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Japan Spiritual Tours

Japan Spiritual Tours

While many would not describe the average Japanese person as overly spiritual in their daily life, two religions - Shinto and Buddhism, with cultural roots in Japan centuries deep, heavily influence contemporary Japan in architecture, arts, traditions, and society.

Shinto, the indigenous religion of Japan, is practiced throughout the country as a series of festivals and rituals conducted at shrines around special events of life, such as coming-of-age, weddings, and funerals. Shinto is centered around the belief that certain spirits or gods called kami inhabit the land, and their simple shrines can be seen prominently in nearly every town. The primary deity is the sun goddess Amaterasu (from whom the emperors are said to be descended), and her foremost shrine is in Ise- Shima. The Ise Grand Shrine is a popular pilgrimage site for those earnest to begin their discovery of the history of Japanese Shinto.

Buddhism was introduced to Japan in the 6th century through Korea and China. Although there were periods of strife with Shinto early on when Buddhism was being established, they now co-exist side-by-side, and even support one another, to a degree. The ancient city of Kyoto has many of the most impressive Buddhist temples. The former imperial capital includes Kinkaku-ji (the Golden Pavilion), Ryoan-ji, and Kiyomizu Temple, and is one of the most popular destinations for travelers wishing to explore Japanese Buddhism.

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Kumano Kodo Private Walking & Hiking Tour arrow readmore icon

Kyoto / Takijiri / Takahara / Chikatsuyu / Yunomine Onsen / Katsuura / Kyoto

    67 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $5790.00

A private guided walking & hiking tour with five hikes of 2-6 hours of village-to-village walking on the sacred Kumano Kodo, or Kumano Ancient Trail.

    question mark icon     Tour#: GTS5365788

Japan Wellness Tour arrow readmore icon

Tokyo - Mount Takao - Hakone - Kyoto - Koyasan - Osaka

    67 reviews

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $8330.00

    question mark icon     Tour#: GTQ5635465

Shikoku Pilgrimage Private Walking & Hiking Tour arrow readmore icon

Mt Koya / Tokushima / Iya Valley / Kochi / Matsuyama / Kagawa

    67 reviews

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $8990.00

A private guided walking & hiking tour to Sacred Mount Koya & The Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage Trail.

    question mark icon     Tour#: GTD4815618

Kyoto, Nara, Koyasan & Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Hike arrow readmore icon

Osaka - Nara - Koyasan - Kumano Kodo - Kyoto

    67 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $9850.00

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