Ayabe add-on Homestay Program

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                      Ayabe add-on Homestay Program
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                      Ayabe add-on Homestay Program
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                      Ayabe add-on Homestay Program

The Concept

Teachers looking for homestay options for their students should consider this superb opportunity located approximately 45 minutes north of Kyoto on the JR Line. Sold as an ‘add-on’ to your itinerary, this 3 day/ 2-night experience provides students with the opportunity to experience life with a Japanese family, and participate in cultural and sporting activities with the local schoolchildren in Ayabe. It is a common theme of our Japan tour feedback from students – homestay is the highlight of their tour, and often wish they could spend more time with their host families. The homestay add-on includes 2 nights homestay with Japanese family, 3 meals per day and school exchange

*Please note that this homestay program is also available as a 4D/3N program. The 4 Day program includes an excursion to Kurotani to witness the making of handmade washi paper, a process unchanged over 400 years. 

Itinerary Day By Day

DAY 1 KYOTO TO AYABE (B, L, D)

After breakfast, make your way to the railway station and catch your JR train to Ayabe. On arrival, you will be met by your representative and taken to the school for a welcoming ceremony and school tour. After lunch, students will participate in activities according to the schedule of the school on that day. Students will meet their homestay families after school and spend the evening with their homestay family.

DAY 2 AYABE (B, L, D)

Homestay families will deliver students to the school in time for class. The morning cultural experience may include tea ceremony, and other cultural activities. After lunch, activities will include Japanese Washi paper making and other sporting activities such as Martial Arts. Students will meet their homestay families after school and spend the evening with their homestay family.

DAY 3 AYABE TO KYOTO (B, L, D)

Homestay families will deliver students to the school in time for class. Participate in classes this morning before saying farewell to your new friends and homestay families after lunch and return by train to Kyoto.

Inclusions
  • 2 nights’ homestay with a Japanese family. Please note that the host school may not always be able to host students, in which case a local based volunteer organisation will arrange homestay
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner during your stay
  • After school activity such as sports, cultural activity and Music
  • Cultural experiences such as Japanese Calligraphy, tea ceremony, flower arranging, Japanese cooking and kimono experience (depends on the school and cultural instructor’s availability)
  • Local tour excursion such as town or local walk, trekking, agricultural experience, or traditional industrial study