics shops and is recognised as the centre of Japan's otaku (diehard fan) culture. Here you can view the latest in innovation and technology and also compare how standard products have been adapted to suit the Japanese market. 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. On arrival in Hakone you will first enjoy a traditional Yosegi-zaiku woodcraft coaster making workshop before heading 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 - Ootaki Hotel (or similar), 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. Western style simple lunch at local restaurant. At 15:44 depart Odawara for Tokyo by Super Express Shinkansen (Kodama 726) (2nd-class reserved seat), arriving at 16:18. Upon arrival at Tokyo Station, transfer to the hotel in Tokyo by public transport. Dinner at a local restaurant and return to your accommodation on foot. Accommodation: Comfort Hotel Tokyo Higashi Kanda (twin share)

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning 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 availability & change at the time of booking). A visit to Disneyland is not only a great way to end your time in Tokyo, but an excellent learning opportunity to see some of their global marketing strategies in action. Students will also bear witness to the standardisation of Disneyland as 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: Comfort Hotel Tokyo Higashi Kanda (twin share)

Meals:  B

A final jam-packed day is in store before your evening departure! After breakfast the group will have a unique behind the scenes opportunity to watch Sumo Wrestlers in their morning training session. You will have an opportunity to take photos and learn about this centuries-old national sport. 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. Our final program of Japanese cultural immersion will be to enjoy a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony followed by 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 will be broken into smaller groups on a round-robin type program today) In the late afternoon you will transfer to the airport for your group flight to Sydney. Depart Haneda on JAL051 at 1920.

Meals:  B

Arrive Sydney on JAL051 at 0625. A warm welcome awaits!

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 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
  • 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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