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  • Locations: Hiroshima, Japan; Kyoto, Japan; Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: ASC applicants only
  • Click here to view Program Fees: Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 10/14/2019 TBA TBA
Spring 2021 03/01/2020 04/15/2020 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Classification: Global Study Tours Housing Options: Hotel - Shared
Area Of Study: Art, History, Religion/Theology, Religious Studies Click here for a definition of this term Class Status: 1 - First Year, 2 - Sophomore, 3 - Junior, 4 - Senior
Click here for a definition of this term Number of Credits: 4 Program Leaders: Shu-chin Wu
Course Prerequisites: None On-Campus Coursework Required Prior to Travel: Spring semester course
Program Description:
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Updated on 7 June 2016

Apply now to hold your spot! You have until 12 October to commit or decline participation without penalty!

This course critically examines the history and contemplative tradition of Japan from ancient time to the present. It has two parts: (1) a contemplation of Japanese history, and (2) a history of contemplation in Japan. The first part examines major historical events and turning points in Japan. The second part focuses on Japan’s contemplative tradition, in particular Shintoism and Buddhism, in historical context. In addition, the course will look at the migration of Japanese contemplative tradition to other parts of Asia, North America, and Europe and examine how this tradition has become an intrinsic part of the globalized world. Students will conduct historical research, visit important historical sites and temples, and explore the relationship between contemplation and history. The study of contemplative tradition will extend along experiential lines to include contemplative activities (such as meditation, journals, silence, music, art, poetry, dialogue, and questions) to complement the analytical method of traditional liberal arts education. By employing both analytical and contemplative inquiries as intentional pedagogical techniques, this course aims to cultivate students’ capacity for critical thinking, deepened awareness, concentration, and insight.  The travel experience will be divided among Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Shirakawa. 

Tentative: Sunday, 14 May -  Friday, 2 June, 2017

Application Deadline - including deposit/application fee 26 September
Award Application Deadline 26 September
Decision date for Program and for Awards 3 October
Deadline to commit/decline your placement 12 October
First Payment Installment due 16 November
Final Payment Installment due  6 January
Passport Information due (if required)  1 February
Additional Required Paperwork due 1 February
Entry Visa Information due (if required) Variable

Tuesdays & Thursdays  5:10PM - 6:25PM

This program is still under construction! Check back soon for a detailed itinerary! 

Suggested itinerary (highly subject to change)
  • 14 May: Depart Atlanta
  • 15 May: Arrival Day. Welcome dinner at 6:00pm
  • 16 May: Tokyo one-day tour. Asakusa sightseeing (Sensoji Temple, Asakusa shrine, Nakamise Street), Edo Tokyo Museum, Ueno sightseeing
  • 17 May: Tokyo--Kamakura tour 9 hours tour: Hasedera Temple, the Great Buddha, Hokokuji Temple, Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine
  • 18 May: Travel from Tokyo to Kyoto (Arashitama, Tenryuji temple, Bamboo Forest), tea ceremony
  • 19 May: Kyoto--Golden Pavilion, Ryoan-ji, Nijyo Castle, Sanjyusan gendo temple
  • 20 May: Kyoto—Nara Deer Park, Todaiji, Kasuga Grand shrine, Kofukuji, Naramachi
  • 21 May: Travel from Kyoto to Hiroshima, Hiroshima Peace Museum
  • 22 May: Hiroshima—to Miyajima: Itsukushima Shrine, Misen
  • 23 May: Travel from Hiroshima to Shirakawa: visit Shirakawa world heritage site
  • 24 May: Takayama (Old Town, Folk Village. Bicycle rental-touring town)
  • 25 May: Travel from Takayama to Tokyo
  • 26 May: Tokyo: Hakone tour (Hakone sightseeing ship cruise at Lake Ashi, Owakudani, Hakone Tozan railway, Hakone Open-air Museum)
  • 27 May: Tokyo-- Gibli Museum
  • 29 May: Departure Day

  • Extensive walking
  • Use of public transportation

Please see 'Click here to view Program Fees' at the top of this page.

As part of your application, you will be able to apply for award funding toward this program. Please
click here to learn more about applying for a Faculty-led Programs Award.

  • Be a full-time, degree-seeking students in good standing at Agnes Scott
  • Have completed one year or 24 credit hours at Agnes Scott prior to the experience abroad 
  • Meet any program-specific requirements and have the minimum cumulative grade point average required by the program provider for exchange and independent study abroad 
  • Once approved for study abroad, students are required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation session offered each semester at Agnes Scott College

Shu-chin Wu

Shu-chin Wu
Associate Professor of History, Director of Asian Studies

Mary Cain

Mary Cain
Associate Professor of History and Chair