Culture and Lifestyle within the Blue Zone Regions of Okinawa
Program Leader: Senior Instructor Gina Burton
**Interested in this program? Plan to apply for Summer 2022!**
Blue Zones are regions of the world where residents tend to live much longer than average. On this program, students will travel to the Blue Zones of Okinawa, Japan and explore the cultural and lifestyle factors of the area, such as diet, community, spirituality, and more, in an effort to understand how so many of Okinawa's residents live to be centenarians. Activities include visits to Makishi Market and Cape Zanpa, a traditional purple-sweet-potato-tart-marking class, and more!
Course and Credit Information
Class to be determined -- Health Science credit
Dates and Itinerary
The dates of the trip are to be determined, but the itinerary is below. Participants will likely depart the U.S. via a group flight from Denver International Airport and return from Okinawa on a group flight as well, so that is reflected in the itinerary.
- Depart Denver for Okinawa, arrive in Okinawa, transfer to hotel
- Welcome Brunch, health and safety orientation, tour of Makishi Market
- Morning guest lecture, afternoon social impact experience
- Okinawa World (including visits to Gyokusendo Cave and Kingdom Village), group dinner
- Travel to Cape Zanpa, Kouri Island, Kouri Bridge, tart-making class, Manzamo Cliff
- Free day to explore Cape Zanpa
- Ogimi Village, group lunch, farming experience, group dinner
- Depart Okinawa for Denver
Cost and Payment Information
Estimated Total Program Cost for 2022: ~$4,151
Likely included in the program cost are the following items:
- Round trip international flights from Denver to Okinawa
- Hotel and ground services (breakfast is included at the hotel)
- 4 group meals (1 brunch, 1 lunch, 2 dinners)
- 3 cultural enrichment experiences (tart-making class, Kingdom Village dance lesson, farming experience)
- Entrance to the following: Okinawa World, Gyokusendo Cave, Ogimi Village
- Embedded medical insurance
Likely NOT included in the program cost are UCCS tuition, additional meals, tipping and personal spending money. For students seeking single-occupancy, there is a single-occupancy room supplement fee as well.
**Please note that students seeking credit will be billed tuition on their UCCS account at their regular student rate for the Summer 2022 session.**
All housing accommodations are in 3- or 4-star hotels with breakfast provided. The hotel offers internet access, double occupancy rooms (single occupancy for university officers, director, employee, agents, and representatives), and dining facilities.
Passports and Immigration
All participants need to have a valid passport to participate in this program. The passport needs to be valid for the duration of the stay and preferably for at least 6 months after the anticipated departure from Japan. Participants holding a U.S. Passport do not need a visa or additional permission to enter Japan for this program. Those who do not hold a U.S. Passport should check with the closest Japanese embassy or the closest consulate for the country they hold their passport from for entry requirements.
Information on how to obtain a U.S. Passport can be found on our website.
Health and Safety
Health and safety are paramount to a successful experience studying abroad. We encourage students to research health and safety considerations of the destination they wish to travel to. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provide up to date and comprehensive information about health and safety abroad. Please visit their websites to find more information.