The University of Tokyo

The University of Tokyo, a public research university located in Bunkyo, Tokyo, was founded in 1877 by the Meiji government through the merging of Tokyo Kaisei School and Tokyo Medical School.

Academic Programming

Academic sessions are led by prominent professors at the University of Tokyo as well as Japanese government officials.

Cultural Activities

Activities in years past have included tours of the Imperial Palace Gardens, visits to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, tea parties with Caroline Kennedy, night views from Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree, and excursions to religious sities like Meiji Jungu shrine and Senso-ji temple.

Social Events

Social events include homestay with local Japanese families, shopping in Shibuya and Harajuku, eating sushi at Tsukiji fish market, and going to a traditional Japanese bath house called onsen.

I joined HCAP because of the opportunity that it availed to its members to travel to Asia and experience diverse cultures. I specifically wanted to travel to Japan because I had been exposed to Japanese culture while in Kenya through anime and manga. I therefore travelled to Tokyo with HCAP during my freshman spring and I had an amazing experience- from eating delicious Japanese ramen to riding on a fast bullet train from Tokyo to Osaka. From visiting a sauna for a relaxing bath to visiting a Japanese fox temple, I found the experience culturally immersive and I reveled in it.
Billy Koech, Harvard '20
Tokyo, March 2017