2023 Ritsumeikan Winter Japanese Program Express (RWJP EXP)

2023 RWJP Express (RSJP EXP)

Learn & Experience Japanese Culture

Below are examples of fieldwork participants visited in the past programs. Please note that we cannot assure the same contents in the future programs and that they are subject to change every year. 

Program Overview

Program Period (ON-SITE)

February 21 ~ March 3, 2023 (2 weeks)


September 29 ~ November 25, 2022

See below for required documents for application.

Program Date February 21 – March 3, 2023 (2 weeks)

Zero, Beginner, Intermediate (N1 holders are NOT able to participate)

*Students who have never learned Japanese before, we ask all the participants to master at least reading and writing of Hiragana and Katakana before the program starts. Please study them beforehand in order to achieve further improvement during the program.


JPY 113,000
Includes the following:
-Program fee
-Service (Transaction) fee

Does NOT include the following:
-Accommodation fee (students will be asked to stay in designated accommodations for safety)
-Transportation fee

Accommodation FeeJPY 88,200
(Students will be asked to stay in designated accommodations for safety.)
Does Not include the following:
EligibilityCurrent university students/Postgraduate students
DegreeNon-degree seeking
Teaching Method

Taught in Japanese (Direct method)

* You do NOT need a student visa for this program.

Required Documents for Application

  1. Handwritten Essay (In Japanese preferred)
    No translation machine allowed. Please write it on your own so that we can evaluate your exact Japanese level and assign you into suitable levels.
  2. Letter of Consent (Pledge)
  3. Certificate of Enrollment
    The Certificate of Enrollment is an official document issued by your home university that shows you are currently enrolled in your home university. Please ask your university advisor or office to receive one. 
  4. Copy of Passport
  5. Health Certificate Form
  6. Official Transcript issued by your home university
Please download the below required documents for application. 

Program Description

Japanese Language Class  *Taught in Japanese

  • 50 min × 3 classes × 9 days = 1,350 min = 22.5 hours
  • Class contents: Conversation, reading, writing

Japanese Culture Class (Japan Study)

  • 90 min × 4 days = 360 min = 6 hours 
  • Class contents: lectureon/ fieldwork relating to Japanese culture
  • Fieldwork to various cultural spots (ex. Kinkakuji Temple, and other World Heritage Sites and cultural experience spots in Kyoto)
  • Special lectures done by masters well respected in their fields

What's included

Accommodation Guide

Due to the safety regulations of COVID-19, we ask participants to stay in the designated hotel.

Click below to see detailed accommodation guide. 



16:00 Arrival and Check in 


11:00 Orientation, Campus Tour
12:00 Lunch with BUDDY
14:00 Japanese Class
16:00 Welcome Party


09:00 Japanese Class(#1)
12:00 Lunch with BUDDY
13:00 Japan Study


09:00 Japanese Class(#2)
12:00 Lunch with BUDDY


09:00 Japanese Class(#3)
12:00 Lunch with BUDDY
13:00 Japan Study


09:00 Japanese Class(#4)
12:00 Lunch with BUDDY
13:00 Japan Study


09:00 Japanese Class(#5)
12:00 Lunch with BUDDY


09:00 Japanese Class(#6)
12:00 Lunch with BUDDY


09:00 Japanese Class(#7)
12:00 Lunch with BUDDY
13:00 Japan Study


09:00 Japanese Class(#8)
12:00 Farewell Party

*Program contents are subject to change due to COVID-19.

Daily Schedule

Japanese Language Class9:00-11:50
Lunch with Buddy12:00-13:00
Japan Study (Fieldwork)13:00-15:30

Ritsumeikan Buddy

What is a buddy?
Japanese buddies from Ritsumeikan University will be here for you to support your life at Ritsumeikan. It will not be a 1-on-1 system but they will assist you in groups. They will only speak in Japanese for you to fully immerse in the Japanese language.

What’s the merit?
Opportunity to practice Japanese and learn about Japanese culture. Interact and learn about recent Japanese pop culture, trending words, anime, and many other topics. Make life-long friends that you can meet even after program ends


*Program contents are from past programs. 

Please understand they are subject to change due to COVID-19.

Sneek peek

Japan Study
WADAIKO Japanese Drums



Close to World Heritage Sites
Our campus is located in the north west part of Kyoto city, right next to Kinkaku-ji.

It is close to all the major tourist spots like Ryoan-ji, Nijo-jo Castle, Imperial Palace, and bamboo forest in Arashiyama.
Just hop on a bus or train after school and you can travel to all the beautiful tourist spots. 

→ See the wonder of Kyoto
(Why Kyoto?)

2023 Ritsumeikan Winter Japanese Program Express (RWJP EXP)