At UWC ISAK Japan, all students participate in outdoor education.
Our focus is on access for everyone, with an emphasis on body positivity and health, conservation, sustainability, real-time teamwork and leadership. A wide range of activities are scheduled each year, including hiking, snowshoeing, cycling, climbing, skiing, canyoning, and overnight camps. There is also flexibility for students to propose their own journeys and missions within and outside of these areas.
It is easy to enjoy the outdoors at UWC ISAK Japan because we are situated in a wooded, rural environment, at the edge of the Joshin-Etsu national park. With so much nature surrounding us, outdoor activities can become part of everyday life. We encourage students to enjoy nature and explore the natural history of our beautiful surroundings.
“There exists within everyone a grand passion, an outlandish thirst for adventure, a desire to live boldly and vividly through the journey of life.”
-Kurt Hahn, UWC Founder
Choose Your Stream
In September and January, all students identify a stream which reflects their interest (regardless of ability) in pursuing outdoor education.
STREAM ONE – Seikisonsan (Exposure)
Experience different outdoor activities and settings while taking time to reflect on the educational, recreational and leadership value in each experience. Students who choose the Seikisonsan stream will experience a minimum of one overnight camp and three outdoor activities over the course of the year. You just may discover you have a passion for the outdoors!
STREAM TWO – Kurofuyama (Development)
Build your skills by identifying an area in which you would like to receive additional training, such as mountaineering or camping. The Kurofuyama stream provides students training sessions to develop their skills and plan their own adventure or expedition as a group of equals.
STREAM THREE – Kunawatosan (Team Building)
Become an outdoor education leader! By choosing the Kunawatosan stream, students commit to practicing leadership alongside their outdoor skills. In addition to developing skills within a certain area and designing a personal adventure or expedition, you will also gain the skills to train and lead others in outdoor experiences over the course of the year.
HOW DID WE NAME THE THREE STREAMS?
Stream One and Two are named after local mountains, Seikisonsan and Kurofuyama. Stream Three is named for Kunawat Vitoorapakorn (Class of 2018, Thailand).
When Kunawat came to UWC ISAK Japan, the outdoor education program was just getting started. Passionate about the outdoors and eager to see the program expanded, Kunawat has been a tireless advocate for OEd. As a student leader, Kunawat has organized and led excursions, coached others, and helped to push the program forward. In his honor, we have named the third stream Kunawatosan!