SWAP Japan
  • Doesn't look like Canada!
  • Tower of strength.
  • The future is waiting for you in Japan.
  • Japan is beautiful even on rainy nights.
  • Make new athletic friends.
  • Spot the 2 monkeys.
  • This happens everyday.

Eligibility: Canadians aged 18-30. No Student Status required

Registration Timelines: Apply 5 weeks prior to departure

Repeat Participation: No

Visa Duration: 6 months (You may extend up to one year once in Japan)

Program Price:

Support Funds: $2,500. What are support funds?

This must see video comes from Eva Holland, senior editor of World Hum. Warning: you will want to go to Japan rapidly.
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Top Things to Do in Japan

Zen out, sleep on the floor, relax at a bath house. Check out the bizarre street fashion trends and shop for crazy tech-toys. Don't forget to eat delicious sushi for breakfast. Visiting a Love Hotel is optional.

10 Reasons the World Would Be a Better Place if Japan Ruled the Earth

Ever get the feeling that Japanese culture is ahead of the game? Long lives, amazing food, heated toilets... not to mention geishas, judo, and anime. We can't help but think that there is a lot we can learn about how life should be by living in Japan.

How Much Money Will I Need?

Here's an idea of how much day-to-day things in Japan will cost you, on average.

How Much Will It Cost to Get There?

Merit Travel offers special rates for students and youth. The awesome travel counsellors are committed to getting you the best possible rate on your flight. They are SWAP experts and understand the time requirements, insurance, and everything else you'll need to get ready for your big adventure.