The Tokyo skyline, with Mt. Fuji in the background.

St. Bonaventure University

Summer Study in Japan


A unique study tour through Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Osaka and Hakone

Whether you're aiming for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, want to build on your resume for that dream job, or looking to leave your comfort zone, international experience gives you the skills you need to succeed in an increasingly global world.


Osaka Castle, built in the 16th century, surrounded by modern skyscrapers.

A cultural immersion

Our 11-night/12-day journey immerses you in the culture of modern Japan, with a focus on the dynamic urban environments and culture of modern Japan. 

Tokyo, for instance, is a place where cutting-edge technology leaps from towers in flashes of light.

But there is a polite order to this urbanization that is defined by the ancient world that remains. The Osaka Castle (in center of photo at right), which played a major role in the unification of Japan in the 16th centure, is seemingly unfazed by its neighboring sea of skyscrapers, and is a living testimony of Japan's unique journey into modernization. Japan is a microcosm of civilization at heart.

You will be accompanied by St. Bonaventure University Department of History faculty members Dr. Phillip Payne, professor of history and department chair, and Christopher Dalton, lecturer of history. They will lead you through the three-credit course HIST 364. Modern Japan.

Acceptance, cost & program features

Students should apply as early as possible and will be notified of their acceptance by email. The earlier you apply and pay the deposit, the greater the certainty of your acceptance.

The cost of the program is $5,995 and includes:
  • round-trip airfare from Toronto International Airport
  • chartered bus from St. Bonaventure/Buffalo to the airport in Toronto
  • transportation on the ground
  • a full-time tour director
  • accommodations
  • breakfasts and dinners including regional-style meals
  • guided sightseeing
  • museum, site, and theme park entry fees
  • tuition and administration fees for the three-credit course.
Not included in the price is lunches, baggage fees, tips and gratuities, document costs, and mandatory trip insurance.

A deposit of $1,500 is suggested on or before Sept 15, 2020. This secures your spot in the program.

For additional details, visit our Acceptance, Cost & Payments page.