Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe Educational Trip | The Dragon Trip

Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe – 6 day Educational Trip

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6 days - POA

Visit classic Japan on this 6-day excursion to Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe. Explore the country's rich history: tour Osaka Castle, Fushimi Shrine Taisha and the Golden Pavilion as well as discovering life as a Geisha in Kyoto’s Gion district. Spend the day with Japanese school children and develop a unique insight into the country's contemporary culture. Try your hand at calligraphy, make Wagashi (traditional Japanese treats) and roll up your sleeves at a local farm.



Learning Outcomes

  • Action
  • Creativity & Culture
  • Service
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Day 1: Osaka

For your first taste of Japan, take students to Denden Town and Kuromon Ichiba Market to try the local food. In the evening, explore Namba and Dotonbori riverfront before blowing off some steam at the Game Arcade.


Day 2: Osaka - Kyoto

Discover Japan’s fascinating history; visit Osaka Castle, Fushimi Shrine Taisha, the Golden Pavilion and Kiyomizu Temple. Practice and learn the fine art of calligraphy in an evening class led by a Japanese master.


Day 3: Kyoto

Explore the historic site and national beauty, Arashiyama. Wander through the sites many temples and shrines and make sure to stop at Bamboo Grove. In the evening, head to Gion District and learn about the history and culture of Kyoto Geisha.


Day 4: Kyoto

Visit a local school, and experience a typical day for Japanese students. Go sightseeing in Nara and encounter deer as you explore its temples and halls in Nara Park.


Day 5: Kobe - Kyoto

A day trip to Kobe will take you up a 20-minute climb to Nunobiki Waterfall & Miharashi Observatory. Explore the Kobe Earthquake Museum to discover the impacts of natural disasters and learn how to make Japanese sweets at a Wagashi workshop.


Day 6: Osaka

Transfer to Osaka to catch the flight home. If you have time, head with the students to Amerikamura and Shinsaibashi district for shopping.

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What are the learning outcomes of this trip?

  • Action (Hiking, farm-work and meditation): Increased awareness and appreciation of the environment and activities
  • Creativity & Culture (Calligraphy Class, Baking, Fan Making Class): Develop creativity and understanding of arts and craft. Fostered imagination and confidence in students.
  • Service (visit local school and farm): Gain deeper understanding and appreciation of cultural differences and local agriculture.

How much does a Japan trip cost?

  • Despite the stereotype, travelling in Japan does not have to be as expensive as you might assume! There is a wide range of budget accommodation options, transportation passes and sightseeing discounts which help to make Japan affordable and we will work with you to suit your budget.

Who has travelled with us before?

  • We’re trusted by some of the world’s leading schools and universities including:
  • Whitgift School (UK)
  • The Royal Grammar School High Wycombe (UK)
  • International School of Paris (France)
  • Lorien Novalis School (Australia)
  • Didcot Girls School
  • Bedes School
  • Edgbaston High School
  • Dartford Grammar School
  • North London Collegiate School (all UK)
  • Visit our reviews section to read about their experiences.

When should we visit?

  • The Dragon Trip operates all year round, though schools usually prefer to come on a trip to Japan in April, May, October, or summer holidays. It is best to make a booking 12 months in advance, but trips can be arranged at shorter notice as well.

Is it safe?

  • Travelling to Japan is safer than most other places. Crime rates in Japan are exceptionally low and many travellers to the country have been amazed by the levels of honesty they have encountered! Having said that, pickpocketers operate regardless of nationality so we would always advise caution when travelling.
  • Moreover, The Dragon Trip treats health and safety with the utmost importance. We suss out the international-standard hospitals and medical facilities in every city we visit. We ensure the hostel accommodation we work with meet our high standards and we have public liability insurance up to 5 million and full financial protection. You can see some of our policy and risk assessment forms on the website.

Can you help us get a trip approved?

  • Yes. We’ve worked closely with many schools to ensure their local council or authorising body have all the information they need in order to approve the trips, and that we have fulfilled all of our obligations regarding this. Ask us for more information.

Can we take a pre-departure inspection trip?

  • Yes. We offer discounted, pre-trip, teacher “recce trips” for your trip to Japan so you can do a preliminary check on all the locations and activities on your itinerary.

To book or find out more, contact us

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