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Gap Year in Tokyo, Japan

Japan's capital and the world's most populous metropolis is an eclectic mix of the traditional and the ultramodern.

Gap Year program in Japan

    Fall: 50-70 °F

    Winter: 35-50 °F

    Spring: 50-70 °F


    Japanese Yen



With more than 35 million people, the world’s largest metropolitan area provides students with a high-energy experience and feast for the senses.

The Pacific Rim’s capital of finance, commerce, retail, and technology, Tokyo is a manic blend of pop-culture and history. Tokyo is sometimes called “a city of cities” because it consists of 26 cities located within one metropolitan area—each with its own unique character.

From the fashion-forward streets of Harajuku to the anime-themed shopping centers of Akihabara, Tokyo presents endless opportunities for people watching.

Tired of the crowds? Seek refuge from the bustle of urban life by visiting one of the shrines and temples located throughout the city or exploring peaceful residential neighborhoods sprinkled with cafés and gardens.

Gap Year program in Tokyo

Get out of your culinary comfort zone. Look beyond the sushi and find a wild world of foodie delights – from the playful and quirky, to the new and adventurous.

Tokyo with EF Gap Year

Find your moment of zen. Escape the madness of the city and find a moment of tranquility in one of Tokyo’s many gardens or temples.

Girl sings in Tokyo on a gap program

Karaoke where it all began. With more than 100,000 karaoke boxes and buildings in Japan, you won’t have to look far if you want to indulge your inner pop-star.

Two women stroll the streets of Tokyo

Japanese oil-paper umbrellas—wagasa—help to shield you from the sunlight.

Tokyo travel with EF Gap Year

Take in live sumo wrestling. If you find yourself in Tokyo during basho (tournament) season, grab tickets to see this centuries-old sport up close.

Gap Year program in Japan

Experience the world's busiest crossing. Get the perfect Instagram shot of Shibuya Scramble Crossing, where nearly a half-million people cross each day.

Tokyo cat cafe with EF Gap Year

Cat cafes? Cat cafes. If cats and cappuccino sounds like your ideal pairing, be sure and check out one of the many cat cafes that dot the city.

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