2026 Smyth County Japan Program

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2026 Smyth County Japan Program! 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 get excited for a once in a lifetime adventure in Japan!
Travel Dates: June 1, 2026 - June 10, 2026
Dates are tentative
Group Organizer(s):
WTT Contact:
Program Tuition: $4,490 USD
Airfare not included in program tuition
Estimated Airfare: $1,500

Tuition Calculator

There are two options for payment, including an interest-free monthly installment plan.  Follow whichever option 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

$4,490.00

due today

Payment Plan

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:

$199.50

per month

* This is an approximate price. Your exact total will be confirmed when your enrollment is processed.

All prices in United States Dollars.

Japan Cultural Journey

This island nation is one of the most remarkable and unique travel destinations in the world. It’s a country with millennia of proud history but also one that rushes forward toward modernity, creating for a fantastic mix of old and new. Ancient shrines bump up against shiny skyscrapers and neon lights blend with the quiet of the countryside. The food is world-class, the landscapes are spectacular and the culture is one that respects tradition and history alongside karaoke and manga. Few places on earth offer an experience as rich and wonderful!

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

Explore Akihabara Electric Town

The Itinerary


We do everything possible to abide by  itineraries as originally planned, but decades of experience teachers that we must flexible in our planning. Changes to a trip’s schedule are uncommon, but Walking Tree reserves the right to make adjustments to programming in the best interest of the group. 

DayLocationDescriptionLodging
June 1USA - TokyoToday the group will depart from the USA to Tokyo, Japan.Airplane
June 2TokyoSay "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
June 3TokyoThis morning, immerse yourself in the spiritual heart of Tokyo with a visit to Sensō-ji, the famous and historical Buddhist Temple.

In the afternoon, pass through the Meiji Shrine's sacred torii, passing through its iconic torii gate, a symbolic gateway of traditional Japanese spirituality. Take time to connect with nature as you stroll through the tranquil forest surrounding the shrine, finding moments of peace and introspection amidst the bustling city.

In the colorful Harajuku District next door, explore a different kind of energy-- the vibrant spirit of Japanese culture and fashion. Explore the hidden backstreets with your guide, gaining insights into modern life in Tokyo.

In the evening, pay homage to the legendary Hachiko statue in Shibuya, symbolizing loyalty and companionship. Marvel at the iconic Tokyo skyline as you stand amidst the bustling energy of Shibuya Crossing, feeling the pulse of the city and the rhythm of its people.
Super Hotel Tokyo
June 4Tokyo -> KawaguchikoBright and early we'll embrace the harmony of nature, wellness, and cultural tradition, finding moments of tranquility and rejuvenation amidst the awe-inspiring landscapes of Mt. Fuji's foothills in Kawaguchiko in Yamanashi Prefecture.

Be surrounded by the majestic presence of Mt. Fuji, this tranquil destination promises a holistic experience of nature, relaxation, and wellness. We’ll visit Lake Ashi, basking in the beauty of our surroundings and soaking in the energy of the nature.

We will venture to Owakudani, a geological marvel within the volcanic zone of Mt. Fuji. Witnessing the raw power of nature, we'll marvel at the sulfuric vents and bubbling hot springs that fuel the region's health-promoting onsens. Here, we'll have the chance to indulge in a time-honored tradition—the tasting of Owakudani black eggs, boiled in the sulfuric waters and believed to bestow longevity and vitality. Retreat to the soothing waters of an onsen, allowing tensions to melt away into a sense of relaxation.
Super Hotel Tokyo
June 5Tokyo -> HakodateSet off bright and early for an adventure to Hokkaido aboard the high-speed bullet train! We will traverse the picturesque landscapes as we journey to Hakodate, a city renowned for its breathtaking views of the strait surrounded by ocean on both ends.

Stroll through the streets of Hakodate, where the fusion of Russian and Japanese architecure create a unique and captivating ambience and offers a glimpse into its rich cultural heritage. Take in the panoramic view and wonderful night view of this seaside town. Finally, savor some of the freshest and most delectable seafood that Japan has to offer in the evening!
APA Hotel Hakodate Ekimae
June 6Hakodate -> NisekoEmbark on a cultural journey at the Hakodate Asaichi morning market, a vibrant hub where local fishermen gather to sell their fresh catch of the day to restaurants and visitors alike. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere as you peruse the stalls filled with an array of seafood, melons, fresh dairy and Hokkaido delights. Encounter the essence of Japanese philosophy embodied in the concept of " mottainai ," the mindful appreciation and resourcefulness in avoiding waste. Experience it firsthand by participating in a unique cultural experience—engaging in calligraphy and ink painting using the ink of freshly caught squid. Discover the artistry within the seafood itself as you create intricate designs and expressions, celebrating the beauty and utility of every part of the creature. Our journey continues as we venture to Niseko, a pristine paradise nestled amidst Hokkaido's majestic landscapes. Here, we'll indulge in a variety of outdoor activities that awaken the senses and rejuvenate the spirit. From exhilarating hikes through lush forests to thrilling adventures on snow-covered slopes, Niseko offers an abundance of opportunities for exploration and adventure. As we immerse ourselves in the natural wonders of Niseko, through outdoor activities and cultural experiences, we'll forge lasting memories and deepen our appreciation for the harmony between humanity and nature.Ezo Fujiya Niseko House
June 7NisekoEmbark on an adventure-filled day in Niseko, where there is a wealth of exhilarating activitiesin in the great outdoors to invigorate both body and spirit.

You could ascend the slopes of Mt. Yotei, and embark on a hiking expedition that offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. Or, test your courage and teamwork with high-ropes courses and zip-lining adventures at PURE in Niseko Village.

As the day transitions into evening, treat yourself to a cuisine that embodies the essence of Japanese cuisine—kaiseki. Indulge in a dinner featuring various meticulously crafted dishes that showcase the freshest seasonal ingredients, reflecting both health-consciousness and hospitality at its finest.

Cap off your day of adventure with a soothing soak in an onsen bath, where the healing properties of natural thermal springs await leaving you feeling refreshed and rejuvenateda as you gaze up at the starry night sky.
Ezo Fujiya Niseko House
June 8Niseko -> SapporoEmbark on an unforgettable day trip to Sapporo, the vibrant metropolitan hub of Hokkaido! Begin your journey at the iconic Sapporo Beer Garden to enjoy a local delicacy, Genghis Khan, a grilled lamb barbecue traditionally used to keep warm in the winter. Indulge in creamy and luscious treats crafted from the freshest milk sourced from Hokkaido's prized cows. Venture to Maruyama Park, where Hokkaido Shrine resides featuring grand torii gates and serene forests.

Or if you fancy a bike ride, go around Moerenuma Park and enjoy its harmony of art and nature with lush greenery and outdoor sculptures. Ascend a 5-story glass pyramid for a magnificent view of Sapporo's skyline.

Finish your excursion to Sapporo with a culinary dish that traces its heritage back to Hokkaido, miso ramen! A fitting local favorite to end our last night in Hokkaido.
Ezo Fujiya Niseko House
June 9Niseko -> TokyoOn our last day in Japan, start with a bullet train ride back to Tokyo.

As the day transitions into evening, immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of the neon-lit wonderland of Akihabara Electric Town, a mecca for enthusiasts of electronics, video games, manga, and anime. Pick up some last souvenirs at the local Don Quijote!

Conclude your Japanese adventure with a final dinner, then channel your inner rockstar as you step into a karaoke booth for a night of music, laughter, and camaraderie. Sing your heart out to your favorite tunes, creating memories that will last a lifetime and bidding farewell to Japan in style.
Super Hotel Tokyo
June 10Tokyo - USAFly homeYour own bed!

Accommodations


In order to provide a safe and memorable experience, we follow strict guidelines when choosing group accommodations. Walking Tree partners with hotels and guest houses which are centrally located, locally operated, clean and safe.  We inspect each partner hotel to ensure they meet these standards.

Below are the accommodations we anticipate using on your program, subject to 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.

Safety and Support


 EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING

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Sabrina
Group Organizer on Morocco Service Adventure

Your Adventure Includes

Estimated Airfare

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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Why should high school students travel abroad? What happens if a participant gets sick? How quickly do we need to enroll? We’re sure you have plenty of questions and we’ve got you covered! Visit our Resource Center to discover the answers to your most pressing questions and contact us anytime with additional questions.

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