This was an amazing experience -- many people go to Japan every year. Going with a homestay program like this one exposes you to so much more than you can see alone. You may participate in tea ceremonies, try on kimonos at local festivals, participate in taiko and traditional dance classes, and learn local histories. Even better, there's a new homestay and new city every week, which keeps things exciting and fresh and exposes you to even more, from Tokyo and Osaka to Yokohama and Kumamoto. You'll live and learn surrounded by Japanese culture. You'll make many friends among the other international student leaders, and you'll enjoy teaching the local Japanese students English.