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Explore Japan Program

Since 1993, the Explore Japan Program connects local communities and families with those in Japan through a fun, free and educational summer exchange program.


Our Programs

Explore Japan Workshops

During Explore Japan your children will be participating in engaging and educational Japanese culture workshops including language, food, and cultural activities. Each afternoon the entire program embarks on Boston-area field trips together.


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Explore Japan and Your Family

Explore Japan is an opportunity for the entire family to learn, experience and appreciate a new culture -- all without leaving home!


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Explore Japan Program

When you're ready, complete our online application to get started!
If you have any questions please contact our experienced staff at [email protected] or call (617) 996-0622.


2019 Summer Programs for Girls

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Host families who submit their application by the following dates will receive an Amazon Gift Card upon completion of the program in August:

  • January 31, 2019 will receive a $150 Amazon gift card!
  • March 31, 2019 will receive a $75 Amazon gift card!
  • April 30, 2019 will receive a $25 Amazon gift card!

REFERRAL REWARD: We are offering a $50 Amazon gift card for every family referred and accepted into the program. Please note that in order for the family to be accepted, they have to pass the background check and home visit, and complete their hosting obligations. Please make sure that when they complete the online application, they indicate your name on the REFERRED BY box. Alternatively, you can also reply to this email to let me know who those families are so we can make sure to credit them to your family. We will send the gift cards at the end of the program in August.

DEADLINE OF APPLICATION: June 30, 2019 (EXTENDED!)
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EXPLORE JAPAN is a series of 2.5 week programs in Milton, MA where local students learn about the many facets of Japanese culture while hosting and spending time with visiting Japanese exchange students. In the morning, each program includes workshops on Japanese arts and crafts, cuisine, martial arts, language and a variety of interesting cultural exercises. In the afternoon, the Japanese students and local host students embark together on field trips and participate in fun activities. This fascinating exchange program is in its 26th year!

The Girls Summer Program welcomes girls from all Eastern MA communities ages 6-18. Students learn in small groups (broken down by age) under the guidance of a Japanese expert and a student aide. In return for hosting a visiting Japanese student during the program, Explore Japan is FREE for the host family’s child! That is a two week program, 9AM to 4PM, Mondays to Fridays, including admission and supervision on all field trips — for free! Each program has a limited number of spaces available, so complete your application now to reserve your slot.

Host families are responsible for transportation between Milton and homestay location, and must provide breakfast, lunches and dinners each day to their participating child(ren) and Japanese student they are hosting.

Explore Japan is the closest thing to experiencing Japanese culture without actually traveling to Japan! SCHEDULE for 2019


Program Location Hosting Begins First Day of Program Final Day of Program Hosting Ends
2019 Girls Program Pierce Middle School in Milton, MA Monday 7/22/2019 Monday 7/22/2019 Tuesday 8/6/2019 Wednesday 8/7/2019


INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: We are seeking student interns or camp counselors for the 2019 Girls Summer Program. This is open to female students who are 14 and older. All interns MUST host a Japanese student. Download internship details


When you're ready, complete our online application to get started!
If you have any questions please contact our experienced staff at [email protected] or call (617) 996-0622.

NOTE: Acceptance to any Explore Japan programs is contingent on passing the background check and home visit.
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