Summer School 2018

Sunday July 8th - Saturday July 14th

Let Curiosity Be Your Guide

Hakuba International School Foundation’s Summer School 2018 will welcome a small group of students between ages 12 and 16 to take part in a unique learning experience.  During the summer holiday, students can enjoy the pristine air and spectacular natural beauty of Hakuba while engaging in a range of stimulating activities. This summer our theme is "This is me."  We learn to discover ourselves.  Then we learn to understand others.  With an intense line-up of Theory of Knowledge, programming, outdoor activities and more, we will have plenty of opportunities to challenge ourselves, try, fail, learn and reflect. Students will conclude the week with new friends, great memories of their amazing summer adventures in Hakuba, and the new perspective on themselves and the world. 


Sunday July 8th - Saturday July 14th




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 188,000 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.   

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 trail running and Nordic walking in the nature as well as the tips to stay fit and healthy for life.  

Build Our School Challenge!  powered by 

The Hakuba International School Foundation is trying to create an International School in Hakuba  - help us design the ideal school facility!  Students will work in teams to plan, design and build the dream school using Microsoft's educational programming tool, Makecode, and Minecraft on Surface book!  Each team will present their design on the last day and the judge will award the best design.  Students will also discuss the environmental impact the new school may have on the surroundings.  

We are privileged to have Mr. Edward Suzuki and Ms. Yuriko Takahashi as our honorable judges to determine the winning design.  

Mr. Edward Suzuki is a renowned architect with many international awards.  He is also a philosopher, an author of 2013 published book “GOoD Design Philosophy” and an artist recently holding an exhibition of his Sumie (ink painting) collection.  His flagship works include St. Mary’s International School in Tokyo and UWC ISAK in Karuizawa, for which he won The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design Green Good Design Award. 

Ms. Yuriko Takahashi is the founder / CEO of E.OCT, a company with a strong focus on sustainability, dedicated to helping everyone lead a natural, comfortable and enjoyable life by importing, planning, producing and selling environmentally responsible products.  From early on Yuriko had a keen interest in environment and she finds it her mission to make this planet a more sustainable place through her work at E.OCT.  

More Outdoor and Other Activities

Hiking in the Japan Alps

Cook dinner challenge!

Raft building / Canoeing

Facilitators from Minerva Schools at KGI


The newly established university, Minerva, whose students explore up to seven countries during four years of study, is attracting top students from around the globe with the acceptance rate of 1.9%, arguably harder to get into than Harvard and Stanford.  Three bright students from Minerva will help our students get the most out of Summer School!  

Julia from Brazil

(currently studying in India)

Oskar from Sweden

(currently studying in SF, USA)

Shani from Canada

(currently studying in SF, USA)



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 2pm on Sunday July 8th.  Students are expected to be accompanied by a parent or guardian to and from Hakuba. Please contact the HIS Summer School Director if students are required to travel unaccompanied.  (e-mail:  

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 doing research and creating presentations.  MacBook Pro will be available for hire for JPY8,000.  Please notify us before May 31, 2018 should you plan to hire one.  

Student presentation

Please note that parents, guardians and family members are welcome to attend on the final day (Saturday July 14th) to watch the students' presentations.  Further details will be provided to those attending the Summer 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. Click on the link below and fill in the application form.  In the form you will be asked to upload 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).  If you do not have a photo now, you can send it by e-mail at a later date to  



Or download the application form, fill it in and mail it to  

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 by June 10th.  

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 School director reserves the right to send home students whose behavior 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 Summer 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, a refund will be considered only if the cancellation is communicated in writing no later than June 15th.  The full fee minus the bank transfer fee will be refunded in case a written notice of cancellation is received before June 15th. There will be no refund after June 15th.


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