The city of Kyoto, the principal location of the Japan and Its Buddhist Traditions program, is a twelve-hundred year old city with charm, mystery, and a feeling of timelessness. The city sits in a valley, which is surrounded by three mountains and intersected by two rivers.
Kyoto is a sacred pilgrimage site for Buddhists throughout Japan. More than 2,000 Buddhist temples and monasteries have been established in Kyoto over the course of the last 1,500 years. In addition, there are several Buddhist universities in the city where male and female clerics, together with lay scholars, live and conduct research. Kyoto remains the center of traditional culture in Japan.