Program Details

Immerse yourself in the anime and manga capital of the world. Develop your illustration skills and design techniques through interactive classes with industry experts.
Tokyo, Japan
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School

Program Overview

Program Description:

Learn from the best as you attend an authentic anime school in Tokyo, one of the largest metropolitan area in the world and one of the safest travel destinations. Develop your artistic ability and style through classes taught in Japanese by design and animation professionals. Through formal instruction, work on character development, animation, manga techniques, and bringing your characters to life. Learn voice-acting in Japanese from a professional voice actor and experience dubbing a scene in a studio. You will learn animation techniques such as color blending with Copic© markers; Inking with fountain pens; screen-toning, a technique for applying textures and shades to drawings. Take your characters from paper to the screen through digital animation as you learn professional techniques by using programs like Photoshop©, AdobePremiere©, and AfterEffects©.

Immerse yourself in Japan’s pop culture through visits to its vibrant neighborhoods. Play games in the colorful arcades in Akihabara, the city’s anime, manga, and tech district or Ikebukero, known for the Pokemon Center. Wander through the busy market streets of Ameyoko; then ride the maze of escalators at Ginza’s skyscraping department stores. Discover the famous alternative street fashion of the Harajuku neighborhood.

Broaden your perspective on Japanese culture during your homestay on Hokkaido, Japan’s second-largest island, known for its natural beauty and indigenous Ainu culture. Visit a local high school for activities with Japanese students, such as taking a cooking lesson or creating a Japanese family crest. Visit a Buddhist temple and study the art of Japanese calligraphy as you share daily life with your host family. Discover Japanese history by visiting shrines, museums, and hot springs and by participating in a traditional tea ceremony or the art of wearing a Kimono.

Setting Description:
Orientation: Tokyo, 3 days Homestay: Tomakomai, Otaru, Bihoro, or Nanae,* 7–9 days Other Accommodations: Hotels and/or hostels

Additional Program Information

Scholarships Description:
Need-based scholarships from $250-$2,000

Program Reviews

Overall Rating


Based on 6 Reviews

  • Childhood Dream Fulfilled

    Since my potty-training days, animation has been a consistent joy in my life. From Studio Ghibli movies, to Dragon Ball, Naruto, Bleach, Disney and Pixar movies, and so much more-- I've been thoroughly entertained and even moved to tears by images flashing

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • So Much Fun

    In Japan I had lots of fun. From the streets of Tokyo to the woods of Nanae in Hokkaido, our group traveled everywhere. The anime classes we attended were great, as it was a type of learning that always introduced an exciting aspect to it. We did voice

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

    Traveling to japan was an amazing experience that i will never forget. Along from learning about the culture and traditions in japan, i was able to eat so many Japanese dishes that has made me more open to trying new dishes. I definitely recommend traveling

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

    This program changed my life forever. I experienced leaving the USA for the first time in my life on this trip, and I saw and took part in many different things that I never would have if I didn’t go on this trip. Everything I learned I will use in

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • A Once in a Lifetime Experience

    This program, Japanimation: Anime & Manga was an unforgettable experience in which one can explore the culture and language of Japan, while also exploring and reflecting on yourself. I had felt extremely safe during the trip and my leaders were exceedingly

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

    My experience living in japan was amazing. My animation got along with each other pretty well. The food over there was delicious! The architecture were outstanding. The program was great because of my leaders in my group. They made sure we were safe.

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