School trips to Japan are becoming more and more popular, as the country offers so many incredible learning experiences, especially for geography, business studies and art school trips. It’s also a fantastic choice for a cultural school trip.

Japan boasts a unique and fascinating culture, beautiful colours and ancient architecture, while also being at the forefront of modern science and technology. Most of our groups choose to base themselves in Japan’s bustling capital, Tokyo, with excursions to other places of interest, including the imposing Mt. Fuji and the traditional teahouses of Kyoto.

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Why visit Japan?

Explore the Pacific Ring of Fire

For geography students, Japan’s location on the Pacific Ring of Fire provides thrilling opportunities to better understand the Earth’s geology.

This is a country of volcanoes and frequent earthquakes, and on your geography school trip to Japan, your students will have the opportunity to visit an earthquake simulator and find out how the Japanese prepare themselves for a large-scale earthquake to happen in an urban environment.

On your Japan school trip, you’ll also be able to visit Mount Fuji, as well as the Owakudani Valley, which is an area around the crater created by the last eruption of Mount Hakone, over 3,000 years ago. Hot springs provide an insight into the geothermal activity going on beneath the ground.

Discover the incredible artistic heritage

And if you’re looking for an art school trip that takes in a diverse range of styles, you’d be hard-pressed to beat a trip to Japan. Here you can explore more traditional art forms such as ukiyo-e, as well as more modern ones, like manga and anime.

A visit to the Amuse Museum in Tokyo is a must for any art school trip to Japan. Here you’ll learn more about Japanese textile culture and the traditional woodblock painting known as ukiyo-e.

And you can explore Japanese sculpture at the Hakone Open-Air Museum, where your students will get to see works by artists including Yasuo Mizui and Taro Okamoto.

Experience an ancient culture

A school trip to Japan will offer your students the opportunity to discover a culture that is very different to their own and to see the beauty in that diversity.

The rich culture of Japan is one that will be endlessly fascinating to your students. You’ll discover ancient traditions, such as Shinto festivals, tea ceremonies and Buddhist sculptures.

As well as exploring the capital, Tokyo, where you’ll experience both the ancient and modern Japanese culture, you’ll also be able to visit the former imperial capital of Kyoto on your cultural school trip to Japan.

Learn about one of the world’s biggest economies

Tokyo is, of course, an economic powerhouse, which makes it the perfect destination for a business studies school trip.

A world leader in innovation, Japan is the home of such global companies as Panasonic and Honda – and you’ll have the opportunity to visit their visitor centres in Tokyo to learn more about how they market their iconic brands.

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Take a look at our range of Japan school trips below, and then get in touch with one of our tour advisers to discuss your requirements.

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Where to visit in Japan

School Trips to Tokyo

A school trip to Tokyo offers your students the incredible opportunity to explore a city that is at the forefront of modern technology!

Tokyo school trips are a great option for many subjects, including art, business studies and geography. And thanks to the number of educational visits and activities available here, Tokyo is also an incredible option for a cross-curricular or cultural trip.

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Activities and excursions in Japan that your school group will love

Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan, standing at3,776 metres highabout 60 miles west of Tokyo. It is a… Read More

Owakudani Valley

Owakudani Valley

Owakudani is the area around a crater created in the last eruption of Mount Hakone 3000 years ago. Sulfurous fumes,… Read More

Tokyo Imperial Palace

Tokyo Imperial Palace

The Tokyo Imperial Palace is the main residence of the Emperor of Japan. This is a fantastic visit for your… Read More

Tokyo National Museum

Tokyo National Museum

The Tokyo National Museum is the oldest and largest museum in Japan.… Read More

Sony Building

Sony Building

A Ginza landmark, the Sony Building features a variety of shops, showrooms and restaurants. Among these arethe Sony Showroom, where… Read More

Tokyo Stock Exchange

Tokyo Stock Exchange

The TSE Market Center is open to the general public between 9:00 - 16:00pm with the option of a free… Read More

Ginza Area

Ginza Area

Ginza is Japan's most fashionable shopping address, with high-end shops, boutiques, art galleries and department stores like Hankyu, Matsuya, Matsuzakaya,… Read More

National Art Centre, Tokyo

The National Art Centre, Tokyo

The National Art Center, Tokyo boasts 14,000 square meters of exhibition space, which is one of the largest in Japan.… Read More

Suginami Animation Museum

Suginami Animation Museum

Suginami Animation Museum is set in the heart of Tokyo's Suginami district which has become home to many of the… Read More

Why choose Halsbury?

Here are just a few reasons why teachers choose Halsbury for educational school trips that inspire.

School trips designed by teachers for teachers

Originally founded by teachers in 1986, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and are here to make the process of running your school trip as easy as possible.

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School trips tailored to your curriculum

We'll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure your school trip is a truly educational experience.

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Health & safety prioritised

As a proud Assured Member of the School Travel Forum, the health and safety of your group is always our priority.

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Support every step of the way

We'll be with you every step of the way, from your very first enquiry until the moment you return home, including 24-hour support while you’re on your school trip.

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Financially secure school trips

We're ABTA bonded and all our air tours are ATOL protected, so you can be sure that your school trip is financially secure.

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Rewarding loyalty scheme

You'll earn loyalty points from your very first school trip with Halsbury. These can be used towards a discount on your school trip or a free gift for your school.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, absolutely. The destinations listed on our website are only a sample of the different trips we can offer. If you have another destination in mind, simply fill out our enquiry form with all your requirements and one of our Tour Advisers will be in touch with a tailor-made quote.

Yes, all of our trips include comprehensive travel insurance, which now includes Covid cover. This group travel insurance covers individuals needing to drop out of the trip in the following circumstances:

  • Because a Qualified Medical Practitioner has diagnosed them as positive for Covid-19 within up to 14 days of departure.
  • Because they have been hospitalised due to Covid-19 within up to 28 days of departure.
  • Because they have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test & Trace for a period of time that prevents them from taking part in the trip.

The insurance also covers reasonable additional costs of accommodation and flights should an individual contract Covid-19 and have to self-isolate while abroad.

And the policy also covers reasonable additional costs to account for a family member to come across or a group leader/teacher to stay with the individual.

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As a general rule, we recommend that you start planning your next school trip 12-18 months before your travel date. This gives you plenty of time to get sign-off from senior leadership and to launch your trip in school to students and parents. Planning early will also mean you have a greater choice of accommodation and travel options.

If you start planning your trip later, don't worry. It is definitely possible to plan a trip in a shorter amount of time. We're here to support you and we have a selection of templates and useful guides to guide you through the process.

Every trip we organise is unique and your itinerary manager will work with you to understand your curriculum and adapt the itinerary to suit your learning objectives. The itineraries featured on our website are just a sample of what's achievable within a given timeframe. The trip duration and the activities and excursions can be tailored to your needs and budget.

You can see examples of the types of accommodation we have available in different destinations on the sample trip pages linked above.

All of our accommodation partners have been chosen based on their suitability for school groups. As a member of the School Travel Forum (STF), you can be certain that all accommodation contracted by us complies with local legislation with respect to fire and general safety, is contracted by trained Halsbury Travel staff or reputable agents, receives a standard audit and risk assessment prior to use by Halsbury Travel and receives a supplementary audit if it is used on five or more occasions in a year.

Your Tour Adviser will discuss your accommodation preferences with you when putting together your tailor-made quote and will assist you in choosing the best accommodation for your budget and requirements.

The Halsbury Difference

School trips designed by teachers for teachers

Originally founded by teachers in 1986 and with several former teachers in our team, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and work hard to relieve them.

Trips tailored to your curriculum and learning objectives

We’ll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure it meets your particular requirements.

Rewarding loyalty scheme

Work together with other teachers in your school to save thousands of pounds on future school trips with our multi-trip loyalty scheme!