- Sapporo, Japan; Kyoto, Japan; Tokyo, Japan
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- High School
- Program Description:
Land in Tokyo for orientation before traveling to Sapporo, where you will begin Japanese classes and practice writing systems like hiragana and kanji. Your Japanese language skills will develop through 60+ hours of direct exposure through formal classes, host family interactions, peer-to-peer practice, and more. English is not widely spoken in Japan (especially in Hokkaido), providing countless opportunities for immersion. Enjoy local sushi and indulge in handmade noodles at the famed ramen shops. Local college students will be your language exchange partners for some activities, such as visiting their homes to cook and share a meal or experiencing Karaoke the Japanese way.
Continue practicing your Japanese and deepen your understanding of the culture and family life during your homestay in Hokkaido, known for its natural beauty. Learn to cook homemade soba noodles or roll your own sushi with your host family. Participate in cultural activities such as the art of etegami (colored paper collage), learn Zen mediation, experience a traditional tea ceremony, or visit local school and activity clubs to interact with students. Your exploration through Japan continues as you spend several days exploring the temples, markets, and shrines of ancient Kyoto. Hike to Nijō Castle, home to the ancient imperial court, and visit the famous golden-walled Kinkaku-ji temple. Finally, return to Tokyo, where you will explore the exciting and unique districts, including anime and manga in Akihabara and the fashion scene in Harajuku.
- Setting Description:
- Study Japanese, live with a host family, and explore the cultural and historical sights of Tokyo, Sapporo, and Kyoto. While in Sapporo, receive 32 hours of formal language instruction — provided at three language levels — in small-group, interactive formats. Practice reading and writing hiragana and kanji with Japanese teachers. Have language exchanges with local students. Take time to sample local delicacies, order gyoza and sushi at local restaurants, explore Japan’s natural beauty, and learn about the indigenous Ainu culture of Hokkaido. Visit the homes of local college students to learn about Japanese home life and cook together. Further enhance your Japanese and deepen your understanding of culture and family life in Japan through the program’s homestay. Learn to cook homemade soba noodles or to roll your own sushi with your host parents and hang out with your host siblings. Take advantage of opportunities to learn the art of Japanese flower arrangement or the tea ceremony.
Additional Program Information
- Scholarships Description:
- For summer 2020, we will offer merit-based partial scholarships to students who live in the Florida Keys, the Houston, TX metro area, the Seattle, WA metro area, and the Washington, DC metro area. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Based on 10 Reviews
- The Best Time of My Life09/24/19
Going to Japan was one of my craziest, wildest, out of reach dreams that I could've only hoped for. However, The Experiment in International Living gave me the opportunity to experience Japanese culture through a multitude of activities and many adventures.
We experienced many aspects of Japanese life, and it is something that will forever be engraved in my heart and mind.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- My Japan Trip09/08/19
If you're looking for thrill and excitement everyday of 30 days, then look no further than the experiment. With years of experience in sending students into foreign countries, every day was more fun than the last. I met the most amazing people on my trip,
from members of my group who became family, to my amazing leaders who supported me through every problem I had. All the amazing Japanese people we met were beyond sweet and kind. You won't meet a single bad boned person on this trip. Not to mention the amazing variety of food. We did a little bit of everything, from hiking up mountains in Kyoto to view monkeys in their natural habitat, to exploring the diverse and never ending wonders of Tokyo. Feel like getting a breath of fresh air? You'll be exposed to the pure air of Japanese farm lands and the breath taking views of oceans and more. But something that'll always and forever stay with you is the homestay, and how close you'll become with your families. I miss my host mother and sister more and more everyday. Don't look past this amazing experience, it'll truly change your life.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- My First Time Traveling09/01/19
Being able to go to Japan, through The Experiment, was one of the most life-changing experiences of my life. The Experiment offers a safe space to explore your interests individually while still supporting every aspect of your journey. Before The Experiment,
I had never traveled in my life. Going to Japan for the first time seemed scary, but all the traditions and activities this program allows you to explore abroad help you not miss home, and feel comfortable even when you're across the world! Additionally, all the people you meet on the way from the students to the locals are people you will never forget. The students are open-minded and have the same drive to explore and learn as you do! My Group Leaders were extremely hard-working and really cared about the well being of their students. This experience really left me feeling like a matured student.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Amazing and Life Changing Experience08/28/19
I cannot even explain the wonders and happiness I had experienced because of The Experiment. Because of them, I was able to go out and venture the world on my own. My trip to Japan was such an amazing experience, I definitely would want to go back! The
Experiment helped open my eyes to a new interest: traveling. I am so thankful I was able to be a part of something wonderful. My group was the best group I could ask for and my group leaders did their absolute best to provide for us and make us happy. I couldn’t have asked for a better group dynamic. I will cherish this study abroad experience for the rest of my life.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Once in a Lifetime Experience!08/22/19
Japan was absoutely gorgeous! We travelled to many different cities to meet all kinds of people! We interacted with college students by hanging out at the huge top-notch mall-and-train station in Sapporo and celebrated with the Farewell party with our
host families! The Experiment did a fantastic job of making small yet personalized groups with other high-schoolers with various backgrounds! I had fun time with my group and my favorite moments are the water-gun fights during the ferry boat ride to Kyoto and going to the Odaiba onsen in Tokyo. The only bad thing that I have to say is that I wish the program extend much longer to over a month!! Thay way, I do not have to say goodbye to my new friends and families sooner. I absolutely cherish all of them. Thank you to the Experiment for giving me once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- The Best08/20/19
Being able to experience Japan itself was already amazing but the fact that I got to experience it with the people in my group made the experience all the more enjoyable. It was a truly unforgettable month and I’ll treasure it for all my life. Thank
you!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- A wonderous experience!08/31/18
This trip to Japan helped me blossom as a person, as well as provide an extremely I sightful look into Japanese culture. From traditional villages to arcades, and from bustling city centers to small town homestays, this program provided an unforgettable
experience.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- The Best Trip Ever!08/30/18
My trip to Japan was an experience that I will never forget. Not only did I expand my cultural knowledge and awareness but I also got to immerse myself in and around groups of amazing people. Never before had I felt so welcomed and thrilled to keep learning.
Everyday was a day in which I felt in paradise. Whether it was exploring with my group, playing with my host siblings, eating amazing food, hanging out with college students, or having language classes, I always had an extreme amount of fun. Japan will forever be one of my favorite places.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Japan: Land of Wonders08/27/17
I attended EIL’s Japan: Language and Cultural Traditions program this past summer and I could not dream, of a better experience. The people, the culture, the food, the experience was one that seemed out of a book, but what I found most amazing was
how my view of myself changed over those four, hot summer weeks and even more once I returned. Throughout the program, there were always new challenges being presented every time we changed location, ate at a new restaurant, or met a new person. As a study abroad student in Japan that does not know a significant amount of Japanese, this was extremely challenging, but also incredibly rewarding. It became an essential survival skill to have to put yourself out there and face the difficulties. Never before in my life have I had to do that and eventually it became comfortable to be uncomfortable. I learned new ways of communication not just through language, but with hand gestures, body language, and facial expressions. Other challenges, like behavior, also changed the way I saw myself. The people there had different customs and social norms for behavior that I was not used to. Sales associates bowing, only being able to use the left side of the elevator, showing politeness by keeping your hands on the front of your body, and the manner in which you gave and received money was all brand new to me, and it taught me a lot about cultural sensitivity and customs. I had to fight against by basic social instincts because I did not want to be rude to anyone. It opened my eyes to the way others receive culture and how people adapt to the change. I saw tourists and other students either be completely fine with the shift or have this great internal war with themselves like many others were probably feeling at the time too. I began to understand the importance of culture in its most natural form. I had to experiment with my Experiment. After my experience abroad I want to do so much more. I want to explore more, talk more, explore more, and learn more. My perspective on myself and the world has changed, and I couldn’t have had a better way to spend my summer than doing my program with the Experiment.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Life-Changing Experiences08/19/17
On my trip, I went to various cities: Tokyo, Sapporo, Bihoro, and Kyoto. In Tokyo, we navigated the train systems and experienced the various cities along the Yamanote line, which was a truly interesting experience as I had never been on a train before.
In Sapporo, we completed language lessons and met with college students for karaoke, cooking, and purikura as we prepared for our homestays. Bihoro was where we had our homestay, and I truly had an amazing time in this city. The local culture was so amazing and everyone knew each other. I spent a lot of time with the other host families doing barbecue and hanabi (fireworks). We learned Taiko and etegami and went shopping with our families before preparing for our farewell party. I grew extremely close to my host family and truly love them as my own family now. They are very eager to learn English, but you must be eager to learn Japanese as well. The language barrier isn't that scary, especially with translation apps that are out now. Plus, mistakes lead to amazing stories later on in the trip! Kyoto was beautiful and was truly a tourist site. We made it our mission to go to Osaka and experience the Osaka Aquarium with whale sharks, which was so amazing to see. I really wouldn't trade this experience for anything. I met so many amazing people, including many very nice locals! I would give anything to be able to return to Japan.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend