About Japan Educational Travel

Essential Destinations for School Excursion

Tokyo

Tokyo is the capital city of Japan where about 12 million people live. It is the center of politics, economy and culture of modern Japan. Tokyo is a city of contrast and diversity, where state-of-the-art skyscrapers tower to the sky, but there are also parts of this thriving metropolis where a traditional way of life is maintained, and areas of natural beauty. In addition, there are many galleries, museums and entertainment facilities for young and old.

Osaka

The second largest city to Tokyo with a population of 8.6 million. Osaka is the historical commercial capital of Japan and is still one of Japan’s major industrial centers and ports. Many unique arts originated in Osaka with bunraku puppetry and grand kabuki theatre productions continuing to thrive in the area. Today Osaka has developed into the central city of West Japan with an international airport and many entertainment facilities. Its characteristic performing arts and food culture continue to flourish and attract people from all over Japan.

Kyoto-Nara

Kyoto and Nara are both ancient capitals that used to dominateas center of politics and culture in Japan, before the capital was relocated in the 18th century to Tokyo. In Spring, cherry flowers bloom and in late Autumn leaves turn red giving the city a distinctly different look in all four seasons. Both cities have elaborate gardens, temples and shrines that contain a wealth of history and cultural artefacts, including Buddhist statues and ancient art works. Kyoto also has hana-machi (entertainment districts) where beautiful maiko (apprentice geisha) can be spotted walking through the rows of old houses. Its traditional culture such as crafts, arts and performing arts have been passed on until today and continue to develop. In these cities you can see and experience an authentic Japanese world.

Hiroshima

An hour and a half shinkansen ride from central Osaka will take you to Hiroshima prefecture, in the southwest end of Japan’s mainland.
Surrounded by the sea and mountains, the area is a haven of natural beauty, and designated as a part of Setonaikai National Park. Hiroshima City, the centre of administration and economy in Hiroshima prefecture, is known to the world as the first city devastated by an atomic bomb during the Second World War. Today, Hiroshima is a city of peace, whose people continue to advocate the importance of peace and the abolition of nuclear weapons by relaying their war-time experiences. People from all over the world visit the city with the resolve never to repeat the tragedy of Hiroshima’s past.

Hokkaido

Hokkaido is Japan's northernmost island and is only a short flight from Tokyo and Osaka. The island's low humidity makes the summer pleasant, while in winter you can enjoy winter sports. It is also known for its quality local produce and cuisine and hot springs, and is a popular destination throughout the four seasons.

Nagano

Nagano is located in the central part of Honshu, and is blessed with natural wonders, hot springs and a historical atmosphere. It is home to Zenkoji Temple a national treasure built back in the early 7th century, magnificent 3,000 meter high mountains, and the famous snow monkeys, who soak in hot springs just like people do!