Takasaki, Japan: 450,000 people including surrounding areas. Takasaki is famous for its giant Buddhist statue of Kannon (Buddhist goddess of mercy) and is also famous as the hometown of Daruma dolls, which are Buddhist ‘good luck’ charms. Takasaki is about 75 miles from Tokyo but has a much slower pace of life and is actually regarded as rural by Japanese standards.
% of Evangelical Believers: 0.58%
Primary Religious Views: Most Japanese individuals are either Buddhist or Shinto, while many mix the practices of the two together. Christians represent a very small slice of the population, and available statistics on the number often include cults and non-evangelic groups.
Japan does not require a visa but you will need a passport
Work while there: Working with local missionaries on college campuses and around the city; English outreaches – sharing testimonies; assisting local churches, opportunities for sports ministry.
Watch this video to see how God moved on last year's trip to Japan.
Cost of the Trip:
Total: appx $2,164
Application Deadline: March 17