EdVenture Summer Kids Camp (Hokkaido)
Dates: July 6-10, 13-17, 20-24, 27-31, Aug. 3-7, 10-14
Ages: 3 and up
EdVenture is a hands-on camp for young children, teenagers and parents in Niseko, Hokkaido. EdVenture combines education and adventure by encouraging children to take part in a variety of activities such as sports, farm adventures, woodcrafts and overnight camping. The weeklong camp includes three one-day experiences where parents drop their kids off on Monday to Wednesday, and one overnight experience with a parent or guardian Thursday to Friday. Experiences include custom skateboard building, tree planting workshops, mountain biking, cultural excursions and organic vegetable farm visits.
Parents can choose between the Moiwa Program and the Shizen Program, which has a holistic focus on outdoor learning. Both programs are for children aged three and up. A parent or guardian is allowed to join in the morning programs if their kids are three or four years old.
EdVenture has implemented a number of safety procedures to ensure a fun and safe time during camp by focusing on camper cleanliness and sanitation and limiting the number of attendees.
Canyons Summer Camp (Gunma)
Dates: July 5-10, July 12-17
Ages: 8 and up
Kids will acquire “soft” and “hard” outdoor skills while learning about themselves and their environment. These multi-day camps for children from elementary to high school are run by the international team of professionals at Canyons who will be mentoring children on navigation, shelters, outdoor cooking, whitewater, risk management and “leave no trace” living.
Evergreen Summer Camp (Nagano)
Dates: Day camps and multi-day camps between July 13-Aug. 27
Ages: 7 and up
Evergreen Outdoor Center in Hakuba runs outdoor education programs for international schools, families and groups in the beautiful Japan Alps. Campers are looked after by English-speaking professional international guides and educators while being challenged in a fun learning environment. Programs range from day experiences to nine-day camps. Activities include raft building, hiking, river rafting, canyoning, mountain biking, stand-up paddle boarding, tree climbing, rock climbing, and orienteering.
English Adventure (Niigata)
Dates: Multi-day camps between Aug. 3-23
Ages: 6 and up
English Adventure runs English camp experience for children from kindergarten to middle school. This three-day camp is nestled in the mountains near Tsunan in Niigata and emphasizes English speaking skills, personal development and growth. Fun camp activities include crafts, camp games, hiking and campfires.
Three different programs are catered for campers’ language needs: the Immersion Program for native English speakers, returnees and international school students, the Challenge Program for beginner speakers and the Challenge Plus for intermediate speakers. During the winter, EA also runs four-day ski camps. Camp fees include round-trip transportation from Tokyo, lodging, meals, activities and insurance.
Additional Kids’ Summer Camps
- Niseko Adventure Centre Camp (Hokkaido)
July 25-Aug. 31
- Nanbo Discovery Camp (Chiba)
July 5-Aug. 26
- YMCA Summer Camp (Yamanashi & Nagano)
End of July-mid-Aug.
- Jinseki Summer School (Hiroshima)
July 5-Aug. 8
- Air Toyo Summer Camp (Okinawa)
July 26-Aug. 8