14 days / 11 nights
Price 1997 euro
Japan is a dream destination for many people in the world and I can tell you – for a very good reason. Japan is like another planet, another dimension in the literal sense. Some of you may know that I’ve been around, but Japan got me disconnected! I have experienced incredible emotions and have found wonderful places outside the trodden hiking trails that I will be glad to take you to.
This is not just a tourist program, but an adventure out of the box in one of the most interesting places on our planet!
THE PRICE INCLUDES:
- 11 accommodations in apartmens, hostels and a guest house;
- Transport: 7-day pass for Japan’s railways, Tokyo subway, Kyoto bus transport, and the rest of the transport on the route;
- Guide Joro Hristov;
- Medical insurance;
THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Sofia-Tokyo-Sofia airplane tickets (about 500 Euros);
- Costs of a personal nature – food, water, etc .;
- Entrance fees – about 50 euros.
WHY CHOOSE to travel WITH US:
- This is not a “broiler” tourist trip, in which you go running through tourist attractions, recommended by the guide books as the most interesting! We do not focus on multi-star hotels, and accommodations are in apartments, hostels and guest houses. We visit a number of places carefully selected from previous trips to give a full picture of Japanese culture, history and spirituality.
- THE ADVENTURE IS IN A SMALL GROUP OF 10 PEOPLE, IN ORDER TO DISCOVER MORE ABOUT OURSELVES, TO OVERCOME ANY NEGATIVE ATTITUDE, TO GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER AND FREE OURSELVES FROM ATTACHMENTS. EVERY JOURNEY WITH US IS A SEMINAR IN MOTION;
- The guides of the group are Joro Hristov and Nikola Kirilov. Joro is a researcher of the places of high energy in Bulgaria and around the world, leader of numerous groups in the last 10 years. Since October 2017, after his first visit in Japan, he has fallen in love with Japan and from his personal experience, has chosen both mandatory and secret, unknown to tourists sites to visit. Nicola is a student of the Japanese culture and is trained as a tea master at the Urasenke School. He follows the path of tea and our interaction with the plant world.
Flight Sofia – Doha with Qatar Airlines.
Arriving in Tokyo
Flight Doha – Tokyo. Arriving in Tokyo in 20:00. Accommodation in the Shibuya District. Evening walk in the wonderful neighborhood of the hotels by the hour and “soap lounges”, the night entertainments and the typical Tokyan “madness”. Accommodation in an apartment for the whole group.
Getting familiar with Japan
Meet my lovely friend, Hiroko, from Tokyo, who will guide us and show us non-tourist locations in the capital of Japan. A full-day walk through the nearby places around Shibuya. The Shinto Meiji Shrine, Cat Street and Tokyo Tower at sunset. You will never forget this view! Accomodation in Tokyo.
The Sacred Ise
Early in the morning we leave the apartment and by bullet train arrive in Ise – a small town where lies one of the most powerful places of power in Japan, a Shinto sanctuary. Conversation about the essence of shintoism, attending rituals and participation in the ritual of the sanctuary at will. Accomodation in Ise.
Early in the morning, we board the bullet train for the spectacular Kyoto. There we will meet Niya, one of the few Bulgarians in Japan, working in the guest house where we will be staying. She will take us to lunch at the traditional Japanese market, introduce us to Kamo – her Japanese partner, and take us in places that are hidden for other tourists! Japan is an amazing combination of hedonism, tradition and spirituality. The food is honoured and is incredibly beautifully served and super delicious. At sunset we immerse in the magic of palaces and temples from different ages of the old capital of Japan! Dinner in izakaya – a typical Japanese pub. Optional visit to Geisha’s tourist show. A pre-order is required! Accomodation in Кaede guesthouse.
Megaliths, the palace in Himeji and the gardens of the samurai
Early in the morning we are back at Kyoto Railway Station and we take the train to the small town of Himeji. From there, with another train, we arrive at Takasago, where we will dive into the ancient antiquity of a mysterious civilization that has left its trace all over the globe but for which almost nothing is known. Only the megaliths cut with unique technology are a sign of this chalcolithic culture. Whether they are of extraterrestrial origin, whether they have been given technology and then taken away, because of abuse, all is surrounded by puzzles and assumptions. In Takasago we will look at two megaliths and meditate in the strong aura of these places. Then we head back to Himeji, where we will continue to explore the history of Japan. We will visit a magnificent white palace where the greatest ninjas have been trained and one of Japan’s finest gardens is maintained. Meditation to absorb the harmony flowing from every blade of grass in these magical places. We return by train to Kyoto. Accommodation.
A day dedicated to the historic part of Kyoto. A walk in the old neighborhood of Gion where if lucky we can meet a geisha, we will peek at an incredible Zen Monastery, in other temples of different periods and traditions. By bus, we reach the famous Zen Sand Garden, the Golden Temple, and end the day with a stroll through the magical bamboo forest on the outskirts of Kyoto. Optional visit to the onsen – traditional bath with hot mineral water! Accommodation.
To the future in Osaka
After a day devoted to the historic glamor of Japan, we board the “time machine” and go to the future in the stunning ultra-modern Osaka. All-day adventure in the turbo-futuristic Venice of Japan – Osaka. Accommodation in Kyoto
The Mandatory Nara
We leave our luggage at the Kyoto station and continue with backpacks, on our way to visit to the medieval Nara – magical Shinto complex with 2000 stone lanterns in various size, deer encounters – one of Nara ‘s attractions, a visit to the temple with the largest Buda statue in Japan. If interesting to the group, we can visit two megalithic wonders in the area! We go further into rural Japan and stay in a Buddhist monastery, learning basic postulates and history of Zen Buddhism, a lesson in calligraphy. Accommodation in the Zen Monastery.
Being a Buddhist monk for a day
Morning program of the Buddhist monastery, meditation, volunteer work – cleaning the yard or other, breakfast. Opportunity to participate in the daily life of the monastery! In the early afternoon we set back to Nara. We get to Kyoto to pick up our luggage. We return to Tokyo. At the central railway station in Tokyo, we take one of the northern rays of the bullet train and continue north to Nikko. We arrive in one of the most beautiful places in Japan and settle in Guest House “Turtle”. Accommodation.
The magic of Nikko
An absolutely unbelievable day in the lush nature of the Japanese Alps! First we will visit the unique temples of the “Japanese Baroque”, then the magnificent waterfalls and lakes of the area and we will finish the day at one of the most powerful places in the world for me. Starting point of one of the most sacred pilgrimage routes in Japan with statues of Bodhisattvas that amplify the energy of the enchantingly beautiful river and affect you without you doing a thing! Time at sunset to integrate the state of non-attachment and liberation. A day you will never forget! Accommodation in Nikko.
In the morning we leave for the capital of Japan. We dive into the mad metropolis. We enjoy the modern city. Celebratory dinner in a traditional sashimi restaurant.
We have another day to visit various attractions in Tokyo at will and taste. Flight at 22:30 for Doha.
Flight from Doha to Sofia.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Deadline for enrollment 31 May 2018. Enrollment is through the purchase of an air ticket and a 500 euro deposit for organizational expenses. Maximum number of participants is 13 people.
There is a lot of interest in this trip and our advice is not to wait for the last minute because the places fill up quickly!
Organizers reserve the right to minor changes to the program. The exact days of the visit at certain locations may vary depending on the working hours of the visited sites and various events.