For students dedicated to a future in comic books, the nine-day Experience Comics Vol. 3 program is a truly transformative experience. On an international adventure to Japan, find out why many people call this country the land of manga, a comic genre in the Japanese language and style. Traveling to Tokyo is a necessary pilgrimage for people who are passionate about comics. Gain a global awareness of comic illustration through the lens of Japanese culture, history and art. Take guided tours of museums to view world-renowned art, including “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” by Katsushika Hokusai. Walk the busy streets of Tokyo, exploring the shops and arcades, decorated with colorful comic illustrations.
Go on a cultural exploration to see the inspiration and creativity behind Japanese art. Learn the history of manga at the Saitama City Manga Museum, which is considered the first manga museum in Japan, with endless collections to view and read. Explore a couple of comic book publishing companies in Tokyo with accompanying educational workshops on the style of Japanese manga. See comic illustration in action at the Suginami Animation Museum, where students can try out digital production and dub famous anime. Go on a foodie tour in Yokohama to create Chicken Ramen by hand at the CUPNOODLES Museum and try different kinds of ramen at a ramen amusement park, Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum. While in Japan, take time to smell the flowers near the temples, shrines and parks along the way.
Travel from home to Tokyo by plane. Meet up with the Tour Director on arrival and transfer to local accommodations. Get checked in and then explore Tokyo during free time, followed by dinner.
Start the day in Akihabara, the epicenter of Tokyo for fans of anime, arcades, video games, manga and more. Afterwards, gain a deeper understanding of Japanese culture on a guided tour of the Sumida Hokusai Museum, Japanese Sword Museum, Ukiyo-e Ōta Memorial Museum and Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum.
Spend the day in Saitama, beginning at the Saitama City Manga Museum to learn the history of Japanese comics. Just a short walk away is the Ōmiya Bonsai Village, where students get to stroll amongst the living Japanese art of bonsai in the gardens and the museum. Return to Tokyo for free time this evening.
Go on a guided tour of the Edo-Tokyo Museum for an interactive education on Edo-period history, culture and architecture. Experience the oldest temple in Tokyo, Sensō-ji, which is also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple. Gain insight from the experts in a workshop at Shueisha Inc.*, a publishing company that specializes in manga.
Take a day trip out of Tokyo to Yokohama. At the CUPNOODLES Museum, create a CUPNOODLES package and make Chicken Ramen by hand. Spend some time at the shopping mall, Yokohama World Porters. Explore the ramen amusement park, Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum, and taste different kinds of ramen while here. Return to accommodations in Tokyo.
Experience the Suginami Animation Museum, learning more about anime by practicing digital production and dubbing famous anime as well. Next, view the featured collections of artworks at the Chihiro Art Museum Tokyo. See what a career in comics could look like on a visit to a local company* and engage in an educational workshop while here.
Discover two indoor theme parks this morning, Mazaria and Namco Namjatown. While at Sunshine City, experience the Sunshine Aquarium, Sky Circus Observatory and Konica Minolta Planetarium.
Stroll around Meiji Jingu, a famous Shinto shrine on forested grounds with an abundant iris garden in the summers. Explore the trendy neighborhood of Harajuku, full of colorful shops of all sorts. On the busy main street of Harajuku, Takeshita Street, pick up gifts and souvenirs. Spend the rest of the day at the iconic Yoyogi Park for a picnic and some free time.
After breakfast at the hotel, travel back to the airport for the journey home.
Note: *Activity is subject to availability, and the exact company visit is determined 9-12 months prior to the group’s arrival, based on travel dates.
The nine-day Experience Comics Vol. 3 program celebrates the past, present and future of Japanese arts and culture. Explore the colorful shops, tasty ramen museums and interactive experiences in and around Tokyo, including Akihabara and the CUPNOODLES Museum. Discover the history of Japanese comics at Saitama City Manga Museum and engage in an educational workshop on comic illustration at a manga publishing company. Try out digital production for anime and do a little dubbing at the Suginami Animation Museum. Go back in time on guided tours through different artistic periods of Japan, fashion trends and the history of katanas. With a curated curriculum for educators to apply with the program, students are empowered to put their learning into practice before, during and after the trip.
At Experience, we make sure everything is covered – from housing to technology and beyond – to provide the best experience for our students.
Quality, safe hotels with triple occupancy that are centrally located.
All transportation is provided throughout the program.
Airfare covers round-trip flights from major airports.
All three meals are provided daily, featuring local cuisine.
Interactive learning experiences designed to expand educational and career goals.
Scheduled activities, experiences and guided tours are all included.
Customized experiences developed by travel experts to promote learning and engagement.
Full-time Tour Directors are on site for the duration of the trip, for an all-inclusive experience.
Tips for bus drivers, guides, Tour Directors and meals.
International travel insurance is provided for protection in case of accidents, illness, flight interruptions or baggage loss.
Advanced student security software that integrates geofencing, logistics, communication and more optimized safety features.
Dedicated 24/7 staff availability, supporting students every step of the way.
A night chaperone is on site to ensure security.
* For CTE and CCMR directors interested in co-op promotion please contact Naomi Woods at the ESC Region 20 Service Center.
Naomi N. Woods
Coordinator of College, Career, and Military Readiness
STEM, Early Childhood, CTE, Counseling, & Digital Age Learning
Education Service Center, Region 20
1314 Hines Avenue, San Antonio, Texas 78208