Explore. Exchange. Experience
The Japan Bound Experience 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 journey to Japan with one of our experienced mentors. Once you've read about a culture and had the opportunity to meet people from that culture, the next step is going there. There are so many intangibles that can't be conveyed with words or book and that's why we've tailored this trip to give our students ample opportunity to experience a brand new culture.
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!
$3,000 - $4,000 + Airfare*
*Prices will be finalized later in 2020
Please e-mail for updated information on Japan Bound
*Custom programs available year-round
9*, 10, 11, 12
Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Kagoshima
No Japanese ability required
Included in Price
- Accommodations (including Homestay)
- Breakfast and dinners
- All activities (see below)
- All domestic transportation, including JR Pass and domestic flight(s)
*International airfare must be purchased on own and must arrive before the starting date of the program
*Must be 15 years or older by departure to participate in the program.
Japan Bound 2021 Sample IT
Day 1 - 4
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
Explore Fushimi Inari Shrine
Sightseeing at Kiyomizu Temple, The Golden Pavillion, and multiple historic Kyoto destinations
Day 7 - 8
Visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park & Museum
Explore Miyajima island, Itsukushima Shrine and Mt. Misen
Day 8 - 16
City tour with local students
Tea Ceremony, Kimono fitting & other cultural workshops
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.
Japan Bound Activities
Meet the Japan Bound Team
Office: (617) 475-1637
Cell: (781) 539-5785
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!
We'd love to hear from you!
If you have any questions or comments for us, please email us at or fill out the form below!
We are always looking to connect with members of our community to enhance our Japan programs!
Empowering today's youth to thrive in a global world