Enrichment Programs

Connections offers dozens of stimulating enrichment programs to all Club Members.

From Japanese culture and cooking to art, the classes cover a broad range of subjects and are taught by experienced instructors.

Enrichment programs are open to adults. The ¥3,500 registration fee per class is waived for Connections members. Class and material fees vary.

Explore the possibilities from the programs below.

All Material fees are paid to the instructor directly in cash, unless stated otherwise.

Please see policies and procedures.

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Alpine Getaway

Thu Jan 27

Just 90 minutes from Tokyo by bullet train sits the Gala Yuzawa snow resort, a perfect escape for a day on the slopes.

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Ancient Culture, Art and Mikan Picking

Wed Nov 17

Escape the city for a day experience the best Japan's countryside has to offer.

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Atami Baien Plum Garden

Tue Feb 08

Travel to the popular resort town of Atami to stroll among hundreds of different species of plum tree in historic Atami Plum Garden.

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Chichibu Night Festival

Thu Dec 02

Bright lights, massive floats and fireworks displays: this traditional Japanese festival has it all.

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Exploring Architecture: East Tokyo

Tue Oct 26 | 9:30am to 1:30pm

An up-close-and-personal exploration of Tokyo’s most interesting structures.

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Exploring Architecture: West Tokyo

Tue Nov 02 | 9:30am to 1:30pm

An up-close-and-personal exploration of Tokyo’s most interesting structures.

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Fuji Shibazakura Festival

Tue May 10

Marvel at one of Japan’s most unique views as a sprawling lawn of 800,000 pink, purple and white shibazakura flowers carpets the ground before Mt Fuji in the background.

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Hondoji: Chiba’s Secret Garden

Wed Jun 08

Discover Hondoji Temple and its gardens of thousands of hydrangeas and irises.

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Japanese Garden Walk: Autumn Evening Stroll

Wed Dec 01 | 6:30pm to 8pm

A trip through a landscape inspired by poetry.

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Japanese Garden Walk: Urban Escape

Thu Nov 11 | 9am to 1pm

Visit one of Tokyo’s oldest surviving landscape gardens set in the city center.

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Jindaiji Daruma Festival

Thu Mar 03

Make a wish with a traditional daruma doll sold from one of the 300 stalls on the grounds of one of Tokyo’s oldest temples.

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Mashiko Pottery Tour

Tue Nov 02 | 8am to 6pm

Travel to Mashiko, a famous pottery town tucked away in the hills of Tochigi Prefecture.

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Nokogiriyama Hike

Thu Apr 21 | 8:30am to 6pm

Hike to a sprawling Buddhist temple site cut into sheer cliffs in southern Chiba Prefecture.

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Photographing Foliage

Mon Nov 29 | 9am to 2pm

Tips on shooting Japan’s famous cornucopia of fall colors.

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Shimazaki Sake Brewery Tour

Sat Nov 13 | 7:45am to 7pm

Explore the flavors and history of a 172-year-old sake brewery in Tochigi Prefecture.

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Showa Memorial Park

Tue May 17

Tokyo’s largest park spanning about 300 football fields, Showa Memorial Park is a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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Tokyo Night Photography

Sat Dec 04 | 4pm to 8pm

Capture everything from lanterns to neon to Christmas lights.

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Warabi Hadaka Festival

Fri Feb 25

At this unique festival, watch loincloth-clad men bless newborns with mud and wrestle in the muck to wish for health, wealth and good luck.

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Wisteria: Ashikaga Flower Park

Thu Apr 28

Take in Ashikaga Flower Park’s breathtaking, 130-year-old wisteria during this outing to Tochigi Prefecture, which also includes visiting Carp Streamer Festival in Tatebayashi and shopping at Sano Premium Outlet Mall.

Yamanashi Winery & Peach Blossoms

Wed Apr 06

After the cherry blossoms fall, Yamanashi Prefecture’s peach trees bloom.

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Yanaka Edo District

Wed Mar 30

Walk through the city’s historic Yanaka district.

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