Gain real insight into optometry in Japan, while experiencing the culture, history and cuisine of this country during its beautiful cherry blossom season. This tour takes you to the heart of both historic and modern Japan while exploring Japanese approaches to optometry, which is at a different stage to optometry as practised in the UK, Australia and the US.
Optometry is still developing in Japan, with optometrists working in partnership with ophthalmologists. Japanese optical technologies are amongst the most advanced in the world and there are visits to the Hoya spectacle lens manufacturer, as well visits to an optical retailer utilising advanced AI. The tour also visits the Kikuchi College of Optometry and participants will meet with staff and students there.
Starting in the dynamic city of Tokyo, take a bullet train past Mount Fuji to Nagoya, the industrial heart of Japan. Travel into the Japanese Alps in the spring and walk along a, ancient trade route through stunning scenery before continuing to Matsumoto. Continue south through the Alps to the town of Sabae, the world’s most advanced manufacturer of glasses, also known for its flowers and blossom. Continue to Hiroshima to visit the Peace Park and Museum and cruise the Inland Sea. Finish in Kobe, with visits to the cultural centre of Kyoto and the culinary hub of Osaka.
Partners are very welcome.
David Shannon graduated from Southern College of Optometry, Memphis, Tennessee, as a Doctor of Optometry. He served for ten years on the board of the Association of Optometrists including as chair between 2010 and 2013. David consulted for Johnson & Johnson Vision Care and trained practitioners across the UK. Until 2014 he worked in the family practice in London. David has led many successful optometry study tours for Jon Baines Tours.
The cost of the tour per person sharing is US $5,593. The cost of the tour with a room to yourself is US $6,545