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Mindfulness and Wellness Tours in Japan

For travellers interested in mindfulness and wellness, there is arguably no better destination than Japan. Over many centuries, the Japanese have developed a multitude of strategies for quieting the mind, cultivating inner peace and promoting good health. Buffalo Tours has developed a series of tours that highlight Zen meditation practices and traditional wellness techniques, allowing travellers to discover their benefits while immersing themselves in Japanese culture.

 

ZAZEN MEDITATION & TEMPLE TOUR

Learn the secrets of Zen meditation and experience the ancient traditions of Japanese Buddhism firsthand. A Zen monk guides participants through the process of quieting the mind and the body to achieve a state of meditation known as Zazen. Afterwards, guests enjoy a soothing cup of traditional green tea and seasonal Japanese confectionary before heading out on a relaxing tour of the Tofukuji Zen Temple, renowned for its beautiful gardens.

Read the full tour description:

http://www.buffalotours.com/Tours/Travel-Destination/Japan-Tours/Zazen-Meditation-Tofukuji-Temple-and-Fushimi-Inari-Shrine-Tour-8206.html

 

KYOTO ZEN GARDEN TOUR

Immerse yourself in the world of Zen by heading to the Daitokuji Temple Complex, where you’ll find some of Kyoto's most beautiful, yet less well-known, Zen gardens. Each of the beautiful subtemples of Daisenin, Ryogenin, Kotoin and Zuihoin have their own distinctive Zen garden style. Soak in the serene atmosphere and take in the intricate details that are so typical of Japan. Merely observing a Zen garden is enough to relax the mind and uplift the spirit.

Read the full tour description:

http://www.buffalotours.com/Tours/Travel-Destination/Japan-Tours/Kyoto-Zen-Garden-Tour-8204.html

 

UPSELLING TOURS WITH RYOKAN, ONSEN & TEA CEREMONIES:

An important concept in Zen philosophy is the idea of wabi-sabi, or the beauty of imperfection, transience and impermanence. This concept manifests itself as the joy of simple and rustic settings, as well as minimalist design that is ideal for relaxation and contemplation. Staying at a local ryokan (traditional inn), visiting an onsen (natural hot spring bath), or participating in a traditional tea ceremony is all part of the complete Japanese wellness experience. This combination not only provides the same relaxing experience that we expect from luxury spas around the world, but also gives travellers a deep sense of connection with Japanese history and culture, as well as having therapeutic benefits. Below are some examples of tours that incorporate “wabi-sabi” and wellness experiences into their itinerary:

Highlights of Japan:

http://www.buffalotours.com/Japan-tours/Highlights/Highlights-of-Japan-7860.html

Taste of Japan:

http://www.buffalotours.com/Japan-tours/Highlights/Taste-of-Japan-7859.html

Complete Japan: 

http://www.buffalotours.com/Japan-tours/Highlights/Complete-Japan-7058.html

Essential Japan:

http://www.buffalotours.com/Japan-tours/Highlights/Essential-Japan-7059.html

 

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