University of Minnesota students at Miyajima

University of Minnesota students at Miyajima

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).

Estimated Expenses

The trip cost will vary based on the group size, currency exchange rate, and airfare pricing.

Program Fee
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)
Airfare $1,200
Japan rail pass* (required) plus other ground transportation: $500
Daily meals: $500
Miscellaneous: $150
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.

Tokyo Studio and Tour
Click here for a detailed itinerary.

5.26 M
Depart from U.S. (or other origin)

5.27 T
Arrival in Tokyo, travel to hotel, dinner

5.28 W
Course introduction
Tour: Tsukiji, Tsukuda, Ginza, Yurakucho

5.29 Th
Studio + project assignments
Tour: TUS Noda, Kitasenju
Welcome dinner with TUS students

5.30 F
Studio Tour: Shinjuku, Yoyogi, Harajuku

5.31 S
Tour: Shibuya, Omotesando, Aoyama

6.01 Su
Studio site work (on your own): Site documentation and analysis

6.02 M
Studio @ TUS: Develop early design strategies

6.03 T
Studio @ TUS: Design development

6.04 W
Studio working day (on your own): Final design work

6.05 Th
Final Review, dinner with TUS students

6.06 F
Free day

6.07 S
Tour: Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architecture Museum

Japan Rail Tour
Click here for a detailed itinerary.

6.08 Su
Activate Japan Rail Passes, depart for Kyoto

6.09 M
Kyoto / Osaka / Nara

6.10 T
Kyoto to Naoshima

6.11 W
Naoshima to Takamatsu

6.12 Th
Takamatsu to Matsuyama

6.13 F
Matsuyama to Hiroshima / Miyajima

6.14 S
Hiroshima to Tokyo

6.15 Su
Depart Japan, return home (based on your schedule)


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