Program Overview

Join Raton School & Travel For Teens on this journey to Japan, the Land of The Rising Sun. Japan is a country full of ancient cultures, strong traditions, and the technology of the future. Dive into the vibrant energy of Tokyo, where ancient traditions blend seamlessly with modern marvels. Explore historic neighborhoods, visit iconic landmarks like the Senso-ji Temple and the Ghibli Museum, and savor delicious Japanese cuisine.

Venture beyond the bustling metropolis to discover the cultural gems of Nikko and Nagano, where centuries-old temples and breathtaking natural landscapes await. Immerse yourself in the rich history of Hiroshima, pay homage at the Peace Museum, and find serenity on the tranquil shores of Miyajima Island.

In Kyoto, wander through enchanting bamboo forests, explore historic castles, and participate in traditional Taiko drumming lessons. Experience the essence of Japanese culture as you stroll along ancient pathways, sample authentic delicacies, and immerse yourself in the beauty of Japan’s traditional arts and crafts.

Try your hand at the ancient art of karate, taste the best sushi of your life, and experience the scramble at the world-famous Shibuya crossing. From the flashy cityscape of Tokyo to the peaceful temples of Kyoto, Japan will astonish even the most well-traveled students.

This program is perfect for any student looking to gain a global perspective while discovering one of the world’s most fascinating cultures!

Price

$6975

What's Included

Round-trip international airfare from Denver, CO to Tokyo, Japan
All breakfasts, lunches and dinners
All accommodations
All admissions
All departure taxes
All registration charges
All ground transportation (coaches/trains/public transport)

Who Can Join?

Raton School

Countries

Japan

Registration Deadline

TBD

Contact Information

Jacob Peterman

jacob.peterman@ratonschools.com

During this program, you will…

  • Discover one of the oldest traditions in Japan at an authentic tea ceremony
  • Soak up modern Japanese culture at the world’s most famous anime center, the Ghibli Museum
  • Experience a sensory overload in Shibuya and Harajuku, the fashion hub that’s famous for the busiest street crossing on the planet
  • Visit the Hiroshima Peace Museum
  • Visit Himeji Castle, dating back to 1333 and an incredible site of traditional Japanese architecture
  • Be like the Japanese and spend an evening singing popular hit songs with your friends at karaoke
  • Visit the Kanmangafuchi Abyss, and see the Jizo statues that are the guardian deity of children and travelers
  • Take a private Karate lesson
  • Spot Maiko and Geisha during a night walk through Gion
  • Visit the incredible Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, a popular tourist destination since 749AD

Trip Itinerary

DAY 1: DEPART FROM THE USA

Group flight departs for Tokyo!

DAY 2: TOKYO
  • Arrive in Tokyo – Welcome to Japan!
  • Go through customs and collect your bags
  • Meet your TFT Counselors at the airport
  • Catch the train to Tokyo
  • Arrive at our hotel and check-in
  • First-Day Meeting – we’ll talk about everything we need to know about our trip!
  • First night’s dinner in Tokyo – tempura, anyone?
DAY 3: TOKYO
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Head out to discover Tokyo – we’ll visit the Senso-ji Temple this afternoon. Walk through the Thunder Gate and enter another world of traditional Japanese life
  • Lunch
  • Catch the water bus to the Hamarikyu Gardens
  • Visit the Hamarikyu Gardens, a stunning place in the center of Tokyo since 1654. Try your first Japanese tea and enjoy the afternoon
  • Head back to the hotel
  • Dinner in Tokyo
DAY 4: TOKYO
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Head out to the world-famous Ghibli Museum, home to the animation studio Studio Ghibli, we will dive into the storybook world
     *Please note the ticket process for the Ghibli Museum has gotten difficult to guarantee for groups in advance*
  • Lunch
  • Visit Shibuya and Harajuku, two of the most famous neighborhoods in Tokyo and the heart of the hustle and bustle of the city center. We’ll see the Meiji Shrine while we’re here!
  • Head back to the hotel
DAY 5: TOKYO DISNEYLAND
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Head out for a full day at Japan’s own Disneyland where there are 7 unique theme parks!
  • Lunch at Tokyo Disneyland
  • Head back to the hotel
  • Dinner in Tokyo
DAY 6: TOKYO -> NIKKO
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Train to Nikko
  • Arrive in Nikko and pass the Shinkyo Bridge on our way to our guesthouse
  • Check into our traditional guesthouse
  • Lunch
  • Discover the Nikko Toshogu World Heritage Site, the site of 103 buildings mostly dating back to the 17th century!
  • Visit the Kanmangafuchi Abyss, and see the Jizo statues that are the guardian deities of children and travelers
  • Dinner in Nikko
DAY 7: NIKKO -> NAGANO -> HIROSHIMA
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Depart for the train station – we’re heading to our next destination!
  • Arrive in Nagoya, grab lunch, and head to our karate lesson!
  • Try your hand at the historic fighting technique of karate, developed in the Ryukyu Kingdom (now Okinawa)!
  • Head back to the train station and continue on to Hiroshima
  • Arrive in Hiroshima and check into our hotel
  • Dinner in Hiroshima
  • Evening activity – karaoke!
DAY 8: HIROSHIMA
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Visit the Peace Museum – we’ll step back in time to WWII and learn about this crucial part of modern history
  • Lunch
  • Ferry to Miyajima Island for the afternoon
  • Visit the Itsukushima Shrine
  • Head to Tsutsumigaura beach where we can go for a swim if the weather permits!
  • Return to Hiroshima for the night
  • Freshen up at the hotel before dinner
  • Dinner in Hiroshima
DAY 9: HIROSHIMA -> KYOTO
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Head to Kyoto
  • We’ll visit Himeji Castle, dating back to 1333, and an incredible site of traditional Japanese architecture on our to Kyoto
  • Lunch at Himeji Castle
  • Continue the journey to Kyoto
  • Arrive in Kyoto and refresh at the hotel
  • Dinner in Kyoto
DAY 10: KYOTO
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Head to Fushimi Inari Taisha
  • Visit the Kiyomizu-dera temple
  • Lunch
  • Free time in Ninenzaka/Sannenzaka – we’ll spend the afternoon wandering the traditional shops and Japanese-style restaurants in this incredible place
  • Return to the hotel
  • Dinner in Kyoto
  • Gion Night Walk
DAY 11: KYOTO
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Visit the incredible Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, a popular tourist destination since 749AD. Stop by the Togetsukyo Bridge, stroll through the bamboo groves, and enjoy the peaceful surroundings
  • Lunch
  • Head to our Taiko lesson
  • Return to the hotel and refresh before dinner
  • Fancy final dinner in Kyoto
  • Final night meeting
DAY 12: RETURN HOME
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Head to the train station
  • Catch our train to Tokyo
  • Arrive in Tokyo and grab lunch
  • Continue our train journey to the airport
  • Arrive at the airport and check into our flight
  • Flight departs for the USA (flight details TBD)
  • Welcome home!

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Informational Webinar Details

Informational Webinar Details
Your lead teacher & a TFT representative will give a short presentation and answer your questions.

When: TBD

Time: TBD

 

 

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Trip Specific FAQs

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Who is Travel For Teens?

We are in our 21st year in the teen travel business and have emerged as the industry leader for teen travel in the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Oceania, and Africa. We operate over 100 programs in 47 countries on 6 continents.

Our philosophy: We offer genuine and authentic trips for travelers, not tourists.

Our goal is to engender a passion for learning about other cultures and places through living like a local in that place.

How much is tuition & what does tuition include?

Tuition for the trip is $5,795 which INCLUDES round-trip international airfare from Denver, Colorado, all breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, accommodations, transportation, premium trip insurance, entrance to museums/events, taxes, and tips for activities.

Tuition does NOT INCLUDE meals not listed in the itinerary, beverages other than filtered water at meals, COVID testing before, during, or after the trip, laundry, souvenirs, shopping, visas and visa application fees, personal and medical expenses, activities and admissions that are not program-related or referenced in the itinerary, tips, excess baggage fees, damage to hotels, expenses related to unforeseen circumstances (e.g. transportation delays or natural disasters).

If I cannot afford the payment schedule listed above, does Travel For Teens provide flexible payment plans?

Yes, Travel For Teens is willing to customize a payment plan for any participant who needs a little flexibility in the payment schedule. Please email help@travelforteens.com for details on payment plans.

Who can go on this trip?

The trip is open to all 7th & 8th grade students at St. Anne’s Episcopal School.

After I register, what happens next?

Once you have completed your registration and paid your deposit, you will receive an email that contains your USERNAME and PASSWORD to MyTFT. All forms to be completed by parents and physician as well as packing lists, travel tips, travel insurance information, and other important information can be found on the MyTFT portal (hard copies of the essential legal/medical forms can be mailed to participants upon request). Our contract and release must be signed by all custodial parents (or guardians) and the participant.

Where do we stay?

We will be staying in a mix of local accommodations and three-star hotels throughout the program. The names of the accommodations are available to all families once they have signed up.

Single rooms can be requested and will cost $450 additional per person per single.

Note: singles must be requested at the time of registration to be guaranteed.

Trip Emails & Photographs

PHOTOGRAPHS

We will take dozens, if not hundreds, of photos each day. The best photos will be posted as regularly as possible (ideally every day) to a private photo-sharing platform (Waldo Photos) where you can follow along with the trip. We will send you an email to alert you when we post new photos. Low-resolution photos can be viewed for free during and after the trip. All of your High-Resolution matched photos can be purchased and downloaded in real-time during the trip or after the trip for $50.

EMAILS

The Trip Director will be in regular email contact every 24-48 hours, internet willing, with our families. Emails will include fun detailed updates about the day’s activities and are a great way for families to follow along with the journey. Email will be the best way to communicate messages to the Trip Director.

What is the payment timeline?

Deadline to register: May 1, 2024

$750 deposit due within three business days of registration

Balance in five equal installments: September 15, October 15, November 15, 2023, January 15, 2024, and February 15, 2024

Safety, Sickness & Communication

SAFETY AND SICKNESS

The safety of our participants is our #1 concern, which is why we have only experienced trip leaders running the show. We offer 24/7 communication throughout our programs and have detailed risk management and safety policies in place. Please review our policies here.

For information regarding our specific policies with Covid-19 please review our Covid-19 protocols page here.

 

What are the safety qualifications for our staff?

Our staff members undergo a rigorous hiring process. They receive the same background check as school educators, an extensive training process to go over all safety precautions and protocols, and are required to be certified in CPR and First Aid.  We exclusively hire responsible, multi-talented individuals who are safety-minded and are as passionate about teen travel as we are.

What is the food like on a TFT program? Can you accommodate dietary restrictions?

In a word – delicious! At TFT, we believe food should be an integral part of the travel experience and always make an effort to eat at authentic establishments when we can. What better way to immerse yourself in the culture of a place than by sampling the local delicacies, and we encourage students to do so whenever possible! Just as we stay away from Americanized hotel chains, we try to avoid restaurants with menus that cater only to tourists because every good traveler knows the best food is found wherever the locals are eating!

We also love to have picnics al fresco and do this whenever possible, which is a great way to taste some local food while sitting out in the fresh air taking in the sights and sounds of our surroundings.

As always, we are willing and able to accommodate vegetarians, vegans, gluten allergies, and other dietary restrictions.

Do I need to speak the language?

No, our skilled staff members will help you get around and even teach you a few fun phrases!

Are participants allowed to have their cell phones on the program?

We do allow participants to bring their phones, but we ask that they use it solely as a camera when we are out and about during the day. We want everyone to focus on living in the moment and fully experience each new destination we are visiting without being absorbed in their phones. We ask that participants look at their journey with us as a way to disconnect. When we have downtime at our hotels in the evenings it is okay for participants to use their devices to connect with friends and family back home.

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