Saijo Senior High School was established in the 1940's and has in  its current education policy;We educate our students to strike a good  academic and athletic balance which recognises that a broad international vision and high-level communication skills are essential in developing young people who are scientifically intelligent,so that they can be internationally successful in various fields in the future.

VISITS TO UNITED KINGDOM AND ENGLAND.Previous visits in 2013 included the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy,University of Cambridge where short presentations were given concerning their group research projects with researchers and Phd students.                                    Also a visit to view the National Railway Museum in York.The Railway History Park in Saijo City has the control car of the first generation Type Zero Shinkansen "bullet train" which debuted in 1964.The corresponding twin control car is displayed in York and sustains a strong bond between the two facilities.


The school intends exploring links between Cornwall and Japan.

  • The connections with Richard Trevithick and his invention of the World's first full size Steam Locomotive and later the first Steam Rail Way Locomotive will be studied. Also the close links between Richard Trevithick's descendants who actively helped the  development of Japanese Railways.      Trevithick's descendants still live in Japan and have visited Camborne's Trevithick Celebrations.The ambition should be to encourage future links along these lines.


  • The links between the development of  the Japanese Mining Industry and Cornwall and the Royal Geological Society is providing a worthwhile and ongoing study as a former Curator of the RGSC and Author of articles in RGSC Transactions 1875 onwards,and Inspector of Mines Robert James Frecheville reported on Gold and Copper Mining and was one of the first Europeans to do so in Japan.

          The students are being encouraged into an ongoing study of the Ichinkawa Antimony and Stibnite Mine and this will feature in a short presentation at Geevor Mine and the visit to the Museum in Truro to view Cornish Stibnites as well as ones from Ichinkawa will provide a great interest..

Future links will be encouraged with Cornish and Truro College Students and  the Members of the  Royal Geological Society have been  invited to vist the School's presentations at Geevor.

It is hoped that the use of IT and the World web will be used to aid the links established so far and help in future historic,cultural and scientific studies between the two Countries.

Saijo School are looking forward to their visit to the Cornish Mines in the West Country- Botallack Mine,Levant Mine and Geevor Mine and the Cornish Mineral Collections of the Cornwall Museum and the meeting  arranged there with Kingsley Rickard of the Trevithick Society.

Saijo High School Study Trip 2015. TIMETABLE

 For March 27th 28th.2015 visit to Cornwall.UK.


March 27th.

08.15 DEPART TO PROCEED TO BOTALLACK   (with Geevor Outreach Bus. The driver Les George  will secure the  luggage at Geevor
ARRIVE Botallack 08.45
ARRIVE Levant Mine 0930    (Anthony Power has arranged to open early, as he will be including the full working steam engine display especially for you to experience)
09.35 to 11.10 TOUR OF LEVANT MINE.(90 minutes)
ARRIVE Geevor 1145... use facilities and lunch on arrival....move promptly through serving hatch,collecting pasty & tea/coffee/cold drink as required.( pasty £4.95, drinks probably £1-£1.75 ,on average)
Arrival of RGSC Members /students /others ,either to join in pasty lunch(at own expense)  or in time for the  Presentations.
12.45   PREPARE for  PRESENTATIONS in Lecture / viewing area...
         to College Students,(Truro,Camborne,Penzance) /RGSC members / other interested locals.
         1.The best Mountain in Japan-experience,discovery,and excitement.
         2.Ichinokawa Antimony .An introduction to the mine,and a scientific study of STIBNITE discolouration for this global brand.
13.30   FINISH PRESENTATIONS                                          
13.40   START  UNDERGROUND TOUR OF GEEVOR MINE.The time of complete site tour would be about 2 hours ,probably half of that time underground,following introduction/video . Terminating in ground level activities ie;panning for tin,hard rock museum,winding house ,Victory shaft etc(....see web site).
15.50    End of Tour,    Collect luggage from secure store.                      
16.00    Bus departure  from Geevor. main entrance.  to Porthleven ,via Penzance station .






March 28th.

No breakfast in Cottages.

08:10 Dept. to Helston Scout Hut (Private Bus) Arr. 08:30. Meet Sonia Harding

08:30 Cook Breakfast with Helston Scouts.

10:10 ~11:50 Activities with Helston Scouts (Introduce Japan etc.)

11:50~ Lunch Walk to Fish and Chip shop

12:45~14:00 Guided tour of Shelter box. (first response for disaster area)(3/11 Japan)

14:00 Dept. to Truro City (Private Bus) Arr. 14:25

14:30~15:10 Guided Tour of  Mineral collection and Geology Dept. Meet Sara Chambers(Ichinokawa Stibnite) and view Cornish Stibnites and other mineral specimens.

15:10~15:30 Introduction to Trevithick Engine. Meet Kingsley Rickard( Trevithick Society)

15:40 Dept.