Walk Japan’s school trips are created for schools that want to offer their students off-campus educational programmes where students can be active, contribute to society, learn, and understand new places and people. All our tours, including our school programmes, are grounded in the three principles of Entertainment (enjoyment), Interest (learning) and Efficiency (best use of time and money) and are designed to allow participants to engage in a meaningful way with Japan, its people and their culture. To our school trips we also add in the academic elements of creativity, action and service.
Deep at the heart of Walk Japan is the desire and skill to educate others about Japan. It is a motivation that is rooted in the origin of Walk Japan, and remains an essential element in all of the company's tours. The two founders of Walk Japan, Tom Stanley and Dick Irving, were academics at Hong Kong University and are experts, respectively, in Japanese history and Japanese social geography. They set up cross-departmental courses for Japanese Studies and began bringing their students to Japan for field-study trips along the Nakasendo Way. These pioneering trips provided the original inspiration for Walk Japan, which they founded together in 1992, and also the basis to this day for all the company’s tours. Walk Japan now runs a total of 16 scheduled tours, custom tours, tours for other travel organisations, and school trips. Whether run in the nation’s far north or deep south, all explore deep into Japan and relate closely to its history, culture and people.
Since Walk Japan led its first school trip in 1996, the company has been able to grow and improve our ability to tailor tours to each school's requirements. Now Walk Japan works with schools in the U.S. and across Asia to provide experiential education opportunities for their students year after year.
If you or your school are interested in what off-campus educational experiences Walk Japan can offer, you may wish to learn more about planning your school trip or reviewing some of the sample programmes we have for schools.
Please contact Walk Japan for more information.