Yoga in the Land of the Rising Sun November 5-16, 2019 Deposit Only

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Yoga in the Land of the Rising Sun November 5-16, 2019 Deposit Only

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$5895 ($800 deposit). Join Baxter Bell, MD and Melina Meza on an extraordinary 12 day tour to Japan.

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Japan Deposit $800

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 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. 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 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. 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

Cost of tour: $5895 per person. For single room, + $1000*

To register: A non-refundable $800 will hold your space on the tour. The final balance is due 90 days prior to departure (August 4, 2019). Payment by check or credit card (mastercard or visa).

Tour includes: All accommodations in double* occupancy rooms, all breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners, admission fees and ceremonies, in-country transportation, taxes, yoga classes and English speaking guide. *If the 2nd person in the room is not specified, we’ll try our best to match roommates. If we are unable to do so, please pay the single upgrade, +$1000.

Does not include: Round-trip airfare to Japan, meals not listed on the itinerary, travel insurance and items of a personal nature.

Cancellation: If you wish to cancel your booking, you may do so any time. If you cancel 91 days before the scheduled trip start date we will refund all amounts paid except for the initial deposit, which is non-refundable. If you cancel your booking 90 days or less prior to the scheduled trip start date (or if you fail to show up, or if you leave a trip prior to its completion for any reason), there are no refunds. Bookings are non-transferable.  We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to protect your investment. Please read the Full Terms and Conditions.

Note: Tour begins in Osaka and ends in Tokyo. The best method for travel is to book a round trip ticket to Tokyo then book a one-way flight to Osaka. Two small airlines fly this route: Peach and Jetstar. There are trains and buses as well, refer to this website for options.

We strongly recommend travel insurance, here are two we’ve had good luck using: Travelguard or World Nomads.