10 days
Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka
Program designed to: Provide insight into how Japan has emerged an important player in the global economy by embracing both futuristic innovation and ancient tradition. Connect with Japanese business leaders in Tokyo and Nagoya for glimpses into what drives its tech-driven economy. Immerse yourself in traditional Japanese culture, art and food with authentic experiences in Kyoto and Osaka. En route, enjoy breathtaking natural beauty—and glimpses of Mt. Fuji.

Highlight: Taste Okonomiyaki during your explorations of Osaka—Japan’s foodie capital. This versatile savory pancake is the star of Japanese street food.
  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Japan

  • Day 2: Tokyo

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

    Enjoy dinner in Tokyo

  • Day 3: Tokyo

    Take a guided tour of Tokyo

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Harajuku shopping district, the trendy district popular among younger locals 
    • Shibuya district, home to the famed Shibuya crosswalk that has upwards of 3,000 people crossing at a time
    • Shinjuku district, a large entertainment and business area

    Visit Imperial Palace Plaza, the residence of Japan's Imperial Family

    Visit the Meiji Shrine and its elaborate wooded Inner Garden 

    Visit the Asakusa Kannon Temple, Tokyo's oldest temple

    Enjoy free time for lunch in the Harajuku area

    Enjoy dinner in Tokyo

  • Day 4: Tokyo

    Visit the Tokyo Stock Exchange, the world's second-largest stock exchange

    Industry Engagement: Attend a lecture to gain insights on local business practices

  • Day 5: Tokyo • Nagoya

    Industry Engagement: Meet with an industry expert with a visit to a Japanese business

    Travel by bullet train to Nagoya

    Enjoy dinner in Nagoya

  • Day 6: Nagoya

    Tour Nagoya, home of some of the world’s top companies and car manufacturing plants, with an expert local guide

    Visit Nagoya Castle, decorated with turrets and golden dolphins and, in the spring, draped in fragrant cherry blossom trees 

    Industry Engagement: Meet with an industry expert with a visit to a Japanese business

    Enjoy dinner in Nagoya

  • Day 7: Nagoya • Kyoto

    Travel to Kyoto

    Tour Kyoto with an expert local guide and learn about the history and culture of the city

    Visit Nijo Castle, a structure built almost entirely out of Japanese cypress 

    Visit Kiyomizu Temple, which dates back to A.D. 798 and provides spectacular views of the city and surrounding valley 

    Visit the Gold Pavilion, a Zen temple whose top two floors are covered in gold leaf

    Enjoy dinner in Kyoto

  • Day 8: Kyoto

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Nara

    Nara

    Today, join a half-day excursion to Nara, one of Japan’s ancient capitals. Visit the Todaji Temple and see the Daibutsu, the world’s largest bronze Buddha. Then walk through the wooded Nara Park, also known by the nickname of “Deer Park” because of its many four legged inhabitants. Just outside the park, you will visit Kasuga Shrine, one of the most famous Shinto shrines in the country. Twice a year, some 3,000 lanterns are lit here simultaneously during the Lantern Festival. (Please note: comfortable walking shoes are recommended.) 

  • Day 9: Kyoto • Osaka

    Travel to Osaka

    Tour Osaka with an expert local guide and learn what makes Osaka the commercial and industrial center of western Japan

    Visit the Umeda Sky Building and cross the skywalk

    Industry Engagement: Meet with an industry expert with a visit to a Japanese business

    Enjoy dinner in Osaka

  • Day 10: Depart for home

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  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Japan

  • Day 2: Tokyo

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

    Enjoy dinner in Tokyo

  • Day 3: Tokyo

    Take a guided tour of Tokyo

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Harajuku shopping district, the trendy district popular among younger locals 
    • Shibuya district, home to the famed Shibuya crosswalk that has upwards of 3,000 people crossing at a time
    • Shinjuku district, a large entertainment and business area

    Visit Imperial Palace Plaza, the residence of Japan's Imperial Family

    Visit the Meiji Shrine and its elaborate wooded Inner Garden 

    Visit the Asakusa Kannon Temple, Tokyo's oldest temple

    Enjoy free time for lunch in the Harajuku area

    Enjoy dinner in Tokyo

  • Day 4: Tokyo

    Visit the Tokyo Stock Exchange, the world's second-largest stock exchange

    Industry Engagement: Attend a lecture to gain insights on local business practices

  • Day 5: Tokyo • Nagoya

    Industry Engagement: Meet with an industry expert with a visit to a Japanese business

    Travel by bullet train to Nagoya

    Enjoy dinner in Nagoya

  • Day 6: Nagoya

    Tour Nagoya, home of some of the world’s top companies and car manufacturing plants, with an expert local guide

    Visit Nagoya Castle, decorated with turrets and golden dolphins and, in the spring, draped in fragrant cherry blossom trees 

    Industry Engagement: Meet with an industry expert with a visit to a Japanese business

    Enjoy dinner in Nagoya

  • Day 7: Nagoya • Kyoto

    Travel to Kyoto

    Tour Kyoto with an expert local guide and learn about the history and culture of the city

    Visit Nijo Castle, a structure built almost entirely out of Japanese cypress 

    Visit Kiyomizu Temple, which dates back to A.D. 798 and provides spectacular views of the city and surrounding valley 

    Visit the Gold Pavilion, a Zen temple whose top two floors are covered in gold leaf

    Enjoy dinner in Kyoto

  • Day 8: Kyoto

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Nara

    Nara

    Today, join a half-day excursion to Nara, one of Japan’s ancient capitals. Visit the Todaji Temple and see the Daibutsu, the world’s largest bronze Buddha. Then walk through the wooded Nara Park, also known by the nickname of “Deer Park” because of its many four legged inhabitants. Just outside the park, you will visit Kasuga Shrine, one of the most famous Shinto shrines in the country. Twice a year, some 3,000 lanterns are lit here simultaneously during the Lantern Festival. (Please note: comfortable walking shoes are recommended.) 

  • Day 9: Kyoto • Osaka

    Travel to Osaka

    Tour Osaka with an expert local guide and learn what makes Osaka the commercial and industrial center of western Japan

    Visit the Umeda Sky Building and cross the skywalk

    Industry Engagement: Meet with an industry expert with a visit to a Japanese business

    Enjoy dinner in Osaka

  • Day 10: Depart for home

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Learning outcomes on this program

Confidence • Curiosity • Global perspective • Empathy • Adaptability • Relatability • Self-Awareness


EF Global Learning Model Post-Study Abroad Learning Resources
Academic resources

With this program, you get access to our Global Learning Resources, which include:

  • Discussion questions
  • Sample assignments
  • Journal prompts
  • Webinars
  • EF's Global Competency Assessment, a pre- and post-program assessment to measure competency development
See the resources you get
EF Global Learning Model Post-Study Abroad Learning Resources
Academic resources


With this program, you get access to our Global Learning Resources, which include:

  • Discussion questions
  • Sample assignments
  • Journal prompts
  • Webinars
  • EF's Global Competency Assessment, a pre- and post-program assessment to measure competency development

See the resources you get


3 reviews
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Business & Culture in Japan
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Good times!

Enjoyed the exeperience and met some great new friends! ...
SuperDry / Student traveler
Peachtree City, GA / Posted on November 15, 2010

Your experience includes

  • Round-trip airfare

    Your price includes round-trip airfare for your whole group.

  • Accommodations

    Safe, comfortable hotels with private bathrooms will be waiting for you at your destination.

  • On-tour transportation

    Land transportation

  • Regional-style meals

    Daily breakfasts and select local dinners are included in your program. Generally, we leave lunch up to you so your group has an opportunity to explore its own tastes.

  • End-to-end support

    Your team helps to secure administrative approval and academic credit, provides recruiting tools and helps establish your program's ongoing presence on campus.

  • EF Global Learning Toolkit

    To capitalize on moments for building empathy, awareness, and adaptability in a global environment, we offer a number of different tools designed to help educators facilitate student growth abroad and on campus, including academically enriched travel programs, industry engagement opportunities, global learning resources, and a Global Competencies Assessment tool.

  • Full-time Tour Director

    Your expert Tour Director is with your group 24/7, providing deep local insight while handling all program logistics.

  • Expert Local Guides

    Your expert local guides are natural historians, adding cultural insight and enhancing teaching moments wherever your curriculum takes you.

  • Guided sightseeing

    Tokyo; Nagoya: Kyoto; Osaka

  • Entrances

    Meiji Shinto Shrine; Asakusa Kannon Temple; Tokyo Stock Exchange; Nagoya Castle; Nijo Castle; Kiyomizu Temple; Golden Pavilion; Umeda Sky Building

  • Worldwide support, safety and security

    EF has over 500 schools and offices in more than 50 countries worldwide. We provide 24-hour emergency support service along with a comprehensive $50 million liability policy that covers you and your institution while abroad.

  • Flexible payment options

    Give more students the opportunity to study abroad by offering them two different payment plan options, along with our TripFunder website to help fundraise for the program.


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