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My semester in Akita was amazing! Akita is perfect if you want to really experience the deep culture of Japan. The university is a great place to learn Japanese language and offers many courses in English with Japanese students. The KEI Director really helped us adjust to life in Japan. I really loved Akita.

Codi Groves
Point Loma Nazarene University

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Field Trips

KEI and AIU organize cultural activities in Akita City and Prefacture and an extended excursion to Tokyo and Fuji. Transportation, lodging and admission for planed activities are included in the program fee. KEI reserves the right to change planned excursions for destinations of equal value and interest. Excursions may change based on availability, local festivals and interest. Academic year and multiple term students participate on planned excursions during their first term of study.

Akita City

Akita is famous for its festivals - Kanto, Bonten and Kashima - to name a few. Akita is also known for its parks and castles, including Senshu Park surrounding the Castle of Satake and Historic Park surrounding Akita Castle.

Akita Prefacture

Akita prefecture offers interesting ecological and historical sites. Dakigaeri Gorge offers beautiful natural surrounding for hiking, wading, and taking pictures. Lake Tazawa is the deepest lake in Japan. A gold statue of Tatsuko represents a mythological woman who transformed into a dragon and guards the lake to this day.

Kakunodate is a historic town famous for its old samurai quarter. Some of the samurai manors have been turned into museums, but others still function as homes for descendants of samurai families.

Tokyo & Fuji

Tokyo is an energetic city that blends new and old. It is the epicenter of Japanese pop culture, yet it retains strong roots to its imperial past. There is much to do and see in the city. Possible sights to visit include Imperial Palace, Tokyo Tower, Asakusa Shrine, Ueno Park, Sengaku-ji and Ghibli Museum Mitaka (anime and manga).

Mt. Fuji is Japan's highest mountain and an active volcano. On a clear day, it can be seen as far as Tokyo. Fuji-san (Japanese for Mt. Fuji) has long been a sacred mountain. The native Ainu revered the great peak. Shintoists consider the peak sacred to the goddess Sengen-Sama, who embodies nature. Fujiko sect believes the mountain is a being with a soul. A shrine to Sengen-Sama is on the summit. Japanese Buddhists believe the mountain is the gateway to a different world.

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