7-21 June 2018
This tour is a focused academic class with hands-on experience, following the emergence of different religious dimensions in Japanese history. Each day begins with a one-hour lecture, followed by an exploration of historical and religious sites. A textbook is recommended, as are websites and further study opportunities. In addition, the tour offers various immersion experiences, from dressing up in a kimono through taking a martial-arts lesson and joining a tea ceremony to staying in a temple and participating in religious services. Learn and enjoy, expand your world!
Days 1-2 Depart from home; arrive in Osaka.
Days 2-3 Shine and Imperial Shinto: Yasaka and Inari Shrines, Imperial Palace, Nijo Castle
Days 4-5 Sect Shinto and Energy Awareness: Oomoto in Kameoka, river rafting, cooking class
Days 6-8 Buddhism: Tendai (Mt. Hiei), Zen (Kenninji, Ginkakuji), Pure Land (Chionin, Honganji)
Day 9 Mountain Worship: Mount Kurama, open-air hot tub
Days 10-11 Retreat: Temple stay on Mt. Koya, chanting, meditating, sightseeing, hiking
Days 12-13 Modernity: Osaka Castle, National Museum of Ethnology
Day 14 Departure
Price: US $1850, per person, double occupancy. Covers hotel, all meals, transfers, bus/train fars, and entrance fees. Single supplement $100.