Homestay in Japan - Hiroshima

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                      Homestay in Japan - Hiroshima
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                      Homestay in Japan - Hiroshima
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                      Homestay in Japan - Hiroshima

The Concept

Students simultaneously enjoy a hands-on experience of Japanese culture through participating in a number of different activities. The activities available include a tea ceremony, cooking class (featuring sushi making and Okonomiyaki), illustrated post card making (etegami), a calligraphy lesson, Katazome dyeing, Japanese paper doll making (washi ningyo), yukata wearing, flower arranging and origami. The facility has extensive grounds, indoor and outdoor sporting facilities (tennis, soccer and basketball) and excellent student break-out areas including 2x pool tables, darts, music rooms, karaoke, reading rooms and common areas.

The accommodation is of a high standard, with western style accommodation and private facilities.

We send many schools to HICC each year, and receive excellent feedback from each and every group regarding the program content and facilities available to both students and teachers. Our recommended itinerary is as follows. 

The Program

The Hiroshima International Co-operation Centre (HICC)

Hiroshima International Co-operation Centre, in conjunction with Hiroshima Prefecture has been designed for senior secondary students. This intensive language and cultural immersion program at Higashi Hiroshima offers formal language tuition led by native Japanese teachers aimed at accelerating participants conversational Japanese skills. Lesson plans can be tailored to your specific group.

Itinerary Day By Day

DAY 1 AUSTRALIA – HIROSHIMA (MONDAY)

Fly from Australia to Hiroshima, connecting via Tokyo

DAY 2 HIROSHIMA (L, D) (TUESDAY)

After being met on arrival at Hiroshima Airport, transfer to Hiroshima International Co-operation (HICC) for your welcome and orientation. This afternoon participates in a cultural activity (Origami, flower arrangement or wear Yukata) Accommodation for the next 3 nights is at HICC.

DAY 3 HIROSHIMA INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION CENTRE (B, D) (WEDNESDAY)

After breakfast, commence the first of your Japanese language lessons (3 hours). In the afternoon, participate in your cultural activity. After dinner, there are plenty of great evening activities to choose from such as karaoke/music night or a movie night.

DAY 4 HIROSHIMA INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION CENTRE (B, L, D) (THURSDAY)

After breakfast, depart HICC for a full day excursion to Miyajima Island and Hiroshima. Highlights of the day include the Peace Memorial Park and the A- Bomb Dome. Return to HICC for dinner and evening activities, perhaps a pool and darts tournament tonight!

DAY 5 HOMESTAY - HIROSHIMA (B, L, D) (FRIDAY)

After breakfast, commence today’s language lessons (3 hours). In the afternoon, you will meet your host family and begin your 2 night homestay.
Teachers can enjoy two days of rest and relaxation at HICC, while students are at homestay.

DAY 6 HOMESTAY - HIROSHIMA (B, L, D) (SATURDAY)

Students will enjoy spending a day with their homestay family.

DAY 7 HIROSHIMA - KYOTO (B) (SUNDAY)

The homestay family will return students to HICC before lunchtime. In the afternoon, transfer to the rail station at Higashi Hiroshima then travel by Shinkansen to Kyoto, where you will spend the next 3 nights discovering the former Imperial capital of Japan. Kyoto is a compact city with an easy-to follow- street layout, making it the ideal city for self-guided sightseeing, especially for visiting the many museums and shrines, and participating in any number of cultural activities.

DAY 8 KYOTO (B) (MONDAY)

After breakfast, commence your guided walking tour of Kyoto.
Be sure to include a visit to Nishiki markets – 5 blocks of food stalls, restaurants and retail shops. Teachers also highly recommend the Kyoto bicycle tour as a must-do activity for student (small additional cost).
Lunch and dinner is at your own arrangements, available at many of the well-priced restaurants around Kyoto and close to your accommodation.

DAY 9 KYOTO (B) (TUESDAY)

After breakfast, travel by local train to Universal Studios and have the greatest day of your life. Make sure you take plenty of time to visit the amazing Harry Potter World, and try the butterbeer at the Hog’s Head Inn.
Return to your accommodation later in the afternoon.

DAY 10 KYOTO - TOKYO (B) (WEDNESDAY)

After breakfast, board the Shinkansen for travel to Tokyo. Today is a day of leisure in Tokyo, and we can recommend many ideas for sightseeing and places of cultural interest.

DAY 11 TOKYO - AUSTRALIA (B) (THURSDAY)

After breakfast, another day of leisure in Tokyo before catching the train to the station and your flight home to Australia.

DAY 12 AUSTRALIA

Arrive home to Australia (subject to airline schedules).

Inclusions
  • Return economy airfares ex Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide & Cairns
  • Pre-paid taxes, levies & charges
  • Meals as listed in itinerary (B, L, D)
  • 5 nights accommodation at the HIC Centre for teachers
  • 3 nights accommodation at the HIC Centre for students
  • 2 nights homestay accommodation for students
  • 6 hours of language lessons
  • 2 cultural activities
  • Local school visit with transfers
  • Hiroshima and Miyajima Island day tour
  • Return coach transfers: Higashi-Hiroshima – HICC – Higashi-Hiroshima
  • 4 nights hostel accommodation in Kyoto and Tokyo
  • 7 day Japan Rail pass
  • Entrance to Universal Studios
  • 8% consumption tax and service charges in Japan
  • 1 complimentary SIM card
Conditions
  • In order to secure homestay families, a minimum of 9 months advance notice is required. Please contact us as early as possible to discuss your plans, and to ensure your place in this popular program.