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Spring Yoga Holiday Japan

A holiday designed to enhance all aspects of one's self: the mind, body, and soul, Walker Wellness Retreat yoga holiday is all-inclusive and includes a mixture of adventure and downtime to ensure you will return home refreshed and rejuvenated. Take the hassle and stress out of planning so you can focus on enjoying your yoga vacation!

Meet the instructors

Amy
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga practices
  • Exhilarating Okutama and Mount Fuji day trip
  • Amazing excursions in Tokyo, Kanazawa, and Kyoto
  • Transportations via local train and bullet train
  • Savor delicious healthy meals
  • 8 nights accommodations
  • Airport pick-up

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction
Group size: 6-15 participants
Airport transfer included: Narita International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

You will be staying at Japanese style Ryokans throughout Japan on this all-inclusive cherry blossom yoga holiday of Japan.

Program

Itinerary

Day 1, 12 April 2021: Tokyo

Welcome to Tokyo, the nation's capital! Did you know that with over 9 million residents, Tokyo is classified as the largest city in the world? And that's not even counting the neighboring cities in the Greater Tokyo region, bringing the number to a whopping 36 millions! Your private car will collect you from the airport and take you to your accommodations.

Walker Wellness Retreat will not schedule too much for your first day to allow you to rest after a long flight. However, perhaps you'll enjoy strolling the restaurant alleys around your hotel as your let your noses decide where you'd like to dine for the evening. The meal will be in a group. Group yoga practice will be held in the evening.

Day 2, 13 April 2021: Tokyo

Enjoy yoga practice at a nearby park in a group. Afterward, enjoy a trip to the Tsukiji fish market. Tsukiji fish market was constructed just after the devastating 1923 earthquake, and quickly became the biggest wholesaler dealer of fish in the country. Although this portion of the market has now been moved to Toyosu, the outer Tsukiji Market still remains as lively as ever and is a must for anyone who loves sushi! Today, you will experience a guided tour of both Tsukiji fish market before heading to a nearby kitchen to make your own sushi lunch.

You'll then meet your local guide who will introduce you to one of Tokyo's most important shrines, Meiji Jingu, which is said to house the spirit of the Meiji Emperor; the trendy fashion hub of Harajuku complete with its fascinating costume galleries and character cafes; and beautiful Sensoji temple. Be sure to keep an eye out for blooming cherry blossoms trees as you explore Tokyo.

Day 3, 14 April 2021: Okutama day trip

Enjoy yoga practice at a nearby park in a group. Today, you'll journey outside of the bustling metropolis that is Tokyo to enjoy something slightly slower paced. You'll watch the city fade into the countryside as you exchange busy streets and skyrises for majestic natural scenery and forest. Your guide for the day will meet you at the station and proceed to introduce you to the practice of forest bathing, the act of immersing oneself in nature for a period of time in order to improve one’s health in both body and mind.

Take in the beauty of Okutama's forest trails and enjoy some of the local countryside cuisines as you slow down, relax and forget life's busyness for a few hours. On your return to Tokyo, you will have plenty of options for activities, restaurants, and neighborhoods to choose how to spend your final night in the city.

Day 4, 15 April 2021: Mount Fuji

Enjoy yoga practice at a nearby park in a group. One of the best things about spring in the Mount Fuji region is the blossoming of its tulip fields, and today you'll see one of the best. A train journey will take you to one of Fuji's five lakes, Yamanakako. Here you'll take in the sight of thousands of tulips blooming in front of a brilliant Mount Fuji. Enjoy the fresh spring air as you explore the park by bicycle or enjoy it on foot if you prefer.

In the area, you'll also find an amazing floral dome which feels like being transported into a European garden! The picturesque Myojin waterfall is also only a short distance away. Afterward, enjoy a cruise on the lake, you will then head on to your next destination by train - Isawa Onsen. Here, you can look forward to relaxing in the onsen hot springs of your ryokan and enjoying a traditional dinner.

Day 5, 16 April 2021: Kanazawa

Enjoy yoga practice at a nearby park in a group. Today, you will board your first bullet train to the city of Kanazawa, also known as the city of gold. After meeting your private guide and dropping your bags, it's time to explore. Stops for today will include Kenroku-en, one of the three finest landscape gardens in Japan. This will include a visit to an ancient wooden villa with a fascinating history; Kanazawa Castle, which was for a long time a prime seat of power for the Maeda clan.

It's also a fantastic place to take in the ground's cherry blossoms trees, The Nomura Clan Samurai Home, which belonged to a high-ranking samurai family who ultimately lost their fortune with the advent of the Meiji Era; and the city's oldest market for lunch. In the evening take a stroll along the city's canals as you take your pick of where to dine for the night. Dinner as a group or on your own.

Day 6, 17 April 2021: Kyoto

Enjoy yoga practice at a nearby park in a group. Today you will bid farewell to Kanazawa and hop on the bullet train to Kyoto. This former capital of Japan is absolutely bursting with history and culture. You'll start your time here with a Buddhist meditation lesson where you'll learn about and experience how the temple's monks go about focusing their minds. You'll then witness a short traditional tea ceremony, enjoying a hot cup of green matcha tea.

Then make your way, with your guide, to what is arguably the most famous shrine in Japan, Fushimi Inari. Featured in the movie "Memoirs of a Geisha", this shrine has over 10 000 picturesque red "torii" gates donated by people and various businesses from all over Japan as a sign of appreciation to the god Inari for the blessings received. It is also special as it is one of the few shrines in Japan that is open 24 hours. You will visit it around sunset once the crowds have died down.

Day 7, 18 April 2021: Kyoto

Enjoy yoga practice at a nearby park in a group. Meet your private guide at your inn before moving onto the tranquil district of Arashiyama. Your day here will start a tour of the area including the UNESCO World Heritage site Tenryuji temple, which is known for its tranquil zen garden and is ranked first amongst the 5 great zen temples. You'll also walk through the famous bamboo grove behind it; standing amidst these soaring stalks of bamboo is like being in another world.

You're in for a treat in the afternoon as April marks the beginning of the annual spring Miyako Odori festival. Here you'll get the rare opportunity to see geisha perform in public. These artists are the pinnacle of traditional Japanese entertainment and are a must-see while in Kyoto!

Day 8, 19 April 2021: Kyoto/Osaka

Enjoy yoga practice at a nearby park in a group. Today you'll have half the day free to explore Kyoto and the wider Kansai region at your leisure. Here are a few of Walker Wellness Retreat recommendations:

  • Breakfast and shopping in Nishiki Market.
  • Day trip to Kobe which boasts the world's longest suspension bridge and is known for its famous A5 quality wagyu beef.
  • Walk the gardens of the Imperial Palace.
  • Day trip to Himeji: This city is famous for its castle which is said to be the most beautiful in Japan.
  • Visit the Wazuka tea plantation: This small town produces almost half of the country's matcha tea and offers visitors the opportunity to pick leaves.

In the evening you'll head to Osaka for a street food tour where you'll get to taste some of the region’s most distinctive dishes, like takoyaki and okonomiyaki, amongst other things!

Day 9, 20 April 2021: Tokyo

Enjoy yoga practice at a nearby park in a group. Bid farewell to Japan today as you travel to the airport to board your flight, and reflect on all the amazing memories you’ve made during your trip! A bullet train to Tokyo will take approximately four hours and is a good option if your flight leaves in the evening; whereas a return flight from Kansai International will mean a shorter journey to the airport and perhaps a morning free for some last-minute exploration.

Included excursions

  • Arashiyama district trip
  • Okutama day trip
  • Mount Fuji trip
  • Kanazawa trip
  • Visit Tsukiji fish market, Meiji Jingu, and Fushimi Inari

Instructors

Amy Walker

Retreat location

This yoga holiday will take place in various locations in Japan. You will visit Tokyo, Kanazawa, and Kyoto.

Food

You will be having cooking classes, going out to eat at restaurants and eating at traditional Japanese style Ryokans during your trip. Plenty of food to choose from.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Coffee
  • Detox juices
  • Soda
  • Tea
  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Day 8 (19 Apr) - Kyoto/Osaka

After yoga at a nearby park as a group, today you'll have half the day free to explore Kyoto and the wider Kansai region at your leisure. Here are a few of the recommendations:

  • Breakfast and shopping in Nishiki Market.
  • Day trip to Kobe which boasts the world's longest suspension bridge and is known for its famous A5 quality wagyu beef.
  • Walk the gardens of the Imperial Palace.
  • Day trip to Himeji: This city is famous for its castle which is said to be the most beautiful in Japan.
  • Visit the Wazuka tea plantation: This small town produces almost half of the country's matcha tea and offers visitors the opportunity to pick leaves.
  • In the evening you'll head to Osaka for a street food tour where you'll get to taste some of the region’s most distinctive dishes, like takoyaki and okonomiyaki, amongst other things!

What's included

  • Activities as per itinerary
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Private guide throughout
  • 8 nights 4-star accommodations
  • Airport pick-up
  • Transport via local train and bullet train
  • Guides (where stated)
  • All meals
  • Gratuity

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Optional activities
  • Any COVID-19 related costs such as required tests and documentation if applicable
  • Personal expenses such as shopping
  • Travel/medical insurance
  • Visa application if applicable
  • Baggage fees is applicable
  • Passport fees if applicable

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Narita International Airport (NRT). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Walker Wellness Retreat will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Narita International Airport Airport transfer included: Narita International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 6 participants

Availability

Arrival: Monday March 21, 2022
Departure: Tuesday March 29, 2022

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