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Tokyo, Japan

Student Life and Cultural Enrichment

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Student organizations

Becoming involved in campus life provides an excellent way to make Japanese and international friends outside of the classroom. Active student clubs vary by semester and have included:

  • Anime
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Break Dance
  • Futsal
  • Hip Hop
  • Mixed Martial Arts
  • Soccer
  • Videogaming

The student lounge is an exciting space where students often socialize, and is also home to the student government.


To enhance understanding of Japanese culture, Temple Japan organizes optional field trips and excursions each fall, spring and summer semester, showcasing the wide variety of offerings of Tokyo and Japan.

In any given semester, field trips within Tokyo may include:

  • Imperial Palace
  • Japanese festivals
  • museums
  • sporting events (sumo, baseball, soccer)
  • theater performances

Day trips and overnight or weekend outings allow students to experience the regional diversity of Japan. Destinations vary by semester, but have included places such as:

  • Kamakura
  • Yokohama
  • Kyoto
  • Nikko
  • Hakone
  • Sapporo
  • Osaka
  • Chiba

Students are responsible for travel, meals and lodging costs, but every effort is made to ensure that these excursions are as affordable as possible. 

Read more about excursions and student activities at Temple Japan.

Cultural activities

Social mixer events at Temple Japan help to facilitate social interaction, as well as language and cultural exchanges between Japanese and international students. Through these opportunities you can meet new friends and interact socially while learning about other countries.

Temple Japan also organizes special cultural workshops on traditional Japanese arts. Past workshops have introduced students to ikebana, calligraphy, tea ceremony, koto and archery.

Community engagement

Become involved in the local community by volunteering in Tokyo. You may participate in a variety of volunteer activities organized through Temple Japan's Community Relations Department in collaboration with Tokyo’s Minato Ward, the ward in which Temple Japan is located. Opportunities have included:

  • assisting at city festivals
  • participating at cultural exchange events for local children
  • volunteering at an after-school program for elementary school children
  • participating in neighborhood clean-up efforts