SPRING COURSE

Experience the beautiful Spring of Akita, and learn Japanese!

 
 

Dates:

20th April - 15th May, 2020

(4 weeks)



COURSE DETAILS:

  • Japanese lessons Monday to Friday, 9AM - 12:30PM

  • Learn Japanese in an authentic Japanese classroom

  • The course is focused on learning practical conversational Japanese to help prepare you for real life situations

  • Organised activities/events after classes and on some weekends for students to practice what they have learned in class in real life

  • Many opportunities to immerse in the culture and
    to interact with the locals


Festivals

Odate Cherry Blossom Festival

Small festival with food stalls and some stage performances. Cherry trees lit up at night!

Akita Dog Show

The Akita Dog Preservation Society holds their annual dog show on May 3rd. Breeders and their dogs gather from all over Japan to compete; something not to miss.

Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival

One of the top 3 cherry blossoms in all of Japan, it is 10/10.

Scenery

Rice Fields

The rice fields will be filled with water at the beginning of rice planting season. The surrounding mountains and sky are reflected and make for great photos.

Activities

Bicycle riding

Cycle through the beautiful mountainous scenery and rice fields!

(Bicycles provided for each student 24/7 free of charge).

Farm Stay (1 night)

Meet the locals, experience and learn about their way of life

Learn about the local culture & cuisine

Cook meals together with the locals and laugh all night long!

Rice planting

Students can take off their shoes, experience stepping in to the mud, and plant a rice field by hand.

Onsen trip

  • Visit hidden onsens where the locals go.

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Traditional Tea Ceremony + Yukata

Experience a traditional tea ceremony while wearing beautiful yukata!

Meet & interact with High School Students

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Many community events organised!

Bento box making (Magewappa)

Have a seasoned artisan teach you how to make your very own wooden magewappa bento box or serving tray.

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Japanese manners lesson

Learn traditional manners, such as how to hold chopsticks properly, and be deeply rooted in the culture.

Kabuki Theater

Tour one of Japan’s oldest kabuki theaters

Pottery Class

Make your own hand-made creation at the local pottery club.


PRICE:

Total for the 4 week course: 320,000 JPY (2961 USD)
(Not including flights and accommodation)

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES:

  1. Odate Cherry Blossom Festival

    Small festival with food stalls and some stage performances. Cherry trees lit up at night!

  2. Farmstay (1 night)
    Meet the locals, experience and learn about their way of life. Cook meals together with the locals and laugh all night long!

  3. Visit hidden onsens

    Only the locals can point you to them.

  4. Traditional tea ceremony
    Learn the ancient practice and appreciate the moment in the beautiful samurai house.

  5. Yukata wearing
    Learn how to wear and take spectacular photos in beautiful yukata.

  6. Meet & interact with local high school students
    A special opportunity for exchanging conversation and making friends.

  7. Owl cafe
    There is a local owl cafe right near the school, to interact with the mysterious birds.

  8. Japanese Manners Class
    Learn the hidden codes and become deeply rooted into the culture.

  9. Pottery Class

    Make your own hand-made creation at the local pottery club.


OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:

There are so many attractions in the area, it will be difficult to do all within 4 weeks! We can also organise the below:

Rail park ride

  • Get the chance to ride a real diesel locomotive.

Calligraphy Class

  • Learn to write beautiful kanji

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Private movie screening

  • Rent out a retro movie theater to watch a movie of your choice on the big screen.

    Guided Hikes

  • Enjoy the great outdoors as a friendly guide takes you up to one of the many mountains in the area.

    Nagabashiri Wind Caves

  • A mysterious natural process cools these caves to 2 degrees celsius, even in the middle of Summer.

    Japanese Cooking Lessons

  • Learn to cook authentic Japanese meals from a local.


ACCOMMODATION:


Japanese sharehouse (limited availability)

  • 20,000 JPY (189 USD)/per week single room

  • 13,000 JPY (123 USD)/per week for shared rooms

  • Hotels may also be arranged (depending on availability).
    Hotel price starts from 40,000 JPY+ per week.