Students are expected to make their own air travel arrangements. The Office of Financial Aid can work with you to provide financial aid for advance airfare purchase. Also, it may be worthwhile to check student travel sites as they often offer discounted airfare. The airports with the easiest train or bus access to Kyoto are Osaka Kansai (KIX) International Airport, Itami (Osaka) Airport (ITM), and Nagoya Chubu International Airport (NGO), which has direct flights from Detroit. It is also possible to get to Kyoto by train (two trains) from Tokyo's Narita International Airport (NRT), or Haneda International Airport (HND) but the train ride from Tokyo is significantly longer and more expensive than those from Osaka and Nagoya, and you should schedule accordingly.
U.S. passport holders — please be aware that each passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry into Japan. Additionally, students who are U.S. citizens, may stay in Japan for up to 90 days without a visa. The requirements for non-U.S. citizens may be different. Students who are not U.S. citizens should investigate the parameters of entrance to Japan for travelers from their home country.
U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings
The U.S. Department of State issues current travel warnings on its website. You may check the advisories listed by the U.S. Department of State (http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html). Such advisories are rare for Japan. You will also receive updates from the MSU OSA Office once you pay the $100 fee for health/medical evacuation insurance.