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
OTHER INCLUSIONS OF THIS PROGRAM:
- Round-trip group airfare from Toronto, arranged by Blyth Academy
- Group airport transfers at location
- Transportation for moves between cities with the group
- Breakfast and dinner daily
- Farewell Banquet
- 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.
Groups are required to meet at the airport 3 hours prior to departure
|Friday, July 5, 2019||Air Canada flight 001||Depart Toronto 1:40 pm||Arrive Tokyo-Haneda 3:40 pm, July 6
|Monday, July 30, 2019||Air Canada flight 40||Depart Osaka 5:10 pm||Arrive Vancouver 10:15 am
|Monday, July 30, 2019||Air Canada flight 184||Depart Vancouver 12:30 pm||Arrive Toronto 7:56 pm
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.
Kusama Yayoi Museum Visit (Tokyo)
The avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama, welcomes you to participate in her extraordinary and innovative explorations of time and space. The contemporary Japanese artist’s significant 65-year career shows the evolution of her immersive, multi-reflective installations, in which she invites you to share in her unique vision. Exuberant in colour, her striking signature symbol of the polka dot, a field of yellow, dotted pumpkins spreading into infinity. Kusama Yayoi Foundation hopes to share widely the message of world peace and love for humanity while engaging people from all backgrounds with contemporary art.
*Limited availability, entry is timed and only valid for a specific 90-minute time-slot *
Anticipated Date: Sunday, July 7th, 2019
Kimono 着物 & Tea Ceremony (Kyoto)
In this famous tea ceremony activity in Kyoto, you will have an opportunity to wear traditional kimono robes, taste the green matcha tea and eat unique Japanese sweets specifically made to match the tea’s flavour.
This cultural ritual is called “the way of the tea” where the tea used is a powdered green tea called Matcha.
A rare opportunity to experience an activity that has been practiced for hundreds of years and is the most idealistic pastime of ancient Japan.
A wonderful way of getting to know Japanese elegance and tradition, and a deeper understanding of the spiritual world of the Japanese people and its history.
Duration: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Anticipated Date: Tuesday, July 16th, 2019
Samurai 侍 Experience (Kyoto)
This is an excellent opportunity to experience a firsthand look into the world of the samurai. Get a glimpse into the philosophies of Bushido, the way of the warrior, and try your hand at wielding a real katana.
Kenbu, literally meaning ‘sword dance’ is one of the Japanese traditional performing arts with a Katana sword and a folding fan. You can practice the etiquette of samurai with a chance to try on a traditional costume.
Duration: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Anticipated Date: Tuesday, July 16th, 2019
Miyajima Island Visit (Hiroshima)
Miyajima (宮島) is a small island less than an hour outside the city of Hiroshima.
It is most famous for its giant torii gate, which at high tide seems to float on the water. The sight is ranked as one of Japan’s three best views.
While officially named Itsukushima, the island is more commonly referred to as Miyajima, Japanese for “shrine island”. This is because the island is so closely related to its key shrine, Itsukushima Shrine, in the public’s mind.
Like the torii gate, the shrine’s main buildings are built over water.
Miyajima is a scenic place, with wild deer wandering around the same sites as the visitors.
Duration: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Anticipated Date: Saturday, July 20th, 2019
Sakurajima Peninsula Visit (Kagoshima)
Sakurajima, ( 桜島 ) literally “Cherry blossom Island“, is an active composite volcano, formerly an island and now a peninsula, in Kagoshima Prefecture in Kyushu, Japan. The lava flows of the 1914 eruption connected it with the Osumi Peninsula. It is the most active volcano in Japan. The very last eruption was in August 2017.
Most of its eruptions are strombolian, affecting only the summit areas, but larger plinian eruptions have occurred in 1471-1476, 1779-1782 and 1914.
Duration: 9:00am to 2:00pm, lunch included
Anticipated Date: Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019
July 5th – 30th, 2019*
(Flights, Accommodation, Meals, etc.)
|Taxes & Fees||$1,000|
|Tuition & Supervision||$1,485|
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
*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.