My High School Japan 2006 Study Tour Kyoto Tokyo Hiroshima Osaka Features 15 days and 14 nights study tour of Japan. Homestays at our two sister schools in Takarazuka (near Osaka) and Kitazono (Tokyo). Accommodation in a traditional Japanese Inn in Kyoto and a 4 star hotel in Tokyo. Visit 7 of the most famous temples and castles. Travel on both Shinkansen Bullet Trains and Tokyo local rail network. A ‘Best Of’ package of attractions in Western Japan and Tokyo Benefits to students Contextual study of the Japanese language through interaction with Japanese people in their native language environment. Broadening experience of having travelled overseas. Budgeting skills Personal responsibility and maturity Accompanying teachers Mrs Fabulous Organiser • Teacher of Japanese • lived in Japan for 2 and a half years • has been to Japan 6 times • Accompanied school groups in 2001, 2003, 2005 Mrs Behind The Scenes Lady • Teacher of Japanese • 26 years teaching experience • Extensive overseas travel experience including a number to Japan Mr Big Voice, Big Boot • 15 years teaching experience • Extensive overseas travel experience • CPR and emergency care qualified Day 1 - Thursday Sept 28 Japan Airlines • Depart 11:30am • Sydney - Kansai International Airport • Train to Kyoto • Arrive 11:00pm • Stay at The Place of My Choice J E5 Centre R Day 1 - Thursday Sept 21 Stay at The Place of my Choice Day 1 - Thursday Sept 21 Day 2 - Friday Sept 29 Kyoto - day tour of Kyoto’s highlights including the very famous • Kinkakuji (Gold Pavilion) • Ryonaji (Rock Garden) • Kiyomizudera (famous for its waterfall) • walk back through the historical Gion district J E5 Upper centre R Day 2 Kyoto Station building one of the small cheap eateries under the station Day 2 Kyoto Tower Day 2 Day 2 Kinkakuji ￥ Day 2 Kiyomizudera - Kyoto Day 2 Kiyomizudera Day 2 Kiyomizudera tea rooms Day 2 Ryoanji Day 3 - Saturday Sept 30 Day 4 - Sunday Oct 1 visit to Takarazuka High School. Stay with host family. Day 3 Day 3 Takarazuka revue Day 5 - Monday Oct 2 In school visit at Takarazuka High School Return to Kyoto by local express train J F5 Upper L corner Day 6 - Tuesday Oct 3 • Hiroshima • Peace Park, and A-Bomb dome • shopping in the mall • lunch in fab noodle shop • Miyajima Island by ferry • Itsukushima Shinto shrine • Feed deer, optional bike riding. J D4 Lower L corner Day 6 Hiroshima Peace Park Day 6 Sadako’s Statue a typical bunch of Japanese kids on tour Day 6 Miyajima Island Day 7 - Wednesday Oct 4 Nara • Todaiji Temple • largest wooden structure of its kind in the world • largest statue of Buddha in the world • Free time for shopping in Kyoto in the afternoon, including going to a second hand kimono shop J F5 Centre left Day 7 Todaiji, Nara Day 7 the biggest bronze Buddha in the world Day 7 main shopping street of Nara Day 7 the famous 100 yen shop Day 8 - Thursday Oct 5 • Himeji • bike hire from the station, 5 minute ride to castle • Visit castle • Shopping. J E5 Top centre D5 • Catch a train over the Seto Inland Sea bridge, the longest bridge of its kind in the world. Upper centre R Day 8 Himeji Castle Day 8 Seto Inland Sea Bridge Day 9 - Friday Oct 6 Travel by Shinkansen to Tokyo. • Drop luggage at Shinagawa Prince Hotel • Travel to opposite side of Tokyo to Kitazono High School • Spend day at Kitazono • Stay with host family J H5 centre T D8 B1 Day 9 catching the Shinkansen to Tokyo Day 10 - Saturday Oct 7 Day 11 - Sunday Oct 8 full day free in Tokyo Sunday evening return to Shinagawa Prince Hotel J H4 SE of centre Tokyo railway system Day 10 Hachiko dog at Shibuya Day 10 the standard fashion in Harajuku on Sundays Day 10 the standard fashion crowds in Harajuku on Sundays Day 10 Shibuya Crossing Day 11 leaving Kitazono Day 11 the view from the Shinagawa Prince Hotel Day 12 - Monday Oct 9 Tsukiji fish markets T F5 • largest fish markets in the world • has auctions open to the public for viewing from 5am • early start!! • Return to hotel in rush hour (breathe in!) T Imperial Palace E4 T Akihabara - electronic goods precinct F3 T Sony Exhibition and Ginza at dusk Evening at hotel enjoying 120 lane bowling alley or evening at Odaiba future Park E5 Day 12 rise and shine early for a visit to Tsukiji auctions at 5am Day 12 after the auctions Day 12 ….and about an hour after that yummy sushi Day 12 Akihabara electronic goods precinct Day 12 Sony Exhibition at Ginza Day 12 Ginza by night Day 13 - Tuesday Oct 10 shopping at Asakusa (optional) Disneyland J H5 Half way between Tokyo and Chiba Day 13 Kaminorimon at Asakusa Day 13 last minute shopping at Asakusa Day 13 forgotten the name of this place - the kids will know Day 14 - Wednesday Oct 11 Day trip to Nikko 9pm depart Narita International Airport J H5 Day 14 Toshogu Shrine at Nikko Day 14 Nikko Day 15 - Thursday Oct 12 return to Sydney 7am Expectations Students will take the opportunity to sleep at night, as there will be no scheduled rest days or sleep ins. Students will exhibit exemplary levels of behaviour and responsibilty at all times and act as ambassadors for their country, their schools and themselves. They will take the most of every opportunity to learn and discover new things. They will appreciate the privileged position they are in by partaking of this trip and act accordingly. Students will abide by all laws of the land, and the rules of the teachers. Fine print Students found to be involved in or knowing of any illegal activity including but not limited to buying, selling or consuming alcohol or cigarettes will be repatriated immediately at their parents’ expense. Students are not to be involved in any type of sexual activity. Dollars and $3700 • • • • • • • • • • • • estimate air fares accommodation all taxes 7 day JR rail pass transfers entry to all castles and temples subway fares in Tokyo 9 hour bus charter to Nikko 3 buffet breakfasts at hotel in Tokyo All food (other than that which is provided by homestay) entry to Disneyland comprehensive travel insurance Not included Souvenirs Gift for host families Student’s contribution Students will attend fortnightly meetings in lunchtime as called by the teacher’s in charge Next year students will be involved in producing and publishing a handbook for the tour. Students should be doing their own research into places that we are visiting . Save your pennies! The students who contribute most to their trip are the ones who gain most from it. What to do now Pay a deposit of $200 to the Travel Agent by October 31 to secure a place on the trip. Places are limited however, and they will be offered on a first come first served basis. Apply for a passport. It must have at least 6 months validity after we arrive in Japan. All matters regarding the trip must be finalised and submitted to the Department of Education by January 2006, so if you have any questions or concerns about the trip, please raise them sooner rather than later. Things to be thinking about Luggage • • • • 1 bag on wheels one fold up bag One day pack that will fit 2 days of clothes No more than 12 kgs on the way over Money• Credit cards are not widely used in Japan so take half as yen cash (in 10,000 and 5,000 denominations) and half as yen traveller’s cheques (in 10,000 denominations) • You may take a credit card if you wish for back up, but don’t rely on it. Phone card• Take a Telstra phone home card. It is cheaper to ring a mobile in Wollongong from Japan than it is to ring one from Wollongong. Take a $20 or $50 card. Summing up Opportunity to deepen relationships with students from our sister schools. Students will learn very valuable lessons in life only acquired through ventures such as these. A life changing, wonderful experience that will be a highlight of their high school education.