ICYE Japan

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ICYE JAPAN was established in 1958 and is a not-for profit organization. The office is in Tokyo and the programme is run by one staff and returnees.

The main objective of ICYE JAPAN is to provide young people an opportunity to travel abroad, volunteering and get involved in projects that have a positive impact not only on society but on their life and perspectives.

With this mutual cultural volunteer exchange program, the organization seeks to strengthen friendly relationships between the countries participating in the programs and prepare individuals for the present day world society: independent, more open minded, with multi language skills, and more cultural comprehensive.
ICYE JAPAN accepts people from other countries to assist in social and environment projects in different parts of Japan, giving them an opportunity to interact with Japanese people and culture.


Japan is an archipelago of 6,852 islands in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia.

The characters which make up Japan’s name mean “sun-origin”, which is why Japan is sometimes referred to as the “Land of the Rising Sun”.

Most of the islands are mountainous, many volcanic – Japan’s highest peak, Mount Fuji, is a volcano. Japan has the world’s tenth-largest population, with over 128 million people. The Greater Tokyo Area is the largest metropolitan area in the world, with over 30 million residents.

The first written mention of Japan begins with brief appearances in Chinese history texts from the first century A.D. Influence from the outside world followed by long periods of isolation has characterized Japan’s history. Since adopting its constitution in 1947, Japan has maintained a unitary constitutional monarchy with an emperor and an elected parliament called the Diet.

A major power, Japan has the world’s second-largest economy by nominal GDP. Japan has the highest life expectancy of any country in the world (according to both the UN and WHO estimates) and the third lowest infant mortality rate.

Projects available

In Japan you can volunteer in the areas of Environmental Conversation, Disability Support, Community Development, Education & Training.

Read our volunteer case studies to find out more.