My
High School
Japan 2006
Study Tour
Kyoto
Tokyo
Hiroshima
Osaka
Features
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15 days and 14 nights study tour of Japan.
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Homestays at our two sister schools in Takarazuka (near
Osaka) and Kitazono (Tokyo).
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Accommodation in a traditional Japanese Inn in Kyoto and
a 4 star hotel in Tokyo.
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Visit 7 of the most famous temples and castles.
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Travel on both Shinkansen Bullet Trains and Tokyo local
rail network.
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A ‘Best Of’ package of attractions in Western Japan and
Tokyo
Benefits to students
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Contextual study of the Japanese language through
interaction with Japanese people in their native language
environment.
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Broadening experience of having travelled overseas.
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Budgeting skills
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Personal responsibility and maturity
Accompanying teachers
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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
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Mrs Behind The Scenes Lady
• Teacher of Japanese
• 26 years teaching experience
• Extensive overseas travel experience including a number to Japan
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Mr Big Voice, Big Boot
• 15 years teaching experience
• Extensive overseas travel experience
• CPR and emergency care qualified
Day 1 - Thursday Sept 28
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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
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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
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visit to Takarazuka High School.
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Stay with host family.
Day 3
Day 3
Takarazuka revue
Day 5 - Monday Oct 2
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In school visit at Takarazuka High School
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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
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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
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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
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full day free in Tokyo
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Sunday evening return to Shinagawa Prince Hotel
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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
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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
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Imperial Palace
E4
T
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Akihabara - electronic goods precinct
F3
T
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Sony Exhibition and Ginza at dusk
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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
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shopping at Asakusa (optional)
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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
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Day trip to Nikko
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9pm depart Narita International Airport
J
H5
Day 14
Toshogu Shrine at Nikko
Day 14
Nikko
Day 15 - Thursday Oct 12
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return to Sydney 7am
Expectations
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Students will take the opportunity to sleep at night, as there
will be no scheduled rest days or sleep ins.
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Students will exhibit exemplary levels of behaviour and
responsibilty at all times and act as ambassadors for their
country, their schools and themselves.
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They will take the most of every opportunity to learn and
discover new things.
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They will appreciate the privileged position they are in by
partaking of this trip and act accordingly.
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Students will abide by all laws of the land, and the rules of
the teachers.
Fine print
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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.
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Students are not to be involved in any type of sexual activity.
Dollars and
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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
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Souvenirs
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Gift for host families
Student’s contribution
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Students will attend fortnightly meetings in
lunchtime as called by the teacher’s in charge
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Next year students will be involved in producing
and publishing a handbook for the tour.
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Students should be doing their own research into
places that we are visiting .
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Save your pennies! The students who contribute
most to their trip are the ones who gain most from
it.
What to do now
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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.
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Apply for a passport. It must have at least 6 months
validity after we arrive in Japan.
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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.
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Things to be thinking about
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Luggage •
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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.
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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
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Opportunity to deepen relationships with students
from our sister schools.
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Students will learn very valuable lessons in life
only acquired through ventures such as these.
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A life changing, wonderful experience that will be
a highlight of their high school education.
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