Study Japanese through intensive language training and exciting activities. Explore vibrant Tokyo neighborhoods and stay with a host family in a different region.
Land in Tokyo for orientation, where you will begin Japanese classes and practice writing systems like hiragana and kanji. Your language skills will develop through 60+ hours of direct exposure in formal classes, with host family interactions, peer-to-peer practice, and more. Because English is not widely spoken in Japan, you will have countless opportunities for immersion. You’ll also enjoy sushi and indulge in handmade noodles at the city’s famed ramen shops. You will learn what Tokyo’s exciting and unique districts have to offer, including anime and manga in Akihabara and the colorful fashion scene in Harajuku.
Continue practicing your Japanese and deepen your understanding of culture and family life during your host community visit. Learn to cook homemade soba noodles or roll your own sushi with a family. Learn about Japanese history by visiting shrines and museums and take an excursion to Hiroshima to visit the historic Hiroshima Peace Park and Memorial Museum.
At the conclusion of this program, students will earn a language certificate noting the number of hours of language training completed through formal classes and experiential learning.
The Experiment’s programs are designed to build skills that will help you succeed. In Japan, you will learn:
Families or partner organizations are also responsible for arranging and paying for participants' domestic travel to the international departure/return airport in the U.S., whether flying, driving or by other means. By its nature, domestic airfare varies by airline, timing, destination, and availability.
I will never forget my trip to Japan with The Experiment! I've never felt so welcome in a new space and thrilled to keep learning. Whether it was exploring with my group, playing with my host siblings, eating amazing food, hanging out with local students, or attending language classes, every day was amazing!
MARSHALL, The Experiment alum, Japan
This itinerary is only a sample and is subject to change. Because of factors such as group size and availability of in-country offerings such as festivals, your experience — including sites visited and the number of days spent in each location — may differ somewhat from the one presented below.
Pre-Departure Program Orientation (U.S.)
During this period, you and your group will stay in a hotel near the airport.
Orientation in Tokyo
During this period, you and your group will stay in a dormitory-style youth center.
Thematic Focus in Tokyo or Osaka
Depending on group size, Group 1 will continue to explore Tokyo.
Depending on group size, Group 2 will travel to Osaka be based in the region.
During this period, you and your group will stay at a hotel.
Homestay and Host Community Visit
During this period, you will stay with a homestay family and in hostel accommodations near the host community.
Sample host communities: Sagamihara, Yokohama
Program Reflection and Wrap-up in Tokyo
During the reflection period, you and your group will stay in a hotel near Narita airport.
The Experiment’s group leaders go through a rigorous selection process and have extensive experience with youth education, local expertise in the country or region of their program, language abilities, knowledge in their program theme, travel logistics and management know-how, and experience with health, safety and risk management.
Adria’s journey into the world of international exchange began when she was a child, as her family hosted exchange students in their home, sparking her interest in global connections. Her passion for Japanese culture led her to study abroad in high school, a life-changing experience that motivated her to delve deeper into various cultures, resulting in pursuing a major in East Asian Studies and Japanese at Western Washington University. While studying in Tokyo, she found immense joy in connecting with Japanese and international students, appreciating their diverse backgrounds. Adria’s international experiences expanded when she led for The Experiment to Japan in 2008 and 2023 and later served as an international student and scholar advisor, introducing American culture to incoming international students. She continued her educational journey with a master’s degree in College Student Services Administration, specializing in international education, at Oregon State University. In her free time, she actively volunteers with a multicultural center, hosts exchange students, and explores the world through travel.
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