Discover. Challenge. Grow.

Japan Bound by GPI US is a cultural immersion experience designed to expand the minds of American high school students by providing them with the opportunity to explore Japan. At GPI US, our goal is to empower today’s youth to thrive in our increasingly globalized world. We believe cross-cultural experiences provide students with the opportunity to discover new perspectives, challenge their worldview, and cultivate their own personal growth.

 
Summer travel for those looking for something more meaningful.

 Japan Bound is about more than just travel.  Through immersive site visits, cultural activities, and inspiring guest speakers, our programs foster independent thinking, self-reflection, and a better understanding of today’s global world.  Participants will have ample opportunity to challenge themselves and break out of their comfort zones.

 

Students will travel across the country visiting a  variety of sites in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima. Then, for the latter half of the trip, students will have the opportunity to live like a local in Kagoshima, experiencing the unique geography and rich culture it has to offer. The itinerary for each location is specifically designed by our staff to connect you with the local communities and highlight what makes each destination special.

For more details about the program check out our sample itinerary and interactive map of Japan below!

Price

$2,950 + Airfare*

Dates

June 19 - July 6

July 10 - July 27

August 14 - August 31

 

Grades

9, 10, 11, 12 

Destinations

Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Kagoshima

Language Requirement

No Japanese ability required

Included in Price

- Accommodations (including Homestay) 

- Breakfast and dinners

- All activities (see below)

- All transportation, including JR Pass

*Must be purchased on own and must arrive before the starting date of the program

Japan Bound 2020 Sample IT

Day 1 - 4

Tokyo

  • Tokyo Scavenger Hunt

  • Sightseeing at Asakusa, Meiji Shrine and the Imperial palace

  • Shopping at major destinations across the city

  • A visit to an artist's studio

  • A fellowship with Japanese college students  

Day 4 - 7

Kyoto

  • Explore Fushimi Inari Shrine

  • Sightseeing at Kiyomizu Temple, The Golden Pavillion, and multiple historic Kyoto destinations

Day 7 - 8

Hiroshima

  • Visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park & Museum

  • Explore Miyajima island, Itsukushima Shrine and Mt. Misen

Day 8 - 16

Kagoshima

  • City tour with local students

  • Tea Ceremony, Kimono fitting & other cultural workshops

  • Kimono fitting 

  • Japanese beach visit

  • Local farm visit and nature hike

  • Host family immersion

  • Local high school immersion

All activities on sample itinerary are subject to change.

Click on a location to learn more!

Japan Bound Activities

Meet the Japan Bound Team

 

CONTACT US

Office: (617) 475-1637

Cell: (781) 539-5785

japanbound@gpius.net

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GPI US, Los Angeles Office

8000 Wilshire Blvd Ste. 200

Los Angeles, CA 90017 USA

GPI US, Boston Office

50 Milk St. 16th Floor

Boston, MA 02109 USA

GPI US also has offices in these locations where you can become a part of the experience!

  • Seattle

  • San Francisco

  • New York

We'd love to hear from you!

If you have any questions or comments for us, please email us at japanbound@gpius.net or fill out the form below!

We are always looking to connect with members of our community to enhance our Japan programs!

© 2020 by GPI US

Akiko Nagamatsu

After graduating with a B.A in Speech Communications in the States, Akiko moved back to Japan and worked for Sumitomo Metal Industries in Japan. She then spent many years as a public affairs officer for the Base Commander at Yokota Air Force Base, Japan. After returning to the U.S., she worked for Harvard University's Linguist Department emeritus professor, Dr. Susumu Kuno. Akiko now works inspiring Japanese youth as the East Coast Regional Manager of GPI US.