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Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Faculty Led Open To: All Majors, Continuing Education
Minimum Class Standing: Open to All Class Levels Credit Type: BFA Credit, Continuing Education
Course Name/ CRN: JAPAN CULTURAL ARTS BFA/ 10614, JAPAN CULTURAL ARTS NON-CREDIT CE/ 15122, JAPAN CULTURAL ARTS/ 15123 # of Units Offered: 1, Non-Credit Option Available
Non-Refundable Fee $150.00:
*Is charged only when one "Commits" to a travel program
Program Description:
Japan Pagoda


Experience Tokyo, Japan and its surrounding areas through its profound heritage of cultural and artistic riches. This special program includes nine full days to visit beautiful sites and museums of historical and artistic depth. Designed to educate, the trip guides you on a journey of past, present, and future. You will be immersed within the Japanese culture, while your confidence grows along with your knowledge of Japanese society and heritage. Experience amazing sites such as the Great Buddha of Kamakura, Samurai Museum, Tokyo National Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Doll Museum, Ramen Museum, and Studio Ghibli Museum to name a few. Enjoy exploring locations of Kamakura, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Akihabara, Ginza, Yokohama and more. From a dinner cruise down Sumida River to a dip in an onsen, to hands-on traditional art experiences, and the possibilities of viewing a traditional Japanese wedding and strolling underneath the cherry blossoms, your visual journey will be insightful and vast. Our goal is for your cultural and artistic growth to expand both inwardly and outwardly through your experiences. Please join us for an amazing, fulfilling adventure.

Tokyo, Japan

May 17, 2018: Depart from Los Angeles (LAX)
May 27, 2018: Return to Los Angeles (LAX)

NOTE: Several course meetings will be held prior to departure throughout the Spring Semester. These meetings will cover a range of topics from travel preparation to the academic components of this course.

Please contact one of the faculty leader, Chris Eckart ( or Mayuka Thais (, for specific details about this travel study course.
With general questions regarding topics like the application process, cost, flight information, etc. please contact

Date: TBA
Room: TBA
Time: TBA

(based on a minimum of 10 paying participants, price subject to change based on number of participants)
Otis Students, Alumni, and Faculty/Staff: $3,500
Continuing Education Students: $3,900
Round trip Airfare
Hotel Accommodation
Breakfast & Dinner (2 meals)
Bus to and from airport
Museum Admissions
Metro Pass for one week
(activities subject to change)

Visa/Passport Fees (if needed)
Personal Expenses
Some Meals
Tuition Cost (only if enrolled for credit)


Lead Faculty Contact, Chris Eckardt
Dept. of State, Japan
Otis Travel Preparation Manual_JAPAN 2017final.pdf
Emergency Plan (Travel Emergency Action Plan)
How to Apply to a Travel Study Course

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 12/15/2017 12/15/2017 05/17/2018 05/27/2018