Summer School 2022
Theme: Sustainability and Our Action
Let Curiosity Be Your Guide
Hakuba International School Foundation will welcome a small group of students to take part in a unique learning experience in the spectacular natural setting in the heart of the Japan Alps. With SDGs as our continued theme, we will offer an exciting set of programs!
With the ongoing challenges we face on a global scale, we aspire to help the younger generation rise to the challenge that we adults had never faced. We certainly do not have all the answers, but we can help the students learn the mindset and tools to become independent thinkers and learners, and our expert teachers will cheer them on as the students discover their potential. We will incorporate SDGs, Compassionate Systems Framework, Science, outdoor activities and much more in our Summer School.
We plan to open the full-time school in September this year with the inaugural class of 7th and 8th grades (Year 8 and 9 in the British system). When selecting the students for Summer School, we prioritise the students who consider enrolling in our school next year (or this year if there is still a space).
To give you some ideas as to what we do at Summer School, here is a movie from Summer School 2021. Hope you'l enjoy it!
To ensure the safety of the participants and adhere to the government guidelines, we will put the following policies in place:
We will run the day program only, which means the students from outside of the area will be asked to come to Hakuba as a family and join the program daily for 6 days.
We will put in place appropriate measures to mitigate the health risks, such as taking the temperature of students each morning, wearing a mask, ventilating the classroom, choosing the outdoor activities which allow for more distancing, incorporate extra cleaning of the venue, and so on.
We reserve the right to cancel the program if (1) the government imposes the restrictions that make it difficult to conduct the program, and/or (2) the Program Director deems the situation is unsafe for the participants. In those cases, the fees will be refunded.
10 - 15 years old
Dates / Time
Session 1: Monday June 20th - Saturday June 25th [ENGLISH PROGRAM]
Session 2: Monday July 4th - Saturday July 9th [ENGLISH PROGRAM]
Session 3: Monday July 25th - Saturday July 30th [JAPANESE/ENGLISH PROGRAM]
Sessions 1 and 2 are the same program, and the language of instruction is English. These sessions will include lessons on sustainability, science project, system thinking, outdoor activities, etc.
Session 3 is a Japanese/English mixed program. The program content is similar to Sessions 1 and 2, and the students will have the opportunity to learn about the Circular Economy from the guest lecturers.
The program runs from 9 am to 5 pm daily for each session, except the first day starts at 1:30 pm and the last day finishes at noon.
JPY 128,000 including course materials, outdoor activities, lunches and insurance. Lodging costs and transportation costs to and from Hakuba are not included.
Local discount applies to students who have lived in the Hakuba Valley (Hakuba, Otari and Omachi) for at least two years and whose registered address is in the Valley. Please inquire the details.
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), lunches, course materials, and planned activities. Since it is not a boarding program, lodging costs are not included.
Students are expected to arrive at the venue at 1:30 pm on the first day, and at 9:00 am from the second to the last day. Students will finish the day at 5 pm on the first day through the fifth day (second last day). We will conclude our program at noon on the last day.
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 laptops or other devices for doing research and making presentations.
Please note that parents, guardians, and family members are welcome to attend the students' presentations on the final day from 10 am to 12 noon. The program will finish soon after the presentation.
Hakuba has many different types of accommodations and you will be able to find a great place to stay where you and your family will enjoy a nice holiday.
How to Apply
Placements are limited. Please read below and submit an application by Friday May 27th. We will notify you whether your application is accepted by May 31st. We may close the application early if we receive a large number of applications. We recommend you apply at your earliest convenience.
1. Click on the Application button 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
2. Once your application is accepted, we will send you an invoice. The place for your child will be secured when the payment of fee is confirmed.
3. Please read through the Conditions of Acceptance before submitting the application, 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 holiday program 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 negativeaffects the learning and/or well-being of others or themselves. Students are expected to demonstrate care towards the facilities and the local community. Students may not leave the facility without permissions of the HIS Director and the use of mobile phones may be restricted during the program.
We reserve the right to cancel the program before the start date if the HIS Director deems the safety risk has increased or we do not have enough participants to make the program meaningful, in which case the fees will be refunded in full. In the event of a cancellation by student due to health reasons, the full fee minus the bank transfer fee will be refunded.
Subject to weather and other conditions, we reserve the right to change any activities planned in the program.