Japan School Trip Guide
Here you’ll discover everything you need to know about your Evolve trip to Japan. Check out Plan for our guide on how to create the best trip for your students with important info on where to visit, eat and sleep for your groups needs and for tips on how to plan for insurance and more. Read Pack for what to bring for specific regions and seasons and Prepare for language tips, facts and local know-how.
Why should my student group visit Japan?
An educational trip to Japan can be a fascinating educational and cultural experience for students.
First, determine the intended focus of your educational trip. This will help you decide which regions will best suit what your group is looking to experience. Get insights below and download our full guide above to plan your perfect trip.
History – Learn about the history and culture of Japan’s capital of Tokyo by visiting the various museums, parks and gardens, the famous sky tree and more.
Outdoor Adventure – Explore Japan’s numerous Mountains has all your hiking and stunning view needs!
Community Service – Visit a rural village that offers a chance to put some volunteer hours to good use while being immersed in a local community.
Mixed focus – Travel throughout Japan, testing your outdoor skills and engage in community service projects!
Luggage – Any seasoned traveler will tell you: the lighter – the better! A small or medium sized suitcase or duffel will be perfect for your trip to Japan. Prepared packers also bring a couple spare plastic bags for wet clothes or separated laundry. For day trips, bring a backpack and a safe document or money holder that sits close to the body under a shirt or a fanny pack.
- Small or medium suitcase or duffel bag
• Backpack and/or purse for day trips and overnights
• Safe money holder or fanny pack
• Extra plastic bags / ziplocks
Clothing – In Japan there weather is seasonal and varies throughout the year. During the winter months of December to February, the highs range from 6-8◦C to lows of 2-4◦C. Between the spring/fall season, the highs range from 12-17◦C to lows of 5-12◦C. The summer months experience a hot temperature with highs of 24-29◦C and lows of 18-23◦C. The wettest month of the year is June with an average 181mm of rain. Use layers to peel when weather is warmer or you are more active, or to add when you are on cooler climates or during the night. Pack to be comfortable for all activities.
Accessories and Toiletries – Below are items for keeping you charged, comfortable and prepared. Before your trip, make sure you have spoken to a travel doctor about medications you will need and pack all necessary prescriptions.
- Daily Use: sunglasses, watch, headlamp, compass, lock, pocket dictionary
• Entertainment: camera, phone, book, diary (wall plugs are Type A, B and C, so bring a transforming plug!)
• Water bottle, sunscreen, hand sanitizer
• Toothbrush & toothpaste
• Soap, shampoo & conditioner
Below is your basic Packing List for Japan in the Spring/Summer
- Socks, underwear, bras
• 1 pair of jeans & 1 pair of breathable pants
• 3 t-shirts
• 3 long sleeve shirt
• 2 light sweater or sweatshirt
• Waterproof jacket
• Scarf / bandanna
• 1 pair of shorts
• Shoes – Comfortable and supportive for hiking or for walking in the city.
• Waterproof shoes
What to leave at Home – Carrying around extra pounds of luggage isn’t worth those extra shoes or that shirt you wear just one time. If you need help eliminating an item or two, check out the list below:
• Less practical and/or fancy clothing
• More shoes than needed
• Many heavy books
• BIG bottles of toiletries – swap for travel sized containers
• Heavy towels
Japan Fun Facts:
- Japan’s literacy rate is almost 100%.
- Mt. Fuji, the tallest mountain in Japan, is also an active volcano.
- Japan is the world’s largest consumer of Amazon rainforest timber.
- Japan consists of approximately 6,800 islands.
- Japan imports about 85% of Jamaica’s total coffee production