Your Unforgettable Adventure Awaits! 

A 2-Week Revitalizing Retreat In Japan 

Yes, this is an ACTUAL watermelon!

You've heard all the hype about Japan. High speed trains, sushi, and a population that sets the standard for longevity.

But what's it really like?

I was shocked at how much more there is to this fascinating country. 

I was even more shocked to find out that most of what I had learned -- particularly about the traditional Japanese diet -- was misleading at best. 

The traditional Japanese diet (as well as the modern one) is far more creative and inclusive than the diet gurus tell you.

HINT: It's not particulary dairy-, meat- or fat-free and portions are large enough to fill your belly.

And that's just for starters. Through the lenses of city and rural life, I learned some traditional and modern non-westernized approaches to improving health, rare and prized foods, non-soy tofu, how soy sauce is made and even 7th century Japanese cheese! If this sounds like something you'd like to experience, then join me along with 6-8 able-bodied travelers for an unforgettable, inspiring health retreat in the Land of the Rising Sun this fall. This retreat is sure to have something for anyone looking for a cultural experience either as a vacation or one that will give them a fresh outlook on how to do business.

September 17 - October 1, 2019

If you've ever thought of going to Japan, THIS is your chance to do it the right way.

Experience 14 nights in beautiful Kansai -- Japan's food capital!

See the real Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, and Hyogo Prefecture


Why Kansai?

Three hours away from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, fun-loving Kansai is located in the south-central region of Japan's main island of Honshū. 

It's largest city is Osaka, the food capital of Japan. In its popular Dōtonbori district, you can sample local specialties that will stick to your ribs such as okonomiyaki, a type of Japanese pizza made of noodles and "all the things you like" from bacon to cabbage or takoyaki, a bite-sized octopus-filled donut-like dumpling. A leisurely afternoon may be spent visiting its 16th-century shogunate Osaka-Jo (Osaka Castle). It is also close to Kobe, home of the much sought-after Kobe beef -- an unparalleled taste experience of richly flavored, melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness.

In Kansai, you'll also find Nara Prefecture, the birthplace of modern Japan. A stable Japan was first established in today's small farming village of Asuka where it flourished for over 100 years before moving to Nara City. Today, Nara city's name is synonymous with temples and deer. It features 7 great temples and a park where the deer run free and will bow to you in exchange for a handful of snacks. 

After Nara, the capital moved to Kyoto -- the cultural heart of Japan. It is one of few places where you can still spot geisha (called geiko in the local dialect) amongst the Kyō-Machiya (Kyoto-style townhouses) in the old district of Gion. Half an hour away from the city, you can take a serene stroll through a famous bamboo forest.

But there is so much more to see in this area including extensive underground shopping malls, green tea farms and the country's original onsen (hot springs) town!

In a nutshell, our itinerary is designed to rejuvenate and inspire participants by presenting a whole new way of approaching the way they eat, cook, source food, care for their bodies and even do business. Throughout the trip, we will reflect on what we have learned and how we can implement those lessons upon returning home.

Here Is A Sample Of Our Scheduled Activities: 

DAY 2  

IMO Bathing*

Experience the healing power of natural "probiotics" in soil. IMO baths are used as a beauty treatment and rumored to improve many health disorders ranging from skin conditions to cancer. Relax as the soil works to boosts your metabolism and supports your body's natural healing mechanisms. 

*NB: Soil temperatures can reach 160ºF without burning you. You are responsible for consulting your doctor before the trip to find out if you are healthy enough to participate.

DAY 4 

Organic Udon from Scratch 

Each Prefecture in Japan has its own version of udon -- a savory noodle soup. Learn how to make these tasty, chewy noodles starting with the most basic ingredients. Who knew cooking noodles could be such a fun workout?

DAY 6  

Enjoy a local festival along terraced rice fields

During our visit to Japan's first unified capital, we'll stop in on a very local festival to enjoy a bit of rural life in a town of 6,000 inhabitants. It's the perfect place to pick up everything from locally produced rice to soy sauce. We may very well be the ONLY foreign visitors!

DAY 12 

How to Washoku 

"Washoku", literally meaning, "the food of Japan," has been registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Learn the important elements that constitute the gastronomic experience that is washoku and prepare it in a real home kitchen!

DAYS 14 & 15

First Onsen Town*  

Before we say "Sayonara,"we'll spend two nights at a ryokan (Japanese-style inn) in Japan's most popular onsen (hot springs) town. Allow the mineral-rich waters to wash over your body after two weeks of cooking, walking, creating and brainstorming. You deserve it!

*You are responsible for consulting your doctor before the trip to find out if you are healthy enough to participate.


Hands-On Experiences & Shopping  

One of the most wonderful things about Japan is the display of beauty everywhere. We have planned numerous experiences to help you connect with both ancient and meditative Japanese arts including natural dying and shodo (calligraphy). You can also participate in optional shopping trips for knives, bento and more!

§ Organizer reserves the right to substitute activities as necessary depending upon availability, weather or other conditions beyond Organizer's control


As you can see, this isn't your typical tour bus trip through the tourist traps. This package has been carefully curated over the past 4 months to include a side of Japan that most visitors never get to see. It is the perfect balance of structure and free time for you to explore your own additional personal interests.

How do I know?

That's what everyone I know who has been to Japan -- and then saw my vacation photos -- has told me!

Here's what our Kansai licensed tour guide said after our visit in 2018:

"Although we didn't visit so called famous tourist spots, we had another great time meeting local people and experiencing the traditional Japanese culture in the countryside. The tour with your family expanded my horizon, too! Looking forward to seeing you all soon!"

The Cost For This Experience †

Double Occupancy

US $4070 Per Person

Single Occupancy

US $4690 Per Person

† When paid in a single installment. Single occupancy may not be available in some locations for latecomers. Three or four to a room may be possible. Contact us for rates.


If you need a little more time to come up with the money, no problem. I have you covered. See the payment plans below which include administrative fees.

Need A Payment Plan? 

Double Occupancy

$1000 upon sign up (until June 14th)

$1635 in 30 days from sign up

$1635 in 60 days from sign up

TOTAL: $4,270

Single Occupancy

$1000 upon sign up (until June 14th)

$1945 in 30 days from sign up

$1945 in 60 days from sign up

TOTAL: $4,890

Who is this retreat for?

  • People who have always wanted to see Japan, but were intimidated by the language and customs
  • Health professionals wanting to bring a Japanese sensibility to their practices
  • Hospitality and design professionals looking for creative inspiration to add to their work
  • Farmers who want to learn a bit about alternative approaches to organic farming
  • Individuals in good health, who are able to walk several blocks at a time
  • Anyone wanting to visit a side of Japan even the locals don't know about
  • People who want a balance of group activities and free time to explore their own interests
  • Folks who don't have 4 months to plan a trip of this caliber
  • Those without significant dietary restrictions
  • Those wanting an authentic Japanese experience including sleeping and sitting on the floor**

** Western beds may not be available at all locations

Examples of Accommodations

We'll be moving around a lot during this trip. To get a real flavor for different types of accommodation on offer in Japan, each place brings its own distinct flavor to the experience from luxury to humble (but not crappy). See sample rooms from our itinerary below. Rooms subject to change based upon availability.

What's Included  

  • All sleeping accommodations
  • All breakfasts
  • 5 ryokan and minshuku (farmhouse) dinners
  • All group activities
  • 3 lunches (as part of cooking classes)
  • Travel card (up to ¥10,000 roughly $100)
  • 1 IMO bath, 1 moxibustion and 1 seitai healing session
  • Tours with bilingual Japanese/English registered tour guide
  • Transfers to and from Itami airport
  • Luggage transfer between cities

What's Not Included  

  • Travel to/from Osaka, Japan 
  • Required travel and medical insurance  
  • Passpost 
  • Visas 
  • Refunds*** 
  • Additional nights accommodation before or after the tour 
  • Personal expenses, tips, laundry, incidentals at accommodations etc. 
  • Any activity not included in the group itinerary

*** Once your payment has been processed, we will pay for your accommodation. For this reason,, we strongly suggest you purchase travel insurance in case you need to cancel.

Fast Action Bonus

Sign up and pay in full before May 30 and get an additional $50 for on your train card (usable in stores and vending machines too) AND a $20 SIM card for your cell phone!

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I still have questions before signing up. What do I do?

The truth is that a trip like this isn't for everyone. Once you complete the form above, one of our representatives will contact you to determine if this adventure is the right fit for you. After we've determined that this is the perfect experience for you and your payment has been made, I will be sharing with you travel tips I've collected over the past (almost) 50 years to help you pack right and get the best deals on airline tickets!