OIST is suspending all community relations activities until August 31st, 2020 in order to follow the guidelines on public gatherings during the current COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. We apologize for any inconvenience caused and appreciate your understanding.

The following community relations activities have been suspended.

  1. Guided Campus Tour, Unguided Campus Tour, Weekend Tour
  2. School Visits *
  3. Group Tours

Currently, we have decided to suspend reservations until August 31st, 2020.
Please check this website again, as the information will be updated once we decided. We appreciate your understanding.

* We will accept School Visit reservations after September 2020.
Please check the "School Visits" page. Please understand that with the current COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, your visit may be cancelled even after making a reservation. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing support.

For a list of the latest announcements about OIST response to COVID-19 go to
OIST COVID-19 Latest Measure

School Visits

OIST Visit Program for Secondary and Elementary School Students

OIST is accepting school visit from elementary schools, junior high schools, and high schools. We have a special program for school students.

We encourage all junior high schools in Okinawa to visit our campus.

OIST encourages local high school students to visit the campus to better understand the graduate university's purpose, goals, and activities in hopes of inspiring more young people to consider careers in science and other international fields.

We accept campus visits from all high schools in Okinawa and "Super Science" high schools from mainland Japan.

To arrange for a school visit, please register with the High School Visit webform.

The visit program includes:

  • Presentation "OIST Outlines" (30 min)
  • Research Introduction or Career Introduction (30min)
  • A 30-minute campus tour including the Center Building, part of Lab 1, the Center Court, and the Skywalk.

Duration: 90-120 minutes

Maximum number of participants in one visit: 80

Sign up at the Junior High School Visit Webform.

We welcome all elementary schools in Okinawa to visit our campus.

The visit program includes:

  • A Mini Science Talk on topics such as "What is OIST?" and "What do scientists do??"
  • A campus tour covering the Center Building, Center Court, and the Skywalk.

Duration: 60 minutes

Maximum number students in one visit: 100

Sign up at the Elementary School Visit Webform.