Short-Term Program

Journey to Japan

Program Itinerary

Note: This itinerary is subject to change due to availability and local conditions at the time of departure.


29 Days

Tokyo: Introduction to Japan



Fly across the International Date Line and meet your cohort in Tokyo. Get your bearings with a guided sightseeing tour of the city's diverse neighborhoods, then take a sushi making class.

Tokyo: Getting Settled



Settle into the student accommodations in Tokyo and start your Japanese language immersion! You’ll take a language placement test and begin your courses at the EF campus.

Kyoto: Japanese Culture & History



Put your new language skills to the test with a weekend in Kyoto, the cultural and spiritual hub of Japan. Learn about the country's culture and history as you visit some of the stunning castles, shrines, and temples the city is famous for.

Tokyo: Living Like a Local



Return to Tokyo after your weekend away to continue your courses and independent exploration of this vibrant city. You’ll be surprised how much your Japanese has improved, even after just three weeks! Celebrate your progress with a graduation ceremony.

Osaka: Castles, Food & Farewells



During your last week of the program, travel to Osaka, Japan’s foodie city, to explore the most famous food market. Wrap up your experience by reflecting on all you’ve learned and enjoy a farewell dinner with your cohort.

Program fee

Tuition for this 4-week program is $9,400, and payment plans are available. A detailed budgeting guide for this program can be found here.

Your program tuition includes:

  • Flights & transportation

    Round-trip flights and on-the-ground transportation for all your travel.

  • Accommodations & meals

    All housing and some meals are included.

  • Activities & workshops

    Language school tuition included, as well as excursions and travel throughout Japan.

  • EF global support network

    One-on-one mentorship and 24/7 travel support before, during, and after your program.

  • Guided learning

    Program leadership and direction by your EF Student Life Coordinator, EF Language Campus Staff, and an EF Tour Director during your travels throughout the country.

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