The Associated Kyoto Program is designed for those who don’t just want to study in Japan—they want to live in it. From rich elective courses taught by distinguished faculty to weekly practica on Japanese culture; from eye-opening field trips around Kyoto to the comfort of a host family’s house, every part of the AKP experience is designed to allow you to live in Japan not as merely a traveler, but as an insider. Click here to apply to AKP!
"I used my Cultural Activities Grant mostly to pay for dance classes, as well as to go to the occasional temple. I think being able to enter the dance community here in Japan has really helped me to settle in, and feel that I am a part of something here."
- Celia Langford (Whitman College), 2017-18 AKPer
"I think I have become more independent and confident to travel alone while on AKP. I used to be afraid to go on a trip by myself, especially in a foreign country, but as my language skills have improved I have gained more confidence, and realized that I am capable of a lot more than I once thought."
- Eva Olson (Smith College), 2017-18 AKPer
"My host parents don't speak English, so living with them has really helped me improve. It was hard to communicate well at first, but we understood each other, and my Japanese improved rapidly after the first week!"
- Andrew Nguy (Pomona College), Fall 2017 AKPer

Kyoto Office Closed 8/13 – 8/17

The Kyoto Office will be closed from August 13th until August 17th for the Obon holidays. They will reopen on Monday, August 20th. All inquiries may be sent to our U.S. Office at Pomona College.

What is Obon? Obon is the Japanese Buddhist custom of returning to the family home to pay respects to one’s ancestors. Traditionally, Obon is a time to visit relatives and to hang lanterns in front of your house to welcome the spirits of your ancestors. In the Arashiyama area of Kyoto, there is a beautiful floating lantern festival to mark the end of Obon. The lanterns serve to guide the spirits back into their world.

Happy Engagement!

2010-11 AKPer Hannah Pepin (Smith College) stopped by the AKP Office with her fiance! They only recently got engaged, and will be spending the summer in Kyoto.

The happy couple posing with Kyoto resident and AKP alum Stein-san (left)


Tohoku University Project

2014-15 AKPer Hannah Horner (Whitman College) visited the Kyoto Office!

She is working on her doctorate at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. This summer, she was able to secure grant money to do a math research project at Tohoku University.

After eating a nostalgic lunch at Doshisha’s Meitokukan cafeteria, she posed for a photo in front of her old Japanese classroom.