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 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 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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I want to thank KEI for helping me and providing me with the opportunity to study abroad in Akita, 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 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 TolbertCentral Washington University
My semester in Akita was amazing! Akita is perfect if you want to really experience Japan and the deep culture of the country. 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 GrovesPoint Loma Nazarene University
Akita 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 so far. The classes are fun, interesting and interactive. Yuka (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 Akita and Japan.