The Asian Conference on Education
Conference Package B contains the following:
Attend The Asian Conference on Education 2017
Set in the rolling hills and verdant ancient forest of Nara Prefecture in south-central Honshu, Nara was Japan’s first capital city and is a key part of the country's cultural legacy. Join IAFOR on a tour of the city, which is home to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a wealth of temples and artwork dating back as far as the eighth century. Highlights include becoming acquainted with the friendly local deer, visiting the temple of Todaiji, which houses an impressive 15-metre bronze Buddha, the largest seated bronze Buddha statue in Japan, and stopping off at the Kasuga Grand Shrine with its hundreds of beautiful bronze lanterns. The tour is led by an experienced guide and includes a buffet lunch, as well as the 90-minute bus ride from Kobe. Guests must be aged 14 or over.
Kasuga Grand Shrine (Kasuga Taisha) is famous for its lanterns, which have been donated by worshipers. Hundreds of bronze lanterns can be found hanging from the buildings, while as many stone lanterns line its approaches.
Todaiji Temple is home to one of Japan's largest bronze statues of Buddha (Daibutsu). The 15 meter-tall, seated Buddha represents Vairocana and is an impressive site to see. Prior to reaching the Buddha statue, delegates will pass through the Nandai-mon Gate, which is being guarded by two large representations of the Nio Guardian Kings. The nearby Nara Park is filled with adorable and friendly deer. Tour guests will have the chance to feed them "deer senbei", which is a specially made cracker for deers.
Kofukuji Temple is a Buddhist temple that was once one of the powerful Seven Great Temples. Originally established in year 669, the temple was not only an important center for the Buddhist religion, but also retained influence over the imperial government.
The following information is intended as a guide only. Exact tour details will be provided closer to the conference date. Times are approximate and weather conditions may affect the outdoor elements of the tour.
07:45 – Tour check-in at ANA Crowne Plaza Kobe 4F Lobby
08:00 – Bus Departs for Nara
09:45 – Arrive in Nara
10:15 – Kasuga Temple
11:40 – Bus Departs for Lunch
12:00 – Lunch
13:00 – Bus Departs for Todaiji Temple
13:15 – Todaiji Temple & Nara Park
14:45 – Bus Departs for Kofukuji
15:00 – Kofukuji Temple & Old Nara Town
16:00 – Bus Departs for Kobe
18:00 – Arrive in Kobe