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Japan Language and Culture

Price $1525 2 Weeks +
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Japan Language and Culture

$1525 per person

Say ‘hai’ はい to the adventure of a lifetime in one of the most incredible travel destinations on the planet! There is no better way to experience Japan than to work in Japan from Canada and immerse yourself in the Japanese language.

We have collaborated with an amazing school in Tokyo, Genki Japanese Language and Culture School (GenkiJACs), to offer the Japan Language and Culture program.


Not a kanji expert? No problem! All skill levels, even the most basic beginners, are welcome. With a focus on small class sizes and one-on-one language development, you are bound to surprise yourself with the progress you make! Language classes are taught by expert instructors in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The small class sizes (maximum 7-8 students per class but averaging around 4) allow for personalized instruction and more opportunities to practice with your teacher. With all the hands-on help, you’ll see your skills develop at bullet train speeds! Get ready to wow locals as you navigate your way through Japan.


Conversational classes are divided into various levels, ranging from complete beginner to advanced, so there is something for everyone. Classes will show you essential communication techniques in structured lessons with a teacher, inside and outside the classroom. Studying Japanese in Japan also means you will have the opportunity to practice what you learn in real-world scenarios on a daily basis. If you are a beginner, you will practice useful everyday dialogues, such as asking for directions and shopping, so you can get the most out of time as you work in Japan from Canada.


Want to put all that you’ve learned to good use? If you’re up for an exciting challenge that will make your time in Japan even more memorable, add on our optional working holiday visa package. You will gain a solid foundation during your 2–4-week language and culture program and then spend another 6 months to a year building your language skills while you work and travel in Japan! SWAP will help you secure your visa, a bank account, phone, accommodation, work, and more. Let us figure out the complicated logistics so you can spend more time sipping sake and taking in the beautiful views as you work and travel in Japan!

2 Weeks +
16+ Age
  • Departure
    Please arrive by 9:15 AM for a prompt departure at 9:30 AM.
  • Departure Time
    Approximately 8:30 PM.
  • Dress Code
    Casual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat and warm jacket.
Japan + Language and Culture
Thinking about taking the leap?
International travel is not without rules. Check these conditions to see if you qualify.
Age: Canadians ages 18+

Nationality: These adventures are open to Canadians only.

Criminal Check: Must have no criminal record.

Health Insurance: Health insurance is required for the duration of your stay.

Registration Timeline: You should be able to travel approximately 8 weeks after you start the application process with us. Do not make travel or accommodation arrangements until your program coordinator lets you know that everything is good to go.

Duration: 2-4 weeks

Start Date: You can start at any time of the year!
What's Included?
  • 2 or 4 weeks of Japanese language classes taught by bilingual English/Japanese teachers
  • Private room accommodation at a guesthouse in Tokyo near the school for the duration of your course
  • Friendly and supportive staff and teachers to get you familiarized with Tokyo and support you for your entire stay in Japan
  • All textbooks and registration materials for school
  • A welcome package collected on first day of your language course
  • Your GO SWAP Kit full of pre-departure information, which you'll receive before you go
  • 24/7 emergency phone number
  • Use of computers and internet
Optional: add on our working holiday visa package for another 6 months to one year of work and travel in Japan!
Working and living in Japan with SWAP is easy!  Feel free to contact us with any questions you have as you get ready to take the first step.
Step 1: Make sure you’re eligible to apply.

Step 2: When you're ready to move forward, sign up here.

Step 3: SWAP confirms your registration and welcomes you to the program, sending you your course booking form, and welcome guide.

Step 4: You send us back your course booking form and then we confirm your course start date and recommend you book your f lights and purchase your insurance.

Step 5: Once you send us your flight details, we’ll work on booking your accommodation for the duration of your course.

Step 6: If you’d like to stay in Japan to work beyond your courses, this is when we’ll help you get your visa.

Step 7: Once your course, visa (optional), and your accommodation are booked, we’ll send your pre-departure guide for you to review.

Step 8: You arrive in Tokyo and have the best time of your life learning a new language and exploring beautiful Japan!

*Don’t forget to budget for your flight, health insurance, and your required savings.
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