Study Abroad in Kyoto, Japan

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Program Dates - January Term 2023

AIFS Flight Dates

Outbound: January 3, 2023 to Kyoto | Inbound: January 23, 2023 from Kyoto

3-Week January Term Program

Tuesday, January 3

Optional overnight flight from the U.S. to Kyoto*

Wednesday, January 4

Arrive in Kyoto. Transfer to accommodation.* Balance of day to settle in. Students making their own travel arrangements should also arrive on this day

Thursday, January 5

Program Orientation with AIFS Staff. Guided sightseeing tour of Gion District, Kyoto’s most famous geisha district. Group welcome meal

Friday, January 6

Morning class: Introduction and adaptation of Buddhism to Japan. Afternoon self-guided visit to Kyoto National Museum

Saturday, January 7

Morning class – Shinto: Myths and legends of Japan. Early afternoon departure for overnight excursion to Ise. On-site lecture and visit to Futamiokitama Shrine

Sunday, January 8

On-site lecture and visit to Ise Grand Shrine

Monday, January 9

Study day

Tuesday, January 10

Morning class: The establishment of a new capital and the rise of esoteric Buddhist schools: Tendai and Shingon. Afternoon guided visit to Fushimi Inari, a famous Shinto shrine dedicated to Inari God of Rice

Wednesday, January 11

Morning on-site lecture and visit to Horyu-ji Temple, one of Japan’s oldest temples

Thursday, January 12

Morning on-site lecture along the “Philosopher’s Path”, including entrance to Ginkaku-ji and Nanzen-ji. Afternoon class: Late Heian or Fujiwara period: the reformist doctrine of Pure Land Buddhism and its representation at the Phoenix Temple (Byodo-in). Evening Japanese cooking class

Friday, January 13

Day trip to Nara, including guided tour to Kasuga taisha shrine, Kofuku-ji and Todai-ji and Nara Park

Saturday, January 14

Morning class: The military state and the growth of Zen. Afternoon class: Traditional Japanese arts and wabi aesthetics

Sunday, January 15

Study day

Monday, January 16

Study day

Tuesday, January 17

Overnight excursion to Koyasan, a world heritage site and center of Shingon Buddhism. On-site lecture and visits to different sites and museums including Reikohan Museum and Garan temple complex. Group stay at temple accommodation with traditional monk meal. Evening tour of Okunoin Cemetery

Wednesday, January 18

Morning introduction to meditation at accommodation. Return to Kyoto in late morning

Thursday, January 19

Day trip to Uji including an on-site lecture and visit to Byodo-in and traditional tea ceremony

Friday, January 20

Morning class: Christianity versus Japanese religion. Afternoon class: The rise of the urban culture of Edo and Confucianism

Saturday, January 21

Day trip to Arashiyama including visits to the Bamboo Forest and Tenryu-ji Temple

Sunday, January 22

Morning exam or class presentation. Free afternoon. Farewell Group Meal

Monday, January 23

Optional return flight from Kyoto to U.S.*

Dates and itineraries are tentative and subject to change.
* Included for students on the AIFS Flight Package only.


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