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COLLEGE/CLASS: Merritt College – Business 72 Principles of Retailing + Explore of Business world and culture in Japan – Spring Intersession 2019 – Course #43695 (3 TRANSFERABLE CREDITS)
**This is a higher intensive walking tour, including hiking, about 6 miles each day**
Japan is a learning experience for any student; especially those studying science, technology, finance or industrial design are of interest to you. Japan is amongst the most technologically advanced in the world and its manufacturing of electronics, appliances and motor vehicles is quickly changing the world. It is home to companies like Nintendo and Toyota and is leading the world in scientific and technological research. Its stock exchange and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency are amongst the most prestigious and aggressive in the world.
Day 1: Fly overnight to Japan
Day 2: Tokyo
Don Quijote (ドン・キホーテ) is a discount chain store that has over 160 locations throughout Japan as well as three stores in Hawaii. It carries a wide range of products, from basic groceries to electronics to clothing. The store is well known in Japan and is often referred to by its shortened name Donki (ドンキ). Distinctly, Don Quijote tends to keep very late hours for Japanese retailing (to 3 or 5am, or even 24 hours) and it packs its goods from ceiling to floor in a distinct merchandising strategy.
STUDY: What is the different of retailer structure from US retailer model?
Discover the beauty and hidden wonders of Mt. Fuji on this easy day tour from Tokyo. Take a scenic bus ride and stop at Gotemba Premium Outlets. Browse through 120 international brands and food options.
Stop at Oshino Hakkai, a quaint village built on a former lake that dried out centuries ago. Snowmelt from Mt. Fuji feeds its scenic eight ponds, giving life to colorful flowers all year round.
Visit Lake Kawaguchi, and see Mt. Fuji reflected in the lake’s still waters. Uncover the hidden beauty of Japan’s mountain on this day tour!
STUDY: Compare the difference of business culture with Yoshinoya and McDonald
Day 4: Tokyo: Modern area in Tokyo
Odaiba was born from reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay in the southeastern part of Tokyo. It attracts mostly young people as a new amusement spot in the city. The name Odaiba means a “platform site.” It derives its name from the installation of a platform for a marine cannon battery that was constructed in haste to meet the sudden need for the defense of Tokyo (called Edo at that time) after the unexpected appearance of the black steel ships from the United States in 1853 commanded by Commodore Perry.
The center of Odaiba is Aquacity Odaiba. It includes a shopping mall with a 300-meter-long boutique street, a multi-flex cinema that employs the latest acoustic and screen technologies, and a gourmet zone that stretches over 15,000 square meters, which is obviously the largest such zone in Japan.
Major attractions of Odaiba are dotted along the Yurikamome Line, a new unmanned traffic system that crosses Rainbow Bridge to connect Shimbashi Station with Odai
Mega Web – a Toyota showroom (part of Palette Town) where you can try out Toyota’s newest models (including Lexus). You can also take a ride on an electric vehicle, so bring your Japanese or international driving license with you
Study: How the new technology apply on automobile industry. How to promote its product into worldwide market.
Study: What wholesaler in seafood products
Local Onsen (hot spring) experience
If you are keen on Japanese culture, or looking for a place to relax while travelling, Onsen is one thing you should definitely try in Japan. If you are wondering which Onsen resorts are recommended or nearby your travel destination, please check out our list of top Onsen resorts in Japan with Japan Onsen Map, and find the best Onsen for you!
STUDY: What is the gimmick to attract visitor in Onsen structure?
Day 4: Tokyo
Daily Theme: Japanese Culture, Past and Present
Visit the Meiji Shinto Shrine
Shinto shrine (神社 jinja, archaic: shinsha, meaning: “place of the god(s)”) is a structure whose main purpose is to house (“enshrine”) one or more Shinto (神道 Shintō) kami. Its most important building is used for the safekeeping of sacred objects, and not for worship
Study: Why tourist will visit this temple?
Over 100 boutiques jostle for attention in the multi-storey Laforet mall, which has been the ground zero of Harajuku fashion – and a bastion of Lolita-style cutesiness – for over 30 years
Study: culture of cross-play and retailer culture
Pokemon, Totoro and Dragon Ball magic at Ikebukuro’s Sunshine City
Sunshine City was built with the concept of a “city within a city”, that is, a building with virtually all the facilities you can think of housed under one roof. It was opened in 1978 and has not only food and shopping options, but also indoor theme parks, as well as an aquarium, planetarium and a sky deck.
Study: How Pokemon GO made everyone crazy in the World?
Day 5: Tokyo
Tsukiji Guide Tour takes about 2 hours. At first you will go to the wholesale site “Tsukiji Inner Market”, then you will go to the retailing site “Tsukiji Outer Market”.
Study: How Japanese and visitors enjoy the freshest sushi in one place.
Asakusa (浅草) is a district in Taitō, Tokyo, Japan, famous for the Sensō-ji, a Buddhist temple dedicated to the bodhisattva Kannon. There are several other temples in Asakusa, as well as various festivals, such as the Sanja Matsuri.
Study: Discover another Asakusa that only locals know. Visit family-owned hidden gems and try the great local food on our food tour in Asakusa
Alongside our Formula Race Car, we have also on display an Electric Go Kart. The go kart was designed and built by the DreamEDGE innovation team and is capable to reach a top speed of over 50 kilometre per hour.
STUDY: How does Nintendo make the dream come true?
Option 2( without driver license): Ueno Zoo:
One of Japan’s most beloved zoos, Ueno Zoo includes many unusual animals, such as Hokkaido brown beans, Japanese macaques, and wild cormorants.
Day 6: Tokyo
Daily Theme: Visit a technology showroom
TAKARASAGASHI is a figure shop in Akihabara the sells premium, high quality figures. Here is a message from the shop staff to TOM users: “We have an abundant selection of figures and goods.
Study: Model toys for all age collectors
Study: Cyber game development in the future
“The art of replica foods is not only for display windows.” Using a symbolic shape of Spaghetti Napolitan raised with a fork as a motif, it expresses the origin and role of replica foods. The brand color in an orange-based warm color tone shows the image of the warmth of the handicrafts and brilliance of replica foods.
Study: compare the art of replica foods with 3D printer artwork in retailing business
Day 7: Yokohama
Daily Theme: Ramen Culture and history
Study: back to 60’s Japan, what’s the different of noodle issues
The Cup Noodles Museum is a fun and interactive museum in Yokohama‘s Minato Mirai District that shows the history of instant ramen noodles using a combination of whimsical exhibits and hands on workshops. It was opened by the Nissin Food company, whose founder invented instant ramen noodles in 1958 as a fast and convenient food.
Study: The little idea became a largest Ramen production in the World
As beer is the most popular alcoholic drink in Japan there are plenty of interesting beers and beer history to discover. Kirin Yokohama Beer Village is one of nine factories of the Japan Kirin Group
Study: offering views from above through observation windows of various parts of the manufacturing process. How Beer or beer-like happoshu beverages are the most popular alcoholic drink in Japan?
Day 8: Tokyo
Depart for Home
Narita International Airport
With the changes check-in has become much more efficient and security lines are usually fast. So there is more time for browsing and shopping in the airport. The good news is that NAA, the operator of the airport, has been upgrading the shopping experience. In particular, Terminal 1 shopping has been upgraded with fresh new shops with unique products,
Study: Create your idea to start a store at SFO airport, how can you attract customer’s eye.
END OF THE TRIP
Time: Spring 2019 Intersession (2 weekends in class course included 8 days trip in Japan)
Price: The trip cost including flight, hotel (double room), transportation, insurance, meals (breakfast and dinner) (excluded tuition of 3 units and textbook)
This price includes:
Five nights half-board accommodation
All flights inclusive of tax
JR pass for transportation within Japan
Detailed information pack
Comprehensive travel and medical insurance
Itinerary planning service
Requirement: current Peralta Community College student, US Passport, unlocked smart phone (android or iphone), international driver license ($20 from DMV) if you want to drive Mario K car(not included) in Tokyo city
What you will learn from this trip:
1. Tokyo city retail business
2. Robots, gadgets and latest technology
3. Castles, temples and city attraction
4. Efficient transportation network
5. Japanese food and drink business
6. Manga & animation culture and business
7. Historical vs Modern Architectures
8. Japanese traditional art & business
Prof SIMON CHAN, Bus instructor at Merritt College, has 20 years of experience traveling in Japan included “Cycling around Japan in 15 Days”, He was a Sales Excutive for an international trading entrepreneurship in China, Indonesia and Hong Kong. He was a guest speaker in Asian Television Hong Kong for a tourist Programs to share his tavel experience in Greece and Russia.