Here is a list of FAQ to help campers prepare for their stay with Camp Heiwa:
Do I need a visa to visit Japan for camp?
As of Oct. 11, 2022, most travelers are once again eligible for the 90-day visa waiver agreement between their country/region and Japan. Campers must be from a 90-day visa-exempt country/region to apply to Camp Heiwa.
To see if your country is included in the list of 68 visa-exempt countries/regions please visit this link:
Do I need to be vaccinated for Covid-19 before coming to Japan? What is the quarantine procedure/travel requirements?
As of June 1, 2022, Covid-19 vaccination doses are no longer required for travel and entry into Japan.
However, you will need proof of a NEGATIVE PCR Covid-19 test within 72 hours prior to departure to Japan.
Masks often need to be worn.
Campers able to present documentation of triple-vaccination against Covid-19 will not have to present a negative PCR Covid-19 test prior to departure to Japan.
Please have a medical institution fill out this document and present this prior to departure:
Do I need any other immunization shots before coming to Japan?
No. Although it is recommended that you have a hepatitis vaccine before your trip.
Do I need insurance?
Yes! All campers are required to have health coverage during their stay in Japan. Check to see if your insurance covers you while you are in Japan and if not you can get an inexpensive travel insurance policy for the trip.
Will my cell phone work in Japan?
In most cases, no. Please check with your phone company if you are not sure. We suggest renting a pocket wifi or purchasing a SIM card either prior to, or upon arrival at the airport of arrival if this is important to you. We recommend downloading LINE and communicating with friends and family this way while in Japan (they will have to download it, too). It is a popular Japanese messaging app and works on wifi.
Can I use my ATM card in Japan?
Most international ATM cards will work at Japanese post office ATM machines, and 7/11 convenience store ATM machines, but be sure to let your bank know your dates of travel prior to departure. Many banks refuse overseas withdrawals unless the customer has informed them beforehand.
Do I need to know Japanese before I come?
It is not required, but learning and reviewing the basics is recommended.
Our camp curriculum has been fully prepared to work with all Japanese-Language proficiency levels.
Where does camp take place?
Camp Heiwa takes place in Nagasaki, Japan with each session running 14 days long. We operate at a variety of different public and private facilities and hotels depending on both the term and session.
Our primary camp facility/hotel of operation are:
We rent camp facilities and hotels based on availability during each session. Nearby, alternative facilities and hotels may be used. Official camp locations will be disclosed to accepted applicants prior to each session.
Can I bring a laptop computer/tablet/etc. device to camp?
You can, but we cannot guarantee internet access. You may be able to access wifi at local cafes, Starbucks locations, Nagasaki City Library, etc. You may want to bring an adapter if your chargers are 3-prong.
Both of our primary facilities are likely to have internet access.
*PLEASE be aware that you will be responsible for the safety of each computer/tablet/etc. device. We are not responsible for any lost and/or stolen items.
What if I have tattoos?
That's okay! We believe that tattoos are becoming more widely accepted here in Japan, especially among the younger generations. Tattoos on foreigners is no surprise. The one thing you may have difficulty with is entry into certain hot springs, but we will try our best to help you with this! We have had past participants on many of our other programs with tattoos that did not have a negative experience.
What is the recommended dress for camp?
Very casual. Summers in Japan are HOT and HUMID so t-shirts and shorts are popular.
Fall can still be very hot in Japan but it often begins to cool down in early-to-late November. Pack in layers!
Winter in Nagasaki is cool and mild. Warmer dress in the Winter season is recommended. Dress in layers!
Please note that Japan, and especially Nagasaki, are still very conservative in the way that they dress.
You will receive a camp t-shirt as well, so feel free to wear this on camp days!