Field Trips: Kyoto, Nara, & Osaka

There are three field trips planned for the program: Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka.
The Kyoto field trip is required and included in the cost of the program.
The Nara and Osaka field trips are optional, therefore students may sign up for these field trips at an additional cost.

Kyoto Field Trip

Date: Friday, June 2, 2017
Cost: Included (Required field trip)

On the first Friday of the program, we will 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), Kiyomizu-dera (Kiyomizu Temple), 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!


Osaka Field Trip

Date: Friday, June 9, 2017
Cost: $90.00 (Not Included)

On the second Friday of the program is the optional day trip to Osaka. 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.


Nara Field Trip

Date: Friday, June 16, 2017
Cost: $90.00 (Not Included)

On the third Friday of the program is the optional day trip to Nara. Nara is the 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, lunch is included!


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