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Art and Culture of Japan

This trip has officially reached capacity.

  • The program provider we are working with to coordinate our Art and Culture of Japan trip now requires all students to be fully vaccinated before departure as part of their COVID-19 protocol. 



June 20 - July 2, 2022

Program Fees

*Includes housing accommodations, several excursions and some meals. Does not include roundtrip airfare, tuition or the study abroad fee



Students can book cheaper flights using a family members points/miles from their credit cards.  Students will be departing from different U.S. domestic based airports.  However family members are also welcome to join their student at the conclusion of this course.

Study Abroad

~$150.00 Fee to the Education Abroad Office for a student’s international insurance plan and other administrative preparation.
Tuition Varies Students should check with the Bursar’s Office to see how much this 3-credit hour course will charge them in tuition.

The Class

Taught by:  Mary Robinson and Amanda Wangwright, Ph.D.

View the Travel Itinerary

This is a 3-credit hour SCHC course that fulfills your honors Beyond the Classroom, honors humanities, or honors elective requirement. Please note this course is also an approved Carolina Core-AIU. 

This course offers students the opportunity to study Japanese art and architecture on site.  Participants will learn about and explore important historical sites such as the Byodo-in Buddhist temple, the Fushimi Inari Shinto shrine, and Himeji Castle. Students will study and see in person masterpieces of Japanese art and architecture. The course additionally involves firsthand training in the basic practices of traditional bookbinding, washi papermaking, woodblock printing, and shibori cloth dying. Throughout, students will experience Japanese culture through authentic meals and a Buddhist temple stay. This course consists of lectures and readings on Japanese art and culture in advance of the trip, as well as workshops and site visits in the ancient capital of Kyoto, the modern metropolis of Osaka, and the smaller cities of Nara and Uji.

Travel Itinerary

Visit Kyoto, where you’ll take zen meditation classes, visit historic temples like Daitokuji, Kinkakuji, and Todaiji, while also stopping by the Fushimi Inari Shinto Shrine and Nijo Castle. Students will also attend a “Washi” workshop at the Kyoto University of Art & Design, as well as complete a Sibori Fabric Dyeing workshop at the Shibori Museum too.

Take a day trip to Uji via train, and explore the Byodo-in temple. Students will also visit places like:  Kiyomizudera, and the Sannen-saka and Ninen-saka Shopping Streets.  Students will take a train back to Osaka, where they will visit the Dotonbori District of Osaka and explore woodblock printmaking and Japanese castles before their return home.


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