Japan Jivamukti Yoga Retreat 2018

5-12 November 2018

Teacher: Emma Henry


*If you would like to join the wait list for this retreat please email us*

Come to Japan for an autumn yoga retreat with Emma Henry. We will immerse you in traditional Japanese culture on the peaceful Kunisaki Peninsula and then travel to the beautiful city of Kyoto. Enjoy onsen thermal hot springs, chado tea ceremonies and ikebana flower meditation. Join a local priest for meditation at Futago-ji temple and enjoy the incredible scenery of an ancient pilgrims route. Then a change of pace as we zip into Kyoto on the Shinkansen bullet train to explore grand temples and visit the Arashiyama bamboo forest. November is the season of “autumn leaves” where verdant foliage turns a spectacular fiery red, which we will experience in abundance in forests and beautiful temple gardens.



Japan is of our most powerful global yoga retreats. Your first destination is the peaceful countryside of the Kunisaki Peninsula on Kyushu, Japan’s most westerly main island. Little developed, Kunisaki is dotted with sleepy hamlets and temples with verdant forests and paddy fields interspersed with craggy ridges and mountains.

Your days will include Jivamukti yoga, Japanese farmhouse cooking and plenty of time to luxuriate in onsen thermal hot springs and enjoy the beautiful scenery. The Japanese art of chado, the timeless and gentle traditional tea ceremony and ikebana flower arranging with a local expert using wild flowers and plants are part of your retreat. We will enjoy an afternoon at Futago-ji, the most important temple in Kunisaki, where we try zazen Buddhist sitting meditation under the friendly guidance of Gojun-san, the young priest of the temple.

On our last day on the island we head out exploring. We visit Makiodo, a treasure house of Buddhist relics and Tashibu-no-sho, a charming village with some of the most picturesque countryside found in Japan. We then walk along ancient pilgrims trails through forests to the spectacular Kumano Magai-butsu, the largest Buddha relief carvings in Japan that date back over 900 years.

Then it’s time to jump on the Shinkansen bullet train to the city of Kyoto for the weekend. After morning yoga and breakfast we will head out on Saturday to explore. Our walking tour will include a visit to Otagi Nenbutsu-ji, a temple famous for its rows of unique Buddha statues, and to Arashiyama, a green oasis where we will visit the famous bamboo forest and stroll along Hozu-gawa river before heading to the sublime Okochi-Sanso Villa with it’s famous gardens. Your Sunday is free so you can choose how to explore this incredible city.

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Jivamukti yoga

Advanced Jivamukti teacher Emma Henry will teach daily yoga classes. Morning classes will be 2 hours and you’ll experience a strong Jivamukti practice. Afternoon sessions will be yin or restorative and we will meditate with a local Buddhist priest in Futago-ji temple.

Each Jivamukti class offers a dynamic asana practice that is infused with inspiring teachings derived from the ancient yogic texts. Classes will include chanting, breath awareness, flowing vinyasa sequences, alignment exploration, hands-on assistance, relaxation and meditation.

Our teacher, Emma Henry, is one of the top Jivamukti teachers so you can be sure of feeling challenged and inspired to safely explore and deepen your yoga practice on this retreat.

Modifications and progressions are given so that students of all levels will find these yoga classes rewarding but we do recommend you have previous experience of a flow class and enjoy being challenged by a dynamic style of yoga. It is a yoga style that will require you to commit to your classes.

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Food & Accommodation

Meals on your yoga retreat: In Kunisaki you’ll enjoy 3 Japanese style vegetarian meals each day. On some days your lunch will be bento style as we will be out exploring.  On our trip to Midozo we will have lunch at a local farm, made up of local produce that includes foraged, seasonal wild vegetables. Water and green tea will be available with your meals.

In Kyoto, a simple breakfast is included. As we will be out exploring during the day we will eat lunch and dinner out.  (These 5 meals are not included in your retreat).

Your yoga retreat accommodation: In Kunisaki you’ll be staying in a Japanese style inn set in Usa, a quiet location in beautiful low mountains of central Kunisaki. Our inn also has some delightful onsen thermal hot springs we can enjoy each day.


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What's included

Your yoga retreat includes the following:

  • 4 nights accommodation in Usa, Kunisaki
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kyoto
  • 8 yoga classes
  • Unlimited onsen in Kunisaki
  • All your meals in Kunisaki
  • Breakfast only in Kyoto
  • Return transfers from Fukuoka to Usa, Kunisaki
  • Chado – traditional Japanese tea ceremony
  • Ikebana – traditional Japanese flower arranging
  • Zen Buddhist meditation at Futago-ji temple
  • A day exploring ancient temples and rural life in Kunisaki
  • Shinkansen train to Kyoto
  • Walking tour of Arashiyama in Kyoto

What’s extra:

  • Return flights Tokyo/Osaka
  • Domestic flight or train to Fukuoka
  • Train from Kyoto to Tokyo/Osaka
  • 2 lunches and 3 dinners in Kyoto

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Travel from UK (mail us if you’d like advice on travel options from another location)

Our Japan Yoga Retreat takes place in 2 locations. We start at Fukuoka and we finish in Kyoto. The easiest travel route is via Osaka but Tokyo also works.

International flights from UK to Japan

  • You can fly London to Osaka with one stop in Helsinki with FinnAir for around £600 or via Seoul with Asiana Airlines or Bejing with Air China for around £550.
  • Direct flights from London to Tokyo with British Airways, Japan Airways, Nippon Airways cost from £850.

Domestic flights to Fukuoka

  • You can fly from Haneda airport in Tokyo to Fukuoka with Nippon Airways for around £150 one way. Flight time is 2 hours.
  • You can fly from Itami airport in Osaka to Fukuoka with Nippon Airways for around £90 one way. Flight time is 1.15 hours.

Trains Osaka to Fukuoka

  • You can take the bullet train from Osaka Station direct to Hakata Station in Fukuoka. Journey time is 2.30 hours and cost is £100. (Note this is not covered by a Japan Rail Pass).
  • You can also take the slower Sakura or Hikari trains which take around 3 hours (this train is covered by a Japan Rail Pass)

Trains Tokyo to Fukuoka

  • The direct Nozomi trains takes f5 hours and costs around £165. Japan Rail Pass holders cannot use Nozomi trains so take the Hikari and Sakura trains which take 6 hours.

Fukuoka to Hakata station (meeting place)

  • You should arrive at Hakata train station in Fukuoka by 13.00 on Monday 5th November. You can get to Hakata station from Fukuoka airport by subway – the journey time is less than 10 minutes.

Trains from Kyoto to Osaka

  • You can get a Shinkansen bullet train from Kyoto to Osaka. It takes around 15 minutes and it costs around £12. You can also take the Special Rapid service Kyoto to Osaka, which takes 30 minutes and costs around £5.

Trains from Kyoto to Tokyo

  • You can take the Nozomi, the fastest Shinkansen from Kyoto to Tokyo, it takes 2.20 hours and costs around £100 (note this is not covered by a Japan rail pass). There are also other train options that take a little longer and cost around £75 (these will be covered by a Japan rail pass).

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