THS Study Tour to Osaka and Kyoto, Japan

To experience the popularity of Japanese culture, 38 Tourism and Hospitality Studies (THS) students with 3 teachers – Mrs. Ng TKL, Ms. Leung SL and Mr. Ng WK engaged in a 5-day study tour to Osaka and Kyoto, Japan from 18th to 22nd April 2017.

Students can enjoy many authentic Japanese cultural experiences in Kyoto. For example, Gion is known as Kyoto’s most famous geisha district. We watched a performance about the traditional culture, with tea ceremony, flower arrangement, geisha dances and classical Japanese music at Gion Center. We also visited the Nishijin Textile Center as Kyoto has been the main center for kimono and textile production for more than 1000 years. In addition, the Toei Kyoto Studio Park is the only theme park in Japan where we can observe the filming of Edo period. We enjoyed the atmosphere of ancient Japan by taking in a ninja show and dressed up as a geisha or samurai. We also visited the Kiyomizu-dera Ninenzaka which is the historic monuments of ancient Kyoto UNESCO World  Heritage site.

Besides visiting some well-known cultural and historic attractions in Kyoto, students’ other main focus of this tour is to know more about the food and beverages industry operations of multi-national brands. Specially introduced the Asahi Group, it is the leading brewery, soft drinks and food companies in Japan. It launched Japan’s first canned beer! Japan is ahead of the U.S. and Europe in introducing robots to the workplace. We visited to their production lines which are extremely efficient. We also visited the Megmilk Snow Brand Co. Ltd which is very popular in Hong Kong for the dairy products. Other than that, we participated in fruit picking which is a popular local and tourists in Japan. Japan is the seventh largest producer of strawberries in the world and we visited the strawberry farm to enjoy the fruit on spot.

Apart from that, students had a valuable experience to visit the Japanese-styled capsule hotel. Students were also given opportunities to exchange ideas with the hotel manager. Students also visited the operation areas of Kensai Airport to understand more about the aviation industry.  Besides, we strongly felt the warm hospitality from the Japan National Tourism Organization too! The president of the organization dressed impressively which surprised the audience and said that he dressed like this because you all may forgot what he said but surely will remember him. 

The tour could help students to learn through exploration and active participation. Students have broadened their horizons and discovered how tourism and hospitality industries have been developed in Japan by visiting the following attractions in the 5-day tour:

  • Osaka City Abeno Life Safety Learning Center
  • Asahi Group
  • Nishijin Textile Center
  • TOEI Kyoto Studio Park
  • Kiyomizu-dera , Ninenzaka
  • Gion
  • Japanese Strawberry Farm
  • Fushimi Inari Taisha – Senbon Torii
  • Megmilk Snow Brand Co., Ltd.
  • Shinsaibashi , Dōtonbori
  • Capsule hotel
  • Kensai International Aiport Tour
  • Osaka Castle
  • Tenshu
  • Japan National Tourism Organization
  • Umeda Tourist Area