Preserving Japanese Culture: Neighborhood Temples

A tour of Tokyo’s frequently overlooked temples and shrines.

What will I learn in this class?
Did you know that there are more temples and shrines in Tokyo than Nara or Kyoto? Explore the lesser-known yet just as fascinating temples and shrines that dot this amazing city. This tour includes visits to Hoshuin, adjacent to the more famous Zojoji, as well as an interactive, virtul lecture on the temple’s history, function and highlights (the lecture will also be available as a recording).

Hoshuin Lecture

  • Sep 18
  • 10–11am
  • Participants will receive a digital invite

Who teaches this class?
Akiko Kubo began her career in Japanese Buddhist artifact restoration in 2000. She specializes in the symbolism and preservation of traditional wooden Buddhist artifacts and buildings, including the kintsugi restoration method with lacquer and powdered gold. Kubo has helped restore more than 100 carvings and regularly lectures on the subject.


  • Sep 23
  • 9:30am–11:30am
  • Meeting point: Shiba Koen Station
  • ¥3,000 (materials fee: ¥1,000)
  • Cancellation deadline: Sep 11


  • By registering, Members accept the inherent risks in activities where social distancing requirements cannot be followed, and they agree not to hold the Club liable in the case of injury, illness or contraction of COVID-19 during these activities.