Spring School 2019

Theme: Sustainable Development Goals

Wednesday March 27th - Sunday March 31st

Let Curiosity Be Your Guide

Hakuba International School Foundation’s Spring School 2019 will welcome a small group of students between ages 12 and 16 to take part in a unique learning experience.  During the spring break, students can enjoy the pristine air and spectacular natural beauty of Hakuba while engaging in a range of stimulating activities. This spring our theme is SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015, to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.  With a line-up of Theory of Knowledge, social and scientific studies related to SDGs, digital storytelling, creative art and outdoor activities combined to make an interdisciplinary learning, we will have plenty of opportunities to challenge ourselves, try, fail, learn, reflect and grow. Students will conclude the week with new friends, great memories of their amazing adventures in Hakuba, and the new perspective on themselves and the world. 

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12 ~ 16 years old


Wednesday March 27th - Sunday March 31st 2019



Nomad Hakuba

3020-870 Hokujo, Hakuba-mura, Kitaazumi-gun, Nagano-ken 399-9301

Access from Tokyo


> Shinkansen & Bus

1.5-hour Shinkansen from Tokyo to Nagano, and 1-hour bus ride from Nagano to Hakuba

> JR Express Train

4-hour train ride (Azusa) from Shinjuku to Hakuba Station

> Highway Bus

5-hour bus ride from Shinjuku Bus Terminal to Hakuba Happo Bus Terminal


JPY 128,000 with full board (transportation costs to and from Hakuba are not included)


Theory of Knowledge ("TOK") by Carol Inugai-Dixon

Originally from the UK and currently a visiting professor at the University of Tsukuba, Carol is an IB education expert and has a long history of working in education.  She has extensive teaching experiences at international schools and served as the language and learning director for the IB Organisation in The Hague, Netherlands. She serves as the President of The Japan Association for Research into IB Education.  

Carol will introduce the students to TOK and take them out on an intellectual journey where they will get to know themselves.   

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SDGs Workshop by Ian Shimizu

Ian Shimizu is an environmentalist based in Tokyo. After spending three years at international environmental NGO 350.org, Ian began working as a freelance on various projects aimed to raise environmental awareness. He is a part-time radio MC, writer, and public speaker. Ian is now working with a videographer Sou Ootsuki to create videos aimed at raising environmental awareness. At Spring School, Ian will share his passion for the environment and lead a series of workshops to discover solutions to the SDGs together.

Digital Storytelling


Based on what they have learned about SDGs, students will work in groups to create videos to tell their story about how we can contribute to promoting SDGs around us.  Students will learn a range of key technologies and the creative methods for digital storytelling.  

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Upcycling Workshop by Fuyuki Shimazu


Fuyuki Shimazu is a Japanese artist who is fascinated by cardboard boxes.  He has traveled to 30 countries around the world to collect used cardboard boxes destined to be discarded and used them to create wallets, business card holders and other products.  He is an author of a book titled "段ボールはたからもの" ("Cardboard is a treasure," only available in Japanese) and his cardboard art has been exhibited at the National Art Center in Tokyo. The documentary film about Fuyuki titled "From All Corners" made its premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Texas, USA in 2018.  Fuyuki will show students how to create "treasure out of trash" and students will take home the craft they create at his workshop. 

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Photo by

Ryusuke Okajima

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Outdoor / Sports by Nobu Naruse


Native of Hakuba, Nobu is an Olympian cross country skier who represented Japan at 2006 Turin, 2010 Vancouver and 2014 Sochi Olympics.  Nobu will tell us how he suffered from asthma as a child but with determination and relentless training became an Olympic athlete in one of the toughest endurance sports on earth.  

He will share with us the joy of cross country skiing as well as the tips to stay fit and healthy for life.  

More Outdoor and Other Activities

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Cook Dinner Challenge

Music Live Session



Students will stay in a safe and comfortable environment at Nomad Hakuba.  

Students share rooms with up to three others, organized by gender and age.  Freshly cooked meals incorporating local produce are served daily and the teachers oversee pastoral care.  Students have access to a coin laundry 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 are expected to arrive at Nomad Hakuba by 1:30pm on Wednesday March 27th. Students are expected to be accompanied by a parent or guardian to and from Hakuba. Please contact the HIS Director if students are required to travel unaccompanied.  (e-mail: application@hakuba-is.jp)  

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


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 creating videos and doing research.  Students need Mac to edit video using iMovie for digital storytelling lessons.  MacBook Pro will be available for hire for JPY5,000.  Please notify us before March 10th should you plan to hire one.  

Student presentation

Please note that parents, guardians and family members are welcome to attend on the final day (Sunday March 31st) to watch the students' presentations.  Further details will be provided to those attending the program.  

How to Apply

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

1. Click on the link below and fill in the application form. After submitting the form, please send a recent photo of your child (no need for a passport photo, a snap photo taken on your mobile phone will do as long as we can see your child's face) by e-mail to 




Or download the application form, fill it in and mail it 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 program 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.  

4. Please read through our Conditions of Acceptance, which outlines our expectations of student conduct during the program 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 the program.  The HIS Director reserves the right to send home students whose behaviour affects the learning and/or well-being of others or themselves. Students are expected to demonstrate care towards the 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 facility without permissions of the HIS 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, a refund will be considered only if the cancellation is communicated in writing no later than March 1st.  The full fee minus the bank transfer fee will be refunded in case a written notice of cancellation is received before March 1st.


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