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PostPosted: 2012-12-07, 19:33    Post subject: Annual Japan Trip Reply with quote

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Have you always wanted to go to Japan?

Come with me on my 33rd annual trip to Japan. This year we will be going from May 17 - June 2, 2013, and as always, it is the most economical Japan trip that you can find! I am accepting deposits (100% refundable) and reservations starting this month.

Some of this trip's highlights:

*a 5 day trip to the picturesque southern island of Kyushu - home of Japan's largest active volcano, site of colored geysers and hot springs

*visits to the Imperial gardens in Kyoto

*attending a Kabuki play

*visits to the old capitals of Nara and Kamakura (as well as Kyoto and Tokyo)

*going to Buddhist Temples, Shinto Shrines and Rock Gardens

Here is the Itinerary for Tenri Tours '13:


Note: The order of some of the activities is subject to change.

I have been leading an annual tour of Japan since 1980, and this year there are two important firsts: we will be traveling via JR (Japan Railroad) on a one week Pass and we will be visiting the beautiful Island of Kyushu.

Friday, May 17 - Leave around noon from JFK or LaGuardia Airport in New York (or from any another airport), fly over the International Dateline gaining a day.

Saturday, May 18 - Arrive at Tokyo's Narita Airport in the afternoon. We will proceed to Tokyo by bus. While in Tokyo, we will stay at the TOHON DAI KYOKAI. Shakuhachi lessons can be taken anytime during the tour with Ronnie. While we are in Tokyo, additional Shakuhachi Lessons can be taken, if so desired, with such masters as Aoki Reibo, Mitsuhashi Kifi, Furuya Teruo and Kakizakai Kaoru.

Tohon DAI KYOKAI -phone: 011 81 33625 1171

Sunday, May 19 - Visit the home of Sadao Chinone (a famous Shakuhachi maker) in Hitachi City and perhaps purchase some Shakuhachi, have a feast and tour his work/studio and family farm. We'll finish off the day with a soothing bath at a local onsen (hot-springs resort).

Monday, May 20 - We will visit KAMAKURA, which is a beautiful small city near Tokyo. KAMAKURA was once the capital of Japan and is known for its Gardens, Temples and having the largest outdoor Bronze Buddha in the world. In the evening, we will visit a Jazz-Club in SHINJUKU where Ronnie will perform with the Tsubuyaki Artist Maki Starfield.

Tuesday, May 21 - In the morning, we will visit the most famous outdoor shopping area of Tokyo - ASAKUSA. Starting around 4 o'clock, attend a five-hour performance of the grand Kabuki-za. Earlier in the day we may visit the area around the GINZA.

Wednesday, May 22 - Today we will begin our one week JR-Pass. We will travel to the city of Tenri, Japan and stay at the Tohon Tsumesho for two nights. We may be able to see Mt. Fuji from the Bullet train on the way! Tohon Tsumesho (phone: 011-81 743 63-5193).

Thursday, May 23 - On this day we will listen to one Besseki Lecture and we will spend the day in Nara, the first capital of Japan, visiting the Nara-koen (a city park with bowing "sacred deer"), the Nara National Museum of Art and Todai-ji (a Buddhist temple and the largest wooden structure in the world containing the largest bronze Buddha - the Dai-Buttsu). If the recent renovations have been completed, we will visit Kofuku-ji Buddhist temple.

Friday, May 24-Monday May 27 - Leaving early in the day on the Shinkansen, we will spend today and the next four days on the Island of Kyushu. Here we will see the largest active Volcano in Japan (Mt. Aso), visit the city known for colored hot springs springing from the earth (Beppu), visit a Shakuhachi temple (Icho-ken) and perform near Fukuoka. We'll stay in the beautiful seaside city of Miyazaki, which is known for its many shrines. We may also visit Kumamoto and the Shakuhachi Temple Ryugenji where the Honkyoku Takiochi was composed.

Tuesday, May 28 - On this day, the last of our 7-Day JR-Pass, we will take the Bullet train to Kyoto. Accommodations for our five nights in Kyoto will be at a small Kyoto Hotel near Kyoto Station, which was rated #1 of the 183 places to stay in Kyoto by “Trip Advisor”. While in Kyoto, students can visit Meian-ji (the temple where Shakuhachi playing was developed by the Fuke-shu) and meditate in the beautiful rock garden of Tofuku-Ji. While in Kyoto, we can also arrange to take as many lessons with Kurahashi Yodo II Sensei as desired.

Wednesday, May 29 - One group will visit downtown Kyoto for more sight-seeing and shopping, marvel at the beauty of the exquisite gardens of Heian-jingu and purchase souvenirs at the Kyoto Handicrafts Center. Another group will visit the Imperial Garden of Shugakuin while the first group visits the Imperial Garden of Katsura Rikyu.

Thursday, May 30 - The two groups of the previous day will switch activities for viewing the Imperial Gardens. We may have a performance in the evening with the Tsubuyaki Artist Maki Starfield.

Friday, May 31 - We will visit downtown Kyoto, including stops like GION Corner (where there are geisha walking around!), KANAZEN (the only Shakuhachi store in Western Japan) and Chio-in Temple and/or Yasaka Jinja may also be included.

Saturday, June 1 - On this day we will visit TOFUKUJI Temple Complex and the Shakuhachi sub-temple MEIAN-JI. In the evening, we may have a performance with Kurahashi Yodo Sensei.

Sunday, June 2- We depart from Osaka International Airport, arriving back in the USA around noon the same day because of the international dateline.

Please join us for a trip that you will never forget !
Ronnie Nyogetsu Reishin Seldin
"The magic's in the Music, and the Music's in me" - The Loving Spoonful
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PostPosted: 2012-12-09, 17:27    Post subject: Annual Japan Trip Reply with quote

Sounds fun Smile

Wondering out loud: would you accept tour members who travel to/from Tokyo/Osaka by themselves, e.g., because they do not live in the US?
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PostPosted: 2012-12-10, 03:15    Post subject: Reply to Eugene Reply with quote

Hi Eugene,

We can do anything to make it easy for people.
But there are good things happening in Tokyo on the first few days of the Tour.
Sometimes, I have Tour members who want to take less then the 17 days. In that case we can make the price less.
This coming trip, we may have members from Hong Kong and Australia, as well.

Please contact me offline if you have any questions.
"The magic's in the Music, and the Music's in me" - The Loving Spoonful
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