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

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

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

Quantity:
Japan Deposit $800

We will meet and begin our tour in Osaka, the heart of Japan. From here we travel to Nara and Kyoto for 5 nights. This area is 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 and help organize a group dinner for those who are interested. Hotel Nikko.

Nov. 7 We start our day with a morning yoga class and tour of the nearby Osaka Castle. After lunch we will head to Nara for some free time, try an onsen. Onyado Nono Nara Hot Spring Hotel. B. L

Nov. 8 There are many beautiful temples 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. Afternoon Yoga class . Natural hot springs Onsens available. Hotel Eminence in Kyoto. B

Nov. 10 Morning Yoga class. We tour the Golden Pavilliion and Arashiyama with the stunning Terryuji Temple, Bamboo Grove and Gardens. Hotel Eminence. B, L

Nov. 11 Morning Yoga class then a free day. Hotel Eminence. B

Nov. 12 Morning Yoga class then we board the Bullet Train to Hakone. it is a lovely train ride with excellent service. And Fast! Free afternoon. Akazawa Onsen Hotel. B, D

Nov. 13 Morning Yoga class and a boat cruise on Lake Ashi and Gondola ride on the Hakone Ropeway for different views of the famed Mt. Fuji. Akazawa Onsen Hotel. B, D

Nov. 14 Morning yoga class 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 on our own. Sunshine City Prince Hotel B

Nov, 15 Our last Yoga class together, in the morning, then the whole day free to explore the city. We will share a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. 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.

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

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.