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14 Days Yoga Retreat in Japan

  • Tokyo - Hakone - Hiroshima - Miyajima Island - Kyoto - Nara - Koyasan - Osaka


Explore Japan Yoga Retreat

From dazzling Tokyo to historic Kyoto and stunning Mount Fuji, Japan is a land of breathtaking contrasts. On this thrilling retreat to Japan, not only will you have a daily yoga session, but you will also discover ancient gardens and sacred shrines in Nara and Kyoto and enjoy the views of the iconic Mount Fuji while sitting in a hot spring. Step aboard on a bullet train for a high-speed adventure!


  • Morning or evening yoga sessions
  • Visit to the Buddhist temple of Sensoji and Ueno
  • Tour to Imperial Palace and the famous Ginza district
  • Experience the ascetic training of the Shingon Buddhist sect
  • Visit to Todaiji temple, home to Japan’s largest Buddha
  • Visit to Nishiki Market and tea ceremony workshop
  • Daily vegetarian breakfast
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • 12 days with instruction
  • English
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During this retreat, you will have the experience of staying at Japanese traditional homestays (ryokan), temple accommodation (shukubo), and hotels.

This retreat will take place in Tokyo, Hakone, Hiroshima, Miyajima Island, Kyoto, Nara, Koyasan, and Osaka.

  • 1 yoga session per day, either a morning or afternoon session
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • 14-day Japan Rail Pass
  • Daily vegetarian breakfast
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tea ceremony workshop

All levels and abilities are welcome in this retreat. You will enjoy yoga practice and explore the land of rising sun through its many beautiful cities, from Tokyo to Hakone, Hiroshima, Miyajima Island, Kyoto, Nara, Koyasan, and Osaka.

Day 1

On arrival at Narita International Airport (NRT), you can activate your Japan Rail Pass and hop on the Narita Express to Tokyo immediately for a three-night stay in the Japanese capital. You have the rest of the day at leisure to explore Tokyo.

Day 2

Visit to the traditional side of Tokyo, the Buddhist temple of Sensoji (Asakusa Kannon) and Ueno on the east side, and Tsukuji Fish Market, the world’s largest fish market. You will have a yoga session in the afternoon.

Day 3

You will start your day with a yoga session before departing for a morning tour to Japan’s vibrant capital, visiting the site of the Imperial Palace and the famous Ginza district. You will also visit the modern side of Tokyo - Harajuku, Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Roppongi on the west side.

Day 4

You will take a train to Hakone. Afterwards, you will have a free time to visit the magnificent setting of Mount Fuji and take a cable car ride to visit the sulfurous hot springs at Owakudani. In Hakone, you will stay for two nights at a ryokan. Yoga session will be in the afternoon or evening.

Day 5

The rest of the day is free for you to do activities of your own choice or just relax at your own leisure. Yoga session will be in the morning.

Day 6

You will travel by train to Hiroshima and stay for two nights in the hotel or traditional ryokan. The rest of the day is free for you to relax at your own leisure. Yoga session will be in the afternoon or evening.

Day 7

You will start your day with a yoga session and then you can explore Hiroshima and Miyajima independently. You may be interested in visiting the most photographed site in Japan, the floating Torii gate. Explore many shrines and temples, sample local goodies like maple leaf shaped cakes before crossing the sea, and visit the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima. Stroll through the park and discover the many memorials, monuments, and statues before heading into the museum itself.

Day 8

In the morning, you will travel to Kyoto. You will stay in the the ryokan in Kyoto for three nights. After check-in, you will go to Arashimaya to see the famed Bamboo Grove and Tenryu-ji Temple.

Day 9

You will start your day with an optional visit to a kimono rental place and get fitted with your own kimono for the day. Stroll through the beautiful traditional streets of Ichinen-zaka and Ninen-zaka and walk to Kiyomizu-dera and Kodai-ji. Afterwards, you will visit the Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) and continue your visit to Nijo Castle, which is surrounded by stunning gardens, and take a walk down Nishiki Market. You will end the day with a tea ceremony.

Day 10

You will have a day tour to Nara, Japan’s first permanent capital, which is considered as the cradle of Japanese culture and arts with an extraordinary abundance of temples and Buddhist monasteries.

Afterwards, you will have a visit to Todaiji temple, the world’s largest wooden building and home to Japan’s largest Buddha. From there, you will head to Nara’s most celebrated shrine, Kasuga Taisha, Shin-Yakushiji Temple, and leisurely wander through Nara Deer Park. On the way back from Nara, visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine, which was used in the movie Memoirs of a Geisha.

Day 11

You will leave your luggage in Osaka to travel light by train and cable car to Koyasan, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a sacred place of Buddhism. Built on top of a wooded mountain at nearly 1000 meters above sea level, Mount Koya’s temples form a village that will transport you to a different world and allow you to enjoy a magical atmosphere.

In Koyasan, you will stay at one of the temple's accommodation facilities called shukubo and experience the ascetic training of the Shingon Buddhist sect. Dinner for today is included. Yoga session will be in the afternoon or evening.

Day 12

The rest of the day is free for you to do activities of your own choice or just relax at your own leisure. You may want to visit the many temples or you can try other cultural and religious experiences, such as hand-copying sutras and ajikan meditation, both leading to your spiritual well-being. You can also participate in the morning rituals. Dinner is included. Yoga session will be in the morning.

Day 13

You will travel to Osaka for the final leg of your trip. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the big city. Visit Osaka Castle and Dotonbori, thronged with an unbelievable number of restaurants and amusement facilities. The rest of the day is free to relax at leisure.

Day 14

Departure day.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Narita International Airport (NRT) on September 10, 2017. Departure will be on September 23, 2017 from Kansai International Airport (KIX).

What to bring

Yoga mat and props

Additional information

For more information, ask your questions directly to Samyama Yoga, who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send a message.

  • Patricia Olabre

    Patricia has been a full-time yoga teacher since she completed her 500-hour teacher training course with the Krishnamacharya Healing Yoga Foundation (KHYF) under Marc Beuvain in London. She is also a certified British Wheel of Yoga teacher. She finished the perinatal yoga foundation course with Birthlight in 2010 and a year later, the mother and baby yoga integrated course with Yogacampus and Sitaram Partnership. She qualified as a children's yoga teacher through YogaBugs and Yoga'd Up when she first started teaching in 2008. She has recently been certified to share the benefits of Yin yoga.

  • Airfare
  • Coin locker rental
  • Entrance fees during the trip
  • Extra activities
  • Kimono rental
  • Koyasan World Heritage ticket
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Visa and other fees not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Yoga session on arrival and departure day

During this retreat, you will be served daily delicious and vegetarian breakfast made from local produce.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
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Arrival: Sunday September 10, 2017
Departure: Saturday September 23, 2017

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