2015 Goodwill Mission - Birmingham to Ritto
All residents of Michigan are welcome to participate in the 2015 Goodwill Mission to Japan, scheduled for October 11 through 21, 2015. A delegation of 35 Michigan community members will enjoy an 11-day goodwill mission to Shiga, including home-stay experiences with Shiga families. 

The total cost of the trip typically runs between $2,700 - 3,250 per person, which covers:

  • Round trip air fare from Lansing to Nagoya
  • Ground travel in Japan
  • Hotel accommodations and most meals
  • Luggage transfers
  • English speaking Interpreter/Tour Guide
  • Tours & Unique Cultural Experiences

Japanese language skills are helpful, but not necessary. Download the following documents pertaining to the 2015 Goodwill Mission:

Letter from the Michigan-Shiga Sister State Board  
2015 Goodwill Mission Application Form 
2015 Goodwill Mission Itinerary

The home-stay portion of the trip is a unique experience and a lifelong highlight for many past participants. During this time there are sightseeing trips to various local points of interest such as the Ritto Historical Museum, Wachusan Pharmacy, the ancient and world-renowned Shigaraki Pottery district, an excursion on Lake Biwa aboard the Michigan Boat, a formal tea ceremony, local shrines and temples; along with every day family camaraderie. This is a truly unique cultural experience and delegates and their host families often become lifelong friends.

Additional information and registration forms are also available online at www.mishiga.org. If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Kathee McDonald at 517.388.1308 or mcdon288@gmail.com.

For more information on travel to Japan, please visit https://jp.usembassy.gov/.

Below are images from various locations in and around Ritto, taken during the 2013 Goodwill Mission. Click on any image to enlarge.

Ritto City (Fall 2013)
Ritto Street Scene, Shiga Prefecture, Japan
Wachuchan Pharmacy (Fall 2013)
Wachuchan Pharmacy (Fall 2013)
Japanese Bento Lunch
Ritto International Friendship Association
Temple on Mt. Hiei
Hikone Castle