Yoga in the Land of the Rising Sun November 5 - 16, 2019 with Baxter Bell, MD and Melina Meza. This is a quiet, gentle journey to Japan. We will begin in Osaka, the heart of Japan. From here we travel a short distance to Nara and Kyoto for 5 nights. This area is home to thousands of shrines and temples, many of them World Heritage Sites, and is surrounded by beautiful hills, tea plantations and maple trees. The super fast bullet train takes us to Hakone and Lake Ashi to view the magnificent Mt. Fuji, an everlasting symbol of Japan. We will spend our last two nights in Tokyo, with plenty of time to explore the city on our own.

We begin our tour in Osaka, the heart of Japan. From here we travel to Nara and Kyoto, an area home to thousands of shrines and temples, many of them World Heritage Sites. The super fast bullet train takes us to Hakone and Lake Ashi to view the magnificent Mt. Fuji. We will spend our last two 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. Schedule permitting, daily yoga and meditation classes with Baxter and Melina.

The Tour Schedule

(meals included in tour are listed: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

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

Nov. 6 Arrive Osaka, walk across from the airport to the hotel and rest from your long journey. For those interested, we will help organize a group dinner. Hotel Nikko.

Nov. 7 We’ll start our tour after breakfast to 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. B. L

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 H    oryuji 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. B, L

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. B

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. B, L

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

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. B, D

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. B, D

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 B

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 . B, D

Nov. 16 Depart for home. B

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