Develop the vision, align and build your team.

The Honsha Japan Executive Development Mission brings leaders from around the world to experience the birthplace of Lean. For over 7 years organizations have used the Honsha Japan EDM to develop and align their leadership teams.


Guided by Toyota veterans and other Lean thought leaders.

  • To study the background and structure of Toyota Production System
  • To learn how companies, large and small, manufacturing and non-manufacturing, lead and manage world class organizations using Lean techniques and thinking.
  • To develop a global network of fellow participants, relationships that can last a lifetime.
  • Learn at a Dojo, immersed in lean simulations and open discussions with former Toyota trainers.
  • Engage with former Toyota executives in formal and casual discussions.


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  • “[…]For us this was a very inspiring travel that we already had on our wish list for a long time. Specially we would like to thank the Honsha team and of course Miyuky. We hope that you have a safe trip home or that you will enjoy your further stay in Japan.”

    René and Wiebe

  • “I had the privilege to attend the Honsha EDM in Japan in October 2015. Also attending were seventeen colleagues from different industries scattered around the world. We all had different experiences with Lean development and implementation.”

    Skip Himes

  • “[…]To me, this experience has forced me to think and ask me a lot about my future, about everything that I still like to be able to perform professionally, and above of all, it makes me think about what I can do to be happier and fulfilled with myself.”

    Ana Ferreira

  • “[…]I also find myself thinking about many of things we observed and am amazed at how I am still processing many of those observations. I have a ton of ideas on how to move this forward in my operation.”

    David Peterson

Typical Schedule

Day Time Program
Saturday Arrive in Nagoya International  Airport
Check-in Hotel
Sunday Optional Cultural Visits
Orientation at 4:00PM  and Group Dinner
Monday AM/PM TPS Workshop
Training by veteran Toyota trainers
Group Dinner
Tuesday AM  Major Motor Manufacturing Co. – Plant Visit
PM  Company Visit
Wednesday AM Seminar by Lean Thought Leader
PM Company Visit
Thursday AM Company Visit
PM Company Visit
Move to Osaka or Tokyo by bullet train
Dinner on train
Friday AM Company Visit
PM  Seminar, Wrap up
Saturday Check-out hotel
Departure from Airport

<*> The schedule is subject to change in events such as natural disasters, company shut down or by hosting site request. Although these types of changes rarely happen, in case they do, Honsha will handle necessary arrangements and keep you informed.


Your mission fees cover seven nights of hotel accommodations, all factory tours and seminars, seminar material, certificate, interpreter fees, museum tickets, tickets and most meals. All internal Japan transportation is also included. The fees DO NOT COVER airfare to and from the event.