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Join us for a faculty-led Study Abroad program and explore Japan’s culture, arts and history with visits to both traditional and modern sites in three of Japan’s most significant cities.

Mount Fuji

May 20-29, 2023

Explore ancient temples and revolutionary digital spaces with your guides, Dawn Gale, Professor of Philosophy, and Sheilah Philip, Professor Emeritus.

Journey to imperial palaces dating back as far as 1603. Walk through legendary districts with local art shops and street-food stalls. Learn the power of tradition firsthand through practicing tea ceremonies and calligraphy. As you explore the lasting cultural impact of Japan, you will understand how the customs of the past have influenced life today.

Program Highlights

  • Historical and cultural tour of Tokyo including visits to the Imperial Palace, Meiji Shinto Shrine, Harajuku and Shinjuku
  • Asakusa Walking Tour, including trip to Senso-ji Shrine
  • TeamLab Planets Digital Art Museum
  • Kyoto’s famous Gion District
  • Tea Ceremony
  • International Manga Museum
  • Nijo Castle
  • Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion)
  • Byodo-in Temple
  • Calligraphy Workshop
  • Hiroshima Peace Park Museum and A-Bomb Dome


  • Complete program application and interview
  • Enroll in 1-credit Study Abroad course
  • Make all payments on time
  • Attend pre-trip orientation meetings
  • Submit all assignments as outlined in Canvas



Cost includes: airfare, hotels, local transportation, admission fees, tips and local guides.

Not included: meals, tuition for one credit, transportation to and from the airport and cost to get a passport.

*Subsidies, grants and scholarships may be available to JCCC degree-seeking students.


Apply for a Study Abroad scholarship of $500+. Stop by the International Education Office in COM 220 or email us at to learn about the application process.

To Apply

Limited spots available.

Apply today!

Deadline is December 5, 2022.


Stop by the International Education Office in COM 220 or email faculty trip leaders:

Dawn Gale
Professor of Philosophy

Sheilah Philip
Professor Emeritus


Depart Home for Tokyo, Japan
  • Arrive in Tokyo, Japan
  • Airport Transfer
  • Orientation Walking Tour: Get to know the neighborhood, public transportation systems, nearby pharmacies, markets and ATMs.
  • Welcome Dinner: Taste an authentic Japanese dinner with a variety of menu options to cater to all diets.
  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Historical & Cultural Tour of Tokyo: Visit the Imperial Palace, Harajuku, Shinjuku, Metropolitan Government Building, Meiji Shinto Shrine and other important cultural areas
  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • TeamLab Planets: A museum visit unlike any other, where you walk through water and into a garden where you become one with the flowers. Immerse yourself in four massive exhibition spaces and two gardens.
  • Asakusa Walking Tour
  • Senso-ji Shrine: Step inside the oldest Buddhist temple in the capital, with a five-story pagoda, trails of incense and vast eaves taking you back to a Tokyo of time gone by.
  • Yanaka: One of the few remaining shitamachi, or old town neighborhoods, which survived the Great Kanto Earthquake of early 1923.
  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Travel to Kyoto: (approx. 3 hrs)
  • Historical & Cultural Walking Tour of Kyoto: Kyoto served as Japan's capital and the emperor's residence from 794 until 1868. Countless temples, shrines and other historically priceless structures survive in the city today.
  • Gion District: At the heart of Kyoto is Gion, the city’s most famous entertainment district and the center of its traditional arts.
  • Tea Ceremony: Kyoto was where the tea ceremony was born and remains its spiritual heart. This special ceremony provides an unforgettable opportunity to learn the Japanese art of tea!
  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Byodo-in Temple: Explore a striking example of Buddhist Pure Land architecture in this temple located in Uji City, Kyoto.
  • International Manga Museum: Uncover the history of stylized comics and graphic novels in Japan's first museum devoted to manga. It offers a stunning array of materials with everything from 19th-century Japanese magazines and books to popular contemporary works from Japan and abroad.
  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion): Kinkakuji is a Zen temple in northern Kyoto whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. Each floor represents a different style of architecture.
  • Ryoan-ji Garden
  • Japanese Calligraphy Workshop: Also called shodo, this is an ancient art said to reflect the writer’s mind as well as their writing skill. A shodo expert will explain the connection between meditation and Japanese calligraphy and teach you how to use the brush to create strokes like the Japanese.
  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Day Trip to Hiroshima
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum: Discover the museum that continues to spearhead the global movement towards nuclear disarmament and lasting world peace.
  • A-Bomb Dome
  • Miyajima Island (depending on time)
  • Return to Kyoto
  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Travel to Tokyo: (approx. 3 hrs)
  • Free Day in Tokyo
  • Farewell Dinner & Program Closing
  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Airport Transfer
  • Depart Tokyo for Home