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Summer Sessions:  New this summer, the Global Learning Hub will be offering two one-unit Summer Session courses on global learning.
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Design Japan


During the program, you will stay in double rooms centrally located close to museums, restaurants, and public transportation in Tokyo and Kyoto.

UC Davis reserves the right to change the accommodation location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange alternative lodging. Please note that elevators, air conditioners and other modern conveniences may not be available in all locations.


During the program, breakfast is included with your accommodations. There are three lunches included during field trips. For the most part, students are on their own for lunches and dinners. You may decide to purchase groceries at the local market on your own or visit nearby restaurants to enjoy regional dishes.

In addition to a welcome meal at the beginning of the program in Tokyo to help you get to know your instructor and classmates, a farewell dinner at the end of the program in Kyoto will give you an opportunity to say goodbye before continuing your travels or returning home.

Excursions and Day Trips

Week One & Two – Tokyo

  • Archi-Depot
  • Omotesando/Harajuku/Cat Café
  • Material Connexion
  • Tokyo City
  • Glicopia Factory Tour
  • Yokohama Ramen Museum – dine together after the museum tour
  • Shibuya/Hachiko
  • Tokyo Disney Sea

Week Three & Four – Kyoto

  • Todaiji/Buddha’s Nostril/Deer Park
  • Kiyomizudera
  • Dotonbori/Takoyaki Museum
  • Blue Dye Workshop
  • Seki Sword Museum
  • Arashiyama
  • Miyajima
  • Kinkakuji
  • Himeji Castle

Get to Know Your Destination

Lonely Planet Japan:

"Japan is richly endowed with natural beauty of mountains, trees, rivers, lakes and seas. It is also known as one of the most developed countries in the world for its industries, cutting edge technology, modern fashion, and entertainment and animation. At the same time, Japan is a treasury of traditional culture, architecture, arts, with 11 World Heritage sites. Food is one of the great pleasures of traveling in Japan: from its own culinary history as well as making international cuisines distinctly their own. Japan is a very safe country to visit and for ease of travel with advanced international telecommunication, and an extensive transportation network. When you are seeking for information in a town, you will find little difficulty finding someone to help you in English. Some people may not be fluent, or may be shy at first, but you will soon notice people’s friendliness and willingness to communicate." - Edited from an article from JNTO, Why Visit Japan?

Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk

Participation in this UC Davis Study Abroad program requires travel to and extended living in a foreign location(s) abroad. UC Davis Study Abroad endeavors to reduce and mitigate risk wherever possible.  However, the environments and risks associated with living in these locations are substantially different than those found during a regular course of study at UC Davis. All participants must download and review the following information prior to departure. Any questions should be directed to the Program Coordinator.

Study Abroad General Risk Advisory

Program Specific Risk Advisories (PDF)

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