Japan in Bloom

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APR. 2-13, 2020 From $4,399
Tokyo, Kobe, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Busan, Nagasaki, Kagoshima
Aboard Oceania Cruises’ Nautica UCLA Faculty on Tour Activity Level: Mild Hide This
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Japan in Bloom

APR. 2-13, 2020
Tokyo, Kobe, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Busan, Nagasaki, Kagoshima
Aboard Oceania Cruises’ Nautica

Embark in Tokyo, a city that balances tradition and modernity. Explore the Imperial Palace or one of its many temples or shrines before you sail to Shimizu where you can bask in the serenity of the woodlands or view the majestic Mount Fuji. In Kyoto, Japan’s old Imperial capital, walk through Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. Next, visit Hiroshima—a city with a range of restaurants, museums, and gardens—whose charm is not overshadowed by its tragic history. Cruise along the waters of the Kanmon Strait to Busan, the second largest city in South Korea, and stroll through its fish market or stop into a trendy café. Experience Nagasaki’s array of churches, temples, and shrines. Before the ship returns to Tokyo, enjoy a day in Kagoshima. This city embraces travelers with a mild climate, palm-tree lined streets, and, just off the coast, Sakurajima: one of Japan’s most active volcanoes.

Cost: From $4,399
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Activity Level: Mild
Easy Pace, little walking and stair climbing

UCLA Faculty on Tour

Department of Asian Languages & Cultures
Department of Asian Languages & Cultures Robert Buswell holds the Irving and Jean Stone Endowed Chair in Humanities at UCLA, where he is also Distinguished Professor of Buddhist Studies and founding director of UCLA's Center for Buddhist Studies and Center for Korean Studies. He is a specialist in the meditative traditions of Buddhism, and especially the Zen tradition. Buswell was ordained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand and lived as a monk in Asia for seven years before returning to academia. He has published extensively on Buddhism, including a recounting of his five years as a Zen monk in Korea in The Zen Monastic Experience. His most recent book, Numinous Awareness is Never Dark, explores the issue of whether enlightenment in Buddhism is a product of a gradual process of meditative development or a sudden burst of insight. (Spoiler alert: it's both.) Buswell has also served as president of the Association for Asian Studies, the largest such professional organization in the world with over 7,000 members, and the first UCLA faculty member to be elected to that position.

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Download the tour Reservation Form here. This tour is booked quickly, so sign up early to reserve space.

Enclose a check or provide credit card information for $950 per person, per tour, as a deposit for the selected tour. Make check payable to Go Next. Deposits are provisional and fully refundable pending your acceptance of final brochure terms.

Mail completed reservation form and your deposit to:
UCLA Alumni Association
Attn: Alumni Travel
James West Alumni Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1397

A brochure will be mailed to you as soon as it is available.