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I would recommend this program. Study abroad. There is NOTHING, hands down NOTHING like it that you can get at home. You learn every day, hands on, you are face to face with the world. Do it, really. With how global our world is becoming, you will be surprised at how important it really is.

Northern Arizona University

Participant in Osaka / Kobe, Japan


Japan Study Abroad Programs

  • Capital: Tokyo
  • Official Language: Japanese
  • Currency: Japanese yen (JPY)

Japan is known historically as “the Land of the Rising Sun,” as symbolized by its flag. It has an intriguing social and political history, with Chinese influences found in the prevalent Buddhism, government structure, and written language. As the country evolved, its emperor system was compromised by the reign of Shoguns until Emperor Meiji was able to regain control in the late 1800s. Since then, Japan has prospered, adopted democracy, and developed into one of the world's leading powers.

Japan consists of four main islands—Honshu, Hokkaido, Shikoku, and Kyushu—and thousands of smaller islands. Throughout the islands, all four seasons are enjoyed with warm, humid summers and mild winters. The western side of the island is usually colder than the eastern (Pacific) side. On Hokkaido Island and in northern Honshu Island winters can be quite cold, whereas in the south a more tropical climate prevails.

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