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Japan Tour with Akili Beckwith (Agape International Spiritual Center)
3/24/2008 - 4/5/2008
$3,650 (Land Only Package: $3,250)
Tour requires a minimum of 20 participants.
Reservation Deadline: 2/14/2008
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    In the Spring of 2008, when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, Natural Spirit International will take you on a tour to the most sacred sites of Japan, led by Akili Beckwith from Agape International Spiritual Center. During the tour you will visit intense power-spots like temples and shrines, and stroll along mountains that house powerful spirits. On your journey you’re sure to find that your soul has been healed, and the real you has been revealed.

    In addition to talk sessions and walks, there will also be time for sightseeing, as well as plenty of free time to shop or explore on your own. We know you’ll look forward to it. Come join us – don’t miss this chance to have the experience of a lifetime! Japan’s unique and ancient culture is still thriving today, yet modern lifestyle in Japan employs all kinds of high-technology devices. A professional English-speaking guide will show you every nook and cranny on this tour of the fascinating country of Japan.
    Tokyo
    Tokyo Information about Tokyo.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokyo
    Mt. Fuji
    Mt. Fuji Information about Mt. Fuji.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mt.Fuji
    Kamakura
    Kamakura Information about Kamakura.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamakura%2C_Kanagawa
    Kyoto
    Kyoto Information about Kyoto.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyoto
    Mount Kurama
    Kurama Information about Mount Kurama.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Kurama
    Hiroshima
    Hiroshima Information about Hiroshima.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiroshima
    3/24/2008
    Depart LAX
    Embark on your journey
    Meet Akili Beckwith and Natural Spirit Staff at the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). If you're flying in from another city, we'll coordinate with you and meet at LAX.* Then (unless you chose the land only package) you'll board a flight to Narita International Airport in Tokyo!

    *Note: Flights to LAX must arrive MORE THAN TWO HOURS before Natural Spirit’s Japan Tour departs for Japan, to give us time to meet you and usher you through security.
    3/25/2008
    Arrival in Japan
    Land in Narita and settle in.
    The next day (thanks to the international date line), you'll arrive in Japan and disembark at Narita International Airport. A charter bus will take the tour group to the hotel.

    Couples who wish to sleep together should contact Natural Spirit when making a reservation. Single occupancy is available at an additional charge.
    3/26/2008
    Tokyo Sightseeing
    After enjoying a group medidation session in the morning (which is totally optional), set off on a day of sightseeing in Tokyo on a private charter bus with a professional English-speaking guide. Visit the Meiji Shrine, which enshrines the soul of the late Emperor Meiji and his wife, see the Imperial Palace, which houses the current Emperor of Japan even today, and stroll through the lively Asakusa, where you can feel the spirit of the Samurai era. Asakusa is also the location of Tokyo's oldest temple, constructed in 628. You'll also ride up to the observatory of the Tokyo Tower and get a view of the entire city.

    Enjoy a full day discovering the deep roots of old Japanese tradition, buried beneath modern Japan. Join the group that night to enjoy a Natural Spirit Japan Tour welcome dinner, and enjoy a fulfilling (and optional) meditation session before going to bed.
    3/27/2008
    Full Day HAKONE / KAMAKURA
    Private Coach with English Speaking Guide
    After the optional morning meditation session, board a private charter bus with a professional English-speaking guide to set out for Hakone and the old samurai capital of Kamakura.

    Kamakura is a large area west of Tokyo that served as Japan's capital city between the end of the 12th century to the middle of the 14th century. It is home to many temples and shrines, and is second only to Kyoto in terms of cultural heritage and historical roots. Visit Kamakura's Hase Temple, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, and the great Buddha, followed by a cruise over Hakone's Lake Ashi. Depending on the weather, you may have the chance to behold Mount Fuji right in front of you! You'll also stop by a famous checkpoint from the fuedal period on the road from western Japan to Edo/Tokyo. The Hakone/Kamakura areas are said to be of the most prominent sacred areas in Japan with strong spiritual power.

    Arrive back at your hotel in the evening and enjoy a meditation session before turning in for the night.
    3/28/2008
    Experience Traditional Tea Ceremony and Free day in Tokyo
    Experience of Japanese Traditional Tea Ceremony and 1 Day Railroad and Subway Pass.
    After the optional morning meditation session, experience one of Japan's age-old cultural traditions: the tea ceremony. Listen to an explanation of the tea ceremony's deep meaning and purity, then see a demonstration of elegance and proper etiquette right in front of your eyes. It will calm your heart.

    The afternoon is free for you to enjoy at your leisure. Tour participants will be provided with an free pass good all-day for use on Tokyo's many trains and subway lines. Make sure you hang onto it all day, because you'll be using it every time you go in and out of Tokyo's busy train and subway stations. You can visit Ueno, a classic, bustling shopping area and business district adjecent to Asakusa. Or try Akihabara, the high-tech electric town known for its low prices on electronics. You can even check out Ginza, a town with a long history that goes way back to the samurai era, now lined with famous department stores and known for having the most expensive property in all of Japan. There are many other must-see areas of Tokyo, including Shibuya, Roppongi, Shinjuku, and Harajuku, and you can enjoy them to your heart's content! Or, for a more relaxing experience, visit any area on the outskirts of Tokyo and get a look at suburbs and everyday life in the Tokyo suburbia.


    Enjoy a meditation session in the evening back at your hotel before going to bed.
    3/29/2008
    Full Day Free
    You are Free Whole day Today!!
    Spend an entire day however you wish. You'll receive another free train/subway pass to use all day (don't lose it!) and experience Tokyo even deeper. Hop on the trains to get a taste of normal life in Japan, visit various power spots you've researched ahead of time, visit museums, or spend the entire day shopping - it's all up to you! Don't forget to experience the rich food culture of Japan by trying native cuisine like sushi, tempura, ramen, sukiyaki, yakitori, and more! Go places to places like Roppongi, Harajuku, and Shibuya to check out the latest in fashion and music, both examples of modern Japan. Optional tours include an early-morning visit to the famous Tsukiji fish market, classic Japanese kabuki theater appreciation, and the Ghibli museum.

    Enjoy a meditation session in the evening back at your hotel before going to bed.

    *Those interested in any optional tours (Ghibli Museum, fish market, Kabuki) must indicate so at the time of reservation.
    3/30/2008
    Going to Osaka / Kansai
    Take the Bullet Train to Osaka
    Following the optional morning meditation session and breakfast, you'll have some free time to relax. Then in the afternoon you'll board the lightning-fast bullet train to travel from Eastern Japan to Western Japan at speeds of over 150 mph, arriving in the city of Osaka in about 3 hours. If the weather's good, you'll be able to see Mount Fuji in its full majesty through the window of the train. After arriving in Osaka, you'll transfer to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening free to discover the difference between the Tokyo and Osaka cultures. Tokyo and Osaka differ in a number of ways, including dialect, food, and even the way people think. Don't miss Osaka's famous "okonomiyaki" and "takoyaki" to get acquainted with the Osaka way.

    Enjoy a meditation session in the evening before going to bed.
    3/31/2008
    Kyoto Sightseeing Day 1
    Private Coach with English-speaking Guide
    Following the optional morning meditation session, and after some breakfast, board a private charter bus and head out for a day of sightseeing around Japan's old capital of Kyoto. A professional English-speaking guide. The focus of the day is Kyoto's abundant and distinct temples and shrines. With several World Heritage buildings, and the image of Buddha every where you look, it goes without saying Kyoto is iconic of Japan, and is the most sacred area of the country. Each shrine's center hallway is sacred territory and so we must walk outside, and white sand covers the ground on which we may not tread. Temples are not to be entered with bare feet, so be sure to only walk on your socks or stockings. The group will visit the Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle, and the holy Kiyomizu Temple, an intense power-spot. Then let the cherry blossoms in full bloom put your heart at ease in Arashi-yama Park. On this night, and the following night, the group will stay in a traditional Japanese inn, called a "ryokan." For dinner you will experience a traditional Japanese meal that consists of several courses.

    Enjoy a meditation session in the evening before going to bed.
    3/31/2008
    Kyoto Sightseeing Day 1
    Private Coach with English-speaking Guide
    Following the optional morning meditation session, and after some breakfast, board a private charter bus and head out for a day of sightseeing around Japan's old capital of Kyoto. A professional English-speaking guide. The focus of the day is Kyoto's abundant and distinct temples and shrines. With several World Heritage buildings, and the image of Buddha every where you look, it goes without saying Kyoto is iconic of Japan, and is the most sacred area of the country. Each shrine's center hallway is sacred territory and so we must walk outside, and white sand covers the ground on which we may not tread. Temples are not to be entered with bare feet, so be sure to only walk on your socks or stockings. The group will visit the Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle, and the holy Kiyomizu Temple, an intense power-spot. Then let the cherry blossoms in full bloom put your heart at ease in Arashi-yama Park. On this night, and the following night, the group will stay in a traditional Japanese inn, called a "ryokan." For dinner you will experience a traditional Japanese meal that consists of several courses.

    Enjoy a meditation session in the evening before going to bed.
    4/1/2008
    Kyoto Sightseeing Day 2
    Private Coach with English-speaking Guide
    After the optional morning meditation session, and following breakfast, the group will board the bus once again for another day of Kyoto sightseeing. One of the places you'll visit is Kuramayama, said to have once been the site of the mysterious mountain man "Tengu". There you can feel the refreshing power the eminates from the mountain nearby. You'll also visit the spiritual Kifune Shrine. In addition, the group will listen to a lecture from a temple's resident Buddhist disciple. Then visit the national treasure that is the Sanjusangen-do Temple, which houses 1001 statues that protect the thousand-armed Goddess of Mercy. Spend a day in the ancient capital of Kyoto and be immersed in nature, bathed in clear air and majestic energy.

    Enjoy a meditation session in the evening before going to bed.
    4/2/2008
    Nara、Todaiji and Osaka Castle
    Private Coach with English-speaking Guide
    Enjoy an optional morning meditation session, and then have some breakfast. Leaving Kyoto behind, the group will board the bus and head for the city of Nara. There you will stop in Nara park to see the Todaiji, Japan's largest wooden building, the steps to which you will see many deer walking amongst the people. Inside Todaiji, you will behold Japan's second giant statue of Buddha. After some time there, the group will visit Osaka Castle.

    With a population of 2.5 million, Osaka is Japan's third largest and second most important city. It has been the economic powerhouse of the Kansai region for many centuries. Osaka was formerly known as Naniwa. Before the Nara Period, when the capital used to be moved with the reign of each new emperor, Naniwa was once Japan's capital city, the first one ever known.

    Enjoy a meditation session in the evening back at your hotel before going to bed.
    4/3/2008
    Full Free Day in Osaka
    Where you wanna visit? Hiroshima? or Go visit Kyoto again ?
    Enjoy an optional morning meditation session, and then have some breakfast. Afterwards, you can enjoy the entire day free. Using your Japan Rail pass, you can go almost anywhere in Japan. Want to visit Hiroshima? Need to go back to Kyoto and catch a glimpse of those places you missed. You can use your JR pass to plan out a full day of sightseeing, or simply spend the day shopping in the bustling city of Osaka. One major point of interest is the Osamu Tezuka Museum, dedicated to the famous doctor-turned-manga/comic artist who had many insights into the world of the future.

    Enjoy a meditation session in the evening before going to bed.
    4/4/2008
    One More Free Day in Osaka!
    Make your last full day in Japan count!
    EEnjoy an optional morning meditation session, and then have some breakfast. The group will meet in the lobby to send luggage to Narita Airport for pick-up the next day. One piece of luggage per person (3000yen (about $30) per additional piece of luggage).

    Spend the whole day however you want, then gather with the group for a farewell dinner to celebrate your final night in Japan.

    Enjoy a meditation session in the evening before going to bed.
    4/5/2008
    Depart Japan and Arrive at LAX
    After the final (optional) morning meditation session and some breakfast, put Osaka behind you and ride the bullet train out to Narita Airport. After picking up your luggage and checking in at the airline counter, the group will say goodbye to land-only participants and board the flight back to Los Angeles. Once there, the group will say its goodbyes and participants will part ways. If you flew from a city other than Los Angeles, you'll need to transfer to your flight home on your own. Flights to other cities must be scheduled more than two hours after our arrival so you have time to go through customs and immigration.

    You'll be exhausted, but you'll come home with invaluable friendships, memories and souvenirs.
    Tour Package Includes
    Check Mark Round trip air from Los Angeles to Tokyo Japan
    Check Mark Deluxe Western style Hotel and Cruses
    Check Mark Stay at Traditional Japanese style Ryokan for 2nights in Kyoto
    Check Mark Tea cremony experience
    Check Mark Meals listed in the iitinerary
    Check Mark English- speaking guide.
    Check Mark Air conditioned tour vehicles
    Check Mark Japan Rail Road Pass
    Check Mark Train, Subway Pass for 2 days.
    Check Mark Admission fee to all locations listed in the itinerary.
    Check Mark Special spiritual activity at temple.
    Check Mark Daily morning and evening meditation with Akili Beckwith.
       
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