Innovation and Excellence in Japan

Sustainable Development Goals in Action

Program Overview

Japan, or “The Land of the Rising Sun,” is a country spread over 6,000 islands that harnesses innovation in ways that are rooted in its unique culture. Japan’s innovation in technology ranges from bullet trains to QR codes to the emojis we all use today. Japan is the world’s number one producer of industrial robots, accounting for 45% of global supply. Japan is focusing on innovation to promote growth as its population is in decline. Japan’s philosophies of kaizen (continuous incremental improvement) and omotenashi (wholehearted hospitality) are concepts that are at the heart of its innovative culture.

This program will focus on understanding Japan’s relentless drive for excellence and how ideas of continual improvement and selfless service are applied to promote innovation in Japan. Students will be provided with the opportunity to witness firsthand the way Japanese companies innovate and produce world-class technologies. Meetings with industry leaders and experts and visits to innovation hubs will enable students to observe Japan’s approach to excellence and innovation. Culturally immersive activities focusing on both traditional and modern Japan, including anime, baseball, sumo wrestling, music, tea ceremonies, riding the bullet train, and Japanese dining, will provide a context within which to enjoy and learn from the Japanese way of life.

Key Program Elements

  • Visit company centers and innovation promoters to explore technology and innovation.
  • Meet companies at the heart of Japan’s robotic revolution.
  • Interact with organizations and faculty and students at business schools to understand aspects of business culture that influence innovation in Japan.
  • Visit cultural and historical sites to explore the modern and traditional aspects of Japan.
  • Visit places to learn about Japan’s anime, observe Taiko drumming.
  • Understand the lessons tea ceremony holds for business through interactions with organizations and participation in a Japanese tea ceremony.
  • Experience innovative art culture in museums.

Suitable Disciplines



Industrial & Labor Relations


Non-Profit Management

International Relations


Featured Cultural Experiences

Gonpachi Nishi-Azabu Japan

Gonpachi Nishi-Azabu


Asakusa Sensoji Temple

Tokyo Sky Tree Japan

Tokyo Sky Tree

Ginza, Tokyo’s Iconic District Japan

Ginza, Tokyo’s Iconic District

Shibuya Crossing Japan

Shibuya Crossing

Nagoya Castle Japan

Nagoya Castle

Toyota Kaikan Museum Japan

Toyota Kaikan (Optional)

TeamLab Borderless in Toyosu Japan

TeamLab Borderless in Toyosu

Yakatabune Cruise Ride Japan

Yakatabune Cruise Ride

Active Learning Models

Collaborative Learning

Students are grouped into 3-6 per team; teams are assigned a topic to research, which they present to the rest of the group. Some recommended topics include:

  • About the country: present before departure.
  • About the city: present upon arrival, right after orientation & safety briefing.
  • About individual visits: present before visiting the person/organization.

Problem-Based Learning

Students are grouped into 3-6 per team; each team is presented with a challenge question, identified either by the faculty or by the organizations visited; teams do research and present findings to an audience (including organization if the question was from them).


Day 1: Arrival & Hotel Check-in

Arrival in Tokyo and check-in at hotel (on own)
Free time to acclimatize to city

Day 2: Company Visits + Free Evening + Welcome Dinner

Morning: Company visits; free evening
Evening: Welcome Dinner

Day 3: Company Visits + Free Evening

Company visits followed by free evening

Day 4: Free Day

Free day in Tokyo

Day 5: Cultural Immersion in Tokyo

Full day cultural immersion in Tokyo

Days 6: Nagoya Trip + Company Visits + Cultural Immersion

Day Trip to Nagoya, company visits and half-day cultural immersion

Day 7 to 8: Company Visits + Free Evening in Tokyo

Company visits followed by free evening in Tokyo

Day 9: Company Visit + Cultural Immersion + Farewell Dinner

  • Morning: Company Visit
  • Afternoon: Cultural Immersion
  • Evening: Farewell Dinner

Day 10: Departure

Check-out from hotel; transfer to hotel (on own)

Pricing & Inclusions


(Twin-sharing for students and single-occupancy for faculty and staff; based on a group size of 20+2)

*Please note that the cost of our programs may vary depending upon several factors, including but not limited to the size of the group, program inclusions, the number of program days and more. Kindly contact us for a customized quote that suits your specific requirements.

  • AC Coach for business meetings, tours and group meals as per schedule (incl. taxes, tolls,
    parking, 2 water bottles/day/person)
  • Return Bullet train tickets (Tokyo-Nagoya-Tokyo)

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