The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama arrived in Japan on Thursday for a week-long visit at the invitation of a Buddhist group.
The Dalai Lama flew into Narita airport east of Tokyo early Thursday on a commercial flight from India. A small crowd greeted him, with many bowing their heads to show respect as he walked by.
During his stay in Japan, which he last visited a year ago, he will go to the ancient Shintoism shrine of Ise in western Japan and give a speech at a forum on religion in Yokohama near Tokyo.
He will also visit local schools in Tokyo.
China has opposed visits to Japan by the Dalai Lama, whom Beijing accuses of being a dangerous figure agitating for Tibetan independence. Japan allowed him to come on the condition he avoid political activities.
Appearing at a function in New Delhi last week to celebrate him being awarded the top US Congress civilian honour this month, the Dalai Lama said accused China of what he called "demographic aggression."