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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty Led Open To: All Majors
Minimum Class Standing: Open to All Class Levels Credit Type: BFA Credit
Course Name/ CRN: JAPAN, ART, DESIGN, AND CULTURE - PAST TO THE FUTURE # 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 2019 is our immersive 10-day travel study program exploring captivating art, design, and culture of Japan. Japan is a marvelous enchanting country where the world of old and new impact creating a cultural, artistic, and technological dynamic that is unmatched. From its renowned Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, illustrious textiles and paper making, incredible architecture and landscapes, to animation, design, popular culture, and futuristic cities. Japan has so much to take in and explore for everyone.

Through tours, group discussions, and hands-on art/design workshops, students develop an understanding of how Japanese culture and its unique art forms have inspired creative pursuits throughout the world. Our journey begins in Tokyo allowing a level of acclimation before heading via Shinkansen “high speed train” to the historic city of Kyoto to begin our program. With Two nights Kyoto, we enjoy the past capital of Japan and United Nations Historic Site. It is located on the island of Honshu, this beautiful region includes Buddhist temples, gardens, palaces, Shinto shrines, and traditional wooden houses. 

From Kyoto we continue by train to Hiroshima, to experience the site of the 1945 World War II atomic bomb blast.  This memorable visit will focus time to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, which commemorates this chilling episode in human history. In the afternoon we will take a moment of reflection on Miyajima Island.  Later that evening we travel back to Tokyo to spend the remainder of our trip for an exploration of iconic cultural sites, historical monuments, museums, and shrines.

Highlights include:
Workshops, dinner cruise, Ghibli Museum, National Museum of Art, Akihabara, Harajuku, Shinjuku, Ginza, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Tea Ceremony, Kiyomizu-dera, Shinkansen, and much more.

Japan 2019 will be a trip of cultural and artistic growth that all majors should enjoy.
Please join us for an amazing adventure.

Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Miyajima

May 13, 2019: Depart from Los Angeles (LAX)
May 23, 2019: 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.


  1. Click “Apply Now” at the top right corner of this page. This will lead you to create a travel account and apply for this course.

  2. Once you receive the acceptance letter, you will need to enroll with the Registration office. The CRN and course code are provided at the top of the page.

  3. Once you register, change your status to “Committed” in your travel account. 

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

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(based on a minimum of 14 paying participants, price subject to change based on number of participants)

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:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 12/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/13/2019 05/23/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.