Interreligious Studies in Japan Program (ISJP)


In response to global tensions among religions today, the Interreligious Studies in Japan Program (ISJP) offers systematic study of Japanese religions and provides opportunities for interreligious dialogue. Its aim is to promote mutual understanding as a basis for peaceful coexistence and cooperation.

One semester consists of courses on Shinto, Buddhism, reading a classic Buddhist text in translation, New Religions, Japanese Christianity, Theology of Religions, and introduction to the Japanese language. Theoretical studies are supplemented by an exposure program consisting of field trips to various religious centers and meetings with their representatives. Attending one semester offers basic information, while participation in two semesters provides broader knowledge.

The goal is to widen the students’ perspectives towards other religions and to deepen their own faith in order to build peace among people of different religions.


The ISJP offers the following learning opportunities:

1. Convey a solid basic knowledge of religions in Japan

2. Experience of religions in Japan

3. Interreligious dialogue (encounter with religions in Japan)

4. Introduction to Japanese culture and spirituality

5. Exposure to the situation of churches in a religiously plural environment and introduction to problems of enculturation

6. Introduction to Theology in dialogue


Target Group

Students of theology (all denominations); students of education who intend to become school teachers in

religion; graduate and postgraduate students of theology, education, Japanese studies and religious studies. —  Students are expected to be open to new learning experiences in a foreign culture (cross-cultural communication). Solid knowledge of English is required for the classes.


Participants receive certificates for each class as well as for the whole program. Students, who write a paper on a subject agreed with the teacher receive credited certificates.

Living Costs & Tuition

Living costs including accommodation are a minimum of ¥120,000 per month.
Tuition is ¥100,000 per semester.


Please fill in the application form (PDF file, 64 kB) in English; enclose your curriculum vitae (including university studies, hobbies and volunteer activities); a letter of recommendation by a professor; photocopy of passport for visa application (validity minimum one year); letter of guarantee for sufficient financial support (e.g. scholarship).


Application Deadlines

March 31 for fall semester.

Please send your applications to the Program Coordinator. Candidates should apply for visas at a Japanese embassy or consulate in their home countries. The proper category is “cultural visa” (bunka visa).


Faculty and Board Faculty

Rev. Seki Masato (NCC Study Center, Chairman of the Board of Trustees) *

Prof. Doi Kenji (Kwansei Gakuin University; NCC Study

Center, Vice Director) *

Prof. Fujimoto Kiyohiko (Bukkyo University)

Ass.Prof. Ichikawa Sadataka (Bukkyo University)

Prof. Iwano Yusuke (Kwansei Gakuin University,

NCC Study Center, Vice Director) *

Prof. em. Katayanagi Eiichi (Kyoto Unversity)

Prof. em. Mizugaki Wataru (Kyoto University)

Prof. Mizutani Makoto (Doshisha University)

Prof. Nakamichi Motoo (Kwansei Gakuin University)

Prof. Robert Rhodes (Otani University)

Prof. em. Takada Shinryo (Ryukoku University)

Prof. em. Miyasho Tetsuo (NCC Study Center, Director, Coordinator of ISJP) *

Rev. Teramoto Tomomasa (Nishi Hongan-ji priest,

Ryukoku University; ISJP Secretary) *

* Members of the Executive Board


Don't hesitate to contact us with your questions or comments:
Send us an email
Phone/Fax: +81-(0)75-432-1945


NCC Center for the Study of Japanese Religions
Interreligious Studies in Japan Program (ISJP)
Attn. Coordinator
Karasuma Shimotachiuri, Kamikyo-ku
Kyoto 602-8011, JAPAN