Join Dan on the journey of a lifetime! Experience the simplicity of Zen, the spirit of the Samurai, and the soul of Japan. The same culture that refined flower arrangement, ink-brush painting, and haiku poetry also produced the finest blade ever made by human hand. You too will be forged and tempered as you travel the peaceful warrior’s way. Together we’ll explore selected sites on our journey to the hidden school within…
Highlights of your time with Dan will include:
• Find the heart of the spiritual journey
• Practice Zen meditation in a sacred site
• Experience kendo, way of the sword
• Use mindfulness in each moment
• Learn a powerful 4-minute warrior meditation
• Discover Naikan: 3 questions that change lives
• Enjoy discussions, dialogues, Q&A with Dan
Your journey will take you to:
• Shikoku, island site of samurai legend
• Kyoto, gateway to Japanese culture and ancient tradition
• Kinkakuji gardens and the Golden Pavilion
• Nijo Castle of Shogun Tokugawa
• Kiyomizu Temple, a World Heritage site
Our group will travel by bullet train to the foothills of Mt. Fuji, the soul of Japan. In this verdant lake and forest region, you’ll:
• view waterfalls on beautiful forest trails
• appreciate the Zen tea ceremony
• cultivate the samurai ideal of artful serenity
• luxuriate in revitalizing mineral springs
• explore Ritsuri, one of Japan’s finest gardens
• And much more!
Arrive at Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan. Upon arrival into the international terminal, be met by Dan Millman and your English speaking Japanese tour manager/guide who will be with you throughout the tour and will assist in the transfer to the shinkansen, the streamlined “bullet-train,” speed train to Shikoku Island, specifically Takamatsu, for the beginning of your journey. Check in to the hotel. Later today meet for an orientation and welcome gathering with Dan.*
(Land-Only Participants: Your travel program begins today at the arrivals terminal at Kansai Osaka International Airport.)
Visit Ritsuri Park, designated as one of the 5 most beautiful historical gardens in Japan, a living culture that transcends time. A visit to a reproduction of a medieval village conveying rural life is our next stop. Walking through these pathways it is easy to imagine the samurai (or bushi), warriors of premodern Japan, walking through the village. While Samurai employed a range of weapons such as bows and arrows, spears and guns, their main weapon, symbol, and very soul was the sword.
Like the English knights of legend, the samurai lived according to their own code of bushido — “the way of the warrior”. Confucian in nature, bushido placed high value on loyalty to one’s master, self discipline and respectful, ethical behavior. Many were naturally drawn to the teachings and practices of Zen Buddhism.
After 700 years as a warrior class answering only to the daimyo or feudal lords, the samurai began educating themselves not only in the martial arts, but also in literature and arts like calligraphy and the tea ceremony. Adapting to more peaceful times in the Edo period, samurai evolved into warrior-poets and philosophers intimate with the ephemeral beauty of life.
Today visit Iya Valley and the Kazura Bridge, a vine-made suspension bridge over the Iya River Iya Valley is true wild country in the west of Tokushima used in ancient times for ronin, or masterless samurai to find sanctuary from their enemies. Vine bridges were originally strung across the valley so a warrior could escape across cutting the bridge down so that nobody could follow him as he disappeared into the mountains. Then visit Matsuyama Castle, one of Japan’s twelve ”original castles” and an excellent example of a feudal castle guarded by samurai.
Experience Zen Meditation at Kounji Temple, steeped in sacred traditions. Tour Kiyomizu-dera – Clear Water Temple, founded in 798 by a great samurai, Tamamaro.
View Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavilion, steeped in history and mystery. Then visit the Nijo Castle of Shogun Tokugawa, with the “nightingale floor” designed to ward off ninja assassins.
Experience a morning service at Nishi Hongwanji to hear the monks chanting (optional for those who wish.) Later, with special permission, we visit a Kendo school to view Kendo training, one of the Zen arts of bushido—and (if permission is granted) you may have a chance to heft the shinai (bamboo sword) yourself.
Visit the Hakone Shrine with its Treasure Museum. Experience a specially arranged Zen Tea Ceremony at Hakone Museum for just our group.
In the foothills of Mt. Fuji, enjoy a gentle hike along a centuries old Tokaido stone pebbled path through the forest. Some of the original best preserved stone pavement remain here, where you and Dan can imagine yourselves as samurai warriors on a forest pilgrimage.
In this lake and forest region you’ll have time to enjoy peaceful warrior teachings, revitalizing mineral hot springs – a traditional Japanese bath, quiet meditation in a beautiful setting, and shopping for mementos of your journey.
Experience the incredible energies of Shiraito no Taki and Otodome Waterfalls. Shiraito Waterfall is named the white thread fall. Thousands of small streams from Mt. Fuji trickle in a large arch from the rocks between the main flows, creating a vast white cascade.
Farewell private dinner tonight.
(Land-Only Participants: Your travel program ends today at the hotel in Osaka with check-out by 12 noon.)
*Note: Special seminars, experiential exercises and meditations with Dan Millman will take place throughout this program. Exact times to be announced on site.
Note: Itinerary, including the order of the sightseeing, subject to change.
Dan Millman — a former world champion gymnast, university coach, martial arts instructor, and college professor — is author of 16 books, including Way of the Peaceful Warrior (adapted to film in 2006). Dan’s books are published in 29 languages,and his teachings have influenced people from all walks of life, including leaders in the fields of health, psychology, education, business, politics, sports and the arts. More info: www.peacefulwarrior.com
I. WHAT’S INCLUDED: $9,979 per person includes international airfare from the West coast of the U.S. to Kansai Osaka International Airport round trip, meet and greet at Osaka Kansai International airport by your English speaking Japanese tour manager/guide who will assist in the transfer to the shinkansen, the streamlined “bullet-train,” speed train with tourist first class seating, to Shikoku Island, hotel accommodations (double occupancy) in deluxe hotels and a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn), hotel taxes and service charges, breakfast daily, (with option for Japanese breakfast or more American type of breakfast, your choice at most hotels), dinners during your stay at the ryokan in Mt. Fuji area, transportation within Japan on first class buses, bullet speed train with tourist first class seating, and express trains from Osaka Kansai International Airport/Shikoku Island/Kyoto/Mt. Fuji area roundtrip, extensive sightseeing as outlined in the itinerary, experienced and knowledgeable English-speaking Japanese guide/tour manager sensitive to the spiritual focus of this group, entrance fees to the sites visited, a visit to a special hot springs/spa, authentic private tea ceremony just for our group, special intensive seminars, experiential exercises and meditations with Dan Millman throughout the tour, plus much more. Price is per person based on two people sharing a room. For a single room, if available, add $1,999. (Price is based on a minimum of 10 passengers. In the unlikely event there are less than 10 people there will be a surcharge of $300 to $550 per person, the exact amount depending on exact number of travelers; travelers will be advised of surcharge about 30 days before departure, and if it is required, please be advised that cancellation fees still apply.)
NOTE CONCERNING ROOMMATES: Please let us know if you would like us to match you with a roommate. While we cannot guarantee that we can find you a roommate, we usually are successful in doing so. In the event we are unable to find a roommate for you, you will be required to pay the single supplement cost.
II. NOT INCLUDED: Visa and passport fees where required, airline baggage fees, meals not mentioned above, optional tours; foreign cities’ and countries’ departure taxes; airport/airline/government taxes, fees, fuel and other surcharges (currently estimated at $499), tips to guides, and items of a personal nature such as laundry and beverages, air deviation fees for travel on other than group departure or return dates, where allowed by airlines (minimum $125 fee; the airline may also charge an additional fee of $100 or more), plus change fee where applicable ($100 per change made within 45 days of departure, where changes are possible), and other items not included above.
III. DEPOSIT & PAYMENT: A $3,350 deposit secures your reservation. Interim payment of $3,000 is due on November 9, 2014. SPACE IS LIMITED. Reservations are accepted on a FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS according to date of registration. Your registration will be held for seven calendar days pending receipt of your deposit by check, money order, or wire transfer, after which you will be sent a confirmation of receipt of your deposit. (If you wish to pay by wire transfer, please contact our office for wire details.) Final payment due by
January 9, 2015. If the interim and final payments are not received 10 days after the payment due dates, and required documents are not returned on time, reservations are subject to a $100 late fee, and may be subject to cancellation. For payment by credit card, the tour price is $10,377. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. Tour price of $9,979 is the price when both interim and final payments are made by check, money order, or wire transfer. Personal checks from a U.S. bank are accepted if received 90 days prior to departure. Within 90 days, payments are due by wire transfer or U.S. bank cashier’s check or money order.
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