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October 21, 2010

Cowley College offers summer study tour to Japan


JapanThe Anthropology Program and Social Science Department at Cowley College are sponsoring an 11-day tour of Japan in June 2011. This tour is available to all students, faculty and staff of the college, as well as the general public.

“We are very excited to have this opportunity,” Chris Mayer, anthropology instructor said. and tour group leader. “Try as you might, you just can’t fit the whole world into a classroom. Learning about other countries and cultures requires travel.”

The idea for the trip began with Cowley’s anthropology students, who picked Japan as the destination.
Students can earn 3 hours of college credit by also enrolling in a summer course. The tour will be limited to 40 participants. Mayer will host several informational sessions over the coming weeks for those interested in the tour. The college expects the tour will fill very quickly.

“If someone is interested, I would urge them to enroll sooner rather than later,” Mayer said.

The tour includes Tokyo and Kyoto, and the Hakone Lake and state park. Participants will visit many famous sites such as the Imperial Palace and Harajuku shopping district in Tokyo, Nijo Castle and the Gold Pavilion in Kyoto, and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Day trips will take participants to many other historical and cultural sites, but there will be ample free time to explore on your own.

The tour package includes breakfast and dinner daily, guided tours and ground transportation, including travel by bullet train.  Accommodations will be in tourist hotels with private bathrooms, except for one night spent in a ryokan, a traditional Japanese roadside inn. The 11-day tour departs from Wichita on June 15, 2011

The tour is presented in association with EF College Study Tours, a company with 45 years of experience in international student travel. The web site for the tour is