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.
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?
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!
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.
IN BETWEEN DAYS
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!
"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!"
US $4070 Per Person
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.
$1000 upon sign up (until June 14th)
$1635 in 30 days from sign up
$1635 in 60 days from sign up
$1000 upon sign up (until June 14th)
$1945 in 30 days from sign up
$1945 in 60 days from sign up
** Western beds may not be available at all locations
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 Not Included
*** 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.
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