Location KYOTO & SHIGA - Ryukoku University

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Ryukoku University in Kyoto & Shiga Japan

For over 1,000 years, Kyoto was the capital of Japan and the heart of Japanese culture and politics. Kyoto is further unique within Japan in that it was virtually untouched during World War II, leaving a myriad of temples, shrines and a castle intact. This legacy has been recognized by UNESCO and 20% of Japan's national treasures and 15% of the country's cultural properties can be found in Kyoto.

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Fukakusa CampusFaculty of Letters (Freshmen and Sophomores), Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Business Administration, Faculty of Law, and Junior College
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Omiya CampusFaculty at Omiya Campus: Faculty of Letters (mainly Juniors and Seniors)
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Since Kyoto was the seat of the Imperial household for so long, master artisans gathered here to serve the Emperor and his court. Kyoto offers what a great many Westerners long for in Japan: raked pebble gardens, the sensuous contours of a temple roof, the tripping step of a latter-day geisha. This ancient city holds a special place both in the hearts of the Japanese people and those foreign visitors who have had the good fortune to make its acquaintance. Nearly 40 million tourists visit Kyoto each year. As they savor its treasures and pleasures, they also seek the essence of all that is traditionally Japanese. Its unique identity arises from an unmatched legacy of history, culture and religion - not simply relegated to the past, but handed down from generation to generation and carefully tended in the present for the sake of the future.

Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine
(Fushimi Inari Taisha)

The venerable Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine is the main shrine of the 30,000 or so Inari shrines located throughout Japan. It became the head shrine when Japanís capital was transferred to Kyoto in 794. Today, the shrine is renowned because praying to the gods here is said to bring prosperity to oneís business. Starting behind the shrineís main buildings, about 10,000 torii gates wind up Mount Fushimi, resembling a long vermilion tunnel.

(Nishi Hongwan Temple)

This temple was founded by the nun Kakushin (1224-1283) in 1272. She was the daughter of the monk Shinran (1173-1262), who is the founder of the Jodo Shinshu religion. The history of Ryukoku University commenced with the opening of Jodo Shinshu's Gakuryo educational facility at Nishi Hongan-ji in 1639. Many architectural masterpieces of the Momoyama period can be found here. The massive gingko trees, huge tiled roof, and diamond shaped lanterns of the temples are all very impressive.

Tofukuji Fushimi-inari Nishi-honganjiStreet of Kyoto City
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Seta campusFaculty of Science and Technology, Faculty of Sociology and Social Welfare, Faculty of Intercultural Communication
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Just across the Higashiyama mountain range from Kyoto is Shiga, a small prefecture famous as the home of Lake Biwa, Japanís largest freshwater lake. Shiga, which borders both Nara and Kyoto, has a unique and varied culture and has been the site of many significant historical events, with many heritage sites telling of the long human history of the area. Today, Shiga still acts as a transport crossroads, generating a great deal of economic activity and enjoying a rich and diverse cultural environment.

Fire works festival Enryakuji Lake BIWAStreet of Otsu city