[C002] The mixture of gods and Buddha
Is it a shrine or is it a temple?
Learn about the syncretism of Shintoism and Buddhism,
Japan’s unique religious views
To understand the Japanese view of religion, it is necessary to understand Japan’s two major religions, Shintoism and Buddhism. Shintoism’s religious structures are known as shrines and Buddhism’s are known as temples, but both only took their current form about 150 years ago. For more than a thousand years until then Shintoism and Buddhism had been one and the same, and deities of both were worshiped by common people as singular entities. Both religions have a sort of polytheism in common and even into modern times they continue to complement, rather than exclude each other. This tour plan includes a visit to two temples in Tokyo. One illustrates the syncretism of Shinto and Buddhism while the other illustrates their sudden separation 150 years ago.
- Plan ID
- Plan Title
- Syncretism of gods and Buddha
- 4 hours
- Max. number of Participants
- 6 people
- Possible Time Range
- 9 am – 5 pm
- Visit Area
- Akasaka, Asakusa
- Toyokawa Inari shrine, Sensoji temple, Asakusa shrine
- English / French / Chinese
- Guiding Fee
- Travel & Admission costs
- Adult(18-) ¥750 / Teens(13-17) ¥750 / Child(6-12) ¥390 / Infant(-5) ¥0
- Adult(18-) ¥0 / Teens(13-17) ¥0 / Child(6-12) ¥0 / Infant(-5) ¥0
- What’s included
- Guiding fee, Public transportation expenses (except for taxi fare) during the tour, 10% consumption tax
- What’s not included
- Food and Drinks, Tips for a guide
- Important Info
- You can combine this tour with ‘C001 How can some religions coexist?’ to make a one-day tour.
Sensoji Thunder gate
Toyokawa Inari shrine, Sensoji temple, Asakusa shrine
- Total Tour price consists of Guiding fee, Travel & admission costs, and Activities.
- 1) Guiding fees are flat rates depending on the tour duration. The number of your group does not affect them.
- 2) Travel & admission costs are calculated based on the number/age of your participants and added to the total Tour price. Expenses for your tour guide (one adult) are added, too.
- 3) Activities are also calculated based on the number/age of your participants and added to the total Tour price. Your guide’s expenses are NOT included.
- A 10% consumption tax is included in all prices.
- If you book two 4-hour tours on the same day, the guiding fee for the 2nd tour gets an approx. 40% discount (Yen28,000 → Yen17,000), so the total guiding fee is Yen45,000. Write down the title of your tour of choice in a field on your booking form.
- You will make payment of bookings by credit card or other forms of payment available through our website. We use a third-party service to process your payment information, and you authorize our payment service partners and us to process your payments.
- After your booking request is complete and a guide is available, we will email you a link to the invoice within 24 hours from your booking.
- You are requested to complete the payment:
- 1) within a week from when you receive the link to the invoice, in general.
- 2) within 24 hours from when you receive the link to the invoice in case the tour is within a month.
If you cancel the tour, you will get the refund below
|Guiding fee||Travel & Admiddion costs||Activities|
|at least 30 days before the tour day||100% (fees charged by a payment service provider is deducted)|
|in the first 29-15 days before the tour day||50%||100%||100%|
|in the first 14days before to 5PM of the previous day of the tour||no refund||100%||100%|
|after 5PM of the previous day of the tour or no show||no refund|
If we cancel the tour, you will get a full refund.
When you would like to cancel the tour, you must inform us of it by email or phone for our confirmation.
About ZENflow Tours
- What is ZENflow Tours?
- ZENflow Tours connects travelers to Japan with professional, licensed tour guides. All tours are private and flexible. You can experience the customs and cultures of Japan through activities and chat with local guides.
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- Does the tour include meals?
- No. Food and drinks are not included in the tour price, and it is written expressly on the tour page’s ‘What’s not included.’
- Does the tour include transportation fees?
- Yes, public transportation (subway, train, and bus) fees depending on the number of your party are included in the tour price. Taxi fare is not included unless specified otherwise.
- Does the tour include admission fees to the facilities?
- Yes. If any admission fees are included, they are written expressly on the tour page’s ‘What’s included.’
- Why does the tour price change after I input the number of group members?
- Because our total tour price consists of a Guiding fee, Travel & admission costs, and Activities. Guiding fees are flat rates, but Travel & admission costs and Activities are calculated based on the number/age of participants and added to the total tour price. The tour guide’s travel and admission costs are also included in the tour price.
- Can I amend the tour itinerary?
- Yes, please request and propose the plan to your guide.
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- The available languages are written expressly at ‘Language’ on the tour page.
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- Is it possible to change or add my booking after payment?
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- How can I book two tours in one day?
- You can book two 4-hour tours on the same day. The recommended combinations are proposed in “Important Info” on the tour page. Please write your request in the ‘Any requests‘ of your entry form at a booking.
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- How are refunds processed, and how long does it take to receive the credit?
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