Program Details

Study Japanese through intensive language training and experiential learning activities. Explore the country’s diverse regions, from vibrant Tokyo neighborhoods to the natural splendor of Hokkaido.
Sapporo, Japan; Kyoto, Japan; Tokyo, Japan
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School

Program Overview

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:
Need-based scholarships between $250 and $2,200

Program Reviews

Overall Rating


Based on 4 Reviews

  • A wonderous experience!

    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

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • The Best Trip Ever!

    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.

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Japan: Land of Wonders

    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

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Life-Changing Experiences

    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.

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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