5th Grade Cultural Exchange


In the summer after the completion of 5th grade, Richmond students have the opportunity to travel on either a ten day trip to the Kansai area or Sapporo on the island of Hokkaido. These cultural exchanges are culminating experiences for both students and parents, after six years of hard work of being immersed in the Japanese language.

The main objectives of the 5th Grade Japanese Cultural Exchange are:

  • To provide students with an authentic cultural experience.
  • To allow students to use their language skills and cultural knowledge.
  • To provide a home stay experience.
  • To have a culminating experience for six years of learning Japanese.

Update regarding the 2023 exchange

While we still don’t know what 2023 will bring, planning is underway for a possible trip in June. Is your student interested in participating? Please let us know!

Make a payment towards the 2023 trip

Oya No Kai will be collecting deposits for the 2023 trip via the trip app. Please make sure to create your account and make your first deposit by November 1, 2022.


Oya No Kai believes that any student who wishes to participate in the 5th grade exchange should be able to do so, regardless of their financial situation. If a scholarship would help your family, please do apply.

Applications are due by December 1, 2022.

Portland Public Schools does not fund, sponsor, or endorse this travel study program. The District is not responsible for conducting or supervising this trip. Portland Public School employees who participate in travel study programs are not acting in their capacity as District employees and do so at their own risk. Students participating in travel study programs do so at their own risk.