Field Trips
Special 10th Anniversary Field Trip

Date: Wednesday, May 30 - Saturday, June 2, 2018
Cost: $450.00

English Student, photo credit: Amy NguyenTo celebrate our 10th anniversary, we have scheduled a special, exciting field trip for the first week of the program. Students, alumni, and non-credit participants are all invited to join in! Using JR Rail passes, we will visit important sites such as Osaka, Himeji Castle, Hiroshima, and Tokyo. Travel and arrangements are included. Housing for students will be at the Keishikan in Kyoto (housing for alumni and non-credit participants is not included). Meals and additional spending money are not included, except for lunch at a traditional Osaka restaurant on May 31.

All students enrolled in the Modern Japanese Cities class (HIST 3992) are required to sign up for the anniversary field trip.  

The itinerary is planned as follows (subject to change): 

  • Wednesday, May 30: Classes during periods 1 and 2 (class schedule may differ from regularly scheduled time periods), with an afternoon departure for Himeji castle. Return to Kyoto. 
  • Thursday, May 31: All classes cancelled. Travel to Osaka, where we tour various sites within the city (see Osaka Field Trip information below). Return to Kyoto. NOTE: students may opt to sign up just for the Osaka day field trip if they prefer not to participate in the entire 4-day trip.
  • Friday, June 1: No classes. Travel to Hiroshima, where we tour various sites associated with the Peace Memorial Park, the Peace Museum, and Miyajima, among other places. Return to Kyoto.
  • Saturday, June 2: Travel to Tokyo, where we tour a few important sites in order to try to scratch the surface of this major metropolitan area. Participants may return to Kyoto with the staff, or opt to find their own housing in Tokyo for Saturday night in order to see more of Tokyo on their own on Sunday. Students must return to Kyoto Sunday night in order to attend class on Monday. 

Alumni please click here for more information on what we have planned for you!


Osaka Field Trip

Date: Thursday, May 31, 2018
Cost: $90.00

If students wish only to go to Osaka with us on May 31st, they may opt for this one-day version of the field trip. Often dubbed the "second city" of Japan, Osaka was historically the commercial capital of Japan, and to date the heart of Japan's second largest (and the world's ninth largest) metropolitan area of Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto, boasting a population of over 17 million.

Osaka is traditionally considered the "nation's kitchen" (天下の台所,tenka no daidokoro) or the gourmet food capital of Japan. Lunch at a local Osaka restaurant is included.

We will visit several sites in Osaka, including Ōsaka-jō (Osaka Castle), and the Osaka Museum of History.

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 Kyoto Field Trip
Date: Friday, June 8, 2018

Cost: $50.00

On this field trip, we take a tour of the most important sites in Kyoto, getting a sense of the city and a taste of what it has to offer. This city's main attractions are important parts of Japanese history, art, and culture. We will visit such attractions as Ginkaku-ji, Nijo-jo (Nijo Castle), Yasaka-jinja (Yasaka Shrine), Sanjusangen-do (officially known as "Rengeo-in"), and more. Lunch at a typical Japanese restaurant is included. This field trip is designed to give students a sense of what Kyoto has to offer, as well as to orient them to using public transportation to navigate the city on their own. We expect students to then strike out on their own to continue to explore many more of the thousands of incredible sites Kyoto has to offer!

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Nara Field Trip

Date: Friday, June 15, 2018
Cost: $90.00

Nara is the most ancient capital of Japan (from 710 to 784). There are eight temples, shrines and ruins in Nara, specifically Tōdai-ji, Saidai-ji, Kōfuku-ji, Kasuga Shrine, Gangō-ji, Yakushi-ji, Tōshōdai-ji and Heijō Palace Remains. These, together with Kasugayama Primeval Forest, collectively form the "Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara," a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will tour such sites as the Tōdai-ji area, the Kasuga Shrine, the Sangetsu-do, and more. And of course, traditional Japanese lunch is included!

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