The May Term provides an opportunity to visit Japan during a time of favorable weather before the monsoon season, and is particularly appropriate as a pre-thesis tour prior to students’ final year of studies. This 3 credit course requires an administration fee but no tuition, and the credits may be applied to reduce students’ final semester credit load. The 2014 M-Term trip will occur between May 27 and June 15, 2014.
Register online for the 2014 May Term to Japan here (no payment is required for initial registration).
The trip cost will vary based on the group size, currency exchange rate, and airfare pricing.
Includes: housing, group meals, LAC support, administration fee, international health insurance
For 16 students: $2,800
For 8 students: $3,700
Estimated additional expenses (not included)
Japan rail pass* (required) plus other ground transportation: $500
Daily meals: $500
Visa fees: (depends on nationality; $0 for U.S. citizens)
Estimated total for 16 students: $5,150
Estimated total for 8 students: $6,050
*You must purchase a Japan Rail Pass voucher prior to departing the U.S.
You may purchase a voucher online here.
The following is a preliminary schedule, and is subject to change based on student preference and instructor discretion.
Depart from U.S. (or other origin)
Arrival in Tokyo, travel to hotel, dinner
Tour: Tsukiji, Tsukuda, Ginza, Yurakucho
Studio + project assignments
Tour: TUS Noda, Kitasenju
Welcome dinner with TUS students
Studio Tour: Shinjuku, Yoyogi, Harajuku
Tour: Shibuya, Omotesando, Aoyama
Studio site work (on your own): Site documentation and analysis
Studio @ TUS: Develop early design strategies
Studio @ TUS: Design development
Studio working day (on your own): Final design work
Final Review, dinner with TUS students
Tour: Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architecture Museum
Activate Japan Rail Passes, depart for Kyoto
Kyoto / Osaka / Nara
Kyoto to Naoshima
Naoshima to Takamatsu
Takamatsu to Matsuyama
Matsuyama to Hiroshima / Miyajima
Hiroshima to Tokyo
Depart Japan, return home (based on your schedule)