* Visit the Sensoji Temple, the oldest and most impressive temples in Tokyo.
* Walk through the Akihabara also known as "Electric Town" and explore the manga (Japanese comic) market. Visit a comic making studio to see how manga is made.
* Get a glimpse at the newest technology at the Sony showroom, from the latest TVs and home theatre, to personal devices, new video games to try and even robots to play with.
* Tour Kinkakuji Temple, the Golden Pavilion, an exquisite pavilion surrounded by a beautiful pond.
* At Uzumasa movie village, step onto a samurai film set and experience the atmosphere of ancient Japan, take in a ninja show and dress up as a geisha or samurai.
* Explore the Nishiki Market, Kyoto's Kitchen", with over 100 shops and restaurants.
* Take a day trip to Nara to visit Todaji Temple, Kasuga Shrine, Isui Garden, and the Deer Park.
Day 1: Depart US for Tokyo, Japan
Day 2: Arrive Tokyo
Day 3: Tokyo
Day 4: Tokyo
Day 5: Tokyo / Hakone
Day 6: Hakone / Kyoto
Day 7: Kyoto
Day 8: Kyoto
Day 9: Kyoto / Osaka / US
**Itinerary and pricing subject to change up until date of brochure publication**
Gil Raz specializes in Chinese Religion, with a particular interest in Daoism, and the interaction between Daoism, popular religious practices, and Buddhism. Between studies in History and Religious Studies in Hebrew University (B.A., 1992) and Chinese Religions in Indiana University (M.A., 1996; Ph.D., 2004), he spent some six years in China and Taiwan. He conducted three years of field work in Taiwan, working closely with a Daoist priest. He is currently completing a book that examines the formation of the Daoist religious tradition between the second and fifth centuries C.E. His research interests include Daoist ritual, both historical and contemporary, Daoist sacred geography and mythology, traditional divination systems, and concepts of the body in Chinese religions.