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May 22-31, 2020

Japan is a country that appreciates seeming opposites: old and new mixed together, traditional and pop culture coexisting side by side, the mingling of East and West.

Join Dawn Gale, Professor of Philosophy, and Sheilah Philip, Professor emerita, Humanities, to learn about Japanese, history, society and the arts. We will experience both traditional and contemporary sites in Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima so we can examine Japanese culture past and present together!

Site visits include:

  • Tokyo National Museum
  • Senso-ji Shrine—the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo
  • Tea ceremony and tea plantation visit
  • International Manga Museum
  • Nijo Castle
  • Kinkakuji (Zen Temple)
  • Traditional Kimono Show
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
  • Miyajima Island

Students will be required to enroll in GIST 101 (1 credit hour).


Nov. 1 – Application deadline
Nov. 15 – nonrefundable deposit due $555
Dec. 15 – First payment due $1,500
Jan. 15 – Final payment due $1,500  


$3,555 per person, three to four people per room (individual beds)
OPTIONAL: $3,705 per person, double occupancy

Degree-seeking student? Apply for a Study Abroad scholarship up to $500.

Contact International Education:

Email the Study Abroad Office

Janette Jasperson
International Education Coordinator
COM 220
913-469-8500, ext. 3470

Cost includes:

  • Airfare
  • Hotels
  • Ground transportation
  • Daily continental breakfasts
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Site admissions

Not included in cost:

  • Some meals
  • Personal spending
  • Passport fee if you do not already have one
  • Tuition for GIST 101 (1 credit hour)


Dawn Gale
Professor, Philosophy
Dawn Gale's email

Sheilah Philip
Professor emerita, Humanities
Sheilah Philip's email
913-469-8500, ext. 4505


NOTE: Subject to change

Meet at JCCC campus and travel together to Kansas City International Airport

  • Orientation walking tour of the area (public transportation, systems, nearby pharmacies, markets, ATMs, etc.)
  • Authentic Japanese welcome dinner with a variety of menu options.
  • Historical and cultural tour of Tokyo, including the Imperial Palace, Harajuku, Shinjuku, Metropolitan Government Building, Meiji Shinto Shrine and more
  • Tokyo National Museum
  • Asakusa Walking Tour
  • Senso-ji Shrine: this five-story pagoda is the oldest Buddhist temple in the capital
  • Ghibli Museum or the interactive Edo Tokyo Museum
  • Travel to Kyoto
  • Historical cultural walking tour
  • Traditional tea ceremony—the tea ceremony was born in Kyoto and remains its spiritual heart
  • Uji-region tea plantation visit and tea tasting of popular Japanese teas
  • Byodo-in Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • International Manga Museum
  • Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion)
  • Ryoan-ji Garden
  • Traditional kimono show and silk weaving demonstration – weave your own souvenir table center cloth (20 cm x 30 cm)
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and its global movement toward nuclear disarmament and a lasting world peace.
  • A-Bomb Dome
  • Presentation and Q&As with a Hiroshima survivor
  • Miyajima Island
  • Free day
  • Farewell dinner and program closing
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