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Experience Japanese Culture in Sapporo and Kyoto

Program Details

Sapporo gives students the opportunity to take the Japanese skills they learn in class and apply them in real life, since locals speak the most standardized form of the language. Students will learn Japanese language and customs in Sapporo before traveling to Kyoto, the cultural capital of Japan, to experience its history and geography. As they increase their language and cultural proficiency on this trip,  students will comfortably practice their skills at shops, train stations and tourist destinations. Students will have the chance to visit shrines, temples, historic shopping streets and historic downtown areas, as well as try on Japanese summer kimonos and eat authentic food.

Selection Criteria:

  • Be 18 years of age or older.

  • Participants seeking academic credit for the program must be able to read the required text and participate in discussions.

  • Students taking JPNS 3000 must have taken JPNS 1020 (second semester Japanese) and passed with a C or better, or show equivalent proficiency by speaking with the program director.


  • Hokkadio, Kyoto, and Shizuoka, Japan

Program Dates:

May 23, 2024 - June 5, 2024


$2500 (Airfare is not included)

Suggested Payment Schedule:

Deposit: $500
February 1: $600
March 1: $500
April 1: $500
May 1: $400

Deposit: $500 will need to be paid within 72 hours after registration.

Payments can now be made online! Visit this website for instructions on how to pay your deposit online and future payments. Charges should show on your account within 24 hours after registration. As always, you can pay with a credit card as well. To keep our trip costs low, we encourage the use of ACH Bank Transfers, or payments by cash or check whenever possible.

Includes: insurance, tuition, room and board, domestic transportation, excursions, and some meals.

Not included: airfare, passport, incidentals, excess baggage costs, any unscheduled travel, and most meals.



Be sure to attend all pre-departure meetings!

5/23: depart SLC, arrival in Sapporo May 24

5/24: Tour in the local area (shopping, dining, public bath, clinic, etc.) and welcome dinner

5/25: Lecture before noon, seeing local market afternoon

5/26: Lecture before noon, visiting Hokkaido University after noon

5/27: Lecture before noon, visiting historical villege

5/28: Lecture before noon, visiting Sapporo Beer museum

5/29: Leave Sapporo, go to Lake Toya and explore the area

5/30: leave Lake Toya, go to Otaru and explore the area until boarding overnight ferry

5/31: Arrive at Kyoto, check in hotel

6/1: Kyoto tour with class

6/2: Kyoto tour with class

6/3: Group field trip, and leave for Shizuoka

6/4: Meet Juntendo students/conversation practice with Japanese students and leave for Tokyo

6/5: Depart from Tokyo

Academic Courses

Students may enroll in three (3) of the following credit hours:

  • JPNS 3000

Program Directors

Tomono Adachi as been teaching Japanese at Weber State for 7 years. She is from Sapporo, Japan and received her Masters Degree in Kyoto. She is very well versed in the areas the program will be in.

Trip Cancellations

If Weber State cancels a trip for any reason, all participants will be refunded 100% of funds paid to the school. If a participant withdraws from the program for any reason, they are subject to the refund policy found on the first page of the application.  Deposits are always non-refundable, unless the program is canceled by Weber State.  No refunds will be issued 30 days prior to program start date. 

Refunds will NOT be given to students due to COVID-19 concerns. Before programs were canceled in 2020, every student was given the option to withdraw from programs without penalty due to COVID-19. This year students are applying, cognizant of the pandemic. Weber State will not intentionally place students into high risk situations. We will work together with Program Leaders and Departments on canceling should the destination demonstrate increased risks, be they from COVID or any other concern. As such, students must abide by the standard refund policy.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Study Abroad Office at (801) 626-8711.