2022 Charlottesville Japan Cultural Journey
June 1, 2022 -
June 14, 2022
Dates are tentative until flights are secured
Airfare not included in program tuition
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There are two options for payment, including an interest-free installment plan. Follow whichever works best for your family. If we are within 90 days of travel, only the pay in full option is possible.
Program Tuition: $4,490
Pay in Full
Pay a $500 deposit at the time of enrollment and establish an interest-free monthly payment plan. If you enroll today, your estimated* monthly payments would be:
All prices in United States Dollars.
Japan Cultural Journey
This island nation, situated in the Pacific Ocean along the “Ring of Fire” tectonic hot-zone, offers everything from high-rise cities and imperial palaces to snow-capped mountains and bamboo forests. This destination is perfect for those who want a mix of urban exploration and rural adventure, since you’ll experience plenty of both throughout your time in this diverse country. Soak up every moment of the neon skyscrapers and unique pop culture of Tokyo city, all the while being immersed in authentic Japanese culture and history first hand. Get a taste of Japan’s traditional tea ceremony, make your own local cuisine in a cooking class, and try your hand at short-story animation when you sketch and produce your own short film! Japan offers the experience of a lifetime for anyone with an appreciation for both the natural world and human history.
Cultural Journeys allow travelers to gain insights into the heritage, history and modern realities of their destination by offering a broad diversity of experience. We rely on the expertise of our local staff to plan itineraries which not only explore the prominent sites but also make time for the lesser-known local gems and are intentional about regular interaction with local people.
Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!
Have the adventure of a lifetime with your friends
Try your hand at creating anime
Take a bullet train to Hiroshima
Walk through the Harajuku District of Tokyo
Experience some of most iconic parts of Kyoto
Explore Akihabara Electric Town
We do everything possible to run safe, engaging, and immersive programs for our travelers, but given the unpredictable nature of international travel we must remain flexible in our planning. Changes to a schedule are uncommon but if inclement weather pushes us off course or an unexpected opportunity arises which travelers are excited about, we reserve the right to adjust programming in the best interest of the group.
|1||USA - Tokyo||Today the group will depart from the US to Tokyo, Japan.||Airplane|
|2||Tokyo||Say konnichiwa to your program leader, your expert on all things Japan and your travel partner for the duration of the program. At your hotel, throw on a yukata robe, pour a cup of green tea, and put your feet up to relax after a long day of travel. But don't relax too much! Before long we’ll be off to enjoy our first meal in the Land of the Rising Sun.||Super Hotel Tokyo|
|3||Tokyo||Rise early and greet the day at the Toyosu Outer Market, a sensory stimulating visit filled with entertaining sights, sounds and smells. Toyosu is a window into Japan's fishing, cooking, and dining heritage. Put your newfound seafood knowledge to use at a sushi making class. Your instructors are sushi experts and teacher for many sushi chefs in the area. You'll sample a huge range of Japan's signature dish, and learn how to tell the difference between different types of sushi and sashimi. After lunch, we'll visit the Sumo museum (Ryogoku Kokugikan) and the impressive Tokyo Edo museum. Learn about feudal Japan and the evolution of Japanese culture over time.||Super Hotel Tokyo|
|4||Tokyo||Learn the ins and outs of Japan's biggest cultural export and try your hand at manga, Japanese comics. Become your own story writer and illustrator. In no time you’ll have created your own comic and be ready for publishing. This afternoon we'll check out Asakusa, home to the Sensō-ji, a famous Buddhist Temple. This evening we'll hit up a karaoke lounge which is a quintessentially Japanese experience and one that you'll remember for a lifetime!||Super Hotel Tokyo|
|5||Kawakuchiko||Bright and early we'll head to Kawakuchiko at Yamanashi. Just 2 hours drive outside of Tokyo area. It offers a great experience of nature, onsens and endless views of Mt. Fuji. We’ll visit flower parks with owls flying around, a dairy farm for some authentic soft cream, and visit the ninja village for an unfogettable experience. End the day by taking a well-deserved break from all the movement by relaxing in an Onsen, a traditional Japanese spa.||Super Hotel Tokyo|
|6||Tokyo||Pass through the Meiji Shrine's sacred torii, a gateway to Japan's traditional architecture, and head to the colorful Oriental Bazaar in the Harajuku District, the heart of Japan's dynamic fashion scene. You'll get a firsthand perspective on Japanese pop culture from your leader as he or she guides you through Harajuku's hidden backstreets. After lunch we'll visit the infamous TeamLab at Odaiba City; a modern art exhibition seeks to navigate art, science, techonology, design, culture, and the natural world. Enjoy "En Tea house" for an experience of digital flowers blooming inside of your tea cups. Next, we will enjoy some solo time exploring the malls, Fuji Tv building and the Statue of Liberty. Be sure to grab some pictures in front of the life-size Gundam statue before we take a trip back into the Edo era at the Oedo Onsen Monogatari.||Super Hotel Tokyo|
|7||Kamakura||In the morning, we will lace up our hiking shoes and explore the Japanese countryside. We explore the Zen temples along the Daibutsu Hiking trail. In the afternoon, we will visit Daibutsu, the second largest bronze Buddha in Japan. End the day by taking a well-deserved break from all the movement by relaxing on the beach for a picnic.||Super Hotel Tokyo|
|8||Tokyo- Hiroshima||Say "Sayōnara" to Tokyo and depart for Hiroshima. We will be traveling on a Japanese bullet train, which will cut down our travel time from nine hours of driving to 4.5 hours through the countryside! Once in Hiroshima, we will go out for an evening of Japanese hot pot for dinner while preparing for our visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park with an orientation and overview of the history of the city.||Urbain Hiroshima Central|
|9||Hiroshima||Today, we will visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, which contains a museum, the remnants of buildings destroyed by the 1945 atomic bomb and monuments to the people killed by this nuclear attack. Then we will visit the famous Hiroshima Castle, followed by the downtown district and Shukenin, one of Japan's most famous gardens.||Urbain Hiroshima Central|
|10||Hiroshima||We'll also make our way to Miyajima, known for Itsukushima Shrine’s giant Tori Gate which appears to float on top of the water. We will end the day with solo time and reflection on the previous days activities.||Urbain Hiroshima Central|
|11||Hiroshima- Kyoto||We will travel to Kyoto, the former capital of Japan for over 1000 years, to learn about the temples, castles, and districts that make this one of the most beautiful cities in the world. We will stretch our legs by taking an early evening tour of Gion, one of the oldest areas in Kyoto made famous by its old wooden teahouses where practicing Geisha and other artists can still be seen in the neighborhood.||Kyoto Ryokan Style Hotel|
|12||Kyoto||Start the day with a bus tour exploring the Kinkaku-ji, or Golden Pavilion as well as several other iconic sites in Kyoto. In the afternoon, we will visit a handicraft center and learn how to create traditional Japanese crafts from skilled artisans.||Kyoto Ryokan Style Hotel|
|13||Kyoto - Tokyo||In the morning, take the bullet train back to Tokyo. Once there, you'll be blown away by the neon lights of Akihabara Electric Town, a district devoted entirely to electronics, video games, manga, and anime. Enjoy visiting Akihabara's jam-packed shops, where you can supposedly buy any electronic device ever made. Stop for dessert at a local cafe. On your last evening in Japan, we're off to the ballpark to cheer for the home team at a baseball stadium. We'll also enjoy our final dinner together before our international flight the following morning.||Super Hotel Tokyo|
|14||Tokyo - USA||Fly home||Your own bed!|
In order to provide a safe and memorable experience, we follow strict guidelines when choosing program accommodations. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three-star equivalent hotels and guest houses which are centrally located, clean and safe.
Urbain Hiroshima Central Hotel
Attractively located in the Hiroshima City Centre district, this modern, elegant hotel is also conveniently close to the some of the city’s main attractions. Students will be able to put on a kettle of tea and relax in slippers in their rooms between visits to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park or the Atomic Bomb Dome nearby. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
Super Hotel Tokyo JR Kamata Nishiguchi
Start the day here with a traditional Japanese breakfast before setting out to explore Tokyo. This clean, three star accommodation provides modern amenities and a comfortable experience for all guests. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
Hotel WBF Kyoto Toji
Hotel WBF Kyoto Toji will be home sweet home during our time in Kyoto. The hotel’s central location will allow us to move easily around Kyoto. Japanese and western style breakfast is provided along with Wifi. Students will be split by gender in double, triple or quadruple rooms.
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Your Adventure Includes
In order to give our travelers the best possible price, we break out airfare from the Program Tuition. We will still handle all booking and ticketing via our flight partner who has access to special fares not available to the general public. Once confirmed, you will be invoiced for the flight roughly 75 days prior to travel.
Program Tuition Excludes: Travel insurance, baggage fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.
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