Understanding Japan


This tour is a comprehensive survey of the key features of Japanese identity and life, presenting political, social, and personal dimensions through the major religions of the country. Each day begins with a one-hour lecture, followed by an exploration of relevant sites. A list of videos is provided for preparation and intensification as are websites and further study opportunities. In addition, the tour offers various immersion experiences.  Learn and enjoy, expand your world!

Basic Itinerary (please contact for more details)

Days 1-2      Depart from home, arrive in Osaka

Days 3-4      Forms of Shinto: Imperial Palace, Yasaka Shrine, Inari Taisha

Days 5-6      Tendai, and Zen: Mount Hiei,  Kenninji Monastery

Days 7-9     Gardens and Mountains: Arashiyama, Silver Pavilion

Day 10           Free: Pursue your personal project, explore different dimensions

Days 11-12   Energy Awareness, early history: Riverside hike, Nara, Todaiji

Days 13-14   Mt. Koya: Temple stay, Kompon chudo, Kobo daishi sanctuary, mountain hike.

Day 15          Departure

Price:           US $1950, per person, double occupancy. Covers hotel, two meals daily, transfers, bus/                       train fares, and entrance fees. Single room supplement $150.