Japan – 10/20/2020

Mindfulness in Nature & Forest Therapy Retreat

Back to the roots!

Seven night Vacation–Retreat in a stunning, mostly untouched natural forest in Japan, the birthplace country of Shinrin-yoku!

Mainly beech trees covered mountains in the northern part of the Nagano Prefecture will be the location for this amazing escape.

Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing) and Mindfulness in Nature techniques training and practice will be the main focus of our retreat, including a session by a local forest therapy practitioner Naoko Ito, most certainly providing an authentic Japanese Forest guiding experience.

Furthermore, the vacation component of this relaxing holiday will include half day and full day excursions to places rich in Japanese history and tradition. Private tours lead by a professional, English speaking, Japanese guide will allow us to soak up the sights but above all, learn about the culture of this amazing land.


Ama Kazariso, Nagano Prefecture

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Outdoor Onsen (Hot-spring pools)Onsen in the forest - Otari Shinrin-yoku

The stunning Fall colours will be at their peek during our retreat, this was the main reason for picking this time of the year. 

A very special attraction for a “Westerner” with an eye for wild plants and trees, this is a discovery paradise because so many new species in the natural local flora which do not exist in the Americas or Europe, and all wearing their best colors!


During the week-long immersion in mindfulness and nature, we will visit different natural sanctuaries in the area, and also take a day trip to the mountains near the city of Nagano for a most amazing Japanese cultural excursion. We will visit the famous and historical treasure that is the Zenkoji Buddhist temple and the Togakushi Shinto religion shrines.

We will also experience a Shinto pilgrimage route with several historical shrines along the way, the Togakushi shrines, surrounded by 600+ year old Japanese cedars representing the close connection between Shinto and nature. Some of these majestic trees are considered sacred, showing the typical markings stating so.

Finally, the trail to the last shrine on this pilgrimage route is lined with these giant cedar trees, adding to sense of awe created by this incredible trail.



October 20 to 27 – 2020

Trip planning assistance: We will certainly help you in planning your trip from beginning to end. Including if you’re thinking of arriving a few days earlier or stay a week or so later to visit other parts of Japan, like Kyoto, Mt. Fuji etc.

Flight deals: Flights to Japan are not that expensive anymore, and we can help you furthermore by find some good deals on airfare.

Packed with activities:

1- Retreat component:

Mindfulness & Shinrin Yoku (Forest Therapy) Program

  • Daily mindfulness in nature guided meditation sessions
  • Daily Forest Therapy sessions in different forest trails
  • MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) basics training and practice
  • Introduction to Tibetan Dream Yoga philosophy and review of western practice
  • One on one coaching sessions (limited time slots available)

2- Vacation component:

Excursions, Hot-spring in the forest, Accommodation & Meals, Shuttle Service

  • Full day excursion to Nagano Town Temples and Shrines featuring the splendor of this rich Japanese cultural history and also its deep connection with nature
  • 2 x Half day outings to nearby natural and cultural attractions
  • Outdoor hot-spring pools embedded in the forest
  • 7 nights’ accommodation (Various room type options: Japanese & Western styles)
  • Pick up and drop off to and from Minami-Otari train station
  • Use of surrounding forest and gardens for solitude walks
  • Group activities, creative writing and outdoor games
  • Outdoors Sake tasting evenings
  • Tea breaks with snack

Shuttle between Minami-Otari Train Station and hotel:

Arriving and departing guests will be provided with transportation services between The hotel in the mountains and the nearest Train Station.

Half and full day outings to Nagano Town and around Otari. 

Full day excursion to Nagano Town Temples & Shrines. Half day excursions to Tsugaike Nature Park.

Accommodations and meals provided by Ama Kazariso Hotel

Different room types are available at the hotel including full Japanese and Western configurations to choose from.

Multiple meal plans and room packages available

View Hotel Website here

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Total price per person= 1+2+3

1- Mindfulness & Shinrin-yoku Program fee:

€ 595.00 /person for the entire week

2- Accommodation & Meals Package:

Includes full board accommodation, plus Onsen (Hot Spring) entrance fee.

Starting at € 120.00 /person /day depending on room type and meal plan.

(Prices to be confirmed by February 2020. To be booked with hotel through us)

3- Private Excursions Package:

Includes transportation, private guide fee, lunch and entrance fees when applicable

Three excursions, two half day and one full day: € 385.00/person


Reserve today by filling out our Pre-Registration form!

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You will not be charged anything at this point

For more information about the area and the full day excursions, check out our blog entries here when we visited Japan in 2018

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