On your own
Suggested activities: Visit Toyota Museum of Innovation and Technology, Nagoya Castle
Check-in to Hilton Nagoya
Program begins 6pm
It was one of my best trips in my life. Going to the gemba and seeing the cultural foundation of Lean went beyond my expectations in learning.
This trip perfect for someone interested in going to the gemba for Lean learning, experiencing the culture, learning the history of Toyota, and seeing Japan.
This trip exceeded my expectations by far! You can read all you want, but there is no comparison to seeing how the Japanese culture approaches operational excellence. The respect for people is present in everything they do and has helped to shape my behaviors and actions back at home.
The experience indelibly changed me, both personally and as a leader. I am forever grateful for the people we met, the teachers who shared their wisdom, and the opportunity to experience the culture in such an amazing way!
This particular program is like no other that I have been on before. The main point of difference was to explore the culture and how it underpins the very existence of TPS or Lean Manufacturing.
The tour had a well-balanced combination of practical site visits and insightful lectures. The selection of gemba visits comprised of a good solid mixture of maturity with each visit having a unique approach to how they have developed their own special culture in support of their lean development journey.
I’d like to acknowledge Yoshino-san for giving up his time to share his wealth of knowledge and experience with the group. This is what differentiates a tour of this nature to that of many others.
You can’t really understand Lean systems until you are able to understand the culture that provides the thinking behind the tools to make a sustainable impact in your organization. The Japan Lean Study Tour gives you the ability to feel and experience how the Japanese culture influences Lean thinking and how to create a culture for sustainability.
Every lean practitioner should experience Lean through the eyes of The Japan Lean Study Trip.
This Japan Trip exceeded my expectations by far! The organization was superb, and the logistics, too!
To have Gemba visits with Isao Yoshino was an amazing opportunity; he shared many great stories and good advice. In addition, I was amazed to see the passion of the owners of the companies we visited and to see how these companies seek perfection, through respect, employee kaizen events, and 5S, among other things.
I enjoyed every minute and learned so much from it! It was an amazing experience and should be taken by every company board member and high-level executive.
Going into the trip, I was excited about seeing Toyota and seeing the relationship between Toyota and Toyota suppliers, but I may have underestimated the profound cultural experience that the trip would ultimately be.
Katie was exceptionally skilled, and her experiential knowledge of living in Japan was tremendous.
This experience was transformational and far exceeded my expectations. From the first day after returning, I have been thinking about how I can better display humility, show gratitude, and be the best leader I can be every day. I would absolutely recommend this trip to anyone even remotely considering it.