FuJet holds several events and parties throughout the year. Some are evening events and others are 2 – 5 day trips which will sometimes require you to take paid leave. The details, dates and costs of the trips change every year, but if any of these events are of interest to you then it’s a good idea to plan early.
This events list is for our annual FuJet organised trips. There are also volunteering days at the coast and in orphanages (which are largely organized by Eyes for Fukushima) and many local festivals. For local festivals it’s best to keep your eye on the Fukushima ALTs page, and also the Block 2 JET page. Other events will also be updated on the FuJet website.
FuJet Tokyo Welcome Party
Where: Shinjuku, Tokyo
When: Late July/Early August, depending on when JET orientation is.
Cost: 3,000 – 5,000 yen.
The Fukushima welcome party in Tokyo is usually the night of the first day of orientation, and it doesn’t clash with the embassy parties. This is a good opportunity to get to know your fellow JETs, and many JETs from Fukushima will be there as well to meet you.
We will meet in the lobby of the Keio Plaza and then head out to the izakaya from there, it is usually then 2 – 3 hours all you can drink/eat at the izakaya.
Fukushima Welcome Party
When: Early/Mid August
Cost: 3,000 – 4,000 yen.
Fukushima Orientation is the first time groups A and B new JETs will be together in one place. The welcome party takes place on the first night of Orientation, usually at a club in Fukushima-shi.
The venue will be close to where the orientation is being held.
Canyoning in Gunma
When: Early September.
Cost: Around 40,000 yen – this usually covers breakfast 2 days, Saturday night BBQ, activities and accommodation.
We will be taking a bus down to Gunma prefecture for a weekend of Canyoning – negotiate your way down steep canyons by abseiling and jumping waterfalls and cliffs, cascading down natural chutes and water slides and swimming through crystal clear pools. 80% of the time is spent in the water. In recent years, half of the day is taken up by canyoning, and for the rest of the day groups split into rafting, paragliding and bungee-jumping.
On the Saturday evening there is a BBQ, and on the Sunday morning we will head out to one of the most beautiful onsens in Japan.
There are only a few places on this trip and the full amount is due by the end of August, if you are a new JET and want to come on this trip it’s a good idea to keep it in mind when budgeting!
Nagano Soccer Tournament
When: Late September/Early October
Cost: Around 30,000 – 35,000 – this covers hotel accommodation, breakfast and dinner, tournament participation fees, transport. An Akabeko jersey is 3,000 yen extra. This cost can change as the more people go, the lower the transportation cost will be.
The Fukushima Akabekos will take on JET soccer teams from other prefectures in Eastern Japan. We have both a girls team and a guys team, and JETs can come as either players or supporters. It is not necessary to be a star athlete to play!
It’s also a good opportunity to meet other JETs from different prefectures; there will be a big party on the night of the Saturday.
Mid-year Conference Asahi Beer Hall Dinner
Cost: Around 3,500 – 5,000 yen. Includes food, drink and transport to and from Sun Route Plaza hotel.
Mid-year conference is the one time of year when all the Fukushima JETs are together. On the evening of the first day we will meet at the Sun Route hotel and go out to the Asahi Beer Hall for all you can drink and all you can eat yakiniku. There will also be vegetarian options available.
Sumo in Tokyo
Where: Ryogoku Stadium, Tokyo
When: Late January
Cost: Around 5,000 yen.
We will meet in Tokyo to watch Sumo at the Ryogoku Kokugikan, FuJet will buy your tickets and then accommodation and transport is left up to you. Usually on the Saturday night many people will head out to ageha, Asia’s biggest night club. If you want to go to Ageha afterwards it is a good idea to find accommodation near Kiba or Shin-kiba station. Money for Sumo will be collected at the mid-year conference.
FuJet Hokkaido Trip
When: Early/Mid February
Cost: Can vary depending on transport, but at least 40,000 yen. This will cover hotels, transport to and from hotels, and sometimes the ferry ride to Sapporo.
The FuJet Hokkaido trip has changed in recent years, but it is usually based in either the massive winter sports park of Niseko, or in Sapporo. The famous Sapporo Snow Festival is held during this time, so it’s possible to split your trip between winter sports and sight seeing in Sapporo, or just spend your time doing one or the other. There are also many beautiful onsens in Hokkaido, and the Otaru Snow Light Path Festival coincides with the Sapporo Snow Festival as well.
Normally will we take a ferry from Sendai toHokkaido and then bus to our hotels from there. Depending on costs and convenience we may fly to Sapporo, or fly back. There is then usually 2 – 4 days for you to explore Hokkaido as you wish. This trip is one of the few Hokkaido trips that usually requires taking paid leave.
Inawashiro Cheap Ski Day
Where: Inawashiro, Fukushima
When: February – Early March
Cost: Varies, between 2,000 – 3,000 yen for the day lift pass.
Every year the JETs of Fukushima head to Inawashiro for our group ski day. In recent years we use this event as a way to raise money for various charities in Fukushima.
A traditional part of the day is the “boxer run”, where we strip down and go down the slope in our underwear! Many people also board/ski down in costumes and onesies.
The Fuji Climb
Where: Mount Fuji
Cost: About 20,000 yen.
Climb Mt. Fuji with your fellow Fukushima JETs! It’s one of those experiences that you have to have while here and we try and make it as easy on you as possible. We bus you up part way and then we climb the rest together for the sunrise. Most people start from the 5th station but some people have started from the bottom. Usually after this we onsen and then head back to Fukushima.
When: Mid/Late July
Cost: 3,000 – 4,000 yen.
Our annual party where we all dress up in costumes and send off our friends in style. This will usually be on a Friday night, when the Fukushima Leaver’s Conference takes place.