7/9-15: 31st Japan-America Grassroots Summit to be held in Wakayama from July 9-15, 2024: Homestay programs extend to 8 locations

“The 31st Japan-America Grassroots Summit” will be held in Wakayama from July 9 through July 15, 2024. The Grassroots Summit is a large-scale annual exchange program for Japanese and American citizens, regardless of age or language ability, held alternately in Japan and the U.S.

The Grassroots Summit Wakayama 2024 is organized by Wakayama Prefectural Government, John Manjiro – Whitfield Commemorative Center for International Exchange (CIE), and CIE-US.

The Summit aims to strengthen the close, peaceful relationship between Japan and the U.S. by fostering friendship at the grassroots level.

One of the best features of the Grassroots Summit is the “Local Session (homestay program). In Wakayama, the Local Sessions start on July 11 for 4 days 3 nights. Participants will experience person-to-person exchange and the unique local culture through personalized programs by volunteers and with host families. Host families are all volunteers, and receive no fee.

8 Local Sessions in Wakayama are Wakayama City, Hashimoto City, Tanabe City, Shirahama Town, Kamitonda Town, Kushimoto Town, Nachi Katsuura Town, Shingu City.

The Grassroots Summit Wakayama 2024 Schedule

July 8 (Mon): Depart the US

July 9 (Tue): Arrive in Wakayama City

July 10 (Wed): Local Optional Tour
Opening Ceremony at Wakayama Prefecture Cultural Hall
Welcome Reception at Daiwa Roynet Hotel Wakayama Reception Hall

July 11 (Thu) to July 13 (Sat): Local Session

July 14 (Sun): Closing Ceremony & Farewell Reception at Hotel Avalorm Kino-Kumi in Wakayama City

July 15 (Mon) Depart Wakayama for the US or Post Summit Optional Programs

The Participation Fee and the Round-trip transportation between the listed cities and Wakayama, including international & Japanese domestic airfare (if applicable) are following:

From Dulles, VA [IAD] to Wakayama: $4,016 (Early Bird) $4,216 (Regular), From Los Angeles [LAX] to Wakayama: $3,133 (Early Bird) $3,333 (Regular). Early Bird by Feb. 29. Regular Price from March 1. Application Deadline is May 15, 2024.

For more details including event schedule, fees and registration, visit the following link: (English) http://www.manjiro.or.jp/e/
(Japanese) http://www.manjiro.or.jp/


Grassroots Summit Wakayama from July 9 to 15, 2024: Early-bird discount registration closes on Feb. 29