March 11th, 2011, at 14:46, a massive earthquake-magnitude 9.0 rocked the northeastern coast of Japan.
Followed by a tsunami the size of a 5 story building, the waves destroyed villages and cities along the pacific coast. This devastating tragedy is one that has affected people of all over the world. Thanks to a vast amount of aid from many countries, major life-line and infrastructures are almost recovered. Now, in the second stage of recovery, "manpower" is needed. KIE supports Japan through the Tsunami Relief Volunteer Tour "Kizuna." "Kizuna"(kizuna) is a Japanese word meaning the strong bond between people.

“Five F’s”


Meet people at Tohoku region and interact with them. By knowing the people, you could see the situation at Tohoku more clearly and care more about them.


Take a look at the fact that terrifying earthquake and tsunami hit Tohoku region. Knowing the situation creates another fact that you care about people in Tohoku. Making this fact relevant encourages everyone in Tohoku that they are not alone.


Assist in rebuilding Tohoku’s future. The disaster dramatically changed people’s lives. By volunteering at Tohoku, you could create opportunities to reconstruct pathways that may lead them to the new future.


People are still suffering from losses. For those people, there are many different things you could do at Tohoku. Whatever you do, your passion is the key factor that helps people to recover.


The interaction “How are you?” “I’m fine!” is one of the first English phrases that Japanese children learn. Talk to children at Tohoku and see how energetic they are. Children are willing to communicate using English and state that they are doing fine.


Detailed Itinerary



One of the most exciting metropolises in Asia, Tokyo is where traditions from centuries past co-exist with the ever-moving elements of the latest in urban culture. Tokyo Metropolitan area is now home to one-quarter of all Japanese, with 12 million people in Tokyo proper alone.

The Imperial Palace stands in the middle of the city and is still surrounded by its original innermost moat. The graceful gardens show off the four seasons in Japan. Not far away are the neon lights and world-class shopping district of Ginza.

For a glimpse into Tokyo's past, the Asakusa district with its narrow back streets lined with traditional buildings and shops is also a place to view open markets and kimono-clad women shopping for fresh ingredients for the evening meal.


Miyako is a city in Iwate Prefecture in a Tohoku District , Japan. It was founded on February 11, 1941.

It is connected to Morioka by an east-west train line and highway and the coastal highway also goes through the town. The city has a port but much of the shipping traffic is taken by larger cities along the coast.

On June 6, 2005, the old Miyako absorbed the town of Tarō and village of Niisato from Shimohei District to form the new city of Miyako, more than doubling the old city's size. As of 2008, the new city has an estimated population of 57,874 and a density of 83.1 persons per km². The total area is 696.82 km² .Miyako is one of the cities that suffered damage from the disaster on March 11th, 2011.



Chisun Hotel Ueno

5-5-6, Higashi-Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 110-0015, Japan
TEL: +81-3-5828-0108
FAX: +81-3-5828-0109
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148 Mukaishinden Taro, Miyako, Iwate 027-0373, Japan
TEL: +81-193-87-5111
FAX: +81-193-87-5118
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Required minimum number of participants: 10 people
Terms and Conditions

Starting FROM $2450(Land+Air*) or $750(Land only)

Air Fare can be lower or higher depends on US departure cities.

Tour cost includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare from/to the US and Narita or Haneda, Japan.
  • (Land only does not include airfare)
  • Japan Railway East pass. (Flexible 5-day, Ordinary car)
  • Transportation from/to Miyako and volunteer sites.
  • Hotel/Inn accommodations. (The rooms can be shared)
  • Registration for volunteer.
  • Interpreter in Japan.
  • Volunteer insurance and registration

Tour cost Does Not include

  • Meals, sightseeing and transportation services not specified in the itinerary.
  • Any incidental charges such as telephone calls, room services and laundry.
  • Any excess baggage charges assessed by airlines.
  • Cost incurred due to change of return flight.
  • Any other service not specified in the tour itinerary.

DEPARTURE: JULY 2, 2013 - JULY 10, 2013


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