I have been leading an annual tour of Japan since 1980,
and this year there are two important events that we began three years ago.
We will be traveling via JR (Japan Railroad) on a one week pass
and we will be visiting the beautiful Island of Kyushu.
The order of some of the activities is subject to change.
Here are links to Facebook photo albums of pictures taken
on Tenri Tour trips:
Wednesday, September 13
Leave around noon from JFK or LaGuardia Airport in New York
(or from any another airport), fly over the International
Dateline gaining a day.
Thursday, September 14
Arrive at Tokyo's Narita Airport in the afternoon.
We will proceed to Tokyo by bus. While in Tokyo, we will stay at the
Tohon Dai Kyokai. Shakuhachi lessons can be taken anytime during the
tour with Ronnie. While we are in Tokyo, additional Shakuhachi Lessons
can be taken with Ronnie Nyogetsu Reishin Seldin.
Tohon Dai Kyokai phone: 011 81 33625 1171
Friday, September 15
In the morning, we will attend a “welcome to Tohon Church” lunch.
In the afternoon, we will attend a 4-hour performance of
the grand Kabuki, at the newly remodeled Kabuki-Za theater.
Saturday, September 16
We will visit the famous outdoor “walking mall” of Asakusa
and the famous red Gate “Kaminari Mon”. There are many traditional Japanese
crafts and foods for sale, as well as “washi” (hand-made rice paper), and
interesting traditional clothing stores as well.
Later in the day we may
visit the area around the Ginza.
Sunday, September 17
On this day we will listen and watch a small part of a
traditional Japanese Religious Ceremony with dancing and Japanese instruments.
We may also visit the “Edo Museum” , which gives you a great feeling and
information concerning what Tokyo was like in the Tokugawa Period.
Some members of the group may wish to spend this day investigating a famous
“Manga” and “Anime” store, or “Electric City” in Akihabara.
Monday, September 18
We will visit the home of Sadao Chinone (a famous Shakuhachi maker)
in Hitachi City (Ibaraki Prefecture) and perhaps purchase some Shakuhachi,
have a feast and tour his work/studio and family farm.
We'll finish off the day with a soothing bath at a local onsen
We will stay at a hotel in Hitachi City.
Tuesday, September 19
Today we begin our one week JR-Pass, traveling from Hitachi City.
We first travel to the city of Tenri, Japan and stay at the
Tohon Tsumesho for two nights.
Mt. Fuji may be seen from the Bullet train on the way!
Tohon Tsumesho (phone: 011-81 743 63-5193).
Wednesday, September 20
On this day we will listen to one Besseki Lecture and afterwards
spend the day in Nara, the first capital of Japan,
visiting the Nara-koen (a city park with bowing "sacred deer"),
the Nara National Museum of Art and Todai-ji (a Buddhist temple
and the largest wooden structure in the world containing the
largest bronze Buddha - the Dai-Buttsu).
We will also visit the
famous Kofuku-ji Buddhist temple.
Thursday, September 21 - Monday, September 25
Leaving early in the day on the Shinkansen (Bullet Train),
we will spend today and the next four days on the Island of Kyushu.
Here we will see the largest active Volcano in Japan (Mt. Aso),
visit the southern tropical city of Miyazaki (famous for its Shinto
shrines and other sites.
We will also go to the city of Beppu which is
the most famous city in Japan for its hot springs (
We will also visit Kumamoto and Kumamoto Castle.
Thursday, September 21
Travel early in the morning from Tenri to Beppu, which is the most famous
place in Japan for hot springs ( onsen).
We will visit the famous sites and stay overnight.
Friday, September 22
Go to the southern, tropical city of Miyazaki. A couple
(Hiromichi and Noemi Kimoto) will be our guides to
interesting shrines and other natural sites.
Saturday, September 23
Leaving Miyazaki early in the morning, we will proceed to Kumamoto
where we will check into our hotel and perhaps perform a concert with
Jeff Cairns and his teacher Tsurugi-Sensei, either on this night or the
Sunday, September 24
We will spend this whole day in Kumamoto with Jeff Cairns and,
among other activities, visit Kumamoto Castle, Musashi's Caves,
a traditional potter up in the mountains, and Mt. Aso
(the world's largest active Volcano). We will travel around Kumamoto
in a rented van driven by Jeff.
Monday, September 25
On this day, the last of our 7-Day JR-Pass, we will take the Bullet Train to
Kyoto. Accommodation for our five nights in Kyoto will be at a small
hotel near Kyoto Station. While in Kyoto we can also arrange to
take as many lessons with Kurahashi Yodo II Sensei as desired.
Tuesday, September 26
Earlier on this day, we will try to visit Hon Daigo, and visit the city of Uji,
where the Tea Ceremony was invented.
In this city we may visit two Zen Temples
where Dogen Zenji bones are interned, and experience an abridged version of the
Tea Ceremony. In the evening we will have lessons with Kurahashi Sensei.
Wednesday, September 27
On the morning of this day we will visit Tofukuji Temple complex and
the Shakuhachi sub-temple Meian-ji. In the afternoon we will visit the
famous Heian shrine and the beautiful gardens behind it.
We will also shop for traditional Japanese Arts and Crafts, etc.
at the Kyoto Handicraft Center.
In the evening we will visit Soryo Bun Kyokai,
and have dinner with Rev. Soichi Takahashi.
Then we may join Yu-Otsutome at 6:00PM.
Thursday, September 28
We will visit downtown Kyoto, including stops like Gion Corner
(where there are geisha walking around!), Kanazen (the only
Shakuhachi store in Western Japan) and Chio-in Temple and/or
Yasaka Jinja may also be included.
Perhaps a walk of “Philosopher's Path” (Tetsugaku Dori) or a visit to
Ginkakuji (Temple of the Silver Pavillion) as well.
A small concert or lessons with Kurahashi Sensei in the
evening may be possible.
Friday, September 29
We depart from Osaka International Airport or from Itami,
the Domestic Airport, arriving back in the USA around noon the same day
because of crossing the international dateline.