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About Us

The Program in Japanese Studies coordinates a variety of campus offerings dealing with the language, history, culture, and political economy of Japan.

The program is especially strong in the area of modern and contemporary Japan. In addition to courses available in the Departments of Anthropology, Economics, History, Linguistics, Literature, Music, Political Science, Sociology, Theatre and Dance and Visual Arts, qualified undergraduates may also enroll in Japan-related courses in the School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS) with the consent of the instructors.

Read more about the Japanese Studies learning outcomes. 

Contact Us

Kumi Obayashi-Ward
Program Coordinator & Academic Advisor

Office: Humanities and Social Sciences (H&SS) 1001
Academic Advising Hours:

Via Zoom, By Appointment Only
Monday through Friday
9:00-11:00am (PST)

Phone: 858-534-3598
Virtual Advising Center (VAC)*
Mailing Address: Japanese Studies Program
University of California San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0113
La Jolla, CA 92093-0113
Facebook: UCSD Japanese Studies Program

*UC San Diego students must use the VAC to contact the Japanese Studies Program.


H&SS 1001 is in the Humanities and Social Sciences building in Muir College area.

For fully customizable and interactive directions to the Japanese Studies Program, please see  Nearby parking and direction to parking can be obtained on the interactive map.

Driving Directions for Visitors

Interstate 5-From the North

  • Exit at Genesee Avenue (Exit 29)
  • Turn Right onto Genesee Avenue West
  • Turn Left onto North Torrey Pines Road
  • Continue onto North Torrey Pines Road to Muir College Drive
  • Turn Left onto Muir College Drive
  • Turn Right into Parking Lot 201 (15 minutes parking)

Interstate 5-From the South

  • Exit at La Jolla Village Drive (Exit 28B)
  • Continue Straight onto North Torrey Pines Road
  • Turn Right onto Muir College Drive
  • Turn Right into Parking Lot 201 (15 minutes parking)

See Transportation Services website for more information on parking 


See the UC San Diego Transportation Services' website for most updated information on parking lots, permits, and office hours.