What a journey it has been! We have been back for about a week now and now that people are recovering from their jetlags and long walks, it is time to reflect back on what has been an amazing Studytour.
When we left for Japan on the morning of the 12th of April, nobody really knew what to expect. None of us had ever been there. However, when we arrived, it was better than all of us could have expected. The Japanese people have been so friendly to us, public transportation was very organized and the country itself was just beautiful. Time was flying while we were traveling from Kyoto to Osaka to Hiroshima and finally to Tokyo, whilst also stopping at Nara and Nagoya. Before we knew it, we had to go back to Haneda International Airport for the flight back to Schiphol Airport on the 2nd of May.
However, between those two flights, we have done an awful lot of things. We have visited over twelve companies, universities, and institutes, we visited the Dutch Embassy in Tokyo, we have climbed the Umeda Sky Building and the Tokyo Skytree, we have visited Mt Fuji, we visited temples, castles, and parks and so much more. We have traveled nearly 2000 km with the bullet trains (Shinkansen) and we have used more metros, trains, and busses than we can count.
There have been days in which everyone had to put their pride aside and walk around 20 km in a single day if we wanted to visit the highest peak with a beautiful view over Miyajima Island, and there have been days when nothing was scheduled and most of the participants went to a nearby park and enjoyed the amazing weather or visited the city center with a small group.
We have had long nights and early mornings, we have had formal occasions to prestigious universities and we have had informal downtown areas of the different cities that we visited. We have done everything that we could possibly plan in a 20 day period. We have had an amazing experience, one that not many participants will ever forget.
We would like to thank everyone who has made this possible. We want to thank the participants, the academic staff that joined, the sponsors and all of the companies and universities that welcomed us with open arms every single time! Arigato!
Photos and reports per day will be uploaded very soon so that everyone can read and see what we have experienced during the Studytour 2018 to Japan!