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K-12 School Tours and Workshops

The goal of Japan Society is to introduce and connect students to the dynamic historic and contemporary culture of Japan through rotating exhibitions and engaging workshops led by experienced museum educators and teaching artists.

Maximum group size at one time is 30 students for both Virtual and On-site Gallery tour with a requirement of 1 chaperone for Virtual Gallery Tour and 2 chaperones for On-site Gallery Tour.

We request each reservation to be made at least two weeks in advance of your desired date. A one-week notice for any cancellations or changes is required to avoid fees barring extreme weather or case-by-case emergencies.

To book a tour and/or workshop, or if you have questions, please call (212) 715-1275 or email us at

Virtual Gallery Tour (45 Minutes)

Japan Society’s gallery tour offers an interactive art experience led by trained museum educators, who incorporate close-looking, personal connections, inquiry, and related activities for K-12 students.

When Practice Becomes Form: Carpentry Tools from Japan (Grades K-12)
Virtual school tours start from April 1 by appointment.
This new exhibition celebrates the spirit of architecture and craftsmanship through Japanese woodworking tools, patterns and models. Students will learn about the tools and techniques that have been used to build Japan’s wooden architectural masterpieces for hundreds of years—from temples and shrines to teahouses and bridges- all while gaining insight on Japanese history and culture.

School 1-30 Students
NCYDOE Public Schools $100
NYC Private & Outside of NYC Schools $150

Arts & Culture Workshops

Workshops are longer, immersive hands-on experiences led by professional artists that connect K-12 audiences with traditional and contemporary approaches to Japanese art and culture.

In-person Arts & Culture Workshops are currently unavailable. Select Virtual Arts & Cultures Workshops are available upon request. Email for more information.

Virtual Sumi-e Ink Painting (grades K-12)
1-30 students
Students will learn about the ancient tradition of Japanese ink painting and learn to create their own paintings with a professional sumi-e artist! This workshop is 60 minutes.

Virtual Manga Workshop (grades 3-12)
1-30 students
Experience one of Japan’s most popular and contemporary art styles with this manga workshop! Students will be guided through a step-by-step demonstration of one of Japan’s most popular manga characters with the help of a professional manga artist. This workshop is 60 minutes.

School Price
NCYDOE Title 1 Schools $175
NYCDOE Non-Title 1 Schools $275
NYC Private & Outside of NYC Schools $375