Destination – Japan

With No Barriers Youth

Japan is a stunning nation, home to 23 World Heritage Sites as of July 2019. An impressive 66% of Japan is forest, resulting in the majority of Japanese people living in densely-populated urban centers. Japan is a very culturally, ethnically, and linguistically homogeneous country, with 98.5% of its population identifying as ethnically Japanese. Its geographic location as an island, combined with its closed-country policy from the mid 17th century until the mid 19th century, are both major factors of this homogeneity. Japan is a country known for its scientific and technological advances, efficiency, cleanliness, and is a must-see destination!

No Barriers Youth offers an enriching experience for learning about Japan’s incredible cultural history. Students will explore the Atomic Bomb museum to learn about the traumatic results of WWII. Students will get to explore the impressive bustling urban centers and also spend time in the majestic rural countryside. See sacred temples, explore the Golden Pavilion, experience high speed travel on the famous Shinkansen bullet trains and then relax in a traditional Japanese hot spring.

In Japan, participants can also:


  • Visit the Kyoto Disaster Prevention Center to explore the many hands-on exhibits which allow guests to experience typhoons, earthquakes, and fires.
  • Take part in a Take-zaiku Bamboo workshop, and a Shittoi Grass Weaving workshop.
  • Practice Zazen Meditation under the guidance of Gojun-san, the young priest of the temple.
  • Take a short hike in Kumano Magaibutsu to the 1,000 year old Buddhist relief carvings on the side of a cliff.
  • Soak in traditional thermal hot springs.
  • Barter in a local market to find the perfect souvenir that captures your amazing experience in Japan.
  • Learn how to make your own Soba, thin noodles made from buckwheat flour.


No Barriers’ Japan Itinerary

March 2020 | Inquire for quote

Day 1, March 22 | Overnight Location: Travel Day

Morning / Afternoon: Depart Washington Dulles airport (IAD) on Nippon Airways NH #001 at 12:00 pm arriving at 3:15 pm to Narita international airport (NRT) the following day

Day 2, March 23 | Overnight Location: Hotel, Kyoto


  • Travel by airplane from Narita Airport (NRT) at 6:10pm on Nippon Airways, flight NH #2179 to
    Osaka, Japan (ITM), arriving at 7:40pm
  • Meet your Expedition Leader and Expert Local Guide
  • Transfer to hotel for dinner and an Opening Ceremony and Logistics Briefing

Day 3, March 24 | Overnight Location: Hotel, Kyoto


  • After breakfast, transfer to the Kyoto Disaster Prevention Center to explore the many
    hands-on exhibits which allow guests to experience typhoons, earthquakes, and fires.


  • Lunch near Yasaka Shrine
  • Afternoon visit to the Nishiki market and Teramachi for a chance to buy souvenirs or sample some local delicacies.


  • Dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Group discussion led by your NBY Expedition Leader, before bed.

Day 4, March 25 | Overnight Location: Hotel, Kyoto


  • After breakfast at our hotel, we first explore the Kyoto International Manga Museum to learn about manga comic books Japan is famed for
  • Then head to the Nijojo Castle


  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Tour the city of Kyoto starting with the Rokuon-ji and Ryoan-ji temples. Here you will get to explore the Golden Pavilion.


  • After dinner, enjoy free time or a group reflection.

Day 5, March 26 | Overnight Location: Hotel, Hiroshima


  • Early morning departure on the Shinkansen Bullet Train from Kyoto to Hiroshima.
  • After arriving to Hiroshima, spend the morning exploring the Atomic Bomb Dome, beside the
    blasts epicenter, to learn about the traumatic history of the area.
  • Then explore the Hiroshima Peace Museum and the Flame of Peace.


  • Lunch at a local restaurant.
  • From here we journey to Miyajima, an island in the Seto Inland Sea famed for its shrine built
    in the water.
  • Later, return back to Hiroshima for the evening.


  • After dinner, enjoy some free time or a group debrief of the day’s activities.

Day 6, March 27 | Overnight Location: Akane Onsen


  • After an early breakfast, depart by rail to Tokuyama to catch a ferry through Japan’s Inland Sea to the Kunisaki Peninsula. Eat lunch on ferry
  • Then transfer to a local community center to take part in a Take-zaiku Bamboo workshop, and a Shittoi Grass Weaving workshop.
  • Transfer to hotel and enjoy the Onsen thermal hot springs.
  • Before dinner, your local guide will lead a course on traditional japanese living and customs
    that will be important for the next few days.


  • Dinner and then free time before bed.

Day 7, March 28 | Overnight Location: Hotel, Ota


  • After breakfast, begin the day with a visit to Futago-ji, the most important temple in Kunisaki.
  • Then visit the Monjusenji temple for a guided meditation session
  • Lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Transfer to Ota, a quiet village deep in the Japanese countryside. Here students will work with
    Shiitake farmers – get ready to get your hands dirty!
  • After checking into your chalets for the night, enjoy a Soba Buckwheat Noodle workshop,
    where you will make your own dinner.
  • Participate in a taiko drumming workshop after dinner


  • Free time or group reflection time before bed.

Day 8, March 29 | Overnight Location: Hotel, Fukuoka


  • After breakfast, take a short drive to the towering Kumano Magaibutsu, where we will get to
    take a short hike to the 1,000 year old Buddhist relief carvings on the side of a cliff.
  • Then we set off by bus to the bustling Fukuoka.


  • Lunch at a local restaurant in Dazaifu.
  • Free time to shop in Dazaifu before continuing on to Fukuoka.


  • After checking into hotel, Closing Ceremony with your NBY Expedition Leader.
  • Dinner at a local restaurant and then head out partake in a Japanese favorite, Karaoke for a
    celebratory end to your journey.

Day 9, March 30 | Overnight Location: In flight or Home


  • Morning flight home from Fukuoka (FUK) at 7:20 am on Nippon Airways NH #2142, arriving to Narita (NRT) at 9:05 am


  • Connecting international flight from Narita (NRT) at 10:40 am to Washington, Dulles (IAD) at 10:15am on Nippon Airways, NH #002

Getting immersed in the culture of India and getting to know and love the children was the greatest. When the students would cling to me at the end of class, and tell me how much they enjoyed having me there was heartbreaking.

Rachel W., Student

There is so much life, happening all the time. It's crazy to think that, after only three weeks, I feel like I've become accustomed to so much of how the world move.

Saul S., Student

I just wanted to take a moment to formally thank you for another unbelievable and life changing trip. No Barriers Youth made it all possible and took the guesswork out of a potentially nerve wracking and complicated task.

Amanda W., Trip Leader

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

– Marcel Proust