Japan ‘Land of Technology’

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                      Japan ‘Land of Technology’
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                      Japan ‘Land of Technology’
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                      Japan ‘Land of Technology’

The Concept

Modern Japan – ‘the land of technology’ is leading the way in many areas of scientific research, space exploration and ISS relations, new vehicle technology, electronics, robotics and very fast trains. This wonderful itinerary allows students to experience the magnificent Japanese culture whilst learning more about the ways in which technology will affect the world they will grow up in.

Itinerary Day By Day

DAY 1 AUSTRALIA - TOKYO Sunday

Arrive in Tokyo and transfer from airport to your accommodation.

DAY 2 TOKYO (B) Monday

After breakfast head to Akihabara, or ‘Electric City as it is better known, the home of Japanese electronics to meet with a developer of online Games at JOGA (Japanese Online Games Association). Afterwards enjoy a guided walking tour of the Akihabara district and visit a capsule shop and Maid Café, amongst many highlights.

In the afternoon take the train to the National Museum of Emerging Science & Innovation (Mirakain).  The Museum is a fabulous hands-on and English friendly experience featuring androids (ASIMO demonstration), cutting edge science experiments and Geo Cosmos movement and screening (closed on Tuesdays)

DAY 3 TOKYO (B) Tuesday

After breakfast this morning travel by private coach to Tsukuba Science Park (approximately 1 hour from Tokyo). Originally the site for the World Expo in 1985, it has developed into an incredible science city. A whole day will be spent here exploring any of the following science areas:

JAXA Space Research Facility – visit the exhibition room (self-guided) and tours are also available of the research facility.

KEK – home to the mega accelerator, KEK is a particle accelerator research laboratory. An eye opening experience for students of Chemistry and Physics in particular.

CYBERDYNE STUDIO – Learn how future use of robot technology aids industry, in particular medical rehabilitation. Guided tour and demonstration includes a short film followed by the opportunity to wear a robot suit. 

 There are many other STEM options in Tsukuba to consider, and schools may also consider a 2-day program here – please contact us for more information.

Please note that although much of the information is available in both English and Japanese, an English Guide will be provided for this day. 

DAY 4 TOKYO (B) Wednesday

After breakfast at your hotel, travel by private coach to the Maglev Exhibition Centre in Yamanashi Prefecture (1.5 hours from Tokyo). See the Maglev demonstration and exhibition and learn how they engineers have evolved the high-speed train industry through the use of magnets. Experiencing the Maglev train test run every 20 minutes on the 2.7 KM track where it reaches speeds in excess of 500 KMS per hour is a great thrill.  

Proceed onto the foot hills of Mt Fuji and a possible visit to the Mt Fuji World Heritage Centre (time permitting) before returning to Tokyo in time for dinner.

DAY 5 TOKYO - YOKOHAMA - TOKYO (B) Thursday

After breakfast travel by private coach to Yokohama (approximately 30 Mins from Tokyo). Your first visit is to the Toshiba Science Museum, a wonderful facility where people can have fun learning about science & technology through extensive hands on program & exhibitions.

In the afternoon visit the Mitsubishi Minatomirai Industrial Museum. Here you will see the latest technologies through impressive exhibits and actual machines & large scale models. The museum is divided into seven zones – aerospace, ocean, transportation, environment, energy and technology. Return to Tokyo later this afternoon.

DAY 6 TOKYO - KYOTO (B) Friday

After breakfast, the remainder of the morning is allocated as leisure time at your teachers’ discretion. Spend the morning sightseeing around Tokyo.

In the afternoon depart for Kyoto on the Shinkansen. On arrival check into your accommodation.

At 3pm make your way to PHP, a short walk from your accommodation. Students will participate in a 90min leadership and responsibility program at the Matsushita Library and Exhibition room based on the life story of Konosuke Matsushita, founder of Panasonic Corporation. The focus on business philosophy and general life skills will provoke critical thinking discussion amongst students and teachers. Make your way back to your accommodation and prepare for dinner this evening. 

DAY 7 KYOTO (B) Saturday

Today is a special day to tour the old capital of Japan, Kyoto. Kyoto has many famous cultural sites including the Golden Pavilion, the Shogun’s Palace and also the beautiful Imperial Palace. After the morning visiting these iconic sites, we recommend spending lunchtime and the remainder of the afternoon walking through the markets or visiting the Manga Museum. Coach and guide provided. Return to accommodation later this afternoon.

DAY 8 KYOTO - HIROSHIMA - KYOTO (B) Sunday

After breakfast make your way to the station and catch the Shinkansen to Hiroshima. (approximately 2 hours by train). On arrival, catch the tram from outside Hiroshima station and visit the Peace Park, Memorial Museum and the A- Bomb Dome. The tram ticket is approximately 300 yen per person one way. Return to Hiroshima station by tram, to catch the Shinkansen back to Kyoto.

DAY 9 KYOTO - AUSTRALIA (B) Monday

This morning has been allocated as leisure time at your teachers’ discretion. Depending on your departure time, transfer to the airport for your flight to Australia.

DAY 10 – AUSTRALIA

Arrive home to Australia

Meal Legend: (B) Breakfast

Inclusions
  • Return economy airfares, including airport taxes and levies
  • 5 nights’ accommodation in Tokyo with breakfast daily
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in Kyoto with breakfast daily
  • Meet and greet in Tokyo
  • Private Coach transfers on days 1, 3, 4 and 5, with English speaking guides and assistants
  • Entrances to Mirakain, Tsukuba Science Park, Toshiba Science Museum, Mitsubishi Minatomiria Industrial Museum, PHP, Hiroshima Memorial Museum, Cyberdyne Studio, KEK
  • Lecture by a TV creator or online games developer JOGA
  • Kansai Hiroshima 5 day pass
  • Metro card (1,500 yen allowance)
  • Entrances not included: Maglev Exhibition Centre (pay on arrival)
  • Meals not included: Lunch and dinner each day