St. Bonaventure University

Summer Study in Japan

A unique study tour through Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka

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..

A cultural immersion

TokyoOur 9-night/10-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, which played a major role in the unification of Japan in the 16th century, 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 member Christopher Dalton, lecturer of history. He 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 $5,456 and includes:
  • round-trip airfare from Toronto International Airport
  • transportation on the ground in Japan
  • a full-time tour director
  • accommodations
  • 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 breakfasts, lunches, baggage fees, tips and gratuities, document costs, and trip insurance.

A deposit of $800 is suggested on or before Dec. 5, 2023. This secures your spot in the program.
For additional details, visit our Acceptance, Cost & Payments page.

Tour itinerary

Your 10-day journey includes visits to Tokyo's Akihabara Electric Town, the famous Shibuya Crossing, Meiji Shinto Shrine, the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and take a guided tour through local markets. From Tokyo you'll take a bullet train to the ancient city of Kyoto, where you'll visit the bustling Nishiki Market and the Nishijin Textile Center. 

From Kyoto, it's a day trip to Nara, where you'll visit Todaji Temple and see the Daibutsu, the world's largest bronze Buddha. Then it's off to Osaka, where you'll visit Osaka Castle, built in the 1580s, and Amerikamura, a hub for youth culture in Osaka.

These are just some of the exciting adventures that await you on your summer study tour of Japan.