School Exchange FAQ

How can I find the counterpart Japanese school for exchange program?

JNTO's 14 offices offer support for finding a matching Japanese school for exchange program. Please contact your nearest JNTO overseas office for more information.

JNTO Overseas Offices

When is the best season for school trip to Japan?
Most Japanese schools have three semesters: April to July, September to December, and January to March. Japan’s distinct four seasons bring natural beauty and offer truly impressive scenery and variety of attractions only available in each season. When visiting a school, however, sometime during the term while the school is open is preferred.
I would like to know the basic information about traveling in Japan. How can I get it?

JNTO website offers comprehensive information on traveling in Japan from visa requirements to sample itineraries.

JNTO website

What kind of accommodation is available for school trip to Japan?
Japan offers a wide variety of accommodation from guesthouses to luxurious hotels so that you can choose where to stay according to your needs and budgets. Staying at a Japanese-style inn (Ryokan) will be a special experience.
My students cannot speak Japanese well. Will it be an obstacle for school visit in Japan?
In Japan, English language education is included in the curriculum of the last three years of compulsory education. Accordingly, all Japanese people study English for at least 3 years, and the majority study for 6 years or more. When you are seeking information in the town, you will have no difficulty finding someone to help you in English.
Some people may not be fluent, or may be shy at first, but you will soon notice that people’s friendliness and willingness to communicate fully compensate for the lack of fluency in English.