Apply to the Kakehashi Project

Applications for the February 2020 Trip are now open!

Trip dates: February 25- March 4, 2020

Application deadline extension:

Monday, November 25, 2019 at 11:59pm (Hawaiian Standard Time)

A separate application will be opened in September for the Winter 2020 trip.

Application Checklist:

First, fill out the February Application!

Then, please upload the following documents:

  1. Hand-signed Letter of Understanding submitted as a PDF
  2. A current photo (taken within 3 months)
  3. 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 22. If you do not submit a copy of your passport by December 22, you will not be able to attend the trip

All documents to be submitted with the application.


  • Must be interested in U.S – Japan relations, as well as Japanese American interests.
  • Japanese American
  • Currently enrolled in a community college, undergraduate, graduate, or young professionals who have an undergraduate or graduate degree
  • Must have US permanent resident status (citizens or green card holders) and travel with a US passport
  • Must be at least 18 years old by the date of acceptance into the program and no older than 25 on the day they intend to depart for Japan
  • Japanese dual citizens under the age of 22 may apply
  • 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.
  • 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.

Apply to be a supervisor

Fill out this application by November 20, 2019 11:59pm HST


Student Application – Wednesday, November 20, 11:59pm HST

Supervisor Application – Wednesday, November 20, 11:59pm HST

Passports – Sunday, December 22, 11:59pm HST

Kakehashi in the News

NBC News: A Journey ‘Home’ to Japan for the First Time

Pacific Citizen: Personal Reflections of the Kakehashi Project

Rafu Shimpo: JACL Sends 90 Young Adults to Japan



Or call at (202) 223-1240, M-F between 9:00am-5:00pm EST

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