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Yoga & Culture in Japan: Awaken Your Senses in the Land of the Rising Sun
October 15-24, 2019

Yoga & Culture in Japan: Awaken Your Senses in the Land of the Rising Sun

Yoga & Culture in Japan: Awaken Your Senses in the Land of the Rising Sun
October 15-24, 2019

Yoga & Culture in Japan: Awaken Your Senses in the Land of the Rising Sun

Yoga & Culture in Japan: Awaken Your Senses in the Land of the Rising Sun
October 15-24, 2019

Yoga & Culture in Japan: Awaken Your Senses in the Land of the Rising Sun

Yoga & Culture in Japan: Awaken Your Senses in the Land of the Rising Sun
October 15-24, 2019

Yoga & Culture in Japan: Awaken Your Senses in the Land of the Rising Sun

Yoga & Culture in Japan: Awaken Your Senses in the Land of the Rising Sun
October 15-24, 2019

Yoga & Culture in Japan: Awaken Your Senses in the Land of the Rising Sun

October 15-24, 2019

Yoga & Culture in Japan: Awaken Your Senses in the Land of the Rising Sun

Space is limited. Advanced Registration Required!
 
Pricing

Shared Double Room

$5995 ($6295)Show Details

Single Room

$6995 ($7295)Show Details
*Price Increases After
July 01, 2019
 
Included
  • 9 nights hotel accommodation
  • All breakfasts, 2 dinners, 1 lunch
  • All land transport and guides for activities and excursions
  • Extensive cultural excursions
  • Taxes
  • Baggage handling (up to 1 piece per person)
  • Daily Yoga & Meditation with Michele      

 

  • Airport transfers
  • Lunches and Dinners not listed in the itinerary
  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips or Laundry
Yoga & Culture in Japan: Awaken Your Senses in the Land of the Rising Sun

Yoga & Culture in Japan: Awaken Your Senses in the Land of the Rising Sun

No matter how contemporary its culture, advanced its technologies, or towering its skyscrapers, the soul of Japan is eternally rooted in the soil of nature and Spirit.  Together we will experience the soul of Japan as it has grown out of its indigenous nature-based religion of Shinto and spiritual tradition of Zen Buddhism, from the sacred sites of Kyoto to the modern metropolis of Tokyo. 

 

Each day we will witness the Japanese reverence for nature and spirit —  through its architecture, gardens, cuisine, religious sites, and especially, its arts. Japanese traditional artscalled do, orthe way” — bring nature and Zen Buddhism together in practices that cultivate spiritual contemplation through poetry, calligraphy, flower arranging, music and more. We’ll see “the way” interpreted by cutting-edge artists at a contemporary Tokyo art gallery and by traditional artists in the artist colony of Kanazawa.  We will learn “the way” as practiced by the Samurai, and receive private instruction from a monk in a small Kyoto temple in the way of Zen meditation.

 

This will be an intimate encounter with Japan. We will draw it close and take it in through all the senses. The majestic sight of Mt. Fuji from the bullet train as we traverse the country. The sound of Buddhist monks chanting at dawn. The sweet sensation of slipping into the hot mineral waters of a rural Onsen. We will savor the world-renowned tastes of Japan, from dining on the elegant, haute cuisine of a formal kaiseki meal to crouching over a bowl of homemade noodles sitting at the counter alongside locals at a ramen house. 

 

Most of all, we will experience the soul of Japan through its people. Its artists and monks, geisha and salarymen, children and elders. Yoga and meditation will keep us grounded and open so that we may be present to all the depth this country and its people have to offer.  More than sightseeing, this Inspiration Retreat will return us home having had a soul connection with the Land of the Rising Sun.

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Payment and Cancellation Policy:

A non-refundable deposit of $1000 is required to hold your space. Final Balance Policy: Final payment must be received b ... y July 1, 2019 in order to be eligible for the early bird pricing and all payments are non-refundable. Cancellation Policy: In the event of cancellation your entire payment will be refunded less the $1000 deposit if the cancellation is made before July 1, 2019. Payments are non-refundable after this date. Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for your trip. There are many travel insurance companies to choose from but Travelex and World Nomads are two reputable organizations for worldwide travel coverage.

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Michele Klink
Based in Marin County and teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area, Michele Klink is an experienced Senior Yoga Teacher E-RYT 500+ with Yoga Alliance and over 5000 hours of study and training. Michele’s classes incorporate vinyasa flow linked with breath, precise alignment, longer holds with an added emphasis on philosophy, meditation and positive psychology. Michele has over 19 years of continuing education (CE) with Iyengar-influenced Yoga and Therapeutic-oriented methods. She has completed 300+ hours of Functional Movement study with Jill Miller and is a Yoga Tune Up ® Certified Instructor. This method combines Yoga, Therapy Balls for massage and Corrective Exercise Movement. She is also trained in Roll Model Method (myofascial massage ball techniques). She continues to study the latest in fascia an... Read More

Number of Years Teaching

20 + Years

Teaching Style

flow, alignment, therapeutic, inspirational

Inspiration

Life, Love, Light

My Profile & Retreats
 

FAQ

What airport do I fly into?

Your retreat begins in Tokyo and ends in Osaka. For that reason, we suggest that you fly into Tokyo’s Narita International Airport (airport code: NRT), arriving on October 15th and depart out of Kansai International Airport (airport code: KIX) on October 24th.

 

On the last day of our trip, we’ll travel from Kyoto to Osaka in time for afternoon flights. We suggest booking your departure from Osaka no earlier than 5pm.

Do I need a Visa to visit Japan?

American citizens visiting Japan do not need a visa if they are traveling as a tourist with a valid U.S. passport. You will be issued a temporary tourist visa upon entry, which is valid for up to 90 days.

 

IMPORTANT: If your passport expires within six months of your arrival date to Japan, please be sure to renew your passport before you go to avoid any issues at immigration. There are no exceptions.

Are airport transfers included?

Yes airport transfers are included on the first day and final of your trip. No matter what time you arrive, you will be met your guide and driver outside of baggage claim after collecting your bags. Look for a sign that says your name or “International Yoga.” From the airport, you’ll head to Hotel Niwa Tokyo, located approximately 1.5 hours from the airport. Once everyone has arrived, we’ll come together for an opening gathering.

How many people are expected on this retreat?

Attendance varies from trip to trip, but 10 - 15 attendees is a general average.

Are gratuities included?

Gratuities are not included in the price of the trip. Generally speaking, tipping is not practiced in Japan. However in the tourism business, it is the custom to tip, especially the guides and the drivers (if you have a personal private driver - no tips for taxi drivers). While tipping is not obligatory it is greatly appreciated and we suggest around $10/person/day for tip to our guide and driver.

Do I need travel insurance?

All payments to International Yoga are non-refundable & non-transferable. The purchase of travel insurance is strongly recommended to ensure you are covered should any unexpected event arise. A personal, political, environmental or weather-related incident or pre-existing medical condition may prevent or interrupt your travels.  These events are rare but do occur and underscore the importance of being covered by travel insurance.  Should you elect to not purchase travel insurance, you will be assuming 100% of any costs incurred for trip cancellation or trip interruption. TravelEx  and World Nomads are two reputable organizations. There is a broad spectrum of policies and options so make sure you are clear on what exactly is covered.

What are the accommodations like?

On this trip we stay in several wonderful properties, chosen either for their grandeur or location, many of which rank among Japan’s finest accommodations. In these hotels, all rooms have private baths. Single rooms are limited at all of our hotels. Please contact us at info@internationalyoga.com to discuss the accommodations in detail.

Do I need vaccinations?

There are no required vaccinations for travel to Japan. However, there are some recommended (suggested) vaccinations given by the CDC. To see the complete list of what is recommended, please visit the CDC Website and consult with your primary care physician to make a decision on what is best for you.

What if I am traveling alone?

We get hundreds of travelers each year who go on retreat alone. If you are traveling without a friend or partner, but prefer to share your room, we will do our best to match you with another traveler of the same gender. If for some reason, we are not able to match you with a roommate, a single supplement will apply. If you prefer to have your own private room, a single supplement will apply.

Are meals included?

Breakfast is included through the duration of your trip in addition to 3 dinners and 1 lunch. All other meals should be included in your planned budget.

What is the cancellation policy for this trip?

All retreats include a $1000 non-refundable / non-transferable deposit, which is required to hold your spot on the trip. If you cancel prior to July 1, 2019. we will refund your payment minus the non-refundable deposit. All payments are non-refundable & non-transferable after July 1, 2019. International Yoga must strictly adhere to its cancellation policy to offset costs incurred prior to the commencement of retreat. Click here to view the Terms and Conditions to which you agree upon registration. 

 
October 15-24, 2019

Yoga & Culture in Japan: Awaken Your Senses in the Land of the Rising Sun

Space is limited. Advanced Registration Required!