To ensure you get the most of your stay in Japan, the Japan Studies Program offers events and trips allowing you to explore Japanese culture, history and traditions.
Each semester has 2-3 exclusive field trips as well as an optional three-day excursion to Kyoto. There are also other events that JSP students can attend, such as a welcome party, international fair and university festival.
Prefer to go on your own adventures? Many students take advantage of the weekends to take trips by themselves, such as climbing Mount Fuji or attending cosplay conventions.
Japan is waiting for you!
From watching live Kabuki to seeing sumo wrestlers clash or even taking part in a local festival, each semester offers all kinds of new experiences. Ever wanted to learn about traditional Japanese paper? Or try making udon noodles? The program is constantly developing and planning new field trips to meet the needs of students. Below are a few of the field trips currently on offer.
Elective Field Trips
Some electives may include other field trips offering hands-on experiences specific to courses. Last semesters, students visited such varied locations as a maid cafe in Akihabara, the Tokyo National Museum, and a famous buddhist temple.
Every semester students have the opportunity to visit Kyoto for a three-day excursion. Far from the fast pace of present-day Tokyo, this trip introduces students to an important historical and beautiful region of Japan. Participants take a guided tour of the ancient capital Kyoto for the first day and a half, and then are free for the rest of the time to explore Kyoto and the wider Kansai area, which includes Nara, Osaka, Kobe, and Ise. Always a highlight of each semester, students find this to be an experience they never forget.
The Kyoto Excursion is not covered by the program fees. Please refer to our Tuition and Fees page.
For more information, please refer to the Fall 2023 Kyoto Excursion Flier below.
Kyoto Excursion was the most amazing opportunity, I saw so many things that I would never be able to imagine.