Yoga in the Land of the Rising Sun – Japan

November 5-16, 2019
Osaka, Kyoto, Mt. Fuji, Tokyo

Join us in November for a 12-day Yoga Adventure trip to Japan. This is prime season to enjoy the autumn leaves in multiple shades of reds, orange and yellow. The tour highlights include temples, shrines, World Heritage Sites, bullet trains, onsens (Japanese baths), tea ceremonies, Shinrin Yoku (forest bathing), Mount Fuji,….and oh, the food! Starting in Osaka, we will visit Kyoto, Nara, and Hakone, ending our time in Japan with the last nights in Tokyo.

All along the way we will have guided tours with plenty of free time for exploring on our own. Most of our hotels have onsens, the lovely Japanese baths for men and for women. This is a releasing and luxurious way to end a day, in the natural hot springs, in the quiet. We’ll have the chance to experience Srinrin Yoku, the ancient practice of quieting and deepening into meditation, in the forest of Nara. The Art of the Japanese Tea Ceremony will be taught by a local tea house. All along the way, Leaf Peeping. The autumn colors are outrageous in hues of red, orange and yellow. Tokyo is a world to itself. We’ll have a short guided temple tour and the rest of our time is our own. Daily yoga and meditation classes with Melina or Baxter.

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RETREAT SCHEDULE
Nov. 5  Depart USA (or your home country) for Osaka, Japan

Nov. 6  Arrive Osaka and rest from your long journey. We’ll be there to meet you. For those interested, we will help organize a group dinner. Hotel Nikko.

Nov. 7  We start our day with a morning yoga class to wake up and ease our bodies the after breakfast a tour of the nearby Osaka Castle. After lunch we will head to Nara. Free afternoon to soak in the hotel onsen, take a nap or walk or rest. Onyado Nono Nara Hot Spring Hotel.

Nov. 8  There are many beautiful temples and shrines in Nara so there is plenty to see and do here. Our morning tour will take us to Isuien Garden, Todajii Temple and Horyuji Temple. We’ll have an optional walk into the Nara forest to experience Shinrin Yoku (Forest Bathing), a deeply quieting and very ancient meditation. Onyado Nono Nara Hot Spring Hotel.

Nov. 9 This morning we head to Uji for a green tea ceremony in the place the best green tea is grown. We will tour the Fushimi Inari Shrine and Kiyomizu Temple. Late afternoon Yoga class. The Hotel Eminence has natural hot springs so Onsens are available. Hotel Eminence in Kyoto.

Nov. 10  We start our day with a morning Yoga class. After breakfast we will head out to tour the Golden Pavilliion and the area of Arashiyama with the stunning Terryuji Temple, Bamboo Grove and Gardens. Time for an onsen in the late afternoon. Hotel Eminence.

Nov. 11 Morning Yoga class then a free day to explore on your own. Hotel Eminence.

Nov. 12  We start with a morning Yoga class and breakfast then we board the Bullet Train to Hakone, one of the best spots to view Mount Fuji. it is a highly efficient train with excellent service. And Fast! Super Fast!!! Free afternoon in Hakone. Akazawa Onsen Hotel.

Nov. 13  Morning Yoga class followed by breakfast. Today we take a boat cruise on Lake Ashi and a ride on the Hakone Ropeway for different views of the awe-inspiring, snow capped Mt. Fuji. Schedule permitting we will visit the Open Air Museum an outdoor sculpture park (that plays with nature) and the five indoor areas including the Picasso Pavilion Akazawa Onsen Hotel.

Nov. 14  Morning yoga class, breakfast then we depart for Tokyo. We’ll have a visit to the Asakusa Temple and Meiji Shrine and then the rest of the day to explore the city on our own. Sunshine City Prince Hotel

Nov, 15 Our last Yoga class together so we’ll gather in the morning then take the rest of the day free to explore the city on our own. We’ve arranged a local restaurant for our farewell dinner. Sunshine City Prince Hotel .

Nov. 16 Depart for home.