Lean Management System – Japan Study Tour

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October 5th – 13th

Join the leading Lean Training Programme in Japan this October for an experience of a lifetime.

We are proud to offer you this unique opportunity to gain practical knowledge and experience studying with Toyota gurus for one whole week in Japan.

The Lean Management System study tour covers a comprehensive view of Lean leadership and the Lean Production System. The tour provides you with an opportunity to study in Toyota’s own training centre with direct access to Toyota trainers and Toyota  production facilities.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to boost your leadership and management skills by learning from the very best in the world. You will also obtain your Certificate directly from Toyota. We have created a study week that combines intense learning with both fun and cultural immersion!

Understand Why and How to use LEAN

This Study Tour will provide you with a deep understanding of how to make the best use of Lean. This is a unique opportunity to visit Japan, Toyota, and some of their suppliers to train in Lean through seminars, Gemba visits, and participating in practical training at Toyota’s own training facility. The objective is to dig deep into the WHAT, WHY and HOW of Lean Thinking. What are the elements needed to run a successful Lean system? Why is it so popular in current thinking and How can it influence your own organization and support growth.

By understanding  the whole lean management system you will get an insight into what these leading Japanese companies are doing to compete in today’s fast changing environment.

You will learn to identify the tools and elements of Lean Methodology that can be applied to your own business to support profitable growth. The week in Japan will also provide an insight into Japanese culture and values.

Study Tour Package Includes:

  • Workshops and seminars
  • Study visits
  • Hotel Accommodation for the entire duration of the study visit
  • Local transfers in Japan
  • Full board Sunday – Friday
  • Farewell dinner
  • Flights London (or similar European hub) to Japan (optional – see below)

Costs & To Book

Cost Per Person including Flights: £6,950 plus VAT

Cost Excluding Flights: £6,300 plus VAT

  • Onsite Host Companies: 10% Discount on all Bookings
  • Group Discount: 10% Discount on 4 or more places

Need Help or Advice?

To book or for more Information:

For full terms and conditions and for details of our Company Insurance Policy please do contact us.

Any questions  regarding the training, the travel to or within Japan – please do give us a call on +44 (0) 23 9246 8978.

The study tour is being delivered by SA Partners LLP and Onsite Insights in partnership with C2U Japan.

The training week will provide an invaluable insight into lean thinking. You will see it in action at Toyota and other leading-edge companies, where it originated and has matured over the last 100 years.

Learn the original thinking directly from former senior executives at Gifu Autobody, a Toyota-owned minivan manufacturer.  The Japanese sensei’s

(guru’s) will only teach based on real experience.

Time will be divided between the classroom, Gemba and practical workshops. The tour starts in the Nagoya region and ends in Tokyo, going from countryside to one of the largest cities in the world.

Day 1
Departure Europe

We depart from Europe and fly to Nagoya, Japan.

Day 2
Arrival and Tour Opening

We arrive in the morning in Nagoya and we will take the opportunity to relax and have lunch at the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology. In the museum we will follow the Japanese Industrial history from looms to robotics. After the visit we will travel to Kakamigahara, where we will stay until Friday. The day will end with a group dinner and an

overview of the week.

Day 3
Classroom Training

The first day of training provides a full day introduction to the Toyota Production System provided by a Toyota sensei who will also be your host for the week. Your Japanese Senior manager will lead us through Toyota Production System and the components of Toyota Way theory. This session will prepare the group for the study visits, the practical sessions and other workshops. A group dinner will follow.

Day 4
Toyota Plant Tour and more Training

We will visit a plant where we will see first-hand the theory in application. We will also have time for Q&A and reflections. We will end the day with a workshop on Standardized Work followed by a group dinner.

Day 5
Hands on Workshop & Site Visit

The fifth day will increase your knowledge of the Toyota Way from a practical perspective. For example, if we are looking at Kanban, the group will take part in a Kanban Role Play at the training center. We will also visit another plant for a Study Visit. Group dinner will follow.

Day 6
Study Visit and further Training

The sixth day will start on a Study Visit followed by activities in the Training Center where we will participate in a Kaizen Workshop in

Productivity. Followed by our group dinner.

Day 7
Toyota Motors in Toyota City

The final day in Kakamigahara ends with a study visit to Toyota Motors or another approved site. We will then hold a workshop to consider your reflections and answer any questions you may have of your Sensei before we board the bullet train that will take us to Tokyo. We will have a group dinner on the train and you will have a free evening in Tokyo.

Day 8
Sightseeing Day in Tokyo

You will end the tour with a Free day in Tokyo where we will support you with travel advice and sightseeing recommendations. This will be followed up by a team farewell dinner.

Day 9
Departure from Tokyo

We have an extensive network of world class companies and for more than 10 years have been bringing managers to Japan. Our host sites embody World Class Manufacturing and include:

  • Toyota Motors
  • Denso
  • Calbee Foods
  • Asahi Breweries
  • Sekisui Heim
  • Gifu Autobody
  • Nissan Motors
  • Ishii Food Corp.
  • Asahi Motors
  • Mitsubishi Electric
  • Mazak
  • Pfizer
  • UD Trucks
  • Honda
  • Yamaha Marine
  • Mizawa Home
  • Suzuki
  • Isuzu Tokai

To find out more, you can email Ailsa Carson.