Japan has so much natural beauty and adventure to offer, with an amazing diversity of landscapes that change with the time of year. Dragonfly has an exciting range of school programs in relatively unexplored areas that are not offered by other organizations. When developing programs, we look to make experiences authentic, collaborating with local communities, and infusing traditional, cultural practices.

Ishigaki Islands, Okinawa

Ishigaki and nearby islands are the southernmost in Okinawa, pristine and just an hour away. The islands are ringed by reefs creating calm waters full of life. The volcanic coastal rock features, mountainous jungle, and mangrove wetlands are perfect for adventures like kayaking through mangroves,  waterfall hikes, boating upriver into the forest, snorkeling within protective reefs or scuba diving with manta rays. Students will also experience a traditional Okinawan village and participate in community-based activities.


Key Activities

Kayaking through mangroves, Waterfall and Forest Hikes, Snorkeling, Scuba, Jungle Boat Ride, Community Activities (Fishing, Farming, Local Culture, Ishigaki City Walk).

Niseko, Hokkaido

Hokkaido, Japan’s island in the north, attracts those who want the great outdoors, fresh air and the best local foods. Niseko is known as one of the best winter resorts in the world, but there is so much more. Hike a volcano, go white water rafting, kayak in a clear crater lake or the dramatic ocean coastline, ski and snowboard world famous powder, relax in a natural hot spring, bicycle through the countryside. Each season offers something different. Cultural immersion is also a key part of our Dragonfly Niseko programs.


Key Activities

Skiing, Snowboarding, Snowshoeing, Snow Safety, Camping, Hiking, White Water Rafting, River and Sea Kayaking, Lake Canoeing, Local Festivals, Glass Making, Cooking, Soba Noodle Making, Seafood Markets, Hot Springs, Horse Riding, Golf Camps, Farm Stay, Otaru Cultural Walk and more.