Japan Tour Overview
Japan is a country like no other in the world. It built its economic power through manufacturing over the past several decades, earning a reputation around the world as the “Lean specialist.” Even though many Lean best practices can be found throughout North America, truly serious Lean practitioners still find that Japan is the only place that showcases Lean implementation in its purest form. Lean principles permeate every aspect of daily life in Japan and are not limited to production or engineering environments. People who travel to Japan are fascinated and surprised by the fact that even places like restaurants and gas stations utilize Lean principles in creative ways. It’s difficult to truly appreciate the impact of Lean thinking until you have seen and experienced Japan hands-on.
Tour Features & Highlights
The program is intentionally designed to provide both educational and cultural exposure to Japan through various plant tours and historical sites. Tours are arranged with such big hitters as Toyota and its suppliers, but also with smaller players that can showcase different levels of Lean implementation.
During the 5-day tour, Japan Lean Tour participants visit some of the best companies in the world including:
- Toyota Factory
- Toyota Pavilion
- Toyota Museum
- Toyota Supplier Denso
- Nissan Factory
- Food company (various)
- Distribution company (various)
Participants will also be introduced to Japanese culture and have the opportunity to do some sightseeing.
Your tour hosts David Chao and Jake Cameron are both bi-lingual, fluent in both English and Japanese. They will provide translating services to ensure that the nuances of Lean are not lost in translation and also provide cultural and lean insights throughout the trip.
Tour costs include all meals, domestic transportation, and accommodation. Airfare is not included and is organized individually.