Kyoto Hike

29 October -10 November 2024

Day 1-2: Air to Japan, flying into Osaka, either Kansai (international) or Itami (domestic).

Day 3-4: Shrine Shinto and key Zen temples and gardens, walking through neighborhoods and exploring the magnificent fox mountain.

Day 5-6: An excursion to Mount Hiei northeast of the city and vigorous hike down plus a temple market, hot springs, or other enjoyable trip.

Day 7: Free to explore on your own, visit museums, or connect with local friends.

Day 8-9. Western mountains. A pleasant hike along a gorgeous river valley and exploration of Arashiyama with its famous bamboo forest.

Day 10-11: Nara. Move to the ancient capital of Nara and spend one day walking along the Heian Highway to enjoy fields and forests, shrines and tombs. Then visit Todaiji with its giant buddha, relax among the tame deer, wander through gardens, and explore museums, parks, and shrines.

Day 12: Onward. By train to back to Osaka to fly home or continue further explorations of Japan.


US $1750 per person, including hotel, daily lunches (except on Mt. Koya, where the temple comes with dinner), as well all transfers, bus/train fares, and entrance fees. Single supplement: $150.

For a more detailed itinerary and information, as well as to reserve a spot (limited to 14), please contact or call 727-501-6915.


Livia Kohn, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita of Religion and East Asian Studies at Boston University, where she began teaching in 1988 after spending ten years in Kyoto, Japan. She has written thirty-four sole-authored books and over a hundred articles, translated five works from the German, French, Chinese, and Japanese, and edited eleven multi-authored volumes as well as fourteen issues of the Journal of Daoist Studies. After retiring from university teaching in 2006, she now serves as the executive editor of Three Pines Press, gives Zoom lectures (DaoExplore), and runs Daoist workshops as well as hiking trips to Japan.






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