Kyoto Hike

1-13 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 and Nara. A pleasant hike along a gorgeous river valley and exploration of Arashiyama with its famous bamboo forest plus a day in the ancient capital city of Nara with its gigantic buddha and tame deer.

Day 10-11: Mount Koya. A ride by train and cable car to this mountain south of Osaka, where we stay in a Buddhist temple for two nights while exploring the headquarters of Shingon Buddhism and memorial to its founder Kukai or Kobo Daishi

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.

To sign up, contact or call 727-501-6915 to reserve a spot. Participants are limited to fourteen, so please book early.


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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