Keio University SFC is situated in Fujisawa, a scenic city located near the historic sites and sightseeing attractions of Kamakura, Yokohama and Tokyo. Once a weekend getaway for affluent Tokyo residents, Fujisawa has evolved into a hub that combines the best features of urban and rural life. Its moderate climate, proximity to beaches and relaxed pace of life provide students with a serene ambiance for their studies, while its excellent restaurants and cafes give welcome refreshment in the off hours. Trains from Fujisawa connect to Shinkansen bullet trains, by which Kyoto, Nagano, Osaka and Nagoya can be reached.
In Japan all roads lead to Tokyo, the sprawling capital that is home to more than
13 million people. This megalopolis is an international center for business and finance, as well as a renowned mecca for food and fashion. In 2013 the Michelin Guide awarded the city with 323 stars for 242 restaurants
— triple the number for Paris. From the temples of Asakusa and nearby TOKYO SKYTREE, the world’s tallest free-standing broadcasting tower at 634 meters, to
the electronic gadgets and anime/manga cultures of Akihabara, the glitz of Ginza, and the trendsetting districts of Shibuya and Harajuku, Tokyo’s offerings are endless.
Located at the center of the Shonan resort area, the small island of Enoshima is a short trip from SFC. Vast crowds visit the island in the warmer months and relax on the nearby beaches. Many come to see the mysterious Iwaya caves, and enjoy the spectacular views of Sagami Bay and nearby Mt. Fuji.
The legendary hot spring resorts at Hakone provide the ideal conclusion to a long day
in the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. The Japanese have been coming here for centuries to soak in the soothing, therapeutic waters, while enjoying the surrounding nature and views of nearby Mt. Fuji.
Kamakura is a quiet coastal town dotted with temples, shrines and historical monuments dating back to the end of the 12th century. The town is home to the Great Buddha, a 13th-century bronze statue that is the second largest of its kind in Japan. Kamakura also features hiking trails and beaches.
At 3,776 meters, Mt. Fuji is Japan’s highest mountain. This dormant volcano, internationally recognized as the classic symbol of Japan, was selected as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2013. An estimated 300,000 people climb to the summit each year. On a clear day, the mountain can be seen from hundreds of kilometers away, but the best views are from the five lakes at its base, where camping, fishing, and other outdoor activities may be enjoyed.
Tokyo Disney Resort, which marked its 30th anniversary in 2013, is the most visited theme park in Japan and the third most visited in the world: in 2010, cumulative visitors since its opening topped 500 million. The opening of Disney Sea in 2001 added more than 50 hectares of attractions to the resort.
Originally a quiet fishing village, Yokohama became the historical center of foreign trade in Japan after the 1853 arrival of Commodore Matthew Perry opened the country to global commerce. Today, Yokohama’s population of 3.7 million makes it one of the largest cities in the country. Vestiges of the city’s past, combined with its prominent Chinatown, give Yokohama a distinctly international feel. It also boasts the chic Motomachi shopping district and Landmark Tower, the tallest building in Japan.
Izu Peninsula is famed for its hot springs resorts of Atami, Shuzenji, and Ito, as well as for its breathtaking coastlines, temperate climate, and views of Mt. Fuji. The east coast
is considered one of the best spots in Japan for swimming, surfing, golf, and touring. The islands and inlets near its southern coast are ideal for scuba diving, swimming with dolphins, and other aquatic activities.