Compass Program: Tokyo

Explore Japan and learn Japanese while living in the heart of this sprawling metropolis.

Program Info
  • Program Length:
    6 weeks

  • Program Fee:
    $8,995, flights included

  • Program Dates:
    ◦ Spring 2022: 4/2 – 5/14
    ◦ Summer 2022: 5/21 – 7/2

Dive into Japanese culture and explore one of the most iconic cities in the Pacific Rim. Build your independence, expand your skill set, and make friends for life. You’ll return home with a clearer understanding of yourself and your goals—whether it's making decisions about your future, or continuing to travel and see the world.

  • Confidence & independence

    Get out of your comfort zone and discover what you're capable of.

  • Global citizenship

    Gain language skills, experience a new culture, and expand your horizons.

  • Self-discovery

    Understand how to leverage your strengths and begin to define your life path.

  • Life skills development

    Learn how to live and travel on your own and build skills that will help you later in life.

What you’ll experience

Traverse the Land of the Rising Sun

Your program begins with an Orientation Tour across Osaka, Hiroshima, and Tokyo. Your EF Tour Director will give you an insider's perspective on each city and help you contextualize your travels within local history, culture, and beyond. (Even if you've been to these cities before, you'll see them through totally new eyes—we promise!) You'll also have free time to explore on your own or with your new friends.

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

Orientation Tour 1 Week


2 nights

Take a walking tour of Osaka's Dotonbori canal street, famous for its neon signs and sumptuous street food.


3 nights

Delve into this city's complex past with a trip the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Visit the iconic Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


2 nights

Orient yourself to the world's most bustling city in record time. Explore neighborhoods that are full of character like Akihabara Electric Town.

Tokyo Immersion 5 Weeks

Language Study and Exploration

5 Weeks Tokyo

Take in the excitement of Tokyo during your 5-week stay. Sing your heart out at karaoke, drink a cappuccino at a cat cafe, and practice your Japanese with your homestay.

Live the language

After your Orientation Tour, you'll move to a homestay in Tokyo and take language classes on the EF campus. Our language school is located in the popular Shibuya area and boasts stunning views of the Tokyo skyline.

  • Elevate your Japanese

    Learn Japanese from native speakers through lessons, interactive tools, and cultural immersion—all levels welcome!

  • Explore during your free time

    Classes are a few hours per day, giving you plenty of free time to explore. Your EF Campus will host regular optional excursions and activities as well.

Get to know Tokyo

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 throngs of working professionals in Shibuya, the city presents endless opportunities for people watching. Seek refuge from the bustle of urban life by visiting a Shinto shrine or peaceful residential neighborhoods littered with charming cafés and gardens.

While living in Tokyo, be mindful of unspoken cultural norms, and greet every experience with an open mind (and palate).

Learn more
Grow personally & professionally

Through a combination of weekly facilitated workshops and your own experience living abroad, you’ll find your strengths, learn more about the world, and chart your own path forward.

Cultural immersion

Experience Japanese culture through living with a local host, as well as activities such as a cooking class or facilitated visit to a Japanese business.


Discover your unique strengths and how to leverage them for personal and professional success. Reflect and define your own life goals.

Skills for the real world

Build the foundations of independence by learning how to navigate a new city, stick to a budget, and manage your time. These skills will help you in college, your career, and beyond.

Program Fee

The tuition for this 6-week program is $8,995.

Tuition includes:

  • Flights & Local Transfers

    Round-trip flights and local transportation during group excursions

  • Room & Board

    Your accommodations and some of your meals on the trip

  • Course at an Accredited Language School

    5 weeks of classes at EF Tokyo, as well as the opportunity to earn 3 college credits

  • Personal Development Programming

    Weekly workshops and activities designed to help you discover your strengths and goals

  • Activities & Excursions

    Guided group activities such as walking tours, museum visits, and a boat cruise along the Seine

  • EF Global Support Network

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

Ready to get started?

Our Gap Year Consultants are ready to answer any questions you have and enroll you on our program.