Japan Yoga Retreat

May 20-28, 2023

Osaka to Tokyo

9 days in Japan with awesome yogis? Daily meditation and asana study? YES. Join me for the adventure of a lifetime and take advantage of early bird pricing now through December 1st.
From the Buddhist monks of Kōyasan to the high rollers of Tokyo, see the many faces of Japan on this condensed tour beginning in Osaka. Savour the region’s culinary delicacies and the beautiful views at Mt Fuji. You’ll stay in a mountain temple and really soak up local culture in onsen hot springs. A great combination of the traditional and the contemporary, this adventure provides a taste of the rich culture of Japan.
Investment: $3499 per person for a shared room / $3838 for a private room
*Please note that if you have booked the “private room” option for this tour, you will receive your own single room for all night stops. Shared rooms will have one roommate with individual beds (your choice, or assigned)

Deposit of $1000 is required to reserve your spot. Final payment due 90 days before departure (February 20, 2023). Payments can be made via Venmo or Paypal.

Have more questions or ready to reserve your spot? Email jaina@belovedretreats.com
International flight info: Fly into Osaka, (arrive anytime on May 20) and fly out of Tokyo, (depart anytime on May 20)

Retreat includes:

Itinerary

Day 1 Osaka

Arrive at any time.

Exclusive Inclusions: Your Welcome Moment Meet Group and our Japanese guide.

Day 2 Osaka/Koyasan

Depart early and travel to the centre of Buddhism in Japan and sleep in a temple atop the 800m Mt Koya. Savour a traditional dinner of shojin ryori (Buddhist vegetarian cuisine). Watch the monks pray in the morning.

Exclusive Inclusions: Your Local Living Moment Overnight in Mount Koya Temple

Day 3 Koyasan/Hiroshima

Watch the monks pray in the morning and enjoy a traditional breakfast before traveling to Hiroshima. This afternoon, visit the Peace Park and Memorial Museum commemorating the events of 1945.

Day 4 Hiroshima

Take a ferry ride over to the sacred island of Miyajima to see the famous floating Torii Gate. Opt to hike around Mt Misen.

Day 5 Hiroshima/Kyoto

Travel to Kyoto and start exploring. Visit the impressive Nijo Castle and gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the evening, explore the geisha district of Gion on a guided walking tour.

Day 6 Kyoto

Enjoy a visit to the beautiful Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine and walk under the bright torii gates. Opt to shop, stroll along the riverbank, or explore another of Kyoto’s many temples with free time.

Day 7 Kyoto/Hakone

Take a boat ride on Lake Ashino-ko, and hopefully catch a glimpse of majestic Mt Fuji. Enjoy a feast on a Japanese multi-course kaiseki meal then soak in the natural hot springs.

Day 8 Hakone/Tokyo

Head to Tokyo with time to do some last-minute shopping.

Day 9 Tokyo

Depart at any time.

Itinerary Notes

Luggage size restriction

We will use the world-famous Shinkansen bullet trains, which have a restriction on maximum luggage size. Your luggage must be less than 160cm in total. This is roughly the size that most airline companies consider as “carry-on baggage” and allow in overhead storage compartments.

We strongly recommend bringing a day pack or backpack to use during the day, in addition to your carry-on sized luggage. Please see “What to take” under Tour details for more information.

What’s Included?

  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your Japanese guide, Jaina and Group
  • Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in Mount Koya Temple, Koyasan
  • Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum visit
  • Miyajima Island excursion
  • Nijo Castle and gardens visit
  • Gion walk
  • Fushimi Inari shrine visit
  • Lake Ashino-ko boat ride
  • Traditional kaiseki meal
  • Japan Rail (JR) pass (7 days)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (7 nts), mountain monastery (1 nt, shared facilities).

Meals

3 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Allow USD390-510 for meals not included.

Transportation

Bullet train, tram, ferry, public bus, walking.

Staff & experts

CEO (Local Japanese Guide) throughout. Jaina will guide daily yoga and meditation.

It is mandatory for all of our travelers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD we also strongly recommend purchasing an all-inclusive plan that covers cancellation/interruption insurance as well.

Highlights

Take in views of Mt Fuji, stay in temple lodging and learn about Buddhism, gaze at the famous floating torii gate in Miyajima, explore Kyoto’s Nijo Castle

Eating is a big part of traveling. Local cuisines defines the culture. We think sampling regional delicacies are intrinsic to truly experiencing the country. We want you to be able to try foods according to your individual tastes, comforts, and budgets.

Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility. At times, meals will be taken together as a group. Other times, your Japanese guide will point you in the direction of several delicious options, and you will have free time to pick and choose at will. Often in Japan it is fun to get some snacks and beverages with the salarymen in the evenings at small restaurants, and other times it is fun to sit with a few friends at a sushi train.

Our guide will always strive to cater for all dietary requirements/preferences, but please keep in mind that Vegetarianism/Veganism is very uncommon in Japan so this may mean a more limited selection for you.

About Accommodation

Japan is one of the most populous countries in the world and space is at a premium. Therefore, hotels rooms are small! Additionally, most Japanese hotels do not have designated non-smoking rooms. Therefore, we ask hotels to deoderise rooms before check in.

Ryokan are traditional inns found across Japan. Featuring tatami floors (soft mats of woven straw), futon beds, Japanese-style baths, cotton kimono (casual robe worn to lounge around or to head to the bath), and elaborate meals (often served in the comfort of your own room), a ryokan is the perfect place to experience traditional customs and hospitality. As ryokan are usually top tier accommodations, most guests stay only one night, often to celebrate a special occasion or holiday. Don’t be intimidated by the formalities inherent to a stay at a ryokan, your hosts will welcome you the same way they do all their guests. Have fun and enjoy this relaxing opportunity to learn more about Japan’s unique customs.

Minshuku are Japan’s answer to the Western bed and breakfast. Similar to ryokan, they have traditional features like tatami floors, futon beds, and Japanese-style baths. Minshuku are often family-run, and as such they offer a great opportunity to interact with local people and learn more about the nation’s customs. More affordable and simpler than ryokan, minshuku tend to have smaller guestrooms, shared bathroom facilities, and any included meals (traditional, local, and delicious) are served in a communal dining room.

Please note that some of the traditional Japanese inns used on this tour only offer shared bathing facilities. This means that individual shower stalls will not be available, instead several shower stations are available in an open, same-sex bathing area. Shared bathhouses and onsen (hot springs) are an essential part of Japan’s culture, traditionally serving as a place for men or women to gather, relax, and discuss the days happenings.

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