Student cultural exchange trip

Shizutani School Auditorium

Travel to Bizen, Japan



Menlo Park invites residents between the ages of 13 and 15 years old to apply for the Student Cultural Exchange trip to visit the town and families of Bizen, Japan, a friendship city with Menlo Park.

This is an opportunity to experience


  • Bizen’s rich culture and heritage
  • Famous 1,000 yr old Bizen-yaki pottery history
  • Visit Japan’s first public school dating back to the 17th Century

Application process and trip


  • Eligibility is for Menlo Park residents ages 13-15
  • Prepare a written essay (no longer than one typed page) outlining your interest and what impact this cultural exchange would have on your life and your community.
  • Apply online by 5 pm on April 29
  • Each participant must purchase their own round trip flight to Japan
  • Food and lodging is provided
  • Four parents or related adults will be chosen to help lead the trip

More details to come! Check back often!