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School Art Trip to Tokyo

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An art school trip to Tokyo will open your students’ eyes to completely different styles and traditions!

Japan is an excellent destination for a school art trip abroad - and discovering the art and culture in and around Tokyo is certainly a real highlight. Art takes many forms in Japan, including but not limited to pottery designs, ink painted silks and bonsai, as well as the more vivid designs of exotic gardens and buildings.

And it’s not surprising that so much beautiful art has been created here – Japan is a naturally beautiful country highlighted by the pinks of cherry blossom in the spring and an explosion of warm colours in the autumn. If you want to open up your trip to more students, why not join forces with the geography or business studies department to make your trip cross-curricular?


Suggested Itinerary (Based on 8 days/6 nights)

Ginza Area

Visit the Ginza Area!

The Ginza area is most famous for its high-end shopping. Here you’ll find trendy department stores packed to the rafters with all the latest designer gear, including some of Japan’s most famous labels, such as Uniqlo, Comme des Garçons and Muji.

But Ginza isn’t all about shopping – some of Tokyo’s best restaurants are located in this area. Whether you’re after sushi, sashimi, tempura or ramen, there is a restaurant in Ginza to satisfy your cravings.

And don’t miss the opportunity to watch a performance of kabuki (traditional Japanese drama) at the Kabuki-Za – this is the city’s best-known theatre for the art form.

Did you know?

This is one of the most expensive areas of real estate in Tokyo, with one square metre of land in the centre worth more than 10 million yen!

Askausa Area, Tokyo

Visit the Asakusa Area!

The Asakusa Area is one of the more traditionally Japanese areas in Tokyo and is home to a number of Buddhist and Shinto temples and shrines.

A popular entertainment district, and Tokyo’s oldest geisha district, the area was famous for its theatres and cinemas in the early 20th century. However, it was heavily bombed during the Second World War and, although rebuilt, Asakusa was surpassed by other areas such as Shinjuku in terms of entertainment.

But it remains a fantastic place in which to learn more about Japanese culture and traditions. There are many fantastic restaurants here serving traditional Japanese dishes and, if you’re lucky, your visit may coincide with one of the many matsuri (Shinto festivals) that are held here.

Did you know?

One of the highlights of Asakusa is the Senso-ji, an ancient Buddhist temple that was originally founded here in 645 AD.

Lake Ashi

Be inspired by Lake Ashi!

Beautiful Lake Ashi is a crater lake formed in the caldera of Mount Hakone over 3,000 years ago. It’s famous for its beautiful scenery, which can include views across the iconic Mt. Fuji, when cloud cover permits.

The best way to see the beauty of this lake is to hop aboard a sightseeing boat – some of which are modelled to look like pirate ships!

One of the highlights of the lake is the Hakone Shrine, a traditional Shinto shrine. Its presence is signalled by the huge torii gate which rises out of the lake itself.

Did you know?

Lake Ashi has long inspired artists, especially those of the Ukiyo-e genre of woodblock prints and paintings. Hokusai featured the lake in his famous Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji and Hiroshige also depicted it in his series The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido.

Day 1






Overnight flight to Tokyo

Day 2


Arrive in Tokyo

Meet guide and transfer to accommodation


Free time to explore with your guide


Evening meal at local restaurant or accommodation

Day 3


Visit Asakusa and Nakamise Street

Optional kimono-wearing experience (supplement applies)


Visit the Amuse Museum

Visit Tokyo National Art Museum


Evening meal at local restaurant or accommodation

Day 4


Visit the Imperial Palace


Visit the Nezu Museum

Visit the Meji Shrine


Evening meal at local restaurant or accommodation

Day 5


Full day tour to Hakone with views of Mt. Fuji

Enjoy the Komagatake Ropeway and a cruise on Lake Ashi


Visit the Hakone Open Air Museum before returning to Tokyo


Evening meal at local restaurant or accommodation

Day 6


Visit the National Art Centre of Tokyo


Visit the Mori Museum and Roppongi Hills Observation Deck


Evening meal at local restaurant or accommodation

Day 7


Visit the Anime Museum


Free time for last-minute sightseeing and shopping


Evening meal at local restaurant or accommodation

Day 8


Return flight to UK


Arrive back in the UK



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Educational activities and visits

Asakusa Area

Asakusa Area

Asakusa is one of the largest downtown amusement centers in Tokyo and a must for visitors … Read more

Ginza Area

Ginza Area

Ginza is Japan's most fashionable shopping address, with high-end shops, boutiques, art… Read more

Lake Ashi

Lake Ashi

Lake Ashi (Japanese: Ashinoko) was formed in the caldera of Mount Hakone after the volca… Read more

Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan, standing at 3,776 metres high about… Read more

Suginami Animation Museum

Suginami Animation Museum

Suginami Animation Museum is set in the heart of Tokyo's Suginami district which has… Read more

The National Art Centre, Tokyo

National Art Centre, Tokyo

The National Art Center, Tokyo boasts 14,000 square meters of exhibition space, which is o… Read more

Tokyo Imperial Palace

Tokyo Imperial Palace

The Tokyo Imperial Palace is the main residence of the Emperor of Japan. This is a fantas… Read more

Tokyo National Museum

Tokyo National Museum

The Tokyo National Museum is the oldest and largest museum in Japan. It collects, houses,… Read more


Tokyo Central Youth Hostel
Tokyo Central Youth Hostel

Tokyo Central Youth Hostel occupies the 18th and 19th floors of a high-rise building in a very central location, so offers fantastic views over the city, something not usually offered by this style of accommodation.

The hostel welcomes guests from all over the world and provides Japanese-style shared baths (separate for ladies/gents), a dining room, a meeting room, a lounge and tourist information centre, making this a great base for exploring Tokyo. Please note that the youth hostel has a curfew of 11pm. Individual room and locker keys provided at check-in.

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