Learn about traditional Japanese and Taiwanese cultures on this nearly month-long exploration and friend-building Journey with three warm, friendly host clubs. As an added bonus, you will get to help FF Fukuoka celebrate their impressive 30-year club anniversary!

Home Hospitality

Home Hospitality provided by the Friendship Force clubs of Fukuoka, Mt. Fuji, and Taiwan.

Live With a Local

  • This Journey will give ambassadors exposure to Japan and Taiwan's cultures through living with their host families.
  • Help celebrate the 30th anniversary of FF Fukuoka!
  • Learn about traditional customs in Japanese homes, local cuisine, architecture, and religious practices.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Gardens
  • Temples in Kyoto
  • Imperial Palace
  • Tokyo Tower - Skytree
  • Imperial Gardens
  • Sumo Wrestlers
I knew very little about Taiwan prior to the Journeys and came home with a much better understanding of Taiwan's history and life in this populated island country. - Previous ambassador

Saitama - Fukuoka & Mt. Fuji - Yamanashi, Japan and Taipei, Taiwan

27 Days / 26 Nights Program and Itinerary:

May 19, 2018 – June 14, 2018
Coordinator: Lynn Harrington, FF Kansas

All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.

May 19 to 20, 2018

Fly into Hong Kong (depending on point of origin, you may lose the 20th to International date line).

Arrive Fukuoka, Japan.

May 21 to 27, 2018

Spend one week being home-hosted by FF Fukuoka.

May 28, 2018

Bullet train to Kyoto.

Arrive at the New Miyako Hotel.

Free afternoon.

May 29, 2018

Breakfast at hotel.

Full day tour by chartered coach.

Buffet lunch.

Return to hotel in evening.

May 30, 2018

Breakfast at hotel.

Full day tour.

Japanese lunch.

Return to hotel around 5:30 pm.

May 31, 2018

Breakfast at hotel.

Full day tour.

Japanese lunch at local restaurant.

Return to hotel around 4:00 pm.

June 1, 2018

Transfer from Kyoto to Tokyo by bullet train.

Box lunch on train. Arrive Tokyo in the early afternoon.

Half-day tour by bus.

Check-in to hotel.

June 2

Breakfast at hotel.

Full day bus tour.

Lunch at local restaurant.


June 3

Breakfast at hotel.

Full day tour.

Japanese lunch.

Return to hotel.

June 4, 2018

Breakfast at hotel.

Bus to Mt. Fuji.

Start two-day/three-night stay with FF Mt. Fuji.

June 5 to 6, 2018

Hosted activities with FF Mt. Fuji.

June 7, 2018

Transfer to Narita airport to catch flight to Taiwan.

June 8 to 14, 2018

To Taipei, Taiwan for home-hosting program.

June 14, 2018

Ambassadors begin traveling home.


$4000 USD

Price Includes: FFI and host fees, land, hotels, train, bus, guided tours and most meals while not with FF clubs in Fukuoka, Mt. Fuji, and Taiwan.


3Spaces Remaining

Moderately Challenging

Know before you go

  • The activity level of this Journey is moderate, with optional activities for those wanting to participate. These would probably qualify as active, but will be tailored to ability.
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Our Mission

Friendship Force International provides opportunities to explore new countries and cultures from the inside by bringing people together at the personal level. Through the signature program of home hospitality, local hosts welcome international visitors into their culture, sharing with them meals, conversation, and the best sights and experiences of their region.
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