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Come to Japan for a yoga adventure with Zephyr Wildman. Get ready for an action packed, immersive trip where you’ll experience a beautiful mix of daily yoga, meditation and traditional Japanese culture. You’ll stay at a peaceful temple in Kyushu and meditate with a Zen master, eat meals cooked by a Michelin star chef and enjoy a traditional tea ceremony, ikebana flower art and soak in the onsen thermal hot spring baths. Then a change of pace as we zip into the beautiful city of Kyoto on the Shinkansen bullet train to stay in the old geisha district, explore more temples and gardens and enjoy delicious Japanese food.
This trip is for a resilient and open minded yogi traveller. You’ll need to recover from a long journey and jetlag to enjoy this experience.
We’ll be staying at a temple, sleeping on traditional futon floor mattresses and eating Japanese food. Be prepared to immerse yourself in Japanese culture, customs and daily life.
We have a busy schedule as we want to see and do as much as we can, so a reasonable level of fitness is needed for this trip.
If you are interested in joining us book at Reclaim Yourself Retreats or email
Your first destination is the peaceful countryside of the Kunisaki Peninsula on the island of Kyushu, where we stay at a beautiful temple with its own onsen. Little developed, our location is dotted with sleepy hamlets and temples with verdant forests and paddy fields interspersed with craggy ridges and mountains.
Our resident Zen Buddhist priest will offer morning meditation sessions and Zephyr will lead a deeply held and thoughtful yoga journey including themed talks, vinyasa and meditation practices with a focus on Buddhist teachings and how the key principles of Buddhism can support a mindful way of living.
The Japanese art of chado, the timeless and gentle traditional tea ceremony and ikebana flower art with a local expert using wild flowers and plants are part of your retreat. Between your sessions you’ll have time to soak in the onsen and enjoy the beautiful temple gardens.
We will also have some exploring the area, including the old Samurai village of Kitsuki. We visit Makiodo, a treasure house of Buddhist relics and walk to Tashibu-no-sho, a charming village with some of the most picturesque countryside found in Japan. We then walk along ancient pilgrims trails through forests to the spectacular Kumano Magai-butsu, the largest Buddha relief carvings in Japan that date back over 900 years.
Then it’s time to jump on the Shinkansen bullet train to the city of Kyoto. We have exclusive use of a boutique hotel near the Kamogawa river. Our time in Kyoto includes yoga at a local studio, meditation and lunch at Daitokuji temple along with a guided walking tour to Otagi Nenbutsu-ji, a temple famous for its rows of unique Buddha statues and Saihōji, a fairytale like moss temple. We also have a night tour of Gion, the famous geisha district and we will be eating are local cafes, noodle bars and restaurants to experience the many flavours and traditions of Japanese cuisine and there will be free time to explore the city at your own pace.
We have 12 places on this retreat. In Kunisaki you’ll be staying in a traditional Japanese inn, a peaceful location set in a beautiful forest and part of a small temple complex. Our inn also has its own onsen (hot springs) that we can enjoy each day. All rooms have tatatami beds and a private toilet. Two rooms have ensuite showers and for the other rooms the showers are located in the onsen.
We have two private rooms and the majority of the accommodation is in twin rooms. We also have two adjoining private rooms, meaning one person will access their room by walking through the other room. These rooms have their own separate toilets.
In Kyoto we stay in a small 4 story boutique hotel in a quiet but central residential area near the Kamogawa river. We have all the rooms booked for our group. In typical style, the rooms are small and comfortable. Most rooms have Western style beds and are all ensuite.
Our retreat guests are invited to use our Goodwings booking system to book their travel. Goodwings invest in quality carbon projects and we collaborate with them to measure the emissions for all our retreats.
Travel from UK (mail us if you’d like advice on travel options from another location)
Our Japan Retreat takes place in 2 locations. We start at Fukuoka and we finish in Kyoto. The easiest travel route is via Osaka but Tokyo also works.
International flights from UK to Japan
You can fly London to Osaka with one stop or fly direct to Tokyo with British Airways, Japan Airways and Nippon Airways.
Domestic flights and trains
From Osaka or Tokyo you can take an onward domestic flight or train to Fukuoka. From Kyoto back to Osaka or Tokyo it is easy to take the train. We will send flight and train details and fares when you book.
The Shinkansen train from Kyushu to Kyoto is included in your retreat.
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