small group tours
Are you looking for conscious quiet during your travels
as you savour new experiences and immerse yourself in new places?
Imagine a whole week including the cities, smaller towns & villages of Japan
For example, opportunities to:
Experience YOU within the stillness and quiet, even within one of the world's most densely populated countries.
As you savour your own space within the world moving around you, you can appreciate clearer thinking, re-establish your connection with yourself, the world around you, and what you really need.
Hone your senses as you immerse yourself in a variety of mindful experiences including mindful eating
Let your creativity flow as you bring your own unique flair into traditional arts such as calligraphy
Re-ground each day with mindful activity
Steep yourself in the craftsmanship and pride in tradition that supports these mindful gifts
Appreciate silence each evening to process and assimilate your day
Try something new and traditionally Japanese
If you like, step out of your comfort zone with novel experiences you've possibly never considered doing before, so you can expand your horizons, feel a sense of achievement, and understand how other cultures stay calm in a busy world
a thriving metropolis
a traditional farmhouse
a hot spring hotel
gold leaf art
Ease into silence, observing how quiet is used and appreciated within Japanese life
Witness the mindfulness that goes into the preparation of the food
Bathe in the fresh mountain air
Soak in the beauty of autumn gardens
Discover the mindful bliss of Japanese bathing in natural hot springs
Feel comfortable traveling in a small group of your own friends/family
Relish traditional Japanese food - fresh, seasonal and of the best quality
Discover real Japanese food - there’s so much more than sushi!
Sample the tingle on the tongue of a good Japanese sake
Take in the visual beauty of a formal Japanese meal
Sink into the comfort of futons in traditional accommodation
Luxuriate in a hot spring bath so you can relax completely and sleep well
Time & space for you for sightseeing and self care each day
Discover mindfulness in the everyday - eating, moving, listening and speaking - so you can bring that calm home with you to apply aspects of it to your everyday life
Practice mindful communication skills, so you can be more you in different situations
You have the option to
Enjoy more space as you actively meditate in a new Japanese mindful practice each day
Empower yourself with stillness by settling into the silence of a zen meditation at a temple, or a bullet train trip
Take home self-care tips through your observations of mindfulness in daily life, appreciation of the tradition within the mindful arts, the food culture, and daily interactions
Understand how Japan is so safe as you experience the integration of ancient Shinto and Buddhist concepts into modern life
Apply the basic precepts of yoga (peacefulness, contentment etc) to your travel and interactions, allowing you to connect the ancient Indian practice of yoga with Japanese culture, spirituality, and modern life
“After mindful activities we were able to take in the beauty of our surroundings in a quiet and appreciative manner, even in crowds. Yoga or meditation brought to the fore the peace and serenity. We experienced some very spiritual moments when in temple grounds – quite special! We indulged in delectable delicacies which we would never normally had a chance to taste.
Being consciously quiet each evening brought on an inner calm prior to settling for the night.
I have no doubt that the beauty of mindfully-appreciated Japan will capture the hearts of all those who visit her.”
“Travelling to Japan with Sam was like visiting with locals. I never imagined the mindful activities would make such a difference, but it made me appreciate the beautiful scenery even more.
There was such a variety of experiences, the tea & incense ceremonies, Japanese archery, previously unknown foods, things to see and things to do.
I loved all of the mindful activities, and even went for a rickshaw ride one afternoon. I particularly enjoyed the calligraphy and Yuzen dyeing as I was able to focus on each brush stroke and then I had a lovely piece of work to bring home.
I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to try new ways of being a bit more mindful in a different culture.”
Pescatarian and Dairy Free diets can be catered for - just let us know
Other dietary requirements cannot be guaranteed unless you choose to self-cater, which can be done. There are some GF and vegan options in the cities, but these cannot be guaranteed in country towns or in accommodation where food is provided
Where would you like to stay? Consider traditional options such as temple, farmhouse, hot spring hotel, family run inns and, of course, western-style hotels.
Dou & Mindful activities
You may like to try:
- Koudou - incense ceremony
- Sadou - tea ceremony
- Shodou - Japanese calligraphy
- Kendou - Japanese swordsmanship
- Traditional Buddhist meditations
- Shakyo/Shabutsu - Heart Sutra/Buddhist art tracing
- Gold leaf art
- Shamisen - Japanese 3-stringed mandolin
- Traditional dyeing techniques
- Yoga (no yoga mat needed, classes are perfect for beginner to intermediate yogis. Advanced practitioners welcome to adapt poses)
Dou - the way of, the road
Feel more connected to yourself, other people and your surroundings by bringing your focus to:
茶道 - Sadou - the way of tea = tea ceremony
香道 - Koudou - the way of fragrance = incense ceremony
書道 - Shodou - the way of the brush = calligraphy
Japanese activités ending in 道 - dou, have a process of steps taught to complete the task
Completing those steps mindfully is more important than completing the task to perfection
November 11 - 17th, 2019
Meet in Tokyo. Visit Kanazawa, Shirakawago, Koya-san temple stay, Asuka. Finish in Kyoto.
Calligraphy class, Incense ceremony Shamisen, Gold leaf art, Shakyo, Buddhist meditation, hot springs, Yuzen Dyeing, Yoga & Meditation
Travel to very different parts of Japan. From Tokyo, to a gold town, a mountain valley farming village, a mountain-top monastery village, to an ancient capital, then finishing in Kyoto. Practice mindfulness in so many different ways, including moving around the country.
A Welcome to Japan goodie bag - essentials for your time in Japan
A Mindful Japan Bundle - techniques and recordings to use during noble silence each day, and at home after the tour
$5370 per person
4-6 people per tour
payment plan available for bookings completed by July 31st, 2019
accommodation - we will do our best to accommodate your needs, but generally: twin in traditional accomodation, including hot spring hotel. Possible triple in farmhouse. Single in western style hotels
land transport in Japan when moving as a group
daily mindful activities (including entry fees if required)
1st day lunch
Dinners in traditional accommodation options
Japanese speaking guide for any mindful activities and up to 6 hours total per day
travel with 4-6 of your friends/family with your own Japanese-speaking guide
airfares (and other transport from your home to meet up, drop off points);
visa applications or fees - please check visa requirements online for your passport
free time activities
transport to meet up point, from drop off point, or during free time (unless covered by passes used in the tour)
taxis, or transport of luggage
SIM card rental and/or communication costs within Japan
souvenirs and other spending
meals not mentioned above
travel insurance - compulsory - please organise as soon as you book
Locations and activities may change due to availability or events beyond our control. All attempts will be made to visit similar locations and undertake different mindful activities if this happens.
Join Sam in Japan
Sam lived in Japan for 12 years, working and travelling over much of the country on foot, by bicycle and motorbike. Hiking the mountains, heading out to smaller towns and talking with the locals, she has a good grasp of Japanese language, an adoration of the food production, preparation and mindful eating processes, and an interest in the way mindfulness is such a part of Japanese modern life. She loves the way folklore is interwoven with spiritual narrative and daily practices of local people.
We want this tour to be right for you, so everyone can get the best out of their mindful experience.
If you have any questions at all, please contact Sam at info@RedcliffeYogaandMassage.com
Great food, new accommodation experiences, mindful activities each day
Have experiences and visit places you may not get to traveling alone
Small group - 4-6 guests on each tour
Several each day to spend as you please. Rest, meditate further, sightsee or shop
Free time planning support - visit temples, shrines, naturally scenic places, museums, go shopping
If you would like to be guided on a bespoke mindful tour
with your own group
at the best time for you
please contact us here