Study Tours to Japan
Shoji Australia can take the burden off school staff by offering professional support to an existing Japanese tour program or we can create and coordinate a tour to Japan for students and staff that can be customised to cater for special interests and budgets. Tours to Japan are suitable for both upper primary and secondary school students.
Offer your students a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the real Japan
Educational Tours are not just for schools with a Japanese language program
With stunning natural scenery, futuristic technology, world heritage architecture and unique cultural expression there are infinite possibilities for travel to Japan. School learning areas can combine to cater for all areas of interest. Children participating in educational travel are inspired by exposure to new people, ideas, and experiences that bring positive effects across all learning areas. Language, cuisine, traditional and modern culture and practice, visual arts, music, heritage and futuristic architecture and technology, geography, can be observed and experienced. The journey can begin in class and continue after. Cultural tourism provides opportunities for discussions about society, world history, politics, economy, cultural heritage and values. Children participating in educational travel are inspired by exposure to new people, cultures and experiences that can have positive effects across the curriculum as students mature personally and intellectually. Developing insight into cultural and racial diversity and similarities helps prepare them for a future in an increasingly global community.
With all of this on offer Japan is a smart choice for a school trip. Japan is also known for hospitality, efficient and reliable transport, good quality food, a low crime rate, and is generally considered one of the safest places in the world to travel.
Shoji Australia can create unique itineraries catering for special interests and budgets. Tours can be targeted for both primary and secondary students. If you have an existing program, why not consider a change. Local knowledge is often the key to the most rewarding travel experiences. Shoji Australia can offer advice on every aspect of travel to japan and coordinate your trip.
How Shoji Australia can assist you
Shoji Australia was established in 1985 as a licensed travel agent and has been successfully coordinating educational and cultural programs for Japanese & Australian students since the 1990s. Shoji Australia staff has both native Japanese and English speakers who have backgrounds in business, education and the travel industry with both local and international knowledge and experience ensuring a highly professional service with personalised support.
Local knowledge can be the key to the most rewarding travel experiences. Shoji Australia has a network of partners throughout Japan who support our programs and give us access to a variety of educational and cultural opportunities. We are constantly updating our knowledge and contacts in Japan to offer alternative destinations and new activities. We can cater for different types of accommodation and home stay, flights, all transport in Japan (transport passes and coach), sightseeing itineraries (with maps, routes, educational notes, etc), day trips, school visits, bilingual guides as required, Japanese cultural activities and studies, meals, entry to events, etc, as well as offer advice on the best time to travel, local events, where to stay, and what to see and do. We can also provide assistance with travel insurance.
Program coordination also allows for presenting at an information session with students and parents, conducting a pre-departure briefing with students and parents, an information booklet for students, and contact and facilitation of support during the trip to Japan.
Information and Services
Information required by Shoji Australia: a complete list of all participants and copies of individual passports
Application forms: Shoji Australia can provide application forms if needed and collate all information.
Payments: Shoji Australia can receive individual payments directly or from the school.
DFAT Smart Traveller registration
Presentations: Shoji Australia can attend, present and provide information for expression of interest and pre-departure meetings.
An information booklet: will be provided for all participants that contains contact information, emergency procedures, the itinerary, background information on culture, and descriptions of the places visited. There can also be a workbook section for reflection and responses to activities and observations.
Parent/Guardians can also receive an information pack.
What people say...
"Thank you very much for organising our trip. Your careful planning has led to our very successful and fantastic trip. I would recommend Shoji Australia to other teachers who are planning trips to Japan. Once again, please accept my sincere thanks to you and your company."
- Bee Choo, Japanese teacher
“The true success of the visit was clearly evident during farewells at the train station preceding our return to Australia. There were many tears, handshakes, hugs and much bowing as we realised how much we will miss our new friends in Japan.”
- Phil Chadwick (Japanese teacher)
“Jenni’s organisational skills coupled with her willingness to attend school and parent meetings at short notice (necessitated by the tragic events in Japan last year), and indeed her in depth knowledge of Japan, its culture and language, led to a hugely successful and memorable trip for all concerned. As the tour leader I was very impressed with the attention to detail, and the high level of planning which ultimately allowed me to enjoy Japan, rather than have to worry about day to day organisation and logistical matters. Jenni has a wealth of knowledge about places to see and things to do, and I m sure that this level of flexibility will result in an experience similar to ours. Again I would have no hesitation in recommending Shoji to other schools and organisations planning a visit to Japan."
- Patrick Laidler (Japanese teacher)
Contact us for more information. We are happy to discuss the possibilities.