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School trips to Japan are becoming more and more popular, as the country offers so many incredible learning experiences, especially for geography, business studies and art school trips. It’s also a fantastic choice for a cultural school trip.

Japan boasts a unique and fascinating culture, beautiful colours and ancient architecture, while also being at the forefront of modern science and technology. Most of our groups choose to base themselves in Japan’s bustling capital, Tokyo, with excursions to other places of interest, including the imposing Mt. Fuji and the traditional teahouses of Kyoto.

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Why visit Japan?

Explore the Pacific Ring of Fire

For geography students, Japan’s location on the Pacific Ring of Fire provides thrilling opportunities to better understand the Earth’s geology.

This is a country of volcanoes and frequent earthquakes, and on your geography school trip to Japan, your students will have the opportunity to visit an earthquake simulator and find out how the Japanese prepare themselves for a large-scale earthquake to happen in an urban environment.

On your Japan school trip, you’ll also be able to visit Mount Fuji, as well as the Owakudani Valley, which is an area around the crater created by the last eruption of Mount Hakone, over 3,000 years ago. Hot springs provide an insight into the geothermal activity going on beneath the ground.

Discover the incredible artistic heritage

And if you’re looking for an art school trip that takes in a diverse range of styles, you’d be hard-pressed to beat a trip to Japan. Here you can explore more traditional art forms such as ukiyo-e, as well as more modern ones, like manga and anime.

A visit to the Amuse Museum in Tokyo is a must for any art school trip to Japan. Here you’ll learn more about Japanese textile culture and the traditional woodblock painting known as ukiyo-e.

And you can explore Japanese sculpture at the Hakone Open-Air Museum, where your students will get to see works by artists including Yasuo Mizui and Taro Okamoto.

Experience an ancient culture

A school trip to Japan will offer your students the opportunity to discover a culture that is very different to their own and to see the beauty in that diversity.

The rich culture of Japan is one that will be endlessly fascinating to your students. You’ll discover ancient traditions, such as Shinto festivals, tea ceremonies and Buddhist sculptures.

As well as exploring the capital, Tokyo, where you’ll experience both the ancient and modern Japanese culture, you’ll also be able to visit the former imperial capital of Kyoto on your cultural school trip to Japan.

Learn about one of the world’s biggest economies

Tokyo is, of course, an economic powerhouse, which makes it the perfect destination for a business studies school trip.

A world leader in innovation, Japan is the home of such global companies as Panasonic and Honda – and you’ll have the opportunity to visit their visitor centres in Tokyo to learn more about how they market their iconic brands.

Activities in Japan that your school group will love

Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan, standing at3,776 metres highabout 60 miles west of Tokyo. It is a

Owakudani Valley

Owakudani is the area around a crater created in the last eruption of Mount Hakone 3000 years ago. Sulfurous fumes,

Tokyo Imperial Palace

The Tokyo Imperial Palace is the main residence of the Emperor of Japan. This is a fantastic visit for your

Tokyo National Museum

The Tokyo National Museum is the oldest and largest museum in Japan.

Sony Building

A Ginza landmark, the Sony Building features a variety of shops, showrooms and restaurants. Among these arethe Sony Showroom, where

Tokyo Stock Exchange

The TSE Market Center is open to the general public between 9:00 - 16:00pm with the option of a free

Ginza Area

Ginza is Japan's most fashionable shopping address, with high-end shops, boutiques, art galleries and department stores like Hankyu, Matsuya, Matsuzakaya,

The National Art Centre, Tokyo

The National Art Center, Tokyo boasts 14,000 square meters of exhibition space, which is one of the largest in Japan.

Suginami Animation Museum

Suginami Animation Museum is set in the heart of Tokyo's Suginami district which has become home to many of the

A-Bomb Dome

The Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall was a mere 160 meters northwest of the hypocentre and the building was heavily

Asakusa Area

Asakusa is one of the largest downtown amusement centers in Tokyo and a must for visitors to Japan. It boasts

Ginza Area

Ginza is Japan's most fashionable shopping address, with high-end shops, boutiques, art galleries and department stores like Hankyu, Matsuya, Matsuzakaya,

Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle is located in the centre of Himeji City, about 50 kilometers west of Kobe and 650 kilometers west

Kyoto Imperial Palace

Kyoto Imperial Palace used to be the residence of Japan's Imperial Family until 1868 when the emperor and capital were

Kinkakuji Temple (or Golden Pavilion)

Kinkakuji Temple (or Golden Pavilion) is one of Kyoto's most famous sights due to the brilliance of its three-story gold-leafed

Tokyo Imperial Palace

The Tokyo Imperial Palace is the main residence of the Emperor of Japan. This is a fantastic visit for your

Tokyo National Museum

The Tokyo National Museum is the oldest and largest museum in Japan.

Lake Ashi

Lake Ashi (Japanese: Ashinoko) was formed in the caldera of Mount Hakone after the volcano's last eruption 3000 years ago.

Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan, standing at3,776 metres highabout 60 miles west of Tokyo. It is a

Where to visit in Japan

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FAQs

I can’t see the destination I’m looking to travel to, can you still help me with my trip?
Yes, absolutely. The destinations listed on our website are only a sample of the different trips we can offer. If you have another destination in mind, simply fill out our enquiry form with all your requirements and one of our Tour Advisers will be in touch with a tailor-made quote.
Do you offer travel insurance?

We do offer travel insurance as an optional extra - find out more in our travel insurance resource which includes the policy documents and FAQs. 

If you choose not to purchase this insurance through us (which is absolutely fine), just remember that you must have suitable travel and medical insurance in place to cover your group. 

How far ahead should I start planning my trip?

As a general rule, we recommend that you start planning your trip 12-18 months before you want to travel.

This gives you plenty of time to get it approved and launched to students and parents.

Planning early will mean you have a greater choice of accommodation and travel options - and it will make paying for the trip easier for families.

Want to travel sooner than this? It's possible to plan a trip in a shorter amount of time. Whenever you're ready to start planning, we'll be here to support you.  And make sure you check out the many trip-planning guides in our resource hub

Can the trip itinerary be adapted to my curriculum and requirements?
Every trip we organise is unique and your itinerary manager will work with you to understand your curriculum and adapt the itinerary to suit your learning objectives. The itineraries featured on our website are just a sample of what's achievable within a given timeframe. The trip duration and the activities and excursions can be tailored to your needs and budget.
What accommodation options are available?
You can see examples of the types of accommodation we have available in different destinations on the sample trip pages linked above. All of our accommodation partners have been chosen based on their suitability for school groups. As a member of the School Travel Forum (STF), you can be certain that all accommodation contracted by us complies with local legislation with respect to fire and general safety, is contracted by trained Halsbury Travel staff or reputable agents, receives a standard audit and risk assessment prior to use by Halsbury Travel and receives a supplementary audit if it is used on five or more occasions in a year. Your Tour Adviser will discuss your accommodation preferences with you when putting together your tailor-made quote and will assist you in choosing the best accommodation for your budget and requirements.

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