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

Happy Holidays!

The AKP U.S. Office will be closed from December 21st to January 2nd for Winter Break and will be operating in a limited capacity during the week of January 6th. All calls and emails will be returned no later than the week of January 13th.

The AKP Kyoto Office will be closed from December 25th to January 5th. The Resident Director will be available 24 hours a day via cell phone in case of a student emergency.

Wishing you a happy holidays and a wonderful start to the Year of the Rat!

My Favorite Kyoto – Fall 2019


At the end of every semester, AKPers submit photos that best enapsulate what they loved about Kyoto and their time there! Check out all of the Fall 2019 cohort’s photos, as well as the stories they wrote in Japanese, on the AKP Japanese Language Program blog.

AKP Fall Break 2019

What do AKPers do during their Fall Break? Travel, of course! ✈️

Chavia Liu traveled to the Benessee Museum and Ritsurin Garden. On Naoshima, she had a chance to see one of Yayoi Kusama’s famous “Yellow Pumpkin”s. At Ritsurin Garden, she enjoyed the garden view from a tatami room.

Andie Nakahira visited the Setouchi islands including Naoshima, Awashima, Ogijima, Megijima, and Honjima to enjoy the Art Setouchi Exhibits. She shared photos of two pieces: the “Captain’s Hut” by Soko Labo, which is a captain’s hut decorated with colorful waste from the sea, and “Bottom Sky” by Alexander Ponomarev, which is meant to reflect how the ship seems to be made from sand.

Mikaela Nishida went to Ine-cho with her host mother, where they rode on a boat, took a walking tour of the village and the Ine no Funaya houses, and visited an onsen in the mountains. “It was a very fun and beautiful day,” she shared.

Jordynn West and her host family stayed at a wonderful hotel in Nagano, where Jordynn was able to see Mount Fuji thanks to the good weather!