Japan 2018 Blyth Academy International Summers Program

About This Study Abroad Program

The land of the rising sun is truly a fusion of the ancient and modern, with feudal castles and tranquil rural landscapes juxtaposed with thriving metropolises on the cutting edge of technology and fashion.

Tokyo offers a seemingly unending choice of shopping, entertainment, culture, and dining. Get up early to see the bustling Tsukiji Fish Market, visit Tokyo National Museum, and study in the many city gardens.

Retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life to the quiet town of Hakone located in Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. It’s a misty mountainous town known for its hot springs and iconic views of Mount Fuji. The natural surroundings provide great opportunities for hiking and boating.

Kyoto, undoubtedly Japan’s cultural epicentre, gives visitors the chance to explore the impressive Pure Water Temple and Golden Pavilion by day. By night, the Gion district comes to life ablaze with lights, colours, and geisha.

Although infamous as the site of the world’s first atomic bomb attack during the Second World War, Hiroshima is now a modern metropolis, featuring the beautiful Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, a quiet spot to reflect on war and the changing world.

Kagoshima is a seaside town along Kinko Bay with spectacular views of the Sakurajima volcano. A boat ride to the volcanic island brings students to the observatory to get an up-close view of the active smoke spewing from the summit. A day at the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Sengan-en Park and the Shoko Shuseikan stately home, reveal 350 years of history and a glimpse into the life of powerful ancient Japanese feudal lord, Shimazu Nariakira.

In Osaka, Japan’s second-largest city, students can stroll the buzzing districts of Dōtonbori, where walls of neon signs flash over the canal and take classes in Osaka Castle Park.

INTERESTING FACT: Tipping in Japan is not customary. In many instances, it can be considered insulting and may be politely refused. A simple bow is a respectable way to say thank you for the service.

Included in your program




Temples and shrines




Mount Fuji


And more!


  • Round-trip group airfare from Toronto, arranged by Blyth Academy
  • Group airport transfers at location
  • Transportation for moves between cities with the group
  • Accommodation
  • Tuition
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Farewell Banquet
  • Supervision
  • Pre-departure briefing and materials
  • Designated outings and activities
  • City orientation tours
  • Use of free Internet, where available*
  • Access to Blyth Academy Travel Journal
  • Access to Vidigami photo sharing
  • And much more!

* Most hotels have Wi-Fi in common areas. Please note Internet access may not be available in bedrooms.

Flight Details

Groups are required to meet at the airport 3 hours prior to departure

Sunday, July, 28 2019
Air Canada flight 001
Depart Toronto 1:40 pm
Arrive Tokyo-Haneda 3:35 pm, July 29
Thursday, August 22, 2019
Air Canada flight 40
Depart Osaka 5:15 pm
Arrive Vancouver 10:15 am
Thursday, August 22, 2019
Air Canada flight 118
Depart Vancouver 1:30 pm
Arrive Toronto 8:51 pm
Please note: Flights are subject to change by the airline.

Are you flying into Toronto Pearson International Airport to join the group?

Blyth Academy airport staff will meet students flying into Toronto Pearson International Airport from any city with same-day connections to Blyth Academy group flights at no additional charge. Once your student is registered, please complete the Airport Meet-and-Greet application. Applications must be received by June 1st and will be fulfilled as available.

Optional Excursions

*The following are examples of optional excursions our students went on in 2018, and are subject to change. Please take a look and don’t forget to check back soon for the final list of excursions, and your chance to register!

Sushi Class with Lunch (Tokyo)

Sushi Class - Japan Optional ExcursionYou will build your own sushi as well as learn the history of sushi and manners at a classical and traditional sushi restaurant.

Time : 11:00-14:00
Dep / Arr : Hotel in Tokyo
Inclusion : Sushi Lunch

11:00 Meet your English speaking guide at the hotel lobby. Depart for sushi cooking studio by public transportation.

11:30~13:30 Start making sushi. Sushi lunch

14:00 Return to your hotel by public transportation, IC card for transportation required.

Price: $295

Disneyland Tokyo

Disneyland Tokyo - Optional Excursions JapanWhether you’re a ride-loving thrill seeker or looking to take a picture with your favourite character, you’re never too old for a day at Tokyo Disneyland. It was opened in 1983 as the first Disney theme park outside of the United States. Modelled after Disneyland in California and the Magic Kingdom in Florida, Tokyo Disneyland is made up of seven themed lands and features seasonal decorations and parades.

Time : 8:00-21:00
Dep/ Arr: Hotel in Tokyo
Inclusion: 1 ticket/ person

8:00 Meet your English speaking guide at the hotel lobby. Depart for Tokyo Disney Land by public transportation. Arrive at Tokyo Disney Land station. Check meeting point Ikspiarigate. Explorer Tokyo Disney Land on own.
20:00 Assemble at Ikspiarigate
21:00 Return to your hotel by public transportation, IC card for transportation will be required

Price: $325

Okonomiyaki Experience (Hiroshima)

Okonomiyaki Experience - Japan Optional ExcursionOkonomiyaki is a Japanese-style pancake made from egg, flour and water with lots of toppings. In Japanese, Okonomi means “whatever you like”. Let’s make Hiroshima Okonomiyaki.

Time : 11:00-14:00
Dep / Arr: Hotel in Hiroshima
Inclusion : Okonomiyaki Lunch

11:00 Meet your English speaking guide at the hotel lobby. Depart for Okonomiyaki cooking studio by public transportation
11:30~13:30 Start making Okonomiyaki. Okonomiyaki lunch.
14:00 Return to your hotel by public transportation, IC card for transportation will be required

Price: $175

Kimono Wearing and Tea Ceremony Experience (Kyoto)

Kimono wearing tea ceremony - Japan Optional ExcursionThis is a wonderful way of getting to know Japanese elegance and tradition. Students can wear traditional Kimono clothes and learn the basic of the tea ceremony. You will come to understand the spiritual word of the Japanese people and its history.

Time : 8:30-13:00
Dep / Arr: Hotel in Kyoto
Inclusion : Kimono experience / Tea ceremony

8:30 Meet your English speaking guide at the hotel lobby. Depart for Kimono experience by public transportation
9:00~10:00 Choose your kimono. Staff will help you to wear clothes
10:30~12:00 Tea ceremony. Matcha green tea and confectionery will be served
12:30 Return your kimono
13:00 Return to your hotel by public transportation, IC card for transportation will be required

Price: $325

Samurai / Ninja Experience (Kyoto)

Samurai Ninja Experience - Japan Optional ExcursionKenbu, literally meaning ‘sword dance’ is one of Japanese traditional performing arts with a Katana sword and a folding fan. Samurai KenbuTheater offers both Kenbushow and lesson programs for Kyoto visitors. You can practice the etiquette of samurai with a chance to try on a traditional costume as well as a show performed by KenbuMasters.

Time : 14:00-13:00
Dep / Arr: Hotel in Kyoto

14:00 Meet your English speaking guide at the hotel lobby. Depart for Samurai experience by public transportation
14:30~15:30 Samurai show and lesson
16:00 Return to your hotel by public transportation, IC card for transportation will be required

Price: $325

Universal Studios Japan (Osaka)

Universal Studios Japan - Japan Optional ExcursionThis is a one-day Studio Pass for Universal Studios Japan™ in Osaka! Here, you’ll be able to experience what it’s like behind the scenes of your favourite Hollywood movies at one of the only two locations in Asia. You will be able to enjoy attractions like the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man -The Ride 4K3D, Jurassic Park -The Ride®, Jaws® and Terminator 2:3-D. You’ll also be able to experience the magic at the Hogwarts™ castle and Hogsmeade™ village in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™.

Time : 8:30-21:00
Dep / Arr: Hotel in Osaka
Inclusion: 1 ticket/ person

8:30 Meet your English speaking guide at the hotel lobby. Depart for Universal Studios Japan by public transportation. Arrive at Universal Studios Japan. Check meeting point. Explore Universal Studios Japan on own.
20:00 Assemble at the meeting point
21:00 Return to your hotel by public transportation, IC card for transportation will be required

Price: $265

July 28th – August 22nd, 2019*

Travel Services
(Flights, Accommodation, Meals, etc.)
Taxes & Fees$1,000
Tuition & Supervision$1,485
or use your Aeroplan Points***

Courses, Choose One


  • English (ENG3U)
  • Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ3M)


  • English (ENG4U)
  • Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ4M)


  • Tokyo: 6 days
  • Hakone: 2 days
  • Kyoto: 5 days
  • Hiroshima: 3 days
  • Kagoshima: 4 days
  • Osaka: 4 days


A final list of Accommodations for 2019 will be updated closer to the program date.


Japan PostcardJapan - Testimonial

*All dates are subject to change.

**Plus $195 registration fee. Includes group airfare arranged by Blyth Academy and an estimated $1000 in airline and departure taxes, local taxes and fees. Please visit www.blythsummers.com/fees for an explanation of our departure taxes, fees, and surcharges, and when these fees will be invoiced. All itineraries, excursions, dates, departure taxes, fees, and surcharges are subject to change.

***Please visit www.blythpoints.com for more details on funding your program through Aeroplan points.

Website Maintenance


Please note that the Blyth Academy website will be undergoing maintenance work as described below. During the scheduled maintenance hours, certain functions of the website will be temporarily unavailable. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

【Website Maintenance Schedule】:
December 16, 2018 (Sunday) 11:00 PM -12:00 AM (EST) (1 HOUR)

【Affected Webpages】:
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