Japan—Sustainability of the Built Enviornment
- Excursions and Day Trips
- Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk
- About Japan
- Weather and Climate
- Research Your Destination
Students will be staying in four different locations: Tokyo, Kyushu (KyuTech), Gifu, and Kyoto. In most locations, students will be in double rooms. Students will be staying in traditional Ryokan housing during their stay in Kyoto. Students will be able to eat out, access WiFi and do laundry in most locations.
UC Davis reserves the right to change the accommodation location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange comparable lodging. Please note that elevators, air conditioners and other modern conveniences may not be available in all locations.
Most meals will not be included in the program. However, Professor Bolander knows each location well and will provide students with myriad options for delicious food within each student’s budget.
Students will have the opportunity to see a wide array of Japanese culture in Tokyo through visits to the Tokyo Sky Tree, Edo-Tokyo Museum, National Art Museum, National Museum of Engineering and Science, Miraikan, and Tokyo Ginza. In Kyoto, students will visit Kinkaku-ji, Fushimi-Inari, and Kiyomizu-dera. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to go hiking, visit UNESCO heritage sites and create their own adventures when time allows. Professor Bolander leads many “optional excursions” based on student interests. Students will receive a Japan Railpass for the duration of the program, allowing them to travel frequently if desired.
Participation in this UC Davis Study Abroad program requires travel to and extended living in a foreign location(s) abroad. UC Davis Study Abroad endeavors to reduce and mitigate risk wherever possible. However, the environments and risks associated with living in these locations are substantially different than those found during a regular course of study at UC Davis. All participants must download and review the following information prior to departure. Any questions should be directed to the Program Coordinator.
Lonely Planet Japan:
Standing at the far-eastern end of the Silk Road and drawing influences from the entire continent, the Japanese have spent millennia taking in and refining the cultural bounties of Asia to produce something distinctly Japanese. From the splendor of a Kyoto geisha dance to the spare beauty of a Zen rock garden, Japan has the power to enthrall even the most jaded traveler. And traditional culture is only half the story: emerging from Tokyo’s Shibuya Station and soaking up the energy, lights and sound of the city is like stepping out of a time capsule into a future world. Read more.
Language Spoken: Japanese
In June and July, on average, lows will be in the low 70s and highs will be in the 80s. Rain is common.