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Where will we stay in Tokyo and Kyoto?

Participants will stay in the accommodations listed below. Please note that it is not possible for NP:J to honor special requests such as single hotel rooms for students. NP:J participants will adhere to rooming assignments made by NP:J, in conjunction with lead teachers. 

National Olympic Youth Center
3-1 Kamizono-cho
Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku,
Tokyo 151-0052
Telephone: 011-81-3-3469-2525
Fax: 011-81-03-3467-9417

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel
Gojo-sagaru, Horikawa-dori, Shimogyo-ku
Kyoto 600-8519
Telephone: 011-81-75-341-2411
Fax: 011-81-75-341-2488

Due to the tremendous amount of time and effort placed into approving NP:J host school arrangements within the Japanese school system, specific host school requests will not be acknowledged if they are not submitted by the December school group application deadline.

Will I need to carry everything I have packed when I travel from Tokyo to my homestay?

We will be using a delivery service to mail one piece of luggage when it is time to travel from Tokyo to your homestay or from the homestay to the hotel in Kyoto. This service is provided, because there is not much room for luggage on the subways and trains that will be used to travel to and from the host families’ homes. The delivery service will typically deliver your luggage to your homestay the day after your arrival. If you are being hosted by a school in Okinawa, or in a location considerably further away from Kyoto, the delivery may take two nights. Therefore, each person should plan to pack overnight articles and at least one set of clothes in a small bag that can be carried on the train or plane.

Do students ever venture out individually?

Groups must stay together unless the lead teacher gives permission to split up. If the lead teacher feels that an area is particularly safe and easy to navigate, they may let students explore or shop on their own for an hour or two.

How will the group travel between sites and attractions?

Participants will be traveling from attraction to attraction using Tokyo and Kansai’s highly-efficient public transportation system. NP:J will provide each participant with a reloadable IC Card (metro card) in Tokyo. With assistance from the lead teacher, participants will add value to their cards at the beginning of each day.

If a participant loses her/his card, she/he is responsible for purchasing a new card (less than $5) plus that day’s transportation costs (less than $20).

Can a teacher stay in Japan after the program end?

Yes, as long as another teacher/chaperone travels with the students back to the U.S. Laurasian Institution is happy to book a return flight, and it will be included in the program fee. That said, the teacher is responsible for any differences in airfare if changing the date of the return ticket results in a higher ticket cost than the rest of the group. (This is the same policy for any student who plans to stay in Japan after the program end date.)

Can a student stay in Japan after the program end?

Students may stay after the completion of the program. Laurasian Institution can facilitate the arrangements with the travel agency. However, due to the increasingly stringent regulations imposed by airlines regarding group rates and the impact changes have on costs, students wishing to stay beyond the end of the program must pay an additional fee of $200. The student is also responsible for any difference in airfare, if changing the date of the return ticket results in a higher ticket cost compared to the rest of the group. In this scenario, official participation in NP:J would end on the last day of the study tour. More specifically, official participation would end either once the student has left the group on this day in Kyoto or at a specific time and location discussed with Laurasian Institution. Any and all arrangements for transportation from the Kyoto hotel (or the mutually agreed upon location) to the next destination are the student’s responsibility.