Tono Summer 2018


Introduction of Tono:

Tono is a city located in central Iwate Prefecture, surrounded by three mountains, and covered with lush greenery in summer and shimmering white snow in winter. It is also known as the folklore capital of Japan as it is the origin of the Tono Folklore, a repository of Japanese folklores about spirits and supernatural creatures. Tono has prospered as a trading centre between the inland areas and the coastal regions of Iwate prefecture. 

Learning Points:

  • Experience cutting-edge Innovation Education, as well as the local cities’ unique cultures.

  • Acquire skill-sets required for innovation.

  • Experience mindsets that are conducive to innovation.

  • Get an opportunity for personal development through new experiences and make a difference to the future of local Japanese cities through the creation of ideas.

  • Study the social contexts of natural resource management in Tono.

  • Discuss the principles and ideas of sustainability and how they are adapted to the complex reality.

  • Discover how innovative solutions to problems caused by population decline, aging population and tourism require an integration of social, economic and environmental aspects of sustainability.

Participation Fee: ¥30,000

Participation fee covers everything- accommodation, transportation, meals, workshop materials and workshop experience.

*Please note that only transportation within Japan is covered. If you live outside Japan, you have to cover for your own transportation to Japan and back to your own country, and any other expenses such as visa applications and travel insurance, if necessary.

** This program is only for students.

***The participation fee above does not include tax. The actual participation fee will include 8% tax.

General Flow of Application Process:

Application Period: May 14 ~ June 15, 2018

Interview: By June 24, 2018

Announcement of Results: By June 30, 2018

Pre-Trip Gathering: July 21 or July 22 (TBC)

Program Dates: 8/7 ~ 8/12

*This program is organized by and Fuji Xerox. Click here for more information.

** The program schedules and requirements are subject to change without advanced notice. More information will be given to you during the interview.


Photos of Last Year's Activities in Tono