Japan - Cultural Odyssey – Volunteer Vacations | Discover Corps

Japan – Cultural Odyssey

Explore Japanese culture from the bustling streets of Tokyo to the beautiful city of Kyoto.
$4,795 Adult / $4,195 Child*

 


Our Purpose

The minute you step off the plane, Tokyo will immerse you in a completely new and vibrant world. With over 9 million people living in the city alone, you’ll experience the unforgettable chaos of Shibuya Crossing by day and the breathtaking views of the skyline by night. While Tokyo may be the largest metropolitan city in the world, the rest of the country practices a serine and tranquil lifestyle.

The world becomes a richer place when you better understand its diverse cultures, traditions, and values. To achieve our purpose, learn new skills, visit iconic destinations, and meet the friendly locals on a behind-the-scenes trip into this endlessly-fascinating country.

 


What You'll Do

Dig deep into the history of Japan with a guided meditation class led by a Zen Buddhist monk, a sushi-making class by a local chef where you will learn how sushi evolved, and an intricate calligraphy class.

After the rush of Shibuya Crossing, take in the scenery of Shinjuku Gyoen (marvel at the cherry blossom trees if you visit in April!) before leaving Tokyo for Kyoto on a bullet train. Get a feel for traditional Japanese culture with plenty of optional trips including Japanese hot springs, or “onsen” and traditional Geisha performances. Request a full itinerary to learn about all the locations and people you’ll meet along the way.

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What You'll See

Breathtaking views of Mt. Fuji and a trip to The Golden Pavilion will leave you with a full picture of what makes Japan so magical. After experiencing a bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto, take a rickshaw ride through a bamboo forest to a Monkey Park where you will be greeted with 120 snow monkeys and gorgeous views of Kyoto Tower, Kyoto Mountains, and the Hozu River.

Visit Tnryu-Ji Temple, the most important of Kyoto’s five great Zen temples, gaze into the eyes of the dragon on the mural at Dharma hall, and step back into time at the International Manga Museum, an old elementary school building. Ready to get active? Learn to throw a Japanese throwing star and use a blowgun (with rubber, of course!) during a Samarai and Ninja experience.

 

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Optional Post-Trip Extension

Hiroshima & Miyajima (3 Days/ 2 Nights)

For those looking to continue their journey, opt for a post-trip extension to Hiroshima and Miyajima. First, spend more time in Kyoto at the Fushimi Inari Shrine before arriving in historic Hiroshima. Visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park & Museum and learn from locals and experts about how Hiroshima

recovered from the atomic bomb. In the afternoon, explore Miyajima, an island where tame deer accompany you as you explore the stunning shrines, beaches, waterfalls, and enjoy a sweet bun dumpling making class. Visit here to learn more about this 3 Day/2 Night extension.

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Where You'll Stay

You will stay in three different cities while in Japan. Your first three nights will be spent in a 3-star hotel in the center of Tokyo, walking distance to some of the city’s most popular locales. Check out a famous cat café for lunch and walk to some of the best sushi in the city for dinner.

While in Hakone, you will stay one night in a traditional Japanese Ryokan. Guests sleep on futon beds laid over tatami mat floors, offering you a true feel for Japanese culture.

Spend your last three nights in a a 4-star hotel in Kyoto complete with wifi, air-conditioning, and 24-hour security. Relax in the spa before heading home or extending your stay to Hiroshima and Miyajima.

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Karen D.

Chicago, IL

Traveler's Journal

“Tokyo has always been a bucket-list destination for me, but I got so much more from this trip. Kyoto ended up being my favorite. One minute I felt like I was stepping back in time and the next I was off on a bullet train to a new bustling city. My kids loved Monkey Park and all the excitement of Japan, and my husband and I already can’t wait to go back. Truly an unforgettable experience.”

Dates and Fees

We offer several Family Friendly dates, to help families book travel around common school vacation times

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8 Days / 7 Nights

Program Cost: $4,795 Adult / $4,195 Child*

2019 Dates

October 20-27, 2019**

December 22-29, 2019**

February 2-9, 2020

March 29-April 5, 2020**

May 31-June 7, 2020

June 7-14, 2020

  • * Double Occupancy Price. Children’s pricing applies to travelers 16 years old and younger sharing a room with an adult.
  • Single Room Supplement = $499
  • **10% surcharge added to these dates due to increased demand and limited hotel availability
  • Although unlikely, prices, dates, and accommodations subject to change with a 60 day notice from Discover Corps
  • All dates are Family Friendly

What’s Included

Our trips are inclusive of all activities, lodging, and transport to make your experience hassle-free.  Here’s a sample of what’s included:

  • 7 nights lodging
  • Loaded transportation card for the duration of your trip on bullet trains and public transport, covering the attached itinerary
  • Most meals throughout the trip (2 dinners and 2 lunches on your own)
  • Expert local guides to support and inform you throughout your trip
  • Admissions and entrance fees to national parks, historic sites and other scheduled events unless marked as optional
  • An active daily itinerary including a sushi making, calligraphy, and meditation class
  • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Trip literature and turnkey customer support from preparing for your trip to arrival back home

What’s Not Included

  • Any optional activities
  • Two free evenings for dinner and two free afternoons for lunch
  • International airfare

Alumni & Family Discounts, Monthly Payment Plans, and More

Repeat travelers and groups are eligible for discounts. Looking for a payment plan to help manage your trip? Learn more here.

Customized Private Trips

Let us create a custom trip for your group. Learn more about custom group travel.

Add a 3 day/2 night post-trip extension to Hiroshima and Miyajima to any Japan departure. Click here to learn more.

  • Experience the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park & Museum and learn about the tragic past and how the city recovered from the atomic bomb.
  • Explore Miyajima, an island where tame deer accompany you as you take in the stunning shrines, beaches, and waterfalls.
  • Get creative with a Japanese Momiji-manju making class, or sweet steamed buns.

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