College of Tourism

Niiza Campus


A unique tourism education at national and international learning spaces full of reality.


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Tourism and business that transcend regions and borders are becoming more and more familiar in the contemporary age. Tourism now plays a major role in the fields of life, culture, and economics, and is said to be the largest growth industry of the 21st century. In this environment, there is a strong need for people who will lead the society of tomorrow.

Rikkyo University quickly recognized the importance of tourism, and its College of Tourism is said to be a trailblazer for tourism education in Japan. Here, we engage in comprehensive study of tourism from the three perspectives of Business, Regional Society, and Cultural Phenomena. We also give students a grounding in a wide range of specialized fields such as business administration, economics, geography, sociology, and anthropology, equipping them with the skills to analyze the increasingly complex subject of tourism from diverse perspectives. This education will help students to thrive in modern society, regardless of the path they choose in future.


  • Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management

    We develop the next generation of leaders:
    those who will create a new form of tourism business and regional revitalization.

    Three Features of the Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management—What does studying at this department mean?
    1.Learn from the top members of the business world.
    We hold lectures by the top individuals who lead the tourism business such as tourism companies and hotel companies. Students acquire a business administration perspective and develop the ability to design new tourism services.

    2.Learn from the real world of the tourism industry.
    We provide a well-rounded set of experience-based programs, such as the early practical experience program, in which students learn the role of tourism through short-term overseas experiences, and internships, in which students experience the real world of tourism, and overseas fieldwork. Students pursue the reality of on-the-ground work in tourism through diverse practical experiences.

    3.A good balance of basic and specialized study.
    We value the basic subjects needed to grasp tourism from diverse perspectives, such as economics, policy, and law. Once students have a solid grounding in these basics, we provide highly specialized subjects, covering topics such as tourism business and regional development.
    Abilities and knowledge acquired at the Department of Tourism and Hospitality ManagementーWhat abilities does this department cultivate?
    The ability to acquire the perspective of tourism business administration and to lead society.
    Students learn to envision a new shape of tourism in various aspects, such as business administration, planning, and local government, and cultivate the ability to become entrepreneurs or leaders of regional revitalization.

    The ability to unearth the charms of regions.
    In addition to discovering the rich hidden charms in each region and connecting them to regional revitalization, students also come into contact with the negative impacts of the region’s “touristization,” and acquire the ability to realize sustainable tourism.

    The ability to find solutions to problems through research and study.
    Through a process of discovering issues of tourism themselves, reviewing literature, engaging in statistical analysis, carrying out on-site research, creating business plans, and so on, students polish their ability to lead to solutions.
  • Department of Culture and Tourism Studies

    We develop globally minded people who communicate the joy of tourism and form connections between regions and cultures.

    Three Features of the Department of Culture and Tourism Studies—What does studying at this department mean?
    1.Well-rounded experience-based classes in which students engage in intercultural exchange.
    Students gain a first-hand view of the real world of tourism through on-site experiences, social research, volunteer activities, and more, and gain a deep understanding of how exchange through tourism affects local cultures, and changes the host and guest cultures.

    2.Develop your international sensitivity with a wide range of overseas experiences.
    We provide well-rounded international education unique to this college including overseas fieldwork and foreign-language study. We also provide an environment which provides many opportunities for international exchange, focused on our overseas partner institutions, allowing students to study with a sense of global awareness.

    3.Well-rounded programs to convey individual experiences.
    We provide a number of classes in which students write about culture and convey the fun of traveling, such as Travel Journalism and Travel Writing. These develop the ability of students to communicate high-quality information in their own words.
    Abilities and knowledge acquired at the Department of Culture and Tourism StudiesーWhat abilities does this department cultivate?
    The global-mindedness and wide-ranging cultivation needed to understand diverse cultures.
    Tourism scenes around the world call for people who have the global-mindedness and cultivation to understand different cultures. We cultivate multi-cultural perspectives based on regional studies and develop new types of globally minded people, including international civil servants and journalists.

    Communication skills that link different cultures.
    Students acquire not only proficiency in foreign languages, but also gain experience in making presentations in small-sized seminar subjects, developing their ability to understand and communicate with others in any context.

    The ability to communicate information in one’s own words.
    Students read travel diaries and records by writers of all periods and countries, and express their own travel experiences. By iterating on this process, students develop the ability to communicate their thoughts and experiences to the world in their own words.

An accelerated 5-year track course that allows students to acquire a master’s degree in five years

The College of Tourism provides an accelerated 5-year track course, in which students can complete a graduate school master’s program in a total of five years after admission to the College. Students who pass the selection exam held in the third year will be able to take the master’s program classes during their fourth year in the undergraduate program, allowing them to complete the master’s program in a year after admission to the graduate school. Whereas it normally takes a total of six years (four years of undergraduate study and two years of graduate study), through this course, students can obtain a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree one year early.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Acquire fundamental, holistic knowledge of tourism studies and learn to analyze specific fields in a logical manner.

  • Gain an understanding of the meaning of tourism as a means of intercultural exchange, and put it into practice.

  • Acquire the comprehensive decision-making skills to solve real problems, and exercise leadership.

  • Acquire specialist knowledge and analytical skills for tourism business administration and regional planning in the Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management, and for cultural exchange and regional planning in the Department of Culture and Tourism Studies.

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