CIEE Ancient + Modern Japan in Kyoto, Japan

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Caligraphy in Kyoto
Caligraphy in Kyoto


Kyoto is a beautiful, historic city centrally located in the Kansai region in Japan. It’s surrounded by beautiful scenic mountains, numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites, and many iconic attractions. As the ancient capital of Japan, it remains the premier hub of traditional Japanese culture, and attracts visitors from around the globe to its palaces, temples, museums, theaters, and excellent restaurants. Researchers and students are in good company, as Kyoto hosts dozens of top Japanese universities and several national research facilities.

  • SEE THE GOLDEN PAVILION pass through the torii gates of the Fox Shrine, and gaze upon the Zen garden of Ryoanji Temple.
  • KYOTO WAS JAPAN’S CAPITAL from 794 to 1868. Now Kyoto is often called the “cultural capital” of Japan — rich in ancient cultural, religious, and artistic traditions.
  • USE SKILLS GAINED THROUGH CIEE Language and Culture courses to speak with locals and engage with the community.


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