2024 Pacific Ridge Japan Cultural Journey

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2024 Pacific Ridge Japan Cultural Journey! We have created two webpages dedicated to this exciting program so that travelers are as informed as possible throughout the process. The first page, Pre-Enrollment, is meant to share exciting details, highlights and pertinent info that participants will want to know before enrolling. Once enrolled, the Post-Enrollment page, is meant to prepare travelers for participation on the adventure ahead. Please be sure to review the information on the appropriate page thoroughly and we can't wait to start our enriching adventure!
Travel Dates: May 25, 2024 - June 4, 2024
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Program Tuition: $4,990 USD

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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

Cultural Journeys

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.

Program Highlights

Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!

Sing your heart out at a local Karaoke!

Have the adventure of a lifetime with your friends

Try your hand at creating anime

Walk through the Harajuku District of Tokyo

Experience some of most iconic parts of Kyoto

Explore Akihabara Electric Town

The Itinerary

We do everything possible to run safe, engaging, and immersive programs for our travelers and given the unpredictable nature of international travel we must remain flexible in our planning. Changes to a schedule are uncommon but, we reserve the right to adjust programming in the best interest of the group. 

1USA - JapanToday the group will take an overnight flight to Tokyo. Airplane
2TokyoToday we arrive to Tokyo, upon arrival we will meet our program leader and drive to our hotel. After some well deserved reste, we will head out for our welcome dinner. Tonight we will have our big orientation meeting. Hotel Tokyo
3TokyoAfter breakfast we weil begin exploring the bustling city of Tokyo. We will begin exploring the Tsukiji Outer Market. Afterwards, we will visit the Asakusa Kannon Temple in Shitamachi (literally ‘downtown’) is surrounded by crowded street stalls. Asakusa is the city’s oldest Geisha district and also the home to Senso-ji, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple. We will then have lunch at a local restaurant. To finish our day, we will explore Akihabara, an area in Tokyo made famous by its hundreds of electronics shops, and more recently as the center for Tokyo’s anime, manga, video game, and figurine culture. We will then have dinner in the town before heading back to out hotel. Hotel Tokyo
4TokyoToday we will continue exploring the city. Our first stop is The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku. We will get a change to go up to its observation decks which provides one of the best panoramic views of Tokyo and beyond. Later, we will head to the Meiji Jingu, Tokyo’s most famous Shinto shrine dedicated to the spirit of the late Emperor Meiji. The park that surrounds the shrine has around 120,000 trees, making you forget that just outside the shrine grounds are two of the city’s popular shopping districts, Harajuku and Omotesando. After lunch, we will make a stop at Harajuku, the shopping haven for all fashionistas and the popular meeting place for teenagers who are usually in eccentric clothing. Finally we will visit the famous Shibuya district and its iconic intersection called ‘The Scramble’, one of the world’s busiest pedestrian lanes, and the statue of Hachiko, the most popular dog in Japan. We will head back to the hotel to pack our bags for tomorrow's departure to Kyoto and have dinner on our way to the hotel. Hotel Tokyo
5Tokyo - KyotoToday we say godbye to Tokyo and head to our next destination,. After breakfast, we will head to Tokyo station to take a bullet train to Kyoto. Once in Kyoto, we will visit Ginkakuji and Nanzenji Temples, some of the most importan Zen templas in the country. After lunch, we will take a stroll through Nishiki Market, lso known as "Kyoto's Kitchen", a narrow, five block long shopping street lined by more than one hundred shops and restaurants. We sill make a stop at Higashiyama before heading to Gion District, the old “Geisha district” of Kyoto. We will have dinner at a local restaurant. Hotel Kyoto
6KyotoAfter breakfast, we will head to Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto's stunning pavilion collectively famously know for its pavilion covered in handmade gold leaves. Today we will also visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine, an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. You will have the chance to walk through its famous thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings. After lunch, we will drive back to out hotel and have some free time until dinner. Hotel Kyoto
7KyotoToday we will have a leisurely morning with some free time to explore out neighborhood. Later, we will learn about Japanese cuisine. Students will participate in a workshop well they will learn how to make miso soup, tempura or bento lunch boxes, often artfully arranged. To finish our tour, we will visit Nijo Castle, which oldest building was completed in the early 1600s and has
since then been known for its Momoyama-style architecture,
decorated sliding doors, and “chirping nightingale” floors
Hotel Kyoto
8Kyoto - NaraToday we will go on a day trip to Nara! Nara Park is a large park in central Nara. Established in 1880, it is the location of many of Nara's main attractions including Todai-ji, Kasuga Taisha, Kofukuji and the Nara National Museum. It is also home to hundreds of freely roaming deer. Considered the messengers of the gods, Nara's over 1000 deer have become a symbol of the city and have even been designated as a natural treasure. After visitin the Todai-ji Temple we will have lunch at a local restaurant and walk to the Kasuga Taisha Shinto Shrine, famous for its bronze and stone lanterns donated by its worshippers. We will drive back to Kyoto where we will have dinner before heading back to out hotel.Hotel Kyoto
9KyotoToday we will have time explore in smaller groups. We can visit some local markets and shops to buy some last minute souvenirs or we may visit other attractions in Kyoto. In the afternoon, we will complete out end of program activities before heading out for dinner at a local restaurant. Back at the hotel, we will pack out bags to prepare for our international departure tomorrow. Hotel Kyoto
10Kyoto - USASayōnara! The group will be transferred to the airport to catch a flight back home. Your own bed, eventually!

Safety and Support


This was our daughter’s 2nd trip with Walking Tree. In 2016, she took her school’s first trip with Walking Tree to Ecuador, and absolutely loved it. Once again, the Walking Tree representative was excellent. My daughter said Ben really made the trip, and worked hard to keep the group happy. Other positives: communication before the trip, website outline, daily blogs and trip photos. Very professional organization. We feel very secure sending our student out into the world with Walking Tree.

Parent of Olivia, traveler on California Cultural Journey

Your Adventure Includes

Program Tuition Excludes: Travel insurance, baggage fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on the itinerary.

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