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Tokyo, Japan

Japanese Language & Culture

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Program Overview

Jump up a level in Japanese in the vibrant and trendsetting city of Tokyo. 

Improve your Japanese with four weeks of language immersion in the mega-metropolis of Tokyo. After language classes, venture out into the community to engage in conversations with locals. Explore popular areas, such as Akihabara, the heartland of otaku, and the youth fashion districts of Shibuya and Harajuku—meet local teens and get inspired by their cutesy and colorful kawaii style. Practice your new skills at restaurants as you order traditional sushi, ramen, and okonomiyaki (Japanese pancakes). Navigate the city like a Tokyoite and explore landmarks like Sensō-ji, the oldest temple in the city, and the man-made island of Odaiba.

Living with a Japanese host family, you’ll share traditional meals and participate in family routines and customs. On weekend excursions, explore beautiful and ancient cities nearby, such as Kamakura and Nikko. Immersed in Tokyo, you’ll build on your Japanese language skills while gaining insider's knowledge into the country’s traditions and its world-famous pop culture trends.

The Take-Aways

Language Growth and Cultural Competence

Come home with a higher level of Japanese and a greater understanding of Japanese culture. Use your STAMP 4S language proficiency pre- and post-test scores to demonstrate your language growth and help you earn a Seal of Biliteracy.  

College Credit

Choose to earn 4 college credits toward your future college degree. Take advantage of the credits to stand out on your college applications or to satisfy college language requirements.

Lifelong Skills and Friendships

Return with greater self-confidence, independence, and adaptability. Enjoy a broader worldview and diverse friendships from across the U.S. 


Hours of Instruction with a Native Japanese Teacher


College Credits


Life-Changing Experience

The Destination
  • tokyo street with neon lights
  • Plate of sushi in Tokyo
  • tokyo boat girl cherry blossoms lake

The Destination

Welcome to Tokyo, the high-tech, fast-paced capital of the Land of the Rising Sun. 

Japan’s capital city is a shapeshifting mix of centuries-old tradition and innovation. This small island in the Pacific Ocean has been at the forefront of global pop phenomena for decades. From Godzilla to Hello Kitty to Pokémon, the influence of Japan on mass media is undeniable. Manga are some of the best-selling comic books in the world and anime shows are watched by hundreds of millions. For a manga and anime lover, Tokyo’s “electric” district, Akihabara, is a dream come true. 

With its unique shops, arcades, karaoke, animal-themed cafés, like cat cafés and even owl cafés, Tokyo’s kawaii (cute) aesthetic and playful excitement is everywhere. The Shibuya and Harajuku districts offer what’s next in fashion while the vibrant food scene is a peek into globally innovative cuisine. During the summer, people swarm the street stalls for food on sticks and shaved ice treats on the go. Along with skyscrapers and stores galore, you can also find peace from the bustling Tokyo streets at public gardens, temples, shrines, imperial palaces, and Japanese history museums. 

Cultural Awareness 

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Tokyo. 

Daily Life

Daily Life


Each day offers a balance between interactive instruction and cultural activities with time on your own, too. Morning classes and afternoon activities may swap places.  

  • Breakfast at your homestay 
  • Engaging Japanese classes with expert language instructors, all native-speakers   
  • Lunch in the community with your fellow Global Navigators  
  • Out and about for authentic conversations in the community and a cultural activity   
  • Dinner and evening discussions at your homestay 


  • Overnight or day excursions to top sites  
  • Quality time with friends and your host family 

Check out the blog posts to discover more about daily life and excursions on program. 


Carefully-screened homestay

24/7 Support

1 Program Leader for every 12 students and support from local staff

Program Blogs



By Julia Nawa at CIEE

My final goodbyes to the 2023 Summer Tokyo Language and Culture Program. Thank you for all the good memories kids and I hope you all continue to learn Japanese; if not, I hope you enjoyed your summer in Japan!

Japanese Language and Culture Program comes to an end...

By Chisa N.

Hello from Tokyo!! Japanese Language and Culture Program, session 2 is sadly almost over. However, during this program, we gained new experiences and learned much about Japanese and Japanese culture... keep reading


Otaku Shopping in Nakano and Akiba

By Jantzn May at CIEE

After returning from their ryokan stay in the rural countryside of Yamanashi, students were presented with numerous opportunies to explore the geekier side of Japan- otaku culture. The word "otaku"... keep reading


Sample Activities

tokyo sample activites

Just imagine all the fun you’ll have!

  • Test your strength and inner rhythm with a traditional Taiko drum experience, part of Japanese culture for centuries. 
  • Unleash your inner artist while you try the art of traditional Japanese calligraphy. 
  • Step foot in the biggest Shinto shrine in Tokyo, Meiji Shrine, dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shōken. The iris garden is in full bloom in the summer months! 
  • Hone your culinary skills making your own authentic and traditional Japanese specialties like your own kushkatsu (skewered, breaded, or fried meats and veggies)! 
  • Travel to the mountains north of Tokyo and to the beautiful small city of Nikko, with its 103 shrines and temples and rich nature! 

Please note activities are based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when arranging activities is always to enhance your experience.  

What Students Are Saying

  • “My favorite thing about the program was the process of learning how to be more comfortable with myself. That came from a lot of places: making friends, learning more about fashion, and realizing that there is no shame in liking pop culture!” 

    Sofia D.., CIEE Global Navigator Alum

  • “The experiences you gain from this program are great. I thoroughly enjoyed talking with my host parents and seeing life through a native Japanese person!” 

    Timothy N., CIEE Global Navigator Alum

  • “Tokyo was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. I made some of the most amazing memories and made friends that will hopefully stay with me forever. My friends made me feel at home in my host country!” 

    Nazifa S., CIEE Global Navigator Alum

  • “It was a safe and educational way to experience a whole new culture and language while still having a lot of fun. I’m grateful for all the friends that I have created that I may not have ever met if it weren’t for our interest in Japanese pop culture.” 

    Murphy V., CIEE Global Navigator Alum



  • Participants must be 14 years old and above.
  • Program open to all current high school students—Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors—of all Japanese language proficiency levels. 
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our scholarship page.

For more information, refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.

Dates & Fees

Dates & Fees

Application Fee


Optional College Credit Fee


Learn more about how to get college credit for your future college degree.

Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insurance, but do not cover the cost of flights. Find additional details about what’s included with your tuition.

More questions? Find answers, get application support, sign up for virtual presentations or contact us!


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Program Summer Session I 2024 4 weeks Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date End Date Costs $7,950
Program Summer Session II 2024 4 weeks Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date End Date Costs $7,950

What’s Included

Interactive Classes


3 Meals/Day

(Dietary Needs Accommodated)

All Ground Transportation

(Once In-country)

Optional Flight Chaperone

(Flight Cost Not Included)

Pre-departure Advice and Orientation

Access to Local Phone and WIFI

All Cultural Activities and Excursions

Comprehensive Medical and Travel Protection

24/7 Emergency On-site Support

Our Staff

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