This travel course combines classroom learning with a 12-day trip to Japan. The travel component of the course will focus on the main island of Honshu, where the ancient capital Kyoto and the world’s largest metropolis Tokyo are located. From these two base-cities, high-speed and local express trains will take us to castle towns, country trails, and the evocative city of Hiroshima. Before the travel, weekly meetings will introduce students to the basic information about Japan’s history, culture, and society. Students are required to keep a journal during the trip and complete a reflective final project based on their Japan experience.
The estimated cost per person is $2,890 (subject to change due to the airfares and the exchange rate at the travel time). This cost includes:
Not included: lunches and dinners (estimated daily food cost $12-15) and personal expenses.
Japan just reopened to international travels. The information about transportation and some sites of interest will become available soon. A full-fledged itinerary and course syllabus will be posted in a later time.
History and Political Science
I have been taking students to Japan for 16 years and teaching Japanese history even longer. I continue to be amazed by Japan’s juxtaposition of and interplay between tradition and modernity. I am very excited that Japan is reopening after the COVID hiatus, and you are considering joining this travel course!