Independent Homestay in Japan (Ages 18+)


A homestay in Japan is an opportunity to understand traditional and modern Japanese culture as well as gain greater understanding of the language. You will experience the daily life of a Japanese family. A homestay program allows you to fully absorb all aspects of Japanese culture--your own Ritsumeikan University at the kitchen table.

Host family placements may occur throughout Japan, and you can choose up to 3 locations in order of preference within Japan. While we are unable to guarantee your requests, we will do our best to accommodate them.

Accommodation and Meals
Your host family placement will include full board (3 meals per day). Your room may be private or shared, depending on the host families capabilities.

Host families represent all walks of life, just like families from your home country. Our partner office maintains a network of trained local coordinators who select, screen, and monitor host families to help make a placement that is appropriate for you.

Within each family you will experience a different dynamic, but they are all motivated by the idea of making cross-cultural friendships. They will be eager to learn about you and your culture and are excited to teach you about their own.

Activities and Sightseeing
Japanese family life represents both the modern and the traditional, and your family activities will likely reflect this. Families in Japan often spend time celebrating their elders and their family history, and you might spend time at a local and/or ancient temple. Host families are not required to act as tour guides; however, they are always eager to share their multilayered society with Homestay Program participants.

Local Support
Greenheart Travel always provides you with a thorough network of support before departure and during their time abroad. You will be provided with pre-departure orientation materials that will walk you through every step of your program. You will also have a local coordinator available to you throughout your stay to help with any difficulties or questions. He or she is trained to work with exchange participants and is there to help you make the most of your experience.

Travel Arrangements
All travel arrangements must be booked according to Greenheart Travel instructions. Booking travel is your responsibility, but we are more than happy to help you figure out the best way to get to your host community. Some placements are within a reasonable driving distance from the central airport, making it easy to hop in a cab that will take you to your new home. In most cases you will need to take a train or public bus to your host community. Greenheart Travel can arrange for a local coordinator to meet you at the airport and make sure you get on the correct train or bus. However, you should be prepared to make some transfers independently.

The homestay program in Japan is for one to four weeks and you may set your own start and end dates throughout the year.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Participants should be able to speak basic Japanese.

Program Costs 


Not Included



Half Board (2 meals/day)

In country transportation

Medical/Accident Insurance

Phone cards/internet

Local Coordinator

Sightseeing activities

24 Emergency Staff


Pre-departure Orientation


Fees may be paid by personal check, money order or credit card.