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From dazzling Tokyo to historic Kyoto and stunning Mount Fuji, Japan is a land of breathtaking contrasts. On this thrilling tour you’ll discover ancient gardens, sacred shrines in Nara and catch magnificent views of the iconic Mount Fuji. Step aboard a bullet train for a high-speed adventure, turn the pages on Kanazawa's poignant history, be enchanted by the many temples of Kyoto, and soak up the unique atmosphere of Tokyo and Osaka.
You will be staying in various hotels and Japanese guesthouses, subject to availability.
On arrival at Narita or Haneda, 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.
Self guided tour: Visit traditional Tokyo - the Buddhist temple of Sensoji (Asakusa Kannon) and Ueno on the east side. Yoga session in the afternoon. Yoga session in a local studio.
Self guided 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.
Take the train to Kanazawa and enjoy your free time to wander off around the best-preserved major Edo-period city in the country. Stay for two nights at a ryokan or hotel. Yoga session in the afternoon or evening, where space is available.
The day is at own leisure. Yoga session in the morning, where space is available.
Travel by train to Kyoto. After check-in we go to Arashiyama to see the famed Bamboo Grove and Tenryu-ji Temple. The rest of the day is free to relax at leisure.
Self guided tour: 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. Yoga session in a local studio.
Self guided tour: 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. Yoga session in a local studio.
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”.
Travel to Osaka for the final leg of your trip. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the big city. Visit Dotonbori, thronged with an unbelievable number of restaurants and amusement facilities. The rest of the day is free to relax at leisure.
Your journey ends here and you are welcome to continue with your Japan adventure or head to the airport for your flight.
This yoga holiday will take place in Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka.
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Daily breakfast will be served. Unfortunately vegetarian meals cannot be guaranteed as Japan's dishes are mainly cooked in fish broth.
Please book your flight to arrive at Narita International Airport (NRT) on October 1, 2018. Departure will be on October 10, 2018 from Kansai International Airport (KIX). Please wait for Samyama Yoga's confirmation to book your flights as a minimum number of persons is needed to proceed with this trip.