Experience a Spiritual Retreat in Kyushu
Experience a 7-day retreat with yoga and wholesome Japanese food in rural Japan.
A rural retreat in the idyllic countryside of the Kunisaki Peninsula in Oita Prefecture on Kyushu, Japan’s most westerly main island, is the ideal seven-day break put together by Walk Japan for those in need of some rejuvenation of the mind, body and soul.
Mornings at the Kunisaki Retreat start with instructed meditation led by the retreat’s host, who is the abbot-in-waiting at the nearby Fuki-ji Temple. Yoga sessions and Japanese breakfast then follow.
As well as spiritual nourishment, Japanese nutrition is also high on the retreat’s agenda, and during their stay, guests will learn about making soba buckwheat noodles, ikebana flower arranging, chado tea ceremony and Japanese taiko drumming.
In the afternoon, guests are encouraged to explore the Kunisaki peninsula and stroll along some of the ancient pilgrimage trails and paths to discover rural life Japanese style.
Kunisaki was one of the first places to welcome Buddhism centuries ago and the retreat is located next to a Buddhist structure, which is a representation of gokuraku jodo, the Buddhist paradise on Earth, so the experience is a truly spiritual experience on many levels.
Accommodation is Japanese-style as you would expect with beds made out of futon cushions spread on tatami matting. No shoes are allowed indoors, and there are special plastic slippers for use only in the bathrooms.
The Kunisaki Retreat is exclusively available through Walk Japan, the pioneer of walking and cultural tours of Japan.
How much? JPY285,000 (£1,601) per person and includes a fully guided tour, local travel from tour meeting point to finishing point, accommodation for six nights; six breakfasts, six lunches and six evening meals; baggage transfers and entrance fees. Not included are flights and drinks.
To book: walkjapan.com.