The purpose of this program is to provide an experiential learning opportunity for students to better understand the human and physical geography of Asia with a particular emphasis on how heritage and culture are represented in the landscapes of five countries, six islands (Bali, Java, Krakatoa, Sumatra, Kyushu, and Honshu) and many iconic cities like Kyoto, Nara, Nagasaki, Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Ubud, Jogjakarta, Jakarta and Saigon. We will visit volcanoes and rice terraces, snorkel along coral reefs, camp in a tropical rain forest in search of orangutans, explore the temples of Angkor Wat, boat down the Mekong, marvel at the ports ringing Japan’s Inland Sea and hike an ancient Japanese pilgrimage trail of Kumano Kodo. We will walk, hike, bike, bus, and bullet train through distinct landscapes, both urban and rural, that have been formed over time by human interaction with the environment. We will visit markets, places of worship (ancient and modern), museums, and memorials. We will examine linguistic, religious, political, historical, cultural, and culinary differences between cities and countries. As we travel, we will always seek to understand “the why of the where”. For example, why is Java different from Bali or what differentiates the varying levels of development of the two archipelagic states of Japan and Indonesia? In terms of heritage, culture, and tourism, we will visit many different sites seeking to remember natural disasters and human tragedies (dark tourism). These memorial sites include tsunamis (Aceh), earthquakes (Kobe), volcanic eruptions (Merapi and Krakatoa), genocide (Cambodia), nuclear bombs (Nagasaki and Hiroshima), and wars (Vietnam).