Apply Now: JACL Kakehashi December 2018

Applications for the December 2018 Trip are now being accepted.

Dates: December 12-20, 2018

At this time Kakehashi is only open to individuals with Japanese ancestry, if there are any changes to this policy, updates will be posted to this page.

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

For more information about Kakehashi see HERE.

Frequently Asked Questions

Deadline: September 23, 2018, 11:59 pm HST

Application Checklist:

A completed application consists of the following items:

    1. Completed application.  If you are of Japanese ancestry, please fill out this application: Japanese American application. You will upload the following documents on this 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 October 21. If you do not submit a copy of your passport by the October 21, 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 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.


Apply to be a supervisor

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


Application – September 23, 2018, 11:59 pm HST

Passport – October 21, 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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