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Lean Master Black Belt Training

Lean Master Black Belt training in Japan: Immerse yourself in one of the most captivating cultures in the world. Enter the Lean universe, an experience that you won’t find anywhere else in the world! This nine-day Lean Master Black Belt training in Japan will profoundly change your perspective on Lean, organisational structure, leadership, and management. Transform your view of organisations and leadership forever.

Lean Training Japan

This unique adventure will undeniably enrich your life and career. You will have the opportunity to expand your network, broaden your horizons, and gain new insights and ideas that will propel you to new heights as a Lean Master Black Belt.

Lean Master Black Belt training in Japan – Experience your own incredible journey to the heart of lean management!

Delve into the fascinating world of Lean and the intriguing Japanese culture during our seven-day Lean Master Black Belt training. This training is ideal for Lean Green and Black Belts. Visit leading organisations, learn from Lean senseis, managers, and employees, and participate in interactive workshops. This experience will fundamentally change your perspective on organisational structure, leadership, and management. Experience the magic of Lean management in the land of the rising sun and return with a wealth of new insights, experiences, and unforgettable memories.

What is Lean Master Black Belt training in Japan?

Lean Master Black Belt training in Japan is an exclusive training programme that will take you to the origins of the Lean philosophy. You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the cultural heart of Lean and learn from the legendary Lean masters of Japan.

As the birthplace of Lean, the Japanese have turned this methodology into a refined art form. During this Lean Master Black Belt training, you will have the opportunity to visit renowned organisations that have implemented Lean principles in their daily operations. These organisations include industrial giants like Toyota and Nissan, as well as smaller companies and government institutions.

You will learn directly from Lean senseis, managers, and employees who practice Lean principles daily. They will share their experiences and insights so that you can truly understand the breadth and depth of the Lean philosophy.

In addition to company visits, the Lean Master Black Belt training in Japan also includes practical workshops and training sessions. You will have the chance to actively apply Lean theories. These workshops can cover various themes such as the Toyota Production System (TPS), Culture, Kaizen, and 5S.

However, the Lean Master Black Belt training in Japan is more than just a professional development opportunity: it is also a cultural experience. You will be immersed in the Japanese culture, which plays a significant role in the Lean philosophy. The core principles of Lean are deeply woven into daily life in Japan – integrating respect for people and nature, continuous improvement, and teamwork.

The Lean Master Black Belt training in Japan is an intensive learning experience that will deepen your understanding of Lean, improve your professional skills, and inspire you to apply Lean principles in your own organisation.

Are you ready for the Lean Master Black Belt training in Japan?

The Lean Master Black Belt training is designed for professionals who already hold a Lean Green or Black Belt certification and have experience with continuous improvement processes. If you would like to take on the role of a coach for improvement teams in your organisation; train Yellow, Green, and Black Belts; and foster a culture of continuous improvement, then this Lean Master Black Belt training is perfect for you.

Under the guidance of an experienced Lean Master Black Belt, you will embark on an intensive nine-day learning journey. At the end of this study trip, you will receive the Lean Master Black Belt certificate.

Are you ready to take your Lean knowledge to the next level? Enrol now in this unforgettable Lean Master Black Belt training in Japan!

What will you gain from this Lean Master Black Belt training in Japan?

Japanese culture is synonymous with a passion for excellence and delighting customers, a concept known as “Creating Kando together.” Of course, you will have ample opportunity to experience this “Kando” for yourself. One of the highlights of your trip will be the day you get to explore Tokyo: travel on the famous driverless Yurikamome train, visit the impressive Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens, the Tokyo Tower, or the lively entertainment district Izakaya, known for its karaoke bars.

During the Lean Training in Japan, you will experience for yourself the authentic essence of Lean. You will be trained by Japanese Toyota senseis and have the opportunity to visit organisations that have elevated Lean to an art form. You will be able to explore the unique Japanese culture, where customer experience takes centre stage.

Your experience on this trip will fundamentally change the way you see and understand the Lean philosophy, making you the go-to Lean specialist within your organisation.

You will develop a unique set of skills and experience that is unparalleled anywhere else in the world. You will learn both practical tips and theoretical knowledge, and you will discover how to apply these in your own work and organisation. This experience will undoubtedly lead to professional growth and personal development.

This Lean study trip to Japan will not only change your view of Lean but also transform your perspective on organisational structure, leadership, and management forever. As a Lean specialist, you will discover how Lean can contribute to improving efficiency and effectiveness, reducing waste, and increasing customer satisfaction.

What will you learn during the Lean Master Black Belt Training in Japan?

During this Lean Master Black Belt training in Japan, you will return to the heart of the Lean philosophy. You will visit organisations that have elevated Lean to an art form, including renowned companies such as Toyota Factory, Nissan, and Yamaha Piano, as well as the Tsukiji fish market and various healthcare enterprises and government agencies. Here, you will learn from Lean senseis, managers, and employees how they successfully integrate Lean into their business processes. Additionally, you will participate in various workshops focused on the Toyota Production System (TPS), continuous improvement, and Kaizen. Our study trip includes visits to diverse organisations such as Toyota, Nissan, Yamaha Piano, Kikuya dry cleaning, Fujitsu, various healthcare institutions, government institutions, as well as a bank.

During this Lean study trip, you will explore a wide range of relevant topics, including the art of Japanese craftsmanship and the famous Japanese hospitality. We will also address important aspects such as customer satisfaction, Kaizen (continuous improvement), visual management, leadership, goal setting, and employee satisfaction in an interactive and in-depth manner. Each theme contributes to a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of Lean principles and practices. You will learn about the interaction between Lean and an organisation’s culture and how this fusion contributes to successful implementation and continuous improvement.

What do you get during the Lean Master Black Belt training in Japan?

This all-inclusive nine-day Lean training in Japan includes local transportation, accommodation, and organised activities. The package is based on full board, which means all meals are included. Additionally, it includes guidance from a English-speaking guide. During the trip, you will stay in excellent hotels in the heart of Nagoya and Tokyo which come highly recommended as ideal places to relax after an intense day of learning. The flight tickets are not included.

Here’s what you receive with the Lean Master Black Belt training in Japan:

  • 7 days of Lean training in Japan.
  • Full board hotel accommodation.
  • Transportation to and from workshop locations.
  • Certificate of participation as proof of this training.
  • Lean Master Black Belt certificate.
  • Excluding flight tickets.

Lean Master Black Belt training in Japan Programme:


Take your flight to Tokyo, Japan. Once on board the plane, you’ll have time to relax, watch movies, or prepare yourself for the world of Lean with further reading and research. Upon arrival in Tokyo, you begin your journey to Nagoya on the famous Bullet Train, which can reach speeds of up to 300 km/h. The Lean journey starts immediately as you experience how the conductor greets and serves passengers. With a cycle (takt) time of only 7 minutes, the entire train is cleaned. This efficiency and speed are characteristic of the Japanese culture. 


Once we have arrived in Nagoya we check into the hotel and take some time to relax and recover from the journey. In the afternoon, we visit the Toyota Museum where we learn more about the development of the Toyota Production System (TPS), which was established under the leadership of the Toyoda family. The Lean principles are clearly explained from start to finish, from the loom to car production. We learn about concepts such as Jidoka (stopping the production line), Kanban, Just-in-Time, the insights of Taiichi Ohno, and the great value that is placed on demonstrating respect for people.

The museum allows you to take photos and videos, which you can later use in your own presentations or Lean training.


On Monday, we visit the Toyota Management Institute, where we learn from experienced Lean masters, also known as “senseis.” Here, we gain hands-on experience with Lean and discover how Lean can be integrated into an organisation’s culture of continuous improvement. We delve deeper into the Toyota Way Management System, also known as TPS, and explore Lean concepts. During this visit, you will be expected to actively participate in hands-on activities to enhance the experience. We learn how to apply visual management – obeya to monitor results, among other things.


On Tuesday, we visit a Toyota factory, and are taken on an extensive tour of the premises. Here, you can witness Toyota rolling out a car from the production line every 63 seconds. During this visit, you will discover that Lean is not just about the tools but also about the development of employees. You will gain insights into how Toyota has created a culture of continuous improvement. Moreover, you will learn how Toyota, in collaboration with its suppliers, has developed the Just-in-Time concept. At Toyota, suppliers are considered part of the family.


On Wednesday, we visit a Toyota supplier, where we learn how the 5S methodology contributes to a culture of continuous improvement. We gain insight into the importance of the Kanban system and how error-free work is essential for achieving perfect processes.

We then visit a Zen temple. Led by a Zen priest, we learn about the pursuit of daily perfection and how it forms the core of Zen philosophy.

Afterwards, we travel to Tokyo on the Bullet Train, known for its speeds of up to 300 km/h. At the station, we experience the principle of error-free work and witness the technique of “Pointing and Calling” being put into practice. The Japanese Bullet Train is known for its punctuality, with an average annual train delay of only 40 seconds!

We conclude the day by checking into our hotel in Tokyo in the late afternoon.


We visit various service organisations on Thursday, including a local government department, bank, healthcare institution, and IT organisation. Here, we gain insight into how Lean principles, originally developed for manufacturing processes, are applied in a service context. We learn about which principles are effective in a service environment and how management teams function in an office setting.

We explore concepts such as daily stand-up meetings and obeya, and learn about the techniques used to motivate and engage employees in continuous improvement processes.


The concepts of Lean primarily revolve around culture and people: pursuing a daily commitment to customer value and perfect processes, with employees continuously involved in making improvements. But how do you create a culture of continuous improvement? We will use the time on this day to look further into this topic.

In the evening, we head to the martial arts hall for an Aikido session. You may wonder, what does this have to do with Lean? Within the martial arts (budo), kata plays an important role. Kata describes a set of movements that are repeated over and over to perfect the practice. This can be compared to, for example, a Standard Operating Procedure in the Lean methodology.


Today is a free day and an opportunity for you to shop in the vibrant centre of Tokyo and come home with all kinds of souvenirs. If you prefer the quieter life to the hustle and bustle of the city, you may choose instead to explore nature and take a walk in the mountains. You can find yourself in beautiful natural surroundings within an hour’s train ride.


Set your alarm and prepare for the journey back to the airport as it’s time to return to home. At the airport in Tokyo, we bid farewell to each other, returning home with suitcases full of inspiration, innovative ideas, and unforgettable experiences.

Once back on home turf, you will receive a further 16 hours of support and guidance for the Master Black Belt certification. Topics covered include Hoshin Kanri, OGSM, Lean Leadership and Coaching, teaching skills, training design, training delivery, consulting skills, programme management, culture analysis, Lean Audit, and maturity models.

Discover the magic of Lean in Japan!

If you would like to know more about this unforgettable Lean Master Black Belt training in Japan and what it can mean for you and your organisation, do not hesitate to contact us via We are here to answer all your questions and assist you in planning your Lean training trip to Japan.

Anend Harkhoe
+31 6 57 57 57 31

The phases of lean



Step into the Define phase and discover how to transform your improvement project into a clear roadmap for success! In this crucial phase, you delve deep into the core of the issue, define the scope of the improvement project, and gather 'Voice of the Customer' information. This lays a solid foundation upon which you can build to optimise your process!



Enter the Measure phase and elevate your process to the next level! Here, you go far beyond merely describing and visualising the process. You also hit the nail on the head by identifying waste and unveiling quick-wins. Discover the power of data-driven decision-making through the execution of measurements.



Take action with the invaluable data you've gathered in the Measure phase! Kick off with a baseline assessment to map out your current performance. After this analysis, it's time to fine-tune your improvement journey and delve into the root causes of your problems. Employ an arsenal of advanced techniques not just to identify issues, but also to bring solutions within reach.



Implement improvements in the Improve phase! After conducting in-depth analyses and unravelling the root causes, it's time to come up with solutions. Harness the creativity of the participants and make intelligent use of Lean tools to arrive at a well-thought-out selection of solutions.



This step teaches you a range of robust safeguarding techniques to ensure that resolved issues truly become a thing of the past. You wrap up the Lean project and extend your gratitude to the dedicated project team that made it all possible.