JAPAN NAKASENDO FIELD STUDY
Follow the ancient roads of samauri through a handful of the sixty nine post towns along the old Nakasendo Way from Kyoto to Tokyo. Stay in local Japanese inns, eat authentic cuisine, and visit historic temples. Embrace a new culture and step back into history as you challenge yourself to walk miles along history-rich cobblestones. Give back to the beautiful communities by serving in a rural town.
What is the weather like on the Japan Nakasendo?
The weather in Iceland during the summer varies widely, though due to its position in the Atlantic Ocean, its climate is relatively temperate. Average temperatures in July range from the 40s to 60s during the day and are cooler at night. Rain is common, and it can change quickly from sunny and warm to windy, rainy and cold (we've even had snow in years past).
What are the arrival and departure airports for this trip?
You will need to arrange transportation for your child to and from Osaka, Japan (OSA) at trip start and trip end. We will provide more specific travel information once we have placed your child on a trip.
How often will my child have access to showers?
Groups will have access to showers almost every night. Laundry is usually done once a week.
What is the currency on this trip?
Japan uses the Japanese Yen - students can withdraw Japanese Yen using a debit card at ATMs throughout Iceland.
Please tell me about safety at Backyard Basecamp.
Safety and risk management are at the forefront of all our decision-making–from trip planning to leader training to supporting our groups in the field. We cannot guarantee absolute safety–no program can. All recreational activities include inherent risks. Therefore, we strive to manage the risks that we can, knowing we cannot eliminate them. We work hard to recruit, train and support our trip leaders in creating the best trips possible.
Does my child need to have any previous experience?
While no previous experience is required, we have high expectations of our Basecampers. We expect your child - with your help - to select a trip that is appropriate for their interests and abilities. Spend time familiarizing yourself with the details of the specific trip and help your child understand what to expect. We also expect our students to prepare ahead of time: to review the packing list, gather clothing and gear, and complete whatever training the trip requires (for recommended training please see the Before You Go tab above). Once the trip begins, your child should be ready–and excited–to contribute to and enthusiastic Crew where each member feels welcomed and valued.
Please tell me about Backyard Basecamp’s admissions process.
When we receive your application, if your first choice is available, we will: (1) call you to acknowledge our receipt of your application and (2) charge a deposit of $750 to your credit card to hold your place in the trip pending favorable admissions review. If your first choice is not available, we will call you to discuss your second choice, third choice or other options. For more information, and to access our application, please visit our Apply page.
What is Backyard Basecamp’s policy on phones, electronics, and communication?
To maximize independence and self-reliance, we do not permit phone calls, emails or text messages to or from our campers. Your child may call home on arrival and departure with our phones and assistance, and in the case of an emergency. If your child brings a phone for use while en route to Backyard Basecamp, please provide a prepaid cell phone, rather than a smartphone. All phones will be collected on arrival and returned at departure. While we will take reasonable steps to prevent damage, theft or loss, we take no responsibility for phones and we will not make any reimbursements for lost, damaged or stolen phones.
Cameras are welcome but please do not bring any other electronics (e.g., iPods, iPads, Kindles or other readers, GPS or similar devices).
We are committed to providing extraordinary support to you and your child. To that end, the Backyard Basecamp office is staffed from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week during the summer. Our leaders in the field are in touch with our office regularly; they carry cell phones (and in some cases satellite phones). Anytime a camper is treated for an injury or illness by a doctor or other medical personnel, parents are notified by our office. A director will call the parents to explain the nature of the injury or illness, the sequence of events leading up to the injury and/or the steps leading to the treatment. Parents are typically able to speak with the medical personnel, with the leaders and with their child.
JAPAN NAKASENDO FIELD STUDY
Start/ End Location
Contact for Dates
Completing grade 7-11 in 2019
Groups limited to 10 Students
5 (1-10, 1 is easiest)
Included In Trip Fee
Not Included In Trip Fee
Personal Gear & Clothing (see what to pack)
Airfare/ Transportation to and from trip start & end
Trip Insurance (recommended)