Japan by Sea: In the Land of the Rising Sun Aboard Caledonian Sky

May 7 - 20, 2014


Excursions highlight ancient traditions of the country with visits to sacred temples, celebrated gardens, historic castles and cultural performances as well as cuttingedge modern aspects demonstrated by I.M. Pei’s Miho Museum and the Roppongi Hills district in Tokyo. During exclusive events, learn about a geisha’s life in Kyoto, enjoy ancient court music at a Shinto shrine on Miyajima, and watch a private performance of the worldfamous Kodo Drummers at their studio on remote Sado Island.

Study Leader Information

Constantine Vaporis, Professor of History and Director of Asian Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Helen Hardacre is the Reischauer Institute Professor of Japanese Religions and Society at Harvard University. She teaches a variety of courses on Japanese religions, including early modern and contemporary Japanese religions, Shinto, and folk religion, and specialized seminars such as Shinto and the Arts, State Shinto, and the Ise Shrines; Mimi Hall Yiengpruksawan, Professor of the History of Art, has been teaching at Yale since 1990 and is a specialist in the Buddhist art of traditional cultures in Asia.

Tour Itinerary

May 7 & 8
U.S. / Kyoto, Japan
Depart the U.S. on an overnight flight to Osaka and transfer to the Kyoto Hotel Okura

May 9 & 10

May 11
Kyoto/Nara/Kobe - embark Caledonian Sky

May 12
Inland Sea / Hiroshima

May 13

May 14

May 15
Gyeongju, South Korea

May 16
Matsue, Japan

May 17

May 18
Sado Island

May 19
Niigata / Tokyo

May 20
Tokyo / U.S. - Transfer to Narita International Airport for flights home


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