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Recommended 2017 Japan Summer Camps

Here are our recommended 2017 Japan summer camps and programs for little ones to teens. Are you ready for summer camp in Japan? If you have kids and will be staying in Japan this summer, now is the time to plan for Japan summer camp. Also, a great idea if you are moving to Japan this summer and want your kids to enjoy playing while you unpack! If you have a Japan summer camp to recommend, please send the information to me at info@bestlivingjapan. I have tried my best to double-check all data below, but information changes so please triple-check yourself. Enjoy our list of 2017 Japan Summer Camps.  Happy planning!

Recommended 2017 Japan Summer Camps

Hakuba International School Project 1. Hakuba International School Project – Summer School 2017: July 2nd – 8th (Hakuba, Nagano)

Situated in the spectacular natural environment of Northern Japan Alps, Hakuba is an open-space classroom and playground for every curious mind. Hakuba International School Project (“HIS”) aims to establish a world-class educational institution with boarding facilities in this beautiful valley in 2020. The planned school will cater to students aged from 12 to 18 and be based on the International Baccalaureate Program curriculum.

The HIS Summer School 2017 will welcome a small group of students between ages 12 and 16 to take part in a unique learning experience. During the summer holiday, students can enjoy the pristine air and magnificent landscape of Hakuba while taking part in a range of stimulating activities. Each day is jam-packed with new experiences and opportunities for self-growth. With an intense line-up of outdoor sports, digital communication, creative arts and music, your child will conclude the week with new friends and great memories of their amazing summer adventures.

Program Details
Dates: Sunday July 2nd – Saturday July 8thHakuba International School Project
Location: Yahoo Japan Hakuba Base (“Norway Village”), near Happo ski jump in Hakuba, Nagano prefecture
Cost: Yen 200,000 for 7-day program with full board

  • Outdoor/Physical Activity: Enjoy hiking, rafting, mountain biking, and wake boarding in the stunning natural environment of Hakuba. Students will also observe and analyze the impact of each activity on their body through the use of wearable monitoring devices.
  • Digital Communication:Students will learn a range of key technologies and the creative methods to express him/herself effectively using digital media.
  • Visual Art: Students will work together to produce a large sculptural mosaic for the community of Hakaba, in addition to creating their own small piece to take home.
  • Music: Each student will learn how to play the Japanese flute and produce his/her own recycled drum.  Students will work together in preparation to take part in a carnival-style street performance on the final day.
  • Presentation: Through daily reflection and social activities, students will have opportunities to strengthen their intra and inter personal skills. On the final day, students will be asked to present their original take on what the experience has meant to them.

For full course details and application form, please visit: http://www.hakuba-is.jp/summer-school or e-mail application@hakuba-is.jp.

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Recommended 2017 Japan Summer Camps2. NANBO DISCOVERY CAMP (Chikura, Chiba-ken) – Nanbo Discovery Camp is an English language residential summer camp located in Chikura, Chiba prefecture, two hours southeast of Tokyo.  Campers are usually in grade two through middle school.  Nanbo Discovery Camp is the longest running camp of its kind in Japan, entering our 19th season this summer.

Our campers enjoy an adventure of swimming, snorkeling, cycling, hiking, exploration anddiscovery, science, cooking, arts and crafts, sports and more.  Whether they are Recommended 2017 Japan Summer Campsobserving life in a tide pool, collecting shells, cycling over the next hill, helping with meal service, or body boarding at the beach, all campers will have an active, positive, educational and fun summer camp adventure. Equally important, they will be building confidence and relationships, overcoming challenges and working together in a positive Recommended 2017 Japan Summer Campscamp environment. Journal writing and drawing are daily activities at Nanbo Discovery Camp that allow us to reflect on the day through discussion, writing and sketching.  Campers will bring their journals and artwork home at the end of camp. 

We are up early every morning starting the day with a hike, fun exercises on the beach, capture the flag or more before breakfast.  During the day well go to the beach, arts and crafts activities, cycling along the shore and much more.  The day ends with activities around the campfire, in the Discovery Room or on a night hike. Campers sleep in one of the four bunk rooms with one of our incredible counselors.

Summer Discover Camp Schedule – 2017 – Camp sessions are six days/five nights (full camp) or five  days/four nights (mini camp).

1. July 9 -14
2. July 16 – 21
3. July 23 – 27
4. July 30 – August 4
5. August 6 – 10
6. August 13 – 18
Summer Discovery Camp Contact info:
Please contact David Green at 090 7716 0102
Email: info@discoverjapan.co.jp
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Best Living Japan Kids Cooking Program3. Best Living Japan Kids Cooking Program will run from Monday, June 11 – July 14, 2018.  Five one week cooking programs for ages 5 – 13. This camp will draw on inspiration from a variety of global cuisines while celebrating summers bounty.  We’re going traveling with our tummies as our tour guides – each day cooking global recipes and learning a variety of cooking skills. Every day kids will cook 3-4 dishes and then sit down and enjoy their work with a full meal. Every Friday we have parents attend for the last hour to taste their children’s cuisine (attendance is optional, but encouraged).  The Camp takes place in the Best Living Japan Studio located in Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo.

International School of the Sacred Heart Summer School Program4. International School of the Sacred Heart Summer School Program (Hiroo, Tokyo) – Are you looking for a dynamic, centrally located summer program for your children? This year’s International School of the Sacred Heart Summer School runs from June 12th – 23rd. All boys and girls aged 2 to 13 (Pre-K to Grade 8) from the international community, local Japanese schools and beyond are welcome to apply (pre-Kindergarten students must be 3 years of age by September 1st, 2017 and toilet trained).

Current Sacred Heart students make up the majority of applicants, but we warmly welcome visitors from other schools in the Tokyo area and beyond. Classes are held on the picturesque Sacred Heart ISSH Summer camp, Japan Summer campcampus, conveniently located in Hiroo, Tokyo. Although the primary language of instruction is English, we invite students of all linguistic backgrounds and abilities to join us.

Courses run from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and students may attend for either one or two weeks. A nurse will be on site during regular program hours, and extended childcare is available until 6:00 p.m. if needed. Application Forms are due Friday, May 26thPre-Kindergarten to Grade 2 application and Grades 3 to 8 application.
Program details:
Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 2 – The two-week program is organized around unifying themes that serve as a scaffold for imaginative play and experiential learning. This year we are focusing on “Superheroes” and “Things That Go!”.  Students will explore these themes through puzzles, games, experiments, songs, sensory play, craft projects, problem solving and much more. As well as participating in classroom-based activities, students attend daily specialist classes in the areas of art, music, sports, and splash-pool play.

ISSH Summer camp, Japan Summer campGrades 3 to 8 – Students in grades 3 to 8 design their own program by choosing from a wide range of stimulating courses in the areas of Math, English, Science, Art/Crafts, Technology, Music, Cooking and Sports. Courses include the following; Short Film Making, Creative Writing, Robotics, Global Kitchen, Creative Computing, Weird Science, PSAT Math/English/Science, Volleyball, Crochet, Dance, Sports Medley, Japanese Handicrafts, General Knowledge Dojo, Photoshop Basics and many more!

Cost: Registration fee 10,000 JPY, two weeks 72,000 JPY, one week 42,000 JPY, late fee for payment received after May 26th, 2016 is 3,000 JPY.

E-mail: isshsummerschool@issh.ac.jp

Telephone: 81-3-3400-3951, ext. 237

Address: 4-3-1 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0012

Website:  Sacred Summer School 2016!

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English Adventure Camp 5. English Adventure Camp (Niigata-ken) – Real American-style Camps – in Japan! All the fun and adventure of a 100% English-only North American-style camp experience, right here in Japan. Nestled in the spectacular mountains of Tsunan, Niigata-ken, we fill our days with crafts, cookouts, camp games, campfires and lots of traditional summer camp fun. Give your child a summer adventure they’ll never forget!At English Adventure, we believe in the amazing, transformative experience campers gain at a great North American-style summer camp, and we start with well-trained staff that are passionate about helping kids grow. Our fun-loving professionalEnglish Adventure Camp camp staff will ensure all campers stay safe and have an awesome camp!

Our private campsite’s natural beauty encourages kids to explore and discover the outdoors. We have a large, clean mountain lake onsite for swimming and kayaking, and Tsunan’s rural location will ensure your children feel a world away from city life.

We also emphasize personal development and growth, and our staff focuses on making sure each child is given both the attention they deserve and the freedom and space to thrive. Whether your child speaks English fluently and would like English Adventure Campa 100% English immersion experience or is still learning English, we have a program that’s just right for them.

English Adventure has three different programs suited to your camper’s language needs:
Immersion Program
Our Immersion Program is 100% English-only. Perfect for native English speakers, returnees with fluent English, international school students, and other advanced-level English students.
Challenge Program
Still learning English? Our Challenge Program focuses on the needs of beginner English learners. We provide campers with plenty of English even during lessons along with opportunities and encouragement to put their English to use in camp life, and provide plenty of Japanese support to ensure a comfortable experience for all English levels.
Challenge Plus Program
Perfect for campers who are intermediate English speakers or who have studied English fairly extensively, but aren’t yet ready for a 100% immersive English environment, our new Challenge Plus program is a step up from our basic Challenge program

Register Now!
Come and see why English Adventure is the place for Happy Campers! Our Camp is very popular with kids and parents, so we encourage families to sign up early!
5-day camps:July 22 – August 31
Open to: Grades 1 – 9
Camp fee includes: round-trip transportation from Tokyo, lodging, meals, activity fees and insurance.
Contact Information:
Email: info@english-adventure.org
Website: http://www.english-adventure.org

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6. Kspace (Shiroganedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo) – Seven whole weeks of exciting Summer School fun awaits your child at Kspace! Running Monday through Saturday from July 17 to September 1 we offer top quality ‘edutainment’ in an upbeat ‘summer camp’ atmosphere.

Who Can Join? We welcome applications for children aged 14 months to 8 years.
All children, from native English speakers to absolute English beginners, can apply. We have something for everyone and our doors are open to new students! Our regularly enrolled International school children attend too and we are also very popular with returning families.
Children aged 3 to 13 years can also enjoy private 1-1 tutorials in summer to keep up with their studies, work on areas of challenge, or to learn a new subject.

Our ‘Island Adventurers’ theme takes children to exciting places with fantasy characters! Kspace is famous for our wide range of creative and music arts, cooking, and lots of seasonal activities (water play etc.) rooftop sports and fun.
Messy art; play, laughter and frivolity are balanced with focused periods of learning. Across the week we also have periods for early science & exploration, phonics, and maths. EFL/ESL based lessons are also offered.

Language Level
Beginners to advanced/natives
All communication at the school and lessons are delivered in English.

Camp Dates and Hours
Regular Summer School: Monday July 17th to August 18
Summer School Special: Wednesday August 23 to September 1
Saturday School runs weekly, 8.00am to 7.00pm
Private tuition available as part of the regular summer school or in extension hours
Summer themed ‘Parent & Child’ classes (3 months to 4 years) throughout summer
Kspace is open from 8.00am to 7.00pm
Various summer options are available

Regular Day: 9.00am to 3.00pm
Full Day: 9.00am to 5.00pm
Breakfast Club: 8.00am to 9.00am
Extension Hours:  5.00pm to 7.00pm
Afternoon Option: 3.00pm to 5.00pm (1hr lessons)

Attendance can range from as little as *1 day to the full 7 weeks!
We cater for working and busy families and are here to help!
Restrictions may apply. Young children must attend enough to settle with us.

All applications are screened for suitability.

Come for Tour or Book Now!

Contact us for a school tour and more information about our Summer/Seasonal Programmes and term-time options. 

Contact Information: 

Contact form: http://www.kspacetokyo.org/main/enquiry/
Telephone: 03-5421-4186
Address: 5-13-39 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.kspacetokyo.org

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Tokyo American Club Niseko Summer camp7. Tokyo American Club Summer Camps – 

Niseko Summer Camp – Tokyo American Club launches a brand-new summer camp for ages 12 to 15.

Niseko Camp is a series of weeklong adventure programs in Hokkaido from June to July.
Customized specifically for middle schoolers, Niseko Camp focuses on educative outdoor activities and fun team-building exercises, and includes a two-day campout, with white-water rafting and hiking to the top of the 1,116-meter Mount Iwaonupuri.

In partnership with the renowned Niseko Adventure Center and The Green Leaf Niseko Village, this exciting program helps campers build confidence while making new friends in the stunning environs of northern Japan.

The Club’s team of experienced counselors ensure a fun, nurturing environment that helps kids grow.

Session 1: June 19–23

Session 2: June 26–30

Session 3: July 3–7

Session 4: July 10–14

Session 5: July 17–21

¥249,000 for Members (¥275,000 for Non-Members): includes transportation, accommodations, meals, activities and insurance

Watch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fS1MbTGUZ6E

Summer Camp Discovery
Keep youngsters busy during the summer break with weeklong sessions of games, crafts, music, dance and more.

This program is a chance for children to keep active, meet new friends and make the most of their school-free days. Participants in the Big Kid Camp take a field trip on Thursday to a museum, waterpark, zoo or other fun destination.

Jun 12–Aug 21 (11 sessions)


Big Kid (6–12 years)

Preschool A (4-5 years) | Preschool B (3-4 years)

Big Kid Camp: ¥50,000 for Members per session (¥65,000 for non-Members)

Preschool Camp: ¥45,000 for Members per session (¥60,000 for non-Members)
More information
Contact Tokyo American Club at rec@tac-club.org or 03-4588-0681 for more details.
Tokyo American Club: www.tokyoamericanclub.org
Niseko Camp: www.tokyoamericanclub.org/niseko




Recommended 2017 Japan Summer Camps

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  1. I have 19 old daughter.I need to have the summer program 1-2 weeks in Japan for her learning language,life skill,culture.
    Is there a such program here (with English as delivery language).?

  2. Hi,

    I am new in Tokyo (just 3 month). I NEED to find sport activities and summer camps in English for my boys(14 and 15 years old).

    Please help me.

  3. Great list! Any Japanese Immersion options for elementary school aged children?


    • Hi Megumi, here are many Japanese camp program offered in August of each month since the Japanese summer vacation is usually July 21 – Sept 7th.
      I will try to add a list of good Japanese camps programs open to non or lower level Japanese speaking children next Spring for the summer of 2017. Lauren

  4. I have a grade1 child in singapore and I’m looking for a full Japanese or half Japanese/English camp for her . Preferably not in full English . She’s in the American school now but I wanted her to learn more Japanese . Do u hv anything for her ?

  5. I am finding a full Engish summer camp program in Japan which lasts 1 or 2 week for my Vietnamese 13 years old boy from 15/ June/ 2017 . Pls help me and give me some advice as well as some choice. Thank you so much.

  6. Hi are all the summer camps in Japn only focus in english or outdoors fun what about building character, relationship with parents and behavior? thank you.

    • Hello Ariam, We have not found any camps that focus on the behavior and relationship. Are you looking for in English or Japanese program? There may be some in Aug in Japanese but we will need to search. Lauren

  7. I’m looking for a baseball camp in Japan to have my 13 year old son experience Japanese baseball training. It would also be a good way to learn the culture & language.

    • Hi Robert, 2017 summer camps are now complete. Japanese baseball programs are usually not just summer but an extension of programs kids are in year round. If your son is living in Japan he should join a Japanese neighborhood team and play year round. Intense but great if your child loves baseball.

  8. Hi there. My teen son joined this summer camp last year and thoroughly enjoyed it (campsinjapan.com). Fairly new? But wow! We sent him on his own. They took care of everything including placement with a local family who spoke only a little English. They were great. Took him everywhere. The combination of languages in the camp and on weekends evenings was effective I think. Worth checking out!

  9. Hi there, I would like to be a camp guide. Where would be the best place to apply for the Summer Holiday?

    • Hi Marguerite, that`s great! The best place to apply would depend on the type and location of the camp you`re interested in. We recommend contacting each summer camp directly. -Sandra

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