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14 Days Yoga Retreat in Japan

  • Tokyo, Kantō, Japan

14 Days Yoga Retreat in Japan

  • Tokyo, Kantō, Japan

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
  • 8 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.

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 – Narita / Tokyo

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.

Day 2 – 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.

Day 3 – Tokyo

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.

Day 4 – Hakone

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.

Day 5 – Hakone

The day is at own leisure. Yoga session in the morning.

Day 6 – Hiroshima & Miyajima Island

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.

Day 7 – Hiroshima & Miyajima Island

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.

Day 8 – Kyoto

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.

Day 9 – Kyoto

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 10 – Nara

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”.

Day 11 – Koyasan

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.

Day 12 – Koyasan

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.

Day 13 – Osaka

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.

Day 14

Departure from Osaka Kansai airport

  • Patricia Olabre

    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.

  • 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
  • Coin locker rental
  • Entrance fees
  • Extra activities
  • Hakone freepass
  • International flights
  • Kimono rental
  • Koyasan World Heritage ticket
  • Luggage transfers (there is approximately cost of 100 GBP for luggage transfers as we need to travel light)
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Visa and other transport fees not mentioned in the itinerary

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).

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.

Verified reviews

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    Review by Liza Waller from Great Britain

    Perfect weekend retreat for healing and renewal

    CONS Cons: Nothing not to like!!

    PROS Pros: Patricia led the weekend sensitively and skilfully. I enjoyed her gentle presence and light touches of humour aswell as clarity in instructions. The weekend was full of variety and catered for all levels of experience. Felt very nourishing and the food was wonderful and wholesome.

    2017-Jul-17 12:55:51

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    Review by Dana Stroh from United States


    CONS Cons: Wished for one more day in Cayo Santa Maria....heaven on earth!

    PROS Pros: The cultural retreat provided a wonderful overview of the country, and I chance to really experience the culture, due to staying at the Casa Particulars. The yoga practice was perfect. I am a beginner's beginner, and the level was perfect. Patricia Olabre was an absolutely awesome instructor.

    2017-Jun-12 18:36:15

  • Review by Sue Arndt
    9 out of 10

    "The Samyama Yoga tour of Burma (Myanmar) was quite simply, extraordinary."

    "Patricia Olabre, our lovely, gentle leader, ensured we were well cared for and also ran regular yoga sessions of different styles. I can’t speak highly enough of Patricia – she was always 100% organised, always there to offer support and ran classes to suit every age and ability."

    "There were no hitches during the trip at all and the group got on like old friends."

    "Burma is amazing – there was so much to do and see; we flopped into bed happily exhausted at the end of each day. If you are keen to see interesting places and keep up with your yoga practice – this is the perfect solution. Look out for more tours with Patricia during 2017.", edited

  • Review by Sue from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Yoga and meditation were excellent. Pitched at the right level." website, edited

  • Review by Judith from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "The yoga was as usual very good, demanding but with the option to take an easier option. I found the meditation was not too long except when I was sitting on the chair. I liked the structure of the weekend and generally the ethos of quiet, ease and silence." website, edited

  • Review by Margarita from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "That was my best yoga practice ever, great experience, love your calming voice. " website, edited

  • Review by Alex from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Yoga was brilliant, tailored to our individual level. Patricia is so accommodating and always happy to help achieve your aims. It was a perfect balance of meditation, yoga and free time. Would recommend a silent retreat to anyone." website, edited

  • Review by Irene from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Two weeks of yoga holiday with Patricia in Philippines was one of my best yoga holidays so far. The three days of island hopping was full of fun with lots of swimming and kayaking in the clear blue South China Sea. We were on the go all the time watching sunset one evening and having dinner on the beach front. Never a dull moment .Patricia is a wonderful and a very caring yoga teacher and a tour organizer. Patricia always made sure we have plenty of food and she had brought us to some fantastic restaurants. This is a holiday whereby yoga is not the main focus compared to a yoga retreat. Thanks Patricia for inviting me to your beautiful country with such beautiful people that serve us with an open heart and smile." website, edited

  • Review by Harpal from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Overall, I found Philippines to be an absolutely an amazing and wonderful experience. Beautiful country and beautiful people. I believe it was a well balanced trip. Very action packed! Island hopping was so much fun. Exquisite beaches. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for organising such an amazing trip. You worked so hard to make it a successful and memorable trip. I will always be in gratitude to you and carry forward fond memories of this trip." website, edited

  • Review by Dave from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "From my general tourist perspective, I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and gained a lot from it. I am very grateful to you for the experience in adding the Philippines to my collection of countries visited that I would probably not have done otherwise." website, edited


  • Review by Tatjana Strajnic
    10 out of 10

    "Great yoga teacher very patient and thorough enjoying every single lesion with Patricia!"

    Samyama Yoga Facebook page, edited

  • Review by Anna Weijers
    10 out of 10

    "The yoga tour with Patricia was amazing! Everything went smoothly. She offered different yoga styles and levels. I loved the poems she read during the practice :)"

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  • Review by Janine from United Kingdom

    "Cuba for me was an amazing experience. An eye opener to a dignified, hospitable and generous people despite the lack of resources they/ we at times had to manage without like soap, light bulbs, toilet seats. It is not a real problem for us to manage with less services than you might expect; its part of an authentic introduction to a country that is so locked into its socio - economic /political reality. Yoga with Pat I always find to be a special experience, translated onto the rooftop of Havana, the surreal beauty of the beach at Cayo Levisa, I'm speechless. The wonderful fresh food and yoga provided the grounding for what was at times a pressing travel schedule. The outstanding highlights were the visit to Che Memorial and Buena Vista Social Club, not to mention the rickshaw ride there - i will remember that as long as I live. The salsa classes were brilliant fun/ learning, a new passion in the making. I cannot thank you enough Pat for your guidance and commitment into this beautiful eclectic world of yoga and travel."

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  • Review by Wendy from United Kingdom

    "I had a fantastic time in Cuba. It was well organised. There was no hiccup. The guides are good and well informed. The warm and balmy night at the Hotel Nacional was not to be missed. The last night at Buena Vista was a good wrap up altogether with the classic Cuban salsa music. Oh the salsa classes were enjoyable. It was lovely. Patricia is a very good teacher and she corrects our pose when it is incorrect and she has the patience to teach. I really loved the yoga session by the beach at Cayo Levisa when the sun was about to set. Of places of interest, they were all nice and memorable, each has it own charm. Vinales has beautiful views of mountains and fields, Cayo Levisa has beautiful and warm waters and clean beaches and Trinidad has lovely live music everywhere and not forgetting Havana, the beautiful old vintage American cars. On the whole, I would really love to go back again."

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  • Review by Irene from United Kingdom

    "Another great holiday with Patricia and Cuba is one of the best with live music in every corner. Thanks a million for organizing this Cuban trip."

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  • Review by Jennie
    10 out of 10

    "I love coming to Patricia's class. She always gives you opportunities to grow within a posture by setting different levels and to grow within a class by building up to challenging positions."

    Samyama Yoga Facebook page, edited

  • Review by Alison Goldie
    10 out of 10

    "Patricia is an excellent yoga teacher who strikes the right balance between exercise and spirituality. She gauges the needs of her class very well, and is a warm, sympathetic, and highly skilled facilitator."

    Samyama Yoga Facebook page, edited

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