JAPAN: Tokyo


KEI organizes cultural activities in Tokyo, a field trip to Mt. Fuji, and an overnight excursion to Kyoto. Transportation, lodging, and admission for planned activities are included in the program fee. KEI reserves the right to change planned activities and 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 in planned excursions during their first term of study.


Tokyo is an energetic city that blends new and old. It is the epicenter of Japanese pop culture, yet it retains strong roots in its imperial past. There is much to do and see in the city. KEI organizes a welcome meal during the orientation and cultural activities throughout the semester. Cultural visits include the Imperial Palace, Tokyo Tower, Asakusa Shrine, Ueno Park, Sengaku-ji, and Ghibli Museum Mitaka (anime and manga).

Mt. Fuji

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.


Kyoto, once the capital of Japan, is a city on the island of Honshu. Kyoto is famous for its classical Buddhist temples and gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines, and traditional wooden houses. It’s most notable sites include Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kinkaku-ji, Kiyomizu-dera, Kiyomizu-dera, Arashiyama and Nijō Castle.

I want to thank KEI for helping me and providing me with the opportunity to study abroad in Japan. It was one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had, and it has inspired me in many ways to continue studying Japanese, travel even more in the future, and hopefully work overseas someday.

Michelle Linker
Michelle LinkerMarist College

I’m learning so much about Japanese culture. I’m trying to become involved in clubs, but it’s hard to pick one with all the options available. I also hung out with the British kids and this guy from Portugal. The Finnish students are nice too. I wanna do anything and everything. I’m really enjoying myself.

Shanice Tolbert
Shanice TolbertCentral Washington University

My semester in Japan was amazing! The university is a great place to learn the 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 Japan.

Codi Groves
Codi GrovesPoint Loma Nazarene University

Japan reminds me of home. I may be thousands of miles away from family but I’m not alone. The people on campus and in public are very nice and helpful. I’m surrounded by people who have become my friends. This was my first experience living in a dorm and I’ve enjoyed it. The classes are fun, interesting, and interactive. The KEI Director is great and has a wonderful personality. The excursions were amazing. To see and enjoy other aspects of Japan allowed me to appreciate my time here. I absolutely love Japan.

Tyler Arvin
Tyler ArvinEastern Kentucky University