Temples, Museums, and Deer: Grade 7 Ventures Off-Campus


One hundred and twenty-four 7th-grade students and fourteen teachers recently ventured out on what has become a powerful and memorable experience. From January 21st to the 23rd, 7th-grade students had the opportunity to visit Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Miyajima on their extended campus trip.

Visiting Kyoto, the City of Ten Thousand Shrines, perfectly complemented our 7th-grade students’ cultural studies. These students visited Sanjusangendo Temple, home of the Thousand Armed Kanon, as well as Kiyomizu Temple and Nijo Castle. With its rich cultural heritage, Kyoto is a significant stop on the 7th grade classes’ journey to supplement their studies of Japanese history, culture, and architecture.

In Hiroshima students visited the Peace Museum and Peace Park, both of which stand as a memorial to the significance of and the lives lost in the world’s first nuclear attack. This visit, in particular, helped add perspective to the 7th-grade students’ recent focus on the War in the Pacific. Quickly moving from past to future, teachers and students also visited the Micron Semiconductor Plant outside Hiroshima.

The 7th-grade extended campus trip ended on Miyajima, an island known for its iconic Itsukushima Shrine. The students, however, may have enjoyed the wild deer as much as the temples.

The extended campus trips are highly anticipated by both students and teachers. These experiences have become invaluable as a first-hand opportunity to learn about the people and places in Japan’s history.

Temples, museums, and deer: Grade 7 ventures off-campus