Arizona in Kyoto: Kyoto Culture and Japanese Buddhism

Arizona in Kyoto: Kyoto Culture and Japanese Buddhism
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd DateCost
SummerFebruary 25early Juneearly JulyBudget
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 2.8
  • Language of Instruction
  • English
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA and Non-UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • UA Direct Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Program Type
  • UA Faculty-led
Program Overview

Kyoto is also known as the City of Ten Thousand Shrines and serves as the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe metropolis-serving destination. Students will trace the contours of the city and see how this fascinating area has contributed to the study of Buddhism.


Arizona in Kyoto delivers an introduction to texts, images and activities, both historical and contemporary, that comprise Japanese religion. This program will offer a first hand introduction to Buddhism as both a religion and an array of cultural traditions, with emphasis on its various contributions to the formation of the South, Central, Southeast, and East Asian civilizations. Major forms of Buddhist meditation from both the South Asian and East Asian traditions, with emphasis on the nature of meditation as a variety of religious experiences will also be an area of emphasis.

Courses offered summer 2017:

EAS 295 Topics in East Asian Studies: Kyoto History, Culture, and Society (3 units)

EAS 484B East Asian Buddhism II: History of Japanese Buddhism (3 units) OR JPN 220 Religion in Japanese Society (3 units)



Kyoto, once the capital of Japan, is a refined city on the island of Honsh with thousands of classical Buddhist temples, as well as gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses. It’s also known for formal traditions such as kaiseki dining, consisting of multiple courses of precise dishes, and geisha, female entertainers often found in the Gion district.


The UA has a longstanding partnership with Doshisha University.  Doshisha University, also referred to as Dodai, is a private university in Kyoto City, Japan. Established in 1875, it is one of the oldest private institutions of higher learning in Japan, and has approximately 30,000 students enrolled on four different campuses in Kyoto.  It is one of the Japanese "Global 30" universities and one of the "Kankandoritsu," a group of the four leading private universities in the Kansai region of western Japan.

The UA faculty-led program will partner with Doshisha University to provide general logistics and housing for students.  

Here is a link to find more information about Doshisha University:

Links of Interest

Department of East Asian Studies

SILLC Global Award Fund

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