Academia Fujiyama Program (AFP)

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Academia Fujiyama Program (AFP)

Eligibility of Applicant: An International student who is endrolled in unversities in Japan
Application Deadline: July 24, 2018
Course Duration: August 25, 2018 to August 28, 2018 (5 days)
For the first day, students should arrive at “Tsuru bunka daigaku mae station” between 13:00-15:00.

Seminars and fieldwork on culture, history and scientific issues related to Mt. Fuji
Guided excursions (nature, historical sites and festival)

Participants should attend every seminar and fieldwork of AFP.
Participants are expected to interact with the students from Tsuru University.
Participants should respond to the interview by members of unversity staff after the program.


AFP General Information


Why do Japanese people consider Mt. Fuji a sacred place?
Why has Mt. Fuji inspired lots of arts and crafts?
Why is Mt. Fuji located between Yamanashi Prefecture and Shizuoka Prefecture?
What is the meaning of the festival in Fujiyoshida when huge burning torches are set up all over the town?
What are the Sengen Jinja (volcano shrines) around Mt. Fuji?
What Japanese myths are there related to volcanoes and Mt. Fuji, and how do the people worship them?
Why were women not allowed to enter Mt. Fuji in the past?
Why are there five big lakes around Mt. Fuji on the Yamanashi side?
Why are there lots of water springs located in the areas around Mt. Fuji?

These are the examples of some questions about Mt. Fuji, a World Cultural Heritage Site.
Share your interests and questions related to Mt. Fuji with the Academia Fujiyama facilitators and other students, and deepen your knowledge of Japan.

The AFP at Tsuru University is designed as an introduction to sociology, history, geology and volcanology in Japan. The AFP provides fieldwork experiences and seminars about culture, history and scientific issues concerning Mt. Fuji. Tsuru University also provides guided excursions to an interesting festival in Fujiyoshida (fire festival), as well.


Program Fees

FREE for international students.
Program includes accommodation, seminars and fieldwork, guided excursions, orientation and health insurance for the AFP.
Program DOESN’T INCLUDE meals and transportation to (from) Tsuru University from (to) the applicants’ domicile.


Language for the AFP

English or Japanese



Tsuru University dormitory



Participants can buy meals at supermarkets and restaurants in front of Tsuru University.


Application Procedures

Applicants should send the following documents to Tsuru University trough the special web page.

  Completed AFP application (by a special web page)

  >>>AFP Application web page


Application Deadline

July 24, 2018

The completed application form and other materials must reach Tsuru University by July 24, 2018.
If there are more than 5 applicants, participants will be selected by application documents and committee decision.


Contact Address

COC Research Organization
Tsuru University, 3-8-1 Tahara, Tsuru
402-8555 Yamanashi Japan
TEL 0554-43-4341


Program Overview (the order of the program may be changed because of the weather and participants’ interests)

Day 1 (August 25, Saturday) Arrivals and Registration (students should arrive at “Tsuru bunka daigaku mae station” between 13:00-15:00)
Day 2 (August 26, Sunday) Morning Orientation life in Tsuru and Mt. Fuji
Afternoon: Seminar at Yamanashi Prefectural Museum and Chateau Mercian Museum
Evening: Guided excursion (fire festival at Fujiyoshida)
Day 3 (August 27, Monday) Morning: Fieldwork related to water sources in Tsuru and Mt. Fuji
Afternoon: Yamanashi specialty “weaving” lesson
Day 4 (August 28, Tuesday) Guided excursion and fieldwork: one of the Fuji five lakes and Mt. Fuji (Kitaguchi Sengenjinja shrine, Mt.Fuji 5th station and Lake Kawaguchi)
Day 5 (August 29, Wednesday) Preparation for Departure
Optional excursions enjoying stellar and flying squirrel observations etc.


 2018ENG_akademiafujiyama.pdf (PDF 905KB)