Description of the Experience
Join this off the beat track tour for an introduction to the two main religions of Japan. To kick things off, start at the busy Fudo do Temple. With the stunning temple grounds as backdrop, learn how Shintoism and Buddhism, Japan’s two primary religions, coexist. Watch a unique Buddhist ceremony known as a Goma ritual, held in the main temple hall.From Fudo do, stroll over to Hachiman Shrine, which is best known for its close ties to the sumo world. The shrine is said to be the birthplace of Kanjin-zumo [founded in 1684] and the origin of current, professional sumo. The grounds are adorned with sumo-related stone monuments, and when a sumo wrestler reaches the highest rank, known as yokozuna, there is a dedication ceremony done at the shrine.The last stop is Kiyosumi to admire a traditional Japanese garden. There has been a garden of some form here since the early 18th century but it was Iwasaki Yataro, the founder of Mitsubishi, who shaped it into the tranquil spot it is today. Yataro rebuilt the gardens for the pleasure and enjoyment of his employees and as a place to entertain important guests. At the end of the tour, you can explore the rest of the gardens or your guide will accompany you back to the train station.
- Fire Ceremony
- Hachiman Shrine
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