Life Sciences in Japan
- Excursions and Day Trips
- Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk
- About Japan
- Weather and Climate
- Research Your Destination
The program is hosted by Ritsumeikan University Biwako-Kusatsu Campus (BKC) in the city of Kusatsu, Shiga Prefecture (adjacent to Kyoto). There is a local bus from campus to the Minami-Kusatsu train station; then, it’s a 20 minute train ride to the JR Kyoto Station. Hence, students may visit Kyoto often to explore this wonderful city. Also, Kyoto Station is a major transportation hub for the Shinkansen (bullet train) and other lines, a convenient point to explore other destinations such as Osaka.
Students will be residing in the International Dormitory at BKC. Students will have access to a lounge, internet, and laundry room. The dormitory is a 10 minute walk to the campus and the classrooms. There are several cafeterias and food trucks on campus where students can purchase affordable meals. Some meals will be provided by the program during select program events and field trips. Please see the Fees and Expenses page for more information regarding estimated fund that student should budget for daily meals.
NOTE ON ALCOHOL: The dormitory does not allow consumption of alcohol under any circumstances. Breaching this rule greatly compromises UC Davis’ relationship with the host university and jeopardizes our ability to continue the program. If you are appreciative of this opportunity to live and study on a Japanese campus (instead of being in Japan only as a tourist), then please help us to provide this opportunity for future students: do not drink alcohol in the dorm. Failure to adhere to this rule will result in being immediately dismissed from the program.
Students will attend class on the Ritsumeikan University Biwako campus which is near the international dormitory.
- Tour some of Kyoto’s most famous & beautiful historical sites.
- Trips to the Osaka Aquarium, Nara and Uji.
- Enjoy traditional Japanese food for lunches (on selected trips).
- Optional excursions (TBA) to local places of interest.
Please see the syllabus on the Academic page for the tentative schedule of program activities and excursions. Activities and schedule are subject to change at the discretion of the program.
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:
"Japan is richly endowed with natural beauty of mountains, trees, rivers, lakes and seas. It is also known as one of the most developed countries in the world for its industries, cutting edge technology, modern fashion, and entertainment and animation. At the same time, Japan is a treasury of traditional culture, architecture, arts, with 11 World Heritage sites. Food is one of the great pleasures of traveling in Japan: from its own culinary history as well as making international cuisines distinctly their own. Japan is a very safe country to visit and for ease of travel with advanced international telecommunication, and an extensive transportation network. When you are seeking for information in a town, you will find little difficulty finding someone to help you in English. Some people may not be fluent, or may be shy at first, but you will soon notice people’s friendliness and willingness to communicate." - Edited from an article from JNTO, Why Visit Japan?
Language Spoken: Japanese
In June and July, on average, lows will be in the low 70s and highs will be in the 80s.
- Weather - Kusatsu