Spring School 2018

Wednesday March 28th - Sunday April 1st 

Let Curiosity Be Your Guide

Hakuba International School Foundation’s Spring School 2018 will welcome a small group of students between ages 12 and 16 to take part in a unique learning experience. During the spring holiday, students can enjoy the pristine air and spectacular natural beauty of Hakuba while engaging in a range of stimulating activities. Each day is jam-packed with new experiences and opportunities for self-growth. With an intense line-up of outdoor sports, digital communication, music and Theory of Knowledge lessons, students will conclude the week with new friends and great memories of their amazing spring adventures. 


Wednesday March 28th - Sunday April 1st




Yahoo Hakuba Base near Hakuba Ski Jump Stadium in Happo, Hakuba Village


JPY 128,000 for boarding students and JPY 88,000 for day students


Theory of Knowledge - Carol Inugai-Dixon

Carol Inugai-Dixon, an expert in international education who served as the language and learning director for the IB organisation in the Hague, will introduce the Theory of Knowledge to students, challenging them to question what they claim to “know.” Students will acquire valuable skills such as questioning, critical thinking and self-reflection.  

Music - Yasukazu Kano

Students will learn what it takes to create music with Kano, one of Japan’s most acclaimed Shinobue (bamboo flute) players, who has performed in over 2,000 venues worldwide and shared his love for music through lectures and workshops both in Japan and overseas.  

Creative Digital Communication - Casey Hawkins

Casey Hawkins, a published author / illustrator and an award-winning Australian teacher, will teach students a range of key technologies and the creative methods to express him/herself effectively using digital media.

Outdoor / Sports Activity - Nobu Naruse

Enjoy cross country ski tour led by Nobu Naruse, a Hakuba native Olympian cross country skier who represented Japan at 2006 Turin, 2010 Vancouver and 2014 Sochi Olympics. Nobu will tell us how to stay fit and healthy.  


Through daily reflection and social activities, students will have plenty of opportunities to strengthen their intra and inter personal skills.  On the final day, students will be asked to present their original take on what the experience has meant to them.

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Boarding students will stay in a safe and comfortable environment at Hakuba Yamano Hotel.  

Students share rooms with up to three others, organized by gender and age.  Freshly cooked meals incorporating local produce are served daily and the Spring School teachers oversee pastoral care.  Students have access to a coin laundry at the hotel should they need washing done.  

General Information


Please read this information carefully before submitting an application.  


The fees are based on an all-inclusive charge, which covers medical and accident insurance (excluding any pre-existing conditions), accommodation, linen and towels, meals, course materials and planned activities.  


Students (boarding and day) are expected to arrive at Yahoo Hakuba Base by 1:30pm on Wednesday March 28th.  

Boarding Students

Students are expected to be accompanied by a parent or guardian to and from Hakuba. Please contact the HIS Spring School Director if students are required to travel unaccompanied.  (e-mail: application@hakuba-is.jp)  

HIS will organise pick-ups from Hakuba Happo Bus Terminal and JR Hakuba Station.  

Day Students

Students are expected to be dropped off at 9am and picked up at 7pm daily at Yahoo Hakuba Base from Thursday March 29th through Sunday April 1st.  


Please ensure your child has a suitable level of fitness which will enable him/her to fully enjoy the physical nature of some of our activities.  

Computers and other devices

​Students are encouraged to bring their own laptop or other device for doing research and creating presentations.  In Creative Digital Communication lesson, students will use Mac / iMovie for editing movies and an electronic device (preferably iOS device such as iPhone and iPod) for filming.  MacBook Pro and iPod will be available for hire for JPY8,000 and JPY2,000 respectively.  Please notify us before February 28, 2018 should you plan to hire the device.  

Objects / props for Creative Digital Communication

​In Creative Digital Communication lesson, students will learn how to create a short film in which they exhibit and teach a skill they have.  Please bring any items you may need to demonstrate the skill, examples of which include; sketching a portrait, making origami, playing a game or sport, doing a magic trick, playing chords on a guitar, creating an online account, catching a fish or butterfly.  

If you are stuck for ideas, consider the following skill areas:

- Visual Arts

- Music

- Sport

- Technology

- Food / cooking

- Cultural practice

- Engineering

- Science (e.g., experimentation)

Student presentation

Please note that parents, guardians and family members are welcome to attend on the final day (Sunday April 1st) to watch the students' presentations.  Further details will be provided to those attending HIS Spring School.  

How to Apply

Placements are limited.  To avoid your child missing out, please read below and submit an application at your earliest convenience.  

1. Download the application form below and return it via e-mail with a recent photo of your child to application@hakuba-is.jp.  

2. Expect to hear from us promptly.  We will get back to you to confirm your child's acceptance for the Spring School should he/she be accepted.  

3. The place for your child will be secured when the payment of fee is confirmed.  Payment should be made by bank transfer by March 9.  

4. Please read through our Conditions of Acceptance, which outlines our expectations of student conduct during the Spring School and our cancellation policy.  


Conditions of Acceptance


We expect the parents and guardians of HIS Spring School students to read and accept the following conditions.  



We expect students to demonstrate respect for each other, teachers and members of staff so everyone has a positive experience during HIS Spring School.  The HIS Spring School director reserves the right to send home students whose behavior effects the learning and/or well-being of others or themselves. Students are expected to demonstrate care towards the campus, accommodation facilities and the local community.


Smoking and drinking are strictly prohibited, therefore the possession of any form of cigarettes, alcohol or drugs will not be tolerated.  Boys and girls are not allowed to visit each other's rooms at any time.  Students may not leave the campus or the adjacent accommodation without permissions of the HIS Spring School director.  Students' use of mobile phones may be restricted during the day.  They will be permitted to use their mobile phones during their free time in the evenings.  



In the event of a cancellation, the deposit is non-refundable.  With respect to any fees which have already been paid in full, a refund of the balance will be considered only in the event that the cancellation is communicated in writing no later than March 14th.  


Subject to weather and other conditions, we reserve the right to change any activities specified in the current HIS  Spring School program.