Japan Trip 2018

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March 10-18, 2018

IB Project World & Northstar Global Initiative

See the daily itinerary for details

about each day’s adventures!


The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes,

but in having new eyes.”
― Marcel Proust

Japan – Courteous, Friendly, and Kind

Japan is known as a place where people show great respect for others and practice thoughtful etiquette and manners.  Check out these friendly videos for some great advice:

12 Things Not to do in Japan

“Don’t be that person”

How to ‘bow’ in Japan

Note: Be cautious of extra advertising content that youtube may add on screen.

Japanese Pop Culture

Movies to check out:

Studio Ghibli productions, including: Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and My Neighbor Totoro.

Kurosawa Films: Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, The Hidden Fortress

Questions about Money?

Where possible, we can use ATM cash machines–but not all of them will work for us.  7-11 convenience stores and post offices are the most likely place where our cards will work.  You will get the local currency at the best exchange rate with minimal fees.

A good preparation is to have your local bank to get some Yen for you and take that instead of dollars. It usually takes 1-2 days, and you’ll get a good rate there, too.

Suggested Budget:

How Much Money Should I Bring to Japan ?

Exchange Rate: $1.00 = 113 Yen

Check today’s exchange rate: xe.com 

Remember that the official exchange rate is what the banks give each other.  Mere mortals like us will pay a bit more.  Every credit or debit card will charge something for international purchases.  If you can keep your fees around 3%, then you’ve got a good deal.

Other Helpful Websites:

Japan: Endless Discoveries

Suggested Packing List:   What do I need to bring to Japan

Why we travel with ACIS:

Quality, Reliability, Adventure

An Experienced Partner for Safe Travel

An open letter from ACIS President:


Before we go:  You WILL need a passport to get on the plane.

If you already have one, make sure the expiration date is more than six months after our return date, so it should be valid through September 18, 2018.  Please follow the instructions carefully at:

US Government Passport Info

While you’re at it, I recommend getting the US Passport Card in addition to the book.  The card can be used as supplemental ID for credit card purchases while traveling, allowing you to leave your passport book in the hotel safe.

US citizens do NOT need a visa to go to Japan.  Details about traveling to Japan can be found here:

US Government Japan Info

“I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.”
― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie