This year’s Senior High School field trip to Japan was our fifth trip to another country following Bali, Vietnam, China, and Myanmar. It was the furthest destination and our most ambitious trip yet. As usual, it was an action-packed few days which broadened the students’ horizons in many ways. We all arrived back safely, very tired, and with many good memories. Many students voted it the best trip ever. Where to next!
Day One – October 31, 2016
Departure for Tokyo, Japan
We departed from Rose Marie Academy at 7:30 a.m. We arrived at Don Mueang Airport at 8:15 a.m. and then checked in for a six hour flight to Tokyo, Japan.
On our first day, we arrived at Narita Airport at 7:00 p.m. from where we boarded the airport bus to go to Tokyo train station. Our hotel was a short ten minute walk from the station. The hotel was called Keio Presso Inn which was located in Otemachi.
We checked into single rooms. The rooms were very small, but they were clean and comfortable. We were all very tired after traveling, so we all wanted to go to bed and hopefully get a good night’s sleep so that we would be ready for a busy Tuesday. However, we were all very hungry, so we decided to go on a hunt to find something to eat. We found a small shop opposite the hotel where we purchased instant noodles which were delicious and satisfied our hunger cravings!
In the hotel, we observed that toilets in Japan are more technologically advanced than toilets in Thailand because they are automatically flushed when you have finished using them. Amazing!
Written by Supakrit (Nont) and Hei Ting (Anson)
Day Two – November 1, 2016
On Day Two of our Japan field trip we went sightseeing in Kamakura. In order to get to Kamakura from Tokyo, we boarded a train. I haven’t been on a train in a long time, so it was a refreshing experience. The first location we were going to visit was Tsurugaoka Hachimangū, which is a Shinto shrine located in the geographical and cultural center of Kamakura. On our way there, we passed through Wakamiya Ōji Street, which is the city’s main avenue and the approach of Tsurugaoka Hachimangū. When we reached Tsurugaoka Hachimangū we had a look around and bought some souvenirs. Sadly, it was raining, so I could not take photos with my camera.
Next, we visited Kōtoku-in Temple to see the Great Buddha. Luckily the rain stopped by the time we reached Kōtoku-in Temple. We took photos and even went inside the Great Buddha although there was not much to see inside.
After visiting the temple, we went to a ramen restaurant and ate lunch there. In my opinion, the ramen was delicious. After lunch, we headed to Yuigahama Beach where we took more photos. Since all these activities took more time than we predicted, we had to head back to the hotel earlier. Due to this, we had time to go out for dinner. We went to a restaurant that served a variety of food. Most of us ate at the restaurant, but two of my friends decided they would get dinner from the Ministop across the street from the hotel we were staying in.
After all that, Day Two of our Japan Field trip was over. In my opinion, today might not have been the highlight of the field trip, but it sure was an interesting experience.
Written by Prasert (Kanom)
Day Three – November 2, 2016
Mount Fuji and Hakone Tour
On Wednesday all of us woke up at 5:30 in the morning and went down to have breakfast at Keio Presso Inn at 6:30 a.m. After breakfast, we walked to Mandarin Oriental Hotel which was a five-minute walk and waited for the bus to pick us up at 7:50 a.m. to take us to Hamamatsucho bus terminal where we all boarded our tour bus that took us on the Mount Fuji Tour. On the bus drive, the tour guide talked about Japan and Mount Fuji’s history. She also told us about the fictional story of Mount Fuji. When she had finished talking, we arrived at the Fifth Station situated at 2300 metres above sea level where we were given 30 minutes for souvenir shopping and taking pictures of Mount Fuji from the distance. After that we went to have lunch at a restaurant where we could see the lake and the leaves on the trees changing to many beautiful colors. Then all of us went on a cruise on Lake Ashi for about15 minutes. We went up to Komatake Mountain by cable car, where it was only four degrees Celsius. It was nice and cold and we all liked it.
From Odawara Station, we took the Shinkasen bullet train which is the fastest one in Japan. We took the bullet train from Odawara Station to Tokyo Station. After that all of us walked back to Keio Presso Inn which is near Otemachi Station.
The last thing for Day Three was having dinner. For our dinner on this day we bought some snacks and cups of noodle to eat in the evening at the hotel. We boiled the hot water to make the noodles which we bought from the Ministop shop. After dinner, we took a shower and all went to bed to get ready for the next day.
We think this Japan trip is the best trip ever. The Mount Fuji tour was the best for both of us because we were so lucky that we were able to see the peak of Mount Fuji and the Komatake Mountain because the sky was clear and there was nice weather up there. The last sentence all of us would like to say is “Thank you” to Teacher Maxine and Mrs. Hasan for taking all of us senior high school students to Japan for our school field trip which was the BEST TRIP EVER!!
Written by Nattanicha (Prang) and Thanchanok (Mai)
Day Four – November 3, 2016
On Day Four we ate breakfast and then left to explore the city. We went to Tokyo Tower to see the whole view of Tokyo which was nice. At Tokyo Tower we visited the store and bought some souvenirs. After that we took the bus to watch a tea ceremony where we also saw fifteen Japanese weddings as it was a public holiday. We had the tea which tasted like seaweed. Following the tea ceremony, we visited the garden and saw lots of carp in the pond which are rare fish. After a tour of the gardens, we took the train to Harajuku to have lunch which was Okonomiyaki, a Japanese pizza, but some people chose to order different food. Then after lunch we went to shop at Daiso which has a lot of cheap items and the teachers and students bought many things. From there we took the train to go and see the Shibuya crossing which is famous in Tokyo. When we got there it was night time so the buildings had lights, and we saw many people crossing the road to do shopping on the other side of the street. We took the train to Tokyo station where we all ate at McDonalds and, after we had finished eating, we walked back to our hotel, Keio Presso Inn. The walk took about 10 minutes. We all went to our own rooms and went to bed to get ready for the next day which was the last day before we went back to Bangkok, Thailand.
Written by Dancho
Day Five – November 4, 2016
After breakfast we went to visit Sensoji temple. When we arrived there, we went shopping first as it was not busy. Then we went inside the temple following which we shopped again. After lunch near the temple, we went back to the hotel and checked out. We took a bus to Narita International Airport at 3 p.m. and waited for nearly two hours before we could check in on Air Asia flight XJ607. Our departure was at 8:15 p.m. and we landed in Bangkok at 1:11 a.m. even though our flight was delayed for 16 minutes at Narita.
Written by Jayant (Jay) and Soravit (Jack)
Here’s what the students had to say:
- Nont – Highlights – official photo on Tokyo Tower; Mt. Fuji and the bullet train; staying with T. Maxine and T. Hasan.
- Mai – Mt. Fuji was very beautiful.
- Prang – Mt. Fuji was lucky for us because the clouds cleared, the skies opened, and we could see the peak. The weather was nice and cold.
- Dancho – I liked being with friends and having fun.
- Jack – I liked seeing the cars.
- Anson – Mt. Fuji was good because it was cold.
- Kanom – I liked a lot of things such as having fun with friends, the weather, and the scenery.
- Jay – The bullet train was great, and the hotel in which we stayed was good and in a convenient area. I enjoyed walking which was good exercise for me.