A day trip to Kyoto for international students in the School of Medicine


On Saturday, December 5, a day trip was held to Kyoto for international students in the School of Medicine. This is held every December to enable international students to gain a deeper understanding of Japanese culture and for the students to get to know each other better. This time, 15 international students from Mongolia, Indonesia, Ethiopia and Vietnam took part.

They visited Tō-ji Temple, Nishijin Textile Center and the Kyoto Aquarium which opened three years ago. They saw the five-story pagoda and main hall of Tō-ji Temple which are symbols of Kyoto, encountering Japanese history through these buildings from 1,200 years ago. At the Nishijin Textile Center, they tried making a table center on a hand loom. It took about 30 minutes with the guidance of an instructor, and they took their work away with them as a souvenir. After enjoying a dolphin show at the Kyoto Aquarium, they saw ingenious exhibits of Japanese giant salamanders, penguins, seals, jellyfish and so on.

This day trip to Kyoto took about three hours one way, via the Ōnaruto Bridge, Akaishi Strait Bridge, Awaji, Kōbe and Osaka. On the bus, the guide sang the nursery songs ‘Furusato’ and ‘Momiji’, and the international students performed songs from their countries. The songs received loud applause from the participants. From the guide’s explanations, the students learned the history of the bridges, and the geography and history of Awaji, Kobe, Osaka and Kyoto, making this a very significant and enjoyable study trip.


Toji Memorial shoot the five-story pagoda in background

Commemorative photo in front of Kyoto Aquarium

Challenge in making mini table Center Nishijin Hall