Philosopher's Path Tour

Immerse yourself in Kyoto’s natural beauty and hidden temples with an expert guide
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Tour Details
About the Tour
3 hours
Photos & Highlights
  • Discover the importance of nature in Japanese culture as you uncover the principles of Pure Land Buddhism
  • Led by a local historian
  • Honen-in, Eikan-do, and Philosopher's Path
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Marc has an enormous intellectual energy that covers a remarkable spectrum of subjects ranging from art history, political history, aesthetics, social and religious themes in old Japan and how modern social norms are linked to the past. We enjoyed sharing his insights, personal observations about medieval and present day social organization in Japan. We also greatly appreciated that he enthusiastically shared the results of his research on the origin of the silver temple, and he should be applauded for conceding that his hypothesis remains an outlier theory, at least for the moment. Our session with Marc was a highlight of our stay in Kyoto.
Marc was excellent-very knowledgeable and pleasant. Very willing to cater to our particular interests
It was clear within five minutes that Brian is a born teacher. You bump into him and a semester's worth of knowledge falls out. :-) We got so much interesting information on Japanese history and religion, delivered in an unfailingly engaging way. Brian stayed hours longer than our tour was scheduled for. Really appreciated seeing these temples through his well-informed eyes.