• Yamate Japanese Exchange

    Yakima School District will again be hosting students from Yamate High School in Yokohama, Japan this spring. Approximately 80 students will arrive on April 14, 2017, and spend two weeks with host families throughout the valley. This exchange has been occurring every three years for nearly 50 years!

    Yamate Japanese Exchange Program logo



    Tuesday April 11th - HOST FAMILY ORIENTATION, 5pm, IKE Auditorium.  If you are signed up to be a host family, please join us for a 60 minute orientation to prepare for the Yamate Student's April 14th arrival. Questions? Call Kirsten 509-573-7007

    Wednesday April 19th - MEETING FOR FAMILIES OF STUDENTS TRAVELING TO JAPAN WITH US THIS SUMMER, 5p.m. Location TBA.  Meet with some of the students and staff from Yamate and ask questions about what to expect on your trip.

    Thursday February 9th: Yamate Planning Committee; 4-5pm, YSD Central Services 104 N 4th Ave (Professional Library) UPDATE 9:30am Feb 9: This meeting is confirmed for 4:00pm today even though the schools are canceled. Devron Foster, the Yamate coordinator, will be in attendance. Questions? Kirsten 573-7007

    Friday February 10th: Families of Students Considering Traveling to Japan; 4-5pm, YSD Central Services (Professional Library) - Yamate leaders from Japan will be here to answer your questions!

    Wednesday February 22nd: Yakima Host Families (or those considering being hosts); 4-5pm, YSD Central Services (Professional Library)


    YAMATE TO YAKIMA April 14-28, 2017

    Following is a Host Application Form if you are interested in being a host for two students this spring or, if you know of another interested family, please feel free to pass the information along.

    Yakima Host Family APPLICATION (Due March 17, 2017)

    Activities For Yamate Students While in Yakima

    • Welcome Ceremony at IKE for Host Families to Connect With Yamate Students (4/14)
    • Student/Host Zumba Dance Social & T-shirt Screening at Davis Commons (4/18) Hosts provide plain t-shirts for screen-printing.
    • City Council Meeting - Proclamation (4/18) Yamate and Yakima Leaders
    • School Board Meeting -Proclamation (4/18) Yamate and Yakima Leaders
    • Meeting for students going on the summer exchange (4/19)
    • Day Trip 1 – 4/20 (local for Yamate students only) - Nature Field Trip
    • Day Trip 2 – 4/24  (trip for Yamate students only) - Seattle Field Trip
    • Yamate Cultural Show at IKE Auditorium (4/26)
    • Departure (4/28)


    YAKIMA TO YAMATE July 21- August 5, 2017

    If you have a student who is currently in grade 8-11, and may be interested in participating in the return visit to Yokohama next summer, the dates of travel will be July 21 through August 5. Please fill out an application and return it to the district office at 104 N 4th Ave (IKE students can return to John Gonzales; Davis students can return to Miyuki Demond).

    Yakima to Yamate Participation APPLICATION - Due March 13, 2017

    Applications are closed. We have 29 students traveling to Japan this summer (we had 15 in 2014)!

    Yakima to Japan Travel Costs Payment Info:

    *payment is the responsibility of the family of the student participating. Make payments at Central Services, 104 N 4th Ave.

    • February 9 March 13: $200 deposit
    • April 7: additional  $400
    • June 1: Balance Due (approximately $1400)

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    2017 Trip Information and Recommendations

    New info 1-23-17! Itinerary for students traveling to Japan:

    July 22nd (Saturday) - Arrival in Japan

    July 23rd (Sunday)   - Leader's Meeting

    July 24th (Monday)   - Yokohama Day Trip

    July 26th (Wednesday)- Evening Banquet

    July 28th (Friday)   - Tokyo Day Trip

    July 30th (Sunday)   - Culture Day (at the school)

    August 1st (Tuesday) - Baseball Outing (Yokohama Stadium)

    August 3rd (Thursday) - Tokyo Disneyland

    August 5th (Saturday) - Departure