Tour modern metropolis and ancient villages on a cultural and artistic pilgrimage
InspirationalOpportunity to be inspired and amazed at the centuries-old history that you will encounter
CoursesHands-on art courses in deep-rooted artistic traditions
Summer-only program offers unique 3-week option
AuthenticExperience hidden pockets of an ancient society
PhotosEarn credits by taking photos of a colorful island nation
TravelStudents spend most of the program in the world famous city of Kyoto, but also venture to central Honshu to enhance their academics and cultural experience.
Visit villages surrounding Kyoto to get to know rural and urban Japanese culture.
The program takes place during this annual festival where street celebrations abound.
Going with a small group, your experience will be personalized, with one of your primary group leaders being a native of Japan.
You will have double-room accommodations in a furnished house.
You will stay with fellow students in a comfortable house with a good location.
Culturally RichClasses expose students to the traditional and contemporary spirit of Japan
Majority of the instruction takes place during the excursions by experienced teachers and artists
Students take courses designed to give insight into the history and significance of classical Japan as well as exposing them to the aesthetic beauty of this unique country
This school is closely aligned with Athena's personalized mission. Class sizes are small (typically 10 students or less)
You will have the opportunity to experience an annual Japanese street celebration
This summer program incorporates signifant travel and exposure to many aspects of Japanese culture
Japan ExpertThe Athena/HISA Kyoto program coordinator is a native of Japan, thus all participants have the added benefit of her intimate knowledge and access to this tight-knit culture
Athena's Kyoto program is one of the most unique programs available, and you will not find another program like this, especially for the price.
This program is offered during a three-week span in the summer. The program enrollment is limited so students are suggested to apply early, as admissions are on a rolling basis.