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Jewish heritage tours of Japan are the opportunity to see a country where the modern world meets the ancient world.
Visit Tokyo, one of the most modern cities in the world, infused with tradition in the most surprising ways. Huge skyscrapers loom over women dressed in traditional kimonos.
Automated conveyor belts transport sushi to willing diners. Traditional foods and teas are served from electronic vending machines. Soak in Japanese Onsens or thermal baths. Visit ancient castles with views of the mountains.
Learn about the surprising history between Japan and the Jewish people while you discover Japanese sites like Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, and the castle town of Matsumoto. Experience the many tastes and locations of this spectacular destination.
The first Jews came to Japan with Spanish and Portuguese traders in the 1500s. Some settled in Goa but left for Japan during the Goa Inquisition. In the 19th century, Jews from the Middle East and South Asia immigrated to Japan and started communities in Nagasaki, Yokohama, and Kobe. After that, other Jews arrived from China and Russia.
Discover the story of Sugihara Chiuneon Jewish heritage tours of Japan. He was a Japanese diplomat who saved several thousand Jews during the Holocaust. His memorial is in Gifu Prefecture.
Meet the Jewish community of Japan on Jewish heritage tours to Japan.
Kyoto’s Jewish community consists of 100 members. Kobe has a larger Jewish community that actually dates back to the late 19th century. Kansai Congregation Ohel Shelomeh in Kobe has Friday evening and Saturday morning Shabbat services.
Japan, one of the most modern and interesting countries to visit, is a spectacular site for a Jewish heritage tour.
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