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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!
During this retreat, you will have the experience of staying at Japanese traditional homestays (ryokan), temple accommodation (shukubo), and hotels.
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.
On arrival at Narita or Haneda you can activate your Japan Rail Pass and hop on the Narita Express or Tokyo Monorail to Tokyo immediately for a three-night stay in the Japanese capital. You have the rest of the day at leisure to explore Tokyo.
Visit traditional Tokyo – the Buddhist temple of Sensoji (Asakusa Kannon) and Ueno on the east side; and Tsukuji Fish Market, the world’s largest fish market. Yoga session in the afternoon.
Morning tour of Japan’s vibrant capital visiting the site of the Imperial Palace and the famous Ginza district. Visit modern Tokyo – Harajuku, Shibuya, Shinjuku and Roppongi- on the west side. Yoga session in the morning.
Train to Hakone and free time to visit magnificent setting of Mount Fuji and take a cable car ride to visit the sulphurous hot springs at Owakudani. Stay in Hakone for two nights at a ryokan. Yoga session in the afternoon or evening.
The day is at own leisure. Yoga session in the morning.
Travel by train to Hiroshima. Arrive and check–in to the hotel or traditional ryokan for two nights. The rest of the day is free to relax at leisure. Yoga session in the afternoon or evening.
The next morning you will have time to explore Hiroshima and Miyajima independently. Visit Miyajima Island with perhaps 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 visiting the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima. Stroll through the park and discover the many memorials, monuments and statues before heading into the museum itself. Yoga session in the morning.
In the morning travel to Kyoto and check–in to our ryokan for three nights. After check-in we go to Arashimaya to see the famed Bamboo Grove and Tenryu-ji Temple.
Start our day with a visit to a kimono rental place and get fitted with your own kimono for the day! (optional)
Stroll through the beautiful traditional streets of Ichinen-zaka and Ninen-zaka. Walk to Kiyomizu-dera and Kodai-ji. Afterwards visit the Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), continue to Nijo Castle surrounded by stunning gardens and take a walk down Nishiki Market. End the day with a tea ceremony.
Day tour to Nara, Japan’s first permanent capital and was considered the cradle of Japanese culture and arts, with an extraordinary abundance of temples and Buddhist monasteries.
Visit Todaiji temple, the world’s largest wooden building and home to Japan’s largest Buddha. From there head to Nara’s most celebrated shrine, Kasuga Taisha, Shin-Yakushiji Temple and a leisurely wander through Nara ‘Deer’ Park. On the way back from Nara, visit Fushimi Inari Shrine, which was used in the movie “Memoirs of a Geisha”.
Leave luggage in Osaka and travel light by train and cable car to Koyasan, a UNESCO World Heritage site and is 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. Stay at one of the temple's accommodation facilities called shukubo and experience the ascetic training of the Shingon Buddhist sect. Dinner is included. Yoga session in the afternoon or evening.
The day is at own leisure. Visit the many temples and/or you can try other cultural/religious experiences as well like hand-copying of sutras and ajikan meditation, both leading to your spiritual well-being (at extra cost). You can also participate in the morning rituals. Dinner is included. Yoga session in the morning.
Travel to Osaka for the final leg of our 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.
Departure from Osaka Kansai airport
British Wheel of Yoga (Yoga)
Patricia has been a full-time yoga teacher since she completed her 500-hour teacher training course with the Krishnamacharya Healing Yoga Foundation under Marc Beuvain in London. She is also a certified British Wheel of Yoga teacher. She finished the prenatal yoga foundation course with Birthlight in 2010 and a year later, the mother and baby yoga integrated course with Yogacampus and Sitaram Partnership. She is qualified as a children's yoga teacher through YogaBugs and Yoga'd Up. Patricia has recently been certified to share the benefits of Yin yoga.
This retreat will take place in Tokyo, Hakone, Hiroshima, Miyajima Island, Kyoto, Nara, Koyasan, and Osaka.
During this retreat, you will be served daily delicious and vegetarian breakfast made from local produce.
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).
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