Apply Now: JACL Kakehashi December 2018

Applications for the February 2019 Trip are now being accepted from November 9-25, 2018.

Dates: February 11-19, 2019

This Kakehashi trip is open to individuals 18-25 of Japanese American and Asian Pacific American heritage.

A separate application will be opened at a later date for a trip occurring in December 2019.

Deadline: November 25, 2018, 11:59 pm HST

For more information about Kakehashi see HERE.

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Checklist:

A completed application consists of the following items:

    1. Completed application.  If you are of Japanese ancestry, please fill out this application:
      1. Japanese American Application
      2. Asian Pacific American Application
      3. You will upload the following documents on these application.
    2. Completed supplemental application submitted as a PDF
      • No boxes should be left empty, if the question does not apply to you, please put N/A or none. You can fill out as xlsx or pdf then submit as pdf
    3. Hand signed Letter of Understanding submitted as a PDF
    4. A current photo (taken within 3 months)
    5. A copy of your valid passport. If you do not have a valid passport at this time, you may submit documentation that proves you have already applied for a passport, you must submit a copy of your actual passport no later than December 23. If you do not submit a copy of your passport by the December 23, you will not be able to attend the trip.

All documents to be submitted with application.


  • Must be interested in U.S – Japan relations, as well as Japanese American interests.
  • Japanese American and/or Asian Pacific American Ancestry
  • Currently enrolled in a community college, undergraduate, graduate, or young professionals who have an undergraduate or graduate degree.
  • Individuals with US permanent resident status may be accepted.
  • Must be at least 18 years old at the time of application and no older than 25 on the day they intend to depart for Japan.
  • Japanese nationals, or Japanese passport holders, are restricted from applying, including those with dual citizenship
  • Those who have participated in Kakehashi or other programs funded by the Japanese government are ineligible.
  • Those who have studied or stayed in Japan for over a year are ineligible.
  • Participants are required to participate in a series of webinars that will posted on this website.
  • You do not need to be a JACL member to be eligible.


*Please be sure to review the JICE Application Guidelines, found here.

Sample Itinerary –  Please note that the schedule is just an example, there may be changes.

The application for Japanese Americans can be found here.

The application for Asian Pacific Americans can be found here. 

Apply to be a supervisor

Fill out this application by December 4, 2018, 11:59 pm HST.


Application – November 25, 2018, 11:59 pm HST

Passport – December 23, 2018, 11:59 pm HST


*Applicants will be notified of their decision through the email submitted and must accept their spot.



Some domestic US travel for the Kakehashi program is provided by Southwest Airlines.

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