JOE 2018 (Possible Changes to Come)

Day Date Activity
1 Sunday

23 Sept

Meeting time 06:00  

Brisbane International Airport

QF61 BNE to NRT 9:35

Arrive at Narita 17:55

Settle in at Tobu Narita Hotel  Supper at Hotel.

2 Monday

24 Sept

Exchange JR Rail Passes; travel from Narita Station to Shinagawa then on Shinkansen to Kyoto. Check-in, explore Kyoto Station district. Dinner at Japanese restaurant Maruyama. (Kaiseki ryori).  Stay at the New Miyako Hotel.
3 Tuesday

25 Sept

Morning sightseeing in The city of Nara. Lunch then Afternoon sight seeing Kinkaku – ji Temple, Explore Nijo – jo Castle;   and Visit Gion District & Gion Corner  Dinner as you like it!             Return to New Miyako Hotel.
4 Wednesday

26 Sept

Late morning visit to Fushimi Inari Jinja. Return to Kyoto Station and central area for the Nishiki Markets;  Special show; GEAR  Dinner at Aeon MallStay at the New Miyako Hotel..
5 Thursday

27 Sept

Prepare Luggage for Takubin; Send bags onto Sister School.  Depart for Himeiji Jo – Climb Castle visit Koko En Gardens have picnic lunch. Travel by Shinkansen to Hiroshima. After dinner special treat; night cruise to the Torii Gate   Stay at the Aki Grand Hotel Hiroshima
6 Friday

28 Sept

Full day sightseeing; will travel by ferry to Miyajima &  the Itsukushima Shrine. Climb Mt Misen, catch the Ropeway down. Return by ferry to Aki Grand Hotel.
7 Saturday

29 Sept

Up early to visit the Peace Museum. Travel to Nagoya by Shinkansen then onto Minokamo arrive in the late afternoon at Mino Ota Station, picked up by school bus and then settle into the Dormitory at Minokamo School
8 Sunday

30 Sept

Attend Local Church then visit Showa Mura, a re-created village that celebrates the Showa period of Japanese history. Local sightseeing & shopping/rest at Dormitory.
9 Monday

1 Oct

First day for students at Minokamo School, a special Welcome Assembly is held for the team. Visit the Mayor of Minokamo. (Schedule Changeable) Orientation; Students meet with host families and start home stay.
10 Tuesday

2 Oct

 Students attend class, visit with buddies, Japanese lessons. JUDO Experience
Home Stay Schedule Changeable)
11 Wednesday

3 Oct

Students attend class with buddies, Japanese lessons. CHADOU Japanese Tea Experience; Home Stay (Schedule Changeable)


4 Oct

 TAIKUSAI(体育祭) Full Day Sports Festival. KENDO Experience. Home Stay (Schedule Changeable)
13 Friday

5 Oct

Students attend class, visit with buddies, Sayonara Party; Home Stay (Schedule Changeable)


6 Oct

 Free with Host Families.
15 Sunday

7 Oct

Free with Host Families.


8 Oct

Depart Minokamo by private coach. Travel to Gujo Hachiman visit Food Art factory. Sightseeing at Shirakawa Go . Travel to Matsumoto. Stay at Ryokan – Hotel Tsukino Shizuka .


9 Oct

Visit Matsumoto Castle.  Travel to the Hakone region. Drive up Mt Fuji to the 5th Station  Hakone Open Air Museum; Travel to Lake Kawaguchi Ko. Visit  Pampas Grass fields for a short hike. Accommodation in Hotel Mount View, Hakone
18 Wednesday

10 Oct

Sightseeing; Ashinoko Lake CruiseAncient cedar tree path,  Hakone Sekisho (Checkpoint) Visit Owakudani; Travel to Tokyo. Visit to Sensō-ji –  Asakusa    Dinner.  Night visit to  Sky Tree.  Accommodation in Shinagawa at  Keikyu Ex Inn Hotel.
19 Thursday

11 Oct

A full day sightseeing in Disneysea or Disneyland. We will stay until the end to view the electric lights parade & fireworks! Travel back to Shinagawa Tokyo to our Hotel, Keikyu Ex Inn Hotel
20 Friday

12 Oct

Sightseeing  in Tokyo; Special New Event- Mori Digital Museum;  Lunch on Odaiba Himiko River Cruise ;   Travel to Narita   Airport, (16:00 – Check-in luggage, refreshments at the Narita Airport Terminal 2) 

QF 62 NRT to BNE 19:55

21 Saturday

13 Oct

Parents to collect students from Brisbane International Airport. Arrival 05:55



  1. Hi Learna,
    This is Vrishin’s Dad.
    We are all very excited for wonderful journey planned and look forward to all the updates on the blog site.

  2. Hi Rachel, I hope you are enjoying your school lessons. It looks like lots of fun from what we can see in the photos. Have a great day off with your host family tomorrow. xxx

      1. Hi Kyeria – it is great to hear that you are having so much fun. Can’t wait to see all your photos. Take care – love from Dad, Mom, Ryan and Sky.

  3. The itinerary looks amazing! Some new experiences this time (different from 2012). The art/samurai activity in Kyoto and the food art place would be interesting. The kids are going to need a week to recover!

    1. Hi Claire…thank you for bringing that to my attention…I sent out an email and changed the time in the students survival manual for drop off to be between 4:30 to 4:45 sharp… I’ll change it on the blog! Regards

  4. The itinerary sounds amazing! Everyone is going to have a blast!
    Learna you have done an amazing job!
    Wishing the team all the best, Alicia will have a blast, just like I did back in the day 🙂

    PS I’ll book my ticket now 😛 haha!

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