Faculty: Saiko Mair, Mike Wilson, and Dale Isaac
Class meeting time: Tuesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Trip Dates: May 31st through June 17th, 2022

A view of a Japanese pagoda


Students on this trip will have the unique opportunity to travel to Japan with George Fox’s own native Japanese athletic trainer, Saiko Mair. We will interact with the full cultural and historical identity of Japan, from the bustling ultra-modern city of Tokyo to the historical capital of Kyoto, the traditional castle town Kanazawa, and finally focusing on the World War II era with a visit to Hiroshima.

Along the transit between major cities, we will see Mt Fuji from the window of a bullet train, which can run up to 223 miles an hour, and stop to take a “breath” of nature in some smaller, more rural towns, Nagano, and truly experience that side of Japan.

We will have several cultural immersion experiences such as a Japanese tea ceremony in Kimono (traditional Japanese gourmet), visiting Tsukiji/Toyosu fish markets, feeding friendly deer in Kyoto and Miyajima, and visiting a Shinto shrine (temple of traditional Japanese faith).

In Tokyo, we will have the opportunity to explore traditional to popular culture, where you can wander ancient temples before rocking out at a karaoke bar! The potential diversity of experience in the world’s largest metropolitan area will allow for you to explore sites and experiences in line with personal interests.

Tentative Itinerary

Day 1 Travel day
Day 2 Tokyo
Day 3 Tokyo
Day 4 Hiroshima
Day 5 Hiroshima/Miyajima
Day 6 Kyoto
Day 7 Kyoto
Day 8 Kyoto
Day 9 Kanazawa
Day 10 Kanazawa
Day 11 Takayama
Day 12 Nagano
Day 13 Nagano
Day 14 Tokyo
Day 15 Tokyo
Day 16 Tokyo
Day 17 Travel day