Japan: Tokyo Fusion

Japan: Tokyo Fusion

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2024 Departure Dates

July 8 – July 15, 2024 Full Join Waitlist
June 17 – June 24, 2024 Full Join Waitlist
June 24 – July 1, 2024 Full Join Waitlist

Prepare to immerse yourself in a captivating journey as we embark on a week-long adventure in the Land of the Rising Sun. From the bustling streets of Tokyo, adorned with neon lights and innovative technology, to the serene beauty of Kanazawa’s historic districts and traditional crafts, this trip captures the essence of Japan’s striking duality. Brace yourself for unforgettable experiences such as marveling at the ancient Sensoji temple, immersing in the vibrant energy of Shibuya, diving into a Japanese language class, wielding a kendo sword, and indulging in mouthwatering sushi, ramen, okonomiyaki, and other delectable Japanese cuisines. Join us as we unravel the sheer brilliance and endless surprises that await in this enigmatic nation.

Program Profile
Program Profile

Packing the right gear (and the right amounts) is the first step to an incredible travel experience. Follow these tips to pack like a pro:

  • Travel light. Pack only the essentials. You’ll need less than you think!
  • Make sure your luggage complies with TSA regulations, especially your carry-on.
  • Pack an empty water bottle and fill it up after security.
  • Use a 40-50 liter backpack, duffel bag, or wheeled luggage for your main bag. We’ll be getting on and off trains and navigating train stations, so a large suitcase will be hard to maneuver and hard to fit on board. Be ready to walk for 15-20 minutes with your bags.

A school backpack is ideal as it will be used for daily activities and outings.

  • Passport and Wallet
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Consent to Travel Letter (for students under 19, recommended by the U.S. State Dept. but not required)
  • Sweater – for flights or trains or inside cooler buildings
  • Extra pair of clothing (shirt/sweater, pants, underwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Book and/or journal
  • Pen
  • Phone
  • Camera
  • Chargers
  • Electrical adapter/converter (100 volt – 2-prong and 3-prong sockets) more info
  • Water bottle
  • Medication
  • Headphones
Main Luggage

40-50 liter duffel bag, backpack, or wheeled luggage is ideal. We will ride trains and want to be able to carry our luggage around stations and fit it with us. Large suitcases won’t fit on trains or be easy to maneuver.


  • Socks (7-8)
  • Underwear (7-8)
  • T-shirts (7-8)
  • Long-sleeved shirts (1)
  • Light pants (1-2)
  • Shorts (1-2)
  • Active wear (e.g. athletic short, shirt) (1)
  • Pajamas
  • Swimsuit
  • Flip flops or sandals
  • Hat for sun protection
  • Shoes (1-2 pairs, comfortable pair for city exploring)
  • Laundry bag

Toiletries (Travel size bottles in Ziploc bags)

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Face wash
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Contacts & solution or spare glasses
  • Foam earplugs / eye mask
  • Personal med kit (bandaids, blister care, pain reliever)
  • Wet Wipes
  • Razor/shaving cream
  • Hand sanitizer


  • Rain jackets – if you have a rain coat that travels well, consider bringing it. However, ponchos and umbrellas are easily and widely available in Japan if we need them.
  • Laundry – plan to pack enough clothes to not need laundry during the program. However, in case of emergencies, we can assist with getting laundry done.

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