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Japan Earth Spirit Tours

Retreat to Japan’s peaceful countryside, study advanced craniosacral therapy with Gary and visit age old castles.

Retreat at Mount Daisen: May 13th – 18th – $1,470

feel the energy stored with love and compassion

Perched near the peak of western Honshu’s majestic is Mt. Daisen – known as Japan’s second Mt. Fuji – the town of Daisen was once home to 100 temples, thousands of soldier-monks, and a centuries-old tradition of religious asceticism. Today the town is a popular for it’s beech forests, alpine meadows, and sparkling waterfalls. Daisen is located 4 hours outside of Kyoto Prefecture.

This six day retreat includes

  • A three day advanced craniosacral unwinding workshop
  • Transportation in and around Mt. Daisen
  • Lodging at the most beautiful and welcoming Buddhist temple guest house Sanrakusou: 宿坊  観証院 ⼭山楽荘

You will be visiting Daisen Temple, which was founded in 718 and contains a rich history, and a museum of beautiful Japanese Art. You will also spend a day visiting Matsue, about an hour west of Mount Daisen.

Matsue is the capital city of Shimane Prefecture, in Southwest Japan. Known as the “City of Water”, Matsue stands by the Sea of Japan where Lake Shinji and Nakaumi meet, in the middle of Shimane Peninsula. This city is also home to one of the most ancient and important Shinto Shrines in Japan, Izumo-taisha (出雲大社, Izumo Grand Shrine).

At your temple guest house, you will experience compassionate care and wonderful heartwarming meals.

Participants must secure their own flights to Japan and transportation to and from the airport.

The closest airport to Mt Daisen is Yonago Kitaro Airport (YGJ). You will need to get a flight from Haneda International Airport (HND) to Yonago Kitaro Airport (YGJ).

JOIN GARY IN DAISEN

 

Optional Weekend in Kyoto – May 18th – 19th, leave on 20th early morning, 

If you would like to visit the wonderful city of Kyoto while in Japan, it is only a short train ride away. We can help you arrange travel to and from this destination but nothing will be provided. Please bring extra money to pay for your own lodging, meals and transportation.

Proposed itinerary:

May 18th morning, leave Daisen for Kyoto by train

May 18th-19th tour Kyoto, stay two nights

May 20th morning, leave Kyoto for Himeji by train

 

Transportation from Daisen to Kyoto ~ $50

Transportation from Kyoto to Himeji ~ $25

Transportation from Himeji to Kobe Airport ~ $20

 

Retreat at Himeji Shoshazan: May 20th – 24th – $950

take in the wisdom and history of the land

With half a million inhabitants, Himeji is the second largest city of Hyogo Prefecture after Kobe. It can be reached in less than one hour from Osaka or Kyoto and is also a popular stopover on journeys along the Japanese coast. It is home to Himeji Castle and the gorgeous Koko-en  Garden. Himeji is located an hour and half outside of Osaka Prefecture.

 

This five day retreat includes

  • A three day advanced  advanced communication including trance, loop, and somatic techniques
  • Transportation in and around Himeji
  • Lodging at Shoshazan Engyo-ji – a Buddhist temple on Himeji

You will take a day trip to the majestic, Himeji Castle (姫路城 Himeji-jō).  Himeji Castle is a hilltop Japanese castle complex located in the city of Himeji, Hyōgo, Japan. The castle is regarded as the finest surviving example of prototypical Japanese castle architecture, comprising a network of 83 buildings with advanced defensive systems from the feudal period. Kokoen (好古園, Kōkoen) was opened in 1992 on the former site of of the feudal lord’s west residence (Nishi-Oyashiki). It consists of nine separate, walled gardens designed in various styles of the Edo Period.

Among the gardens are the garden of the lord’s residence which features a pond with a waterfall, a tea garden where visitors can enjoy green tea in a tea ceremony house, a pine tree garden, a bamboo garden and a flower garden.

Participants must secure their own flights to Japan and transportation to and from the airport.

The closest airpot to Himeji is Kobe Airport (UKB). You will need to get a flight from Haneda International Airport (HND) to Kobe Airport (UKB).

JOIN GARY IN HIMEJI

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Detailed Travel Instructions

 

Travel to Daisen

Please book your travel to arrive at Yonago Kitaro Airport (YGJ) on May 13th.  We recommend arriving around noon on May 13th to have time to travel to Daisen, settle in and enjoy dinner with our group.

We will arrange a taxi or shuttle or car from Yonago Airport to Daisen where you will be staying. Please provide your travel itinerary when you have booked your flights.

The cost of transportation to and from the airport will be $20-$30 each way. Please bring cash to pay for the transportation fees.

The last day of the Daisen Retreat is May 18th. If you are leaving Japan we recommend flying out of Yonago Kitaro Airport (YGJ). You may leave as early as the morning of May 18th.

If you are staying for Kyoto and the following retreat, please continue reading.

Travel to Kyoto

If you plan on visiting Kyoto in between retreats bring at least another $200 – $250 for all the transfers including stay on the May 18th – 20th.

On May 18th you will take a taxi or shuttle to Daisen Guchi Bus Station and get transportation to Kyoto.

Upon arriving at Kyoto Bus Station a Japanese Assistant will greet you and assist you in sight seeing.

Please book your own hotel for the nights of May 18th and 19th. If you need help let us know.

On May 20th, the Japanese Assistant will help you get to the JR Train for Himeji. Someone will meet you at the Himeji station and you will take a taxi to the cable car station. The cable car will then bring you up to Shosha Mountain where you will be staying and studying.

The cost of transportation to and from the train station will be $20-$30 each way. Please bring cash to pay for the transportation fees.

Travel to Himeji

Please book your travel to arrive at Kobe Airport (UKB) on May 20th. We recommend arriving around noon on May 20th to have time to travel to Himeji and enjoy dinner with our group.

Upon arrival at Kobe Airport, take a taxi or bus to Himeji station. Please let us know your flight details so we can assist you with this detail.

The cost of transportation to and from the airport will be $20-$30 each way. Please bring cash to pay for the transportation fees.

Someone will meet you at the Himeji station and you will take a taxi to the cable car station. The cable car will then bring you up to Shosha Mountain where you will be staying and studying.

The last day of the retreat is May 24th. If you are leaving to go back to the United States we recommend flying out of Osaka International Airport (ITM). You may leave as early as the morning of May 24th.

There are shuttle busses from the Himeji Train Station to Osaka Airport. There are multiple possible flight plans also out of Kobe Airport if that is preferable to your schedule those options will work as well.

 

 

Flights

We recommend using ANA Airlines to book your travel. You can call 1-800-235-9262 or go to the website.

This is a sample fare on ANA airlines out of Los Angeles that gets you into Yonago at 8 am on the 13th and then through Osaka on the 24th – just an idea the sample economy cost is 967.72

Itinerary Example

Los Angeles  to Yonago – NH105 77W / NH381 738

May 12 (Sat)

Depart: Los Angeles 01:20

Arrive: Tokyo(Haneda) 05:00+1day

May 13 (Sun)

Depart: Tokyo(Haneda) 06:50

Arrive:  Yonago 08:05

Total travel time 14h45min

 

Osaka to Los Angeles – NH040 772 / NH106 77W

May 24 (Thu)

Depart: Osaka(Itami) 20:20

Arrive: Tokyo(Haneda) 21:35

Depart: Tokyo(Haneda) 22:55

Arrive: Los Angeles 16:55

Total travel time 12h35min

Total USD967.72 For 1 passenger(s)

*Includes taxes, fees and carrier-imposed charges.