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JSIO Announces Japan Tour in 2023

Updated: Oct 24, 2022

The Jodo Shinshu International Office (JSIO) is offering a historic tour of Japan in May 2023 to coincide with the 850th anniversary of Shinran Shonin’s birth and the 800th anniversary of the founding of Jodo Shinshu.


The tour, which is open to JSIO participants and graduates as well as Sangha members in the BCA, Hawaii, Canada and elsewhere, will be for 10 days from May 9-18. It will include a visit to the Hongwanji Temple in Kyoto, as well as other sites of historical significance in Shinran Shonin’s life. The deadline to register is Oct. 31.


The cost will include hotel fare, transportation, English-speaking guides within Japan, breakfasts, some lunches and dinners, entry fees, and temple donations.


For more details about the tour agreement and to register, go to the online registration site at: https://web.cvent.com/event/a0533780-766c-4d27-9e51-b8c1bfbab2db/summary


Since participants live around the world, the tour cost will not include airfare, and tour participants may fly to Japan on any airline and from any airport. However, if you live in the United States and would prefer to travel with JSIO staff from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Japan, please contact JSIO.


If you travel by yourself and need a ride between the airport and hotel, please let JSIO know. Kintetsu International Express can arrange a ride, and the ride is not included in the tour cost.


The tour will be limited to 36 people and the minimum group size will be 15 people. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, changes to the itinerary and destinations may be made.


The JSIO Japan Tour 2023 schedule is at follows:


  • On the morning of May 10, there will be a study session covering the various sites on the trip. In the afternoon, participants will attend a commemorative service. After the service, the group will tour Shoin Chamber and Hiunkaku Pavilion, which are National Treasures on the Hongwanji grounds.

  • On May 11, the group will visit the historical and imperial-lineage affiliated Shoren-In Temple, where Shinran Shonin received his ordination at the age of 9. There will also be an opportunity to visit Rokkakudo Temple, where Shinran Shonin meditated for 100 days and saw a vision of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, who told him to seek out Honen Shonin. The tour group will visit An’yoji Temple in Maruyama Park, where Shinran Shonin first encountered the Nembutsu teaching of Honen Shonin, and also Chion-In Temple, which is also connected to Honen Shonin. Participants will also pay their respects at Otani Hombyo Mausoleum, where Shinran Shonin’s ashes are interred. In addition, the group will see the final resting place of thousands of Jodo Shinshu followers who are buried near Shinran Shonin’s memorial.


  • On May 12, the group will enter the holy grounds of Mount Hiei, the historical center of Japanese Buddhist learning during Shinran Shonin’s lifetime.


  • From Kyoto, the tour group will travel to Kanazawa city in Ishikawa by bullet train on May 13, and will go sightseeing.


  • On May 14, participants will travel to Toyama and Niigata to visit Shinran’s historical sites, such as Tsujitokuhoji Temple and Kokando Museum in Toyama and Oyashirazu Cliff in Niigata, where Shinran Shonin walked through when he was exiled from Kyoto to Echigo Province (present day Niigata Prefecture). The tour group will also visit Kotagahama Beach, where Shinran Shonin reached a boat from Oyashirazu Cliff, and Kota Shrine, where he went to pay his respects when he first arrived in Kotagahama Beach.


  • On May 15, the group’s visits will include Eshinni-no Sato, Gochi Kokubunji Temple and Kokufu Betsuin.


  • After Shinran Shonin was exiled, he continued to share the Nembutsu teachings in the Tokyo and Kanto region. The tour group will travel to Tokyo and Kanto on May 16. The group will spend time at the unique and massive Tsukiji Hongwanji Temple, our main temple in Tokyo, as well as Zojoji Temple, which is one of the other sites of historical interest in Tokyo. Zojoji Temple contributed to the emergence of the Nembutsu teaching as the most popular path of Japanese Buddhism.

  • On May 17, the group will visit Sainenji Temple and Chinsekiji Temple, which are located in Ibaraki. Both temples played an important role in Shinran Shonin’s life.


  • On May 18, the tour will end in Tokyo and participants will have the opportunity to explore the city on their own.


We invite you to join us for a once-in-a-lifetime experience embraced within the Nembutsu!

Gassho.


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