Logistics

Bring a camera, comfortable clothes and walking shoes... We have a full schedule, with free time to enjoy personal explorations as well. Kyoto is easy to get around, and safe.

The program schedule is mainly lectures in the morning, with lunch on campus before a related field-trip in the afternoon. Evenings are mostly free.

Accommodation

Participants will stay in a basic but comfortable dorm, located beside KSU’s campus, conveniently served by Seika’s shuttle buses to/from the nearby subway, also by Kyoto bus and Eizan railway (Kurama line). Breakfast, lunches and evening meals will be available from KSU’s cafeteria, at very reasonable prices, with a well-stocked convenience store in the same building. One night will be spent at the historic Ninnaji temple, in northwest Kyoto, with a special dinner and breakfast also included.

Access

Fly in and out via Kansai International Airport, on Osaka Bay

Kansai International Airport (KIX), sited on an artificial island in Osaka Bay and designed by architect Renzo Piano, is the nearest and most commonly-used air destination for visitors to Kyoto, with easy train or shuttle van connections, via Osaka, Japan’s second-largest metropolitan area.

JR Haruka Express: 75 minutes to Kyoto Station

Limousine Bus: 90 minutes to Kyoto Station

Yasaka Taxi Shuttle: approx. 2 hours KIX to dorm

Weather

Kyoto in July is in the later stage of its rainy season; early summer. Humidity is high. You will need an umbrella and rain jacket.

FAQ

Application

---- Who can apply?

The program is open to students and graduates with particular interest in Japanese culture, first from Seika’s partner art & design schools, but also from other institutions worldwide. We expect to have up to 20 participants.

---- Is there an age limit?

In principle, applicants should have already graduated from high school, or expect to soon. There is no strict upper age limit.

---- What is the total cost of the program?

The program itself costs 120,000 yen, including dorm accommodation and local field trip transportation, entry fees, and some meals. Participants are responsible for international travel, transportation between the airport and dorm on arrival and departure, also for taking out their own travel insurance if required — and of course, personal expenses including transportation etc. on free days. Basic personal expenses (meals, drinks, additional transportation) will probably cost an additional 25-30,000 yen.

---- When will application results be announced?

Applicants will be notified by May 8.

---- When do I have to pay?

By May 22. This will allow us to confirm participation, and participants to make their travel reservations in advance.

Program

---- Can I receive credit?

Kyoto Inspiration is an extracurricular program, so we can’t directly confer academic credit. We will provide a Certificate of Completion, and if you need to certify the content of the program for independent study requirements we will provide a transcript based on evaluation of a presentation and essay.

---- Do I need to speak Japanese?

Almost all lectures will be in English, and when necessary (for example on some field trips), translation from Japanese will be provided. In your free time, you’ll find it’s quite easy to get around Kyoto with a very basic “survival Japanese” vocabulary.

---- What kind of support will be provided?

Seika prepares local maps and a bus/subway guide (in English) and on- and off-campus information, with a detailed day-by-day schedule in a comprehensive program clear-book. All program field trips will be accompanied by a coordinator. We will also give advice on places to go and things to do in free time. We aim to make this whole program a truly illuminating and memorable Kyoto experience!

Arrival

---- Do I need a visa?

Many countries have a visa exemption agreement with Japan, allowing visits of up to 90 days. Check here. We will assist accredited students of our partner institutions to obtain the necessary visa if one is required.

---- Does Kyoto have an airport?

No, it doesn’t. The closest international airport is Kansai (KIX), in Osaka Bay.

---- How do I get to the dorm?

The simplest way is to prebook a shuttle van direct to the dorm. Or take the Haruka express or “limousine” bus to Kyoto Station, and then subway up to Iwakura (Kokusai-kaikan Station), then bus or taxi. Check our Access page, scroll down more details.

---- Can I arrive via Tokyo or Nagoya?

Yes, if you prefer. But with the additional transportation costs, you won’t save money.

Details of travel options from Nagoya are here.

Details of travel options from Tokyo are here.

---- When is check-in?

Please plan to check in in the afternoon or evening of Sunday June 30th. The program will begin from 9am on Monday July 1st.

Dorm

---- Where will I stay?

Included in the program fee is accommodation at our group dorm, the Dohokan. 
Plus one night only at Ninna-ji Temple’s Omuro Kaikan, for a very special experience.

Ninna-ji

---- Are Seika’s dorm rooms shared?

Yes, most rooms are triples. We have only two single room.

---- Is wi-fi available in the dorms?

Yes, unlimited.

---- When is checkout?

On the morning of Sun July 14th - or Thu 18th if preferred (to stay on for the Gion Festival; additional rent will be charged).

---- If I want to stay on, how much is the additional dorm charge?

Just 1,000 yen per night — way cheaper than a hotel or even a backpacker’s hostel!

Seika

---- Where is Kyoto Seika University’s campus?

Seika is located in a valley in the green northern hills of Kyoto.

---- What transportation is available?

We have a free regular shuttle bus to Kokusai-kaikan, the northern terminus of the north/south Karasuma Line subway (about 8 minutes away) on weekdays and Saturdays. We also have our own station on the Eiden Kurama line, and a Kyoto bus route runs past the university. Central downtown is about a 15-minute ride from Kokusai-kaikan. Access

---- What facilities are available on campus?

Our coffee-lounge/bakery is open from 8:30am through 5pm, and our cafeteria from 10:30am to 8pm. In addition to active Art/Design/Manga studios and classrooms, we have two Family Mart convenience stores, a well-stocked art supplies store, an on-campus gallery, and a first-aid clinic. We also have a restaurant (Reata) just off-campus. And if you play keyboards, we have a grand piano available for practice in the cafeteria building. We also have bamboo forest, peacocks, some deer, and occasional cute wild monkeys.
More here

Further questions?

Please don’t hesitate to contact us:

Kyoto Seika University International Education Center

Ken Rodgers

ksuinted@kyoto-seika.ac.jp