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July 6th - July 18th, 2020

Community Service, Culture Exchange, Arts, History and Nature Explorations

(recommended age is 14+. Younger children accompanied by parents will be considered)


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Enrollment is Now Open  


Submit prior to 10/1 to receive Early Bird Discount of $100

(web-interviews in October - December)

  • In-Flight Chaperones, Airport pick up and drop off 
  • 13 days and 12 nights, staying in capsule hotels, hostels and traditional guesthouses 
  • 3 delicious meals a day included (some will be communal dinners in traditional settings, some on the go, some prepared by us together)
  • All in-country transfers and transportation (including bullet train) are included 
  • 45 hours of community service will be provided 

Trip Highlights 

  • Immersion in Japanese Culture, Arts  and History from the perspective of a megapolis and a small village 
  • Visits to temples, castles, traditional performances, notable places and modern wonders in Kyoto and Tokyo, lessons and workshops on the go
  • Experiencing pre-Olympics atmosphere in Tokyo 
  • Nature explorations of Izu Peninsula - walks and hikes along the picturesque Jagosaki coastline, suspension bridges and hexagonal volcanic columns 
  • Hike around the crater of Mt. Omuro, an extinct volcano with 360 degree panoramic views of Izu Peninsula and Mt. Fuji
  •  Community Service Projects, Outreach Programs and Immersive Experiences with local schools, community groups and local people (calligraphy, woodblock printing, language/talent/culture exchange and discussions, creative solution-based projects with Japanese students)  
  • Stay at an Onsen village, beach time and spring water bathing 
  • Participation and behind-the-scenes experiences at traditional Japanese festivals and celebrations


  • Day 1 (Tue, July 7th) - we land in Kyoto. Check In. Welcome Dinner. Introductions and Overview.   
  • Day 2 (Wed, July 8th) - Kyoto - Each day will commence with a breakfast and morning meeting.  Visit to Nijo Castle and Ninomaru Gardens, a UNESCO world heritage site. A class on reign of Tokugawa temitsu.  Evening performance at the Gion Corner  Theater.  Dinner.  
  • Day 3 (Thur, July 9th) - Kyoto - Full day trip to Fushimi Inari Mountain. Lunch on the go. After dinner - talent show rehearsal. 
  • Day 4 (Fri, July 10th) - Kyoto- Iwata.  Visiting Chionin Temple in Kyoto in the morning. After lunch, we are going to Iwata. Meetings, introductions and discussions about our upcoming projects for the next three days. Kids will brainstorm and discuss initiatives for the projects. The group will have a traditional communal dinner at Diagoso Guest House.  
  • Days 5 and 6  (Sat, July 11th and Sunday, July 12th) - Iwata. Special projects and language, culture and skills exchange  with Japanese kids.   
  • Day 7  (Mon, July 13th) - Iwata. We will be spending this day at the elementary and junior high schools. Kids will participate in Japanese lessons, traditional school lunch and clean up.
  • Day 8 (Tue, July 14th) - We move to Ito. This is our slow day. Relaxing on the beach, hot springs.
  • Day 9 (Wed, July 15th) - Ito - Atami. 50th annual Atami Kogashi Festival, a traditional community and spiritual celebration. As part of our community service, we will help perform the duty of transporting the neighborhood's shrine, learn about the history and culture of Japanese festivals, observe dances, art, music and get an inside point-of-view of the event.   
  • Day 10 (Thur, July 16th) - trip to Jogasaki Coast. Walk around Omuro volcano, Mt. Fuji views. Active fun, hiking, archery (if weather permits).  
  • Day 11 (Fri, July 17th) - travel to Tokyo in the morning. Woodblock printing in the afternoon, owl cafe, Boarderless Virtual Art Museum at night
  • Day 12 (Sat, July 18th) Closing Breakfast. Sharing reflections. Flying back home.   

Dates and Fees

July 6th - July 18th, 2020
Application Fee: $65
Tuition: $2,450 (*airfare is not included)
Application process opens on September 1, 2019. Early bird discount of $100 is available until October 1, 2019. Application fee is refundable if enrollment in the Program is not granted by Antinanco Earth Arts School. Interviews are conducted in October-December of 2019.  First payment of $1,450 is due by December 1, 2019.  The remaining balance is due by February 1, 2020.  Payments are not refundable after January 1, 2020. 
Important Things to Note:
This is an educational program with fun, friendly, interactive and collaborative environment. Kids and accompanying parents are expected to participate in program projects and meal coordination/preparation. Accommodations will be communal, shared and very comfortable.   
We require all participants to demonstrate proof of medical international or travel insurance prior to the trip. Trip cancellation insurance is also advised. 
Airport pickup and drop off is for the program dates indicated. You may choose to arrive early or stay late, where you will be responsible for your transportation arrangements. Antinanco guides can help you arrange this. 
Passport - your passport must be valid 6 months after your date of travel into the country. 
Visa - there are no visa requirements for the US residents and citizens traveling from the US. If you are traveling from a country that requires a visa when entering Japan, you should start the process as soon as possible after signing up. 


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