Fifteen very excited year 8-10 students from Jindabyne Central School flew out from Canberra Airport on Sunday bound for Tokyo.
As part of the language program this 11-day cultural excursion through Japan was made possible by the accompanying (and very brave) JCS teacher Wendy Cotterill and her husband Bob, who have both lived and travelled there extensively.
The students are pictured with the dozens of origami cranes that they have been making to lay at the feet of Sadako, in Hiroshima, who is the protector of the souls of children lost in all wars.
Many highlights of their journey are visits to the Arashiyama Monkey Park, Hiroshima Peace Park, Mid Station on Mt Fuji, Disney Sea at Maihama, and riding on all forms of public transport, ordering all meals in Japanese and of course shopping in the Harajuku area.
But the tour group hadn't even left Australian shores before making national headlines when their Qantas Tokyo flight was grounded by a small Asian snake that was found on board and so all passengers were accommodated overnight before finally flying out on another flight on Monday morning.
Some very clever swift rescheduling with the help of the staff at Away We Go Tours ensured that there was minimal impact to their itinerary and everyone is invited to share in their journey on their facebook community page JCS Japan Trip 2013.