Study Tour at Nara

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When I arrived in Nara on Monday, it was the first day of the week. School children go to school and employees re-entered the office. I found a lot of school children taking part in a tour of the Temple Kofukuji school. But apparently the concept of school tour in Japan is totally different from the concept I had in mind.

Based on my observations during Nara, Kyoto, and Tokyo touring schools are divided into two types. The first type is a tour that involves the entire class or generation. This tour is similar type of excursion that I used to follow when school started primary school to secondary school. But just to be here the similarities. This is because the whole class or a class tour organized by a travel agency professionals. Students will follow the guides who carry the flag around the major tourist attractions in the group as he explained the history of the sights. As a comparison. in Indonesia the school just hired a bus while the explanation of the attractions will be provided by the teacher.

Students at Tokyo
The first type is typically used by the school to visit the sights away from their home town, usually resulting cross prefecture they come to use some bus tours. The first tour of the type involving a force of several classes.

While the second type, in my opinion much more interesting and a brilliant idea. Type second tour involves fewer students and foster self-reliance. The way the teacher will assign a group of students to get around to the sights one full day. The teacher will form the group consisting of 3 boys and 3 girls were chosen at random. One elected as chairman and the group given the task to prepare a report on their visit that day.

A map is supplied as a guide to reach these places. Because the randomly selected male and female students will learn to work with others outside their peer group. To prevent this male and female students cheat, they were asked to take photos of tourist destinations that will be checked metadata her by the teacher. Of course there is the main prerequisite of the second type, namely the availability of public transport child-friendly, safe and reliable way to get around. Cities in Japan provides a key prerequisite of this.

The second type is commonly used by schools to tour in the same city or to other cities in the neighboring prefecture. For example students Osaka or Kyoto traveled with a second type is to Nara. They use public transport train or bus to reach the destination with a travel time of less than one hour.

Students at Kofukuji Temple Nara
In between these two types, there are also schools that implement a hybrid type. This type involves the participation of the class. Not too big as a tour group, but still provide adequate supervision to students. Hybrid type involves a single class divided into smaller groups like the second type. Teachers will be placed along the route to be traversed by the students. In addition to supervising and giving encouragement to the students, these teachers will provide a map or directions to your next destination. Thus, students are given the short or medium-term targets, unlike the second type are given long-term targets.

Whatever type of tour is used, all aimed at making the tourist attractions in Japan are always crowded every day. It can be used as a model example of cooperation between the Ministry of Education and Culture to the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of Indonesia to museums or other tourist attractions in Indonesia crowded by visitors. Of course in addition to the economic aspects before, it also aims to make history lessons more appealing to students.

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