Dental Study Tour to Japan

23 Oct - 3 Nov 2022
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

Japan is a fluid, fascinating study of extremes. Ancient history sits beside neon modernity and Zen serenity with urban bustle. This tour takes you to the heart of both historic and modern Japan while exploring Japanese approaches to dentistry. Visit a prestigious dental school and private dental clinics, meet Japanese dentists and hear specialist lectures throughout.

Gain real insight into dentistry in Japan, while experiencing many other facets of this country at a beautiful time of year, with autumn colours. For every face of Japan, there is another waiting to be seen, so that each visitor comes away with their own vision of this genuinely extraordinary land.

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Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, ​Professor Phillip Dowell

​Professor Phillip Dowell

Professor Phillip Dowell qualified at The London Hospital and after a number of hospital jobs entered general practice. Some years later, after working in the West Indies, he won an international fellowship to study at the Eastman Dental Centre in the USA. He continued his post graduate studies at the University of Wales College of Medicine and subsequently taught both undergraduates and postgraduates in the area of periodontology. He is a specialist periodontist and past president of the British Society of Periodontology. Phillip Dowell has lectured both nationally and internationally and is the author of many publications. He is visiting professor at the University of Surrey and a past European President for the International College of Dentists. He has led highly successful tours to China, Ecuador, South Africa, Vietnam, Cambodia and around the Mediterranean.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • Day 1: Tokyo (Sun, 23 Oct) Arrive in Tokyo, a vast city encompassing a multitude of distinctive personalities, and transfer to the Royal Park Shiodome Hotel before dinner with the group.
  • Day 2: Tokyo (Mon, 24 Oct) Visit the historic Asakusa neighbourhood and Senso-ji Temple. Visit the Skytree for spectacular Tokyo views. Cruise along the Sumida River to Hamraiku Garden. Explore the gardens and take tea in a traditional tea house. Welcome dinner in the evening.
  • Day 3: Tokyo (Tue, 25 Oct) Visit the Nihon University School of Dentistry, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo. Partners to visit the Meiji Shrine and fashionable Harajuku area. Continue to the designer shopping area of Omotesando. In afternoon, regroup and visit the Nezu Museum and its lovely garden. Return to the hotel, walking through the upmarket Ginza district.
  • Day 4: Tokyo/Kanazawa (Wed, 26 Oct) Take the bullet train across Japan to Kanazawa. Visit the geisha quarter (Higashichaya Old Town) including the Ochaya Bunkakan Sake House, Kaikaro Geisha House, a gold leaf house and museum.
  • Day 5: Kanazawa (Thur, 27 Oct) Visit Kenrokuen Garden. Visit the Samurai Quarter including the old pharmacy, the samurai house and garden, the Yuzen Silk Centre and the Kubani Kutaraki pottery.
  • Day 6: Kanazawa/Nagoya (Fri, 28 Oct) Take the Thunderbird train to Nagoya. Visit the Noritake Museum and Craft Centre, known for its exquisite fine bone china and porcelain. Visit the Aichi Dental Museum - Teeth and dental care in Japan's past.
  • Day 7: Nagoya/Hiroshima (Sat, 29 Oct) Morning tour of the Toyota Commemorative Museum. In the afternoon take the bullet train to Hiroshima and overnight.
  • Day 8: Hiroshima (Sun, 30 Oct) Visit the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Cruise on the Inland Sea past Miyajima Island.
  • Day 9: Hiroshima/Kobe (Mon, 31 Oct) Take the train to Kobe, visiting Himeji castle on route. On arrival in Kobe visit a local dental clinic and meet the dentist and then visit the Sawanotsuru Sake Museum.
  • Day 10: Kobe/Kyoto/Kobe (Tue, 1 Nov) Take the train to Kyoto. Visit the Golden Pavilion and its garden. Walking tour to food and craft markets (walk down Nishiki and Teramachi-dori) and explore old Kyoto. Walk through the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. Visit Tenryuji Temple (a wonderful World Heritage garden) and take a cup of green tea at Okochi Sansothe known as the Actors Garden where four gardens were designed to show each of the seasons. Return to Kobe late afternoon. Optional Kobe Beef dinner in the evening.
  • Day 11: Kobe/Osaka/Kobe (Wed, 2 Nov) Visit Osaka and take part in culinary walk in Namba District. Afternoon at leisure in Osaka and return to Kobe. Farewell dinner.
  • Day 12: Kobe (Thur, 3 Nov) Depart Kobe for airport.

Tour cost

Tour is $5,593 pp sharing (excluding international flights and transfers)

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