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I will print out the Daily Itinerary of my Japan Tour below:

Tenri Tours '14

I have been leading annual tours to Japan for the past 34 years. I can say that, without a doubt, my Japan tour is the most economical tour on the market! The date for this year's tour is May 16th to June 1st, 2014.

Last year's tour was my best to date. This is, in large part, due to the 5 day side trip to the southern island of Kyushu which we will be touring again. This year's trip will be even better for we are adding a visit to Nagasaki - performing at Peace Park and the Peace Museum, as well as visiting the Buddhist “Temple Row”. With the help of Jeff Cairns and Hiromichi Kimoto, two Kyushu colleagues, we will again visit Mt. Aso, which is the world's largest active Volcano, Kumamoto Castle, Musashi's Caves and the tropical resort town of Takasaki-Shi.

As a regular part of our tour we visit:

the historical capital cities of Kamakura, and Nara.

the great Shakuhachi maker Sadao Chinone's studio and workshop in Hitachi-Shi, Ibaraki Prefecture.

the Ise No Kami Jingu, the oldest shrine in Japan in Tenri-Shi.

the Kabuki-Za and Asakusa outdoor shopping area of Tokyo.

we will have tea and experience the Tea Ceremony where it was invented in the city of Uji.

in Kyoto there will be many visits to gardens, temples, and shrines, among them: the Imperial Gardens of Katsura Rikyu and Shugakuin, Kiyomizu-Dera, Heian Jingu, Gion Corner, and Ginkaku-ji - The Temple of the silver Pavillion.

and much more.

Shakuhachi lessons are available on a daily basis from me, and when we are in Kyoto from Kurahashi Yodo II Sensei.

But the most outstanding thing about my tours is that we do everything with Japanese people – where the true heart of Japan is!

You must reserve early, early, early! We have a few spots still open.
Please contact me if you would like to have a breakdown of the costs.
Here is the Daily Itinerary:


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 events that we began last year: 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 16 - 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 17 - 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 18 - Visit the home of Sadao Chinone (a famous Shakuhachi maker) in Hitachi City (Ibaraki Prefecture) 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). We will travel by rented Nissan Van.

Monday, May 19 - Return the car by 8:30AM. 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. Marco Burmester will be the Tour leader for this day.

Tuesday, May 20 - In the morning, we will visit the most famous outdoor shopping area of Tokyo - ASAKUSA. Starting around 4 o'clock, some of us will attend a 2 1/2-hour performance of the grand Kabuki, at the newly remodeled kabuki-Za theatre. Earlier in the day we may visit the area around the GINZA.

Wednesday, May 21 - 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 22 - On this day we will listen to one Besseki Lecture and afterwards 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). We will also visit the famous Kofuku-ji Buddhist temple. Once again, Marco Burmester will lead the group in Nara.

(Friday, May 23-Tuesday, 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 Museum and Peace-Park in Nagasaki, and its “Temple row”, with many Beautiful Buddhist Temples. We'll stay in the beautiful seaside city of Miyazaki, which is known for its many shrines. We will also visit Kumamoto, and visit Kumamoto Castle.)

Perhaps, we will do something like this:

Friday, May 23- Travel early in the day from Tenri to Nagasaki. In the afternoon (if there is still time we will visit “Temple Row”. We will stay in a Hotel in Nagasaki.

Saturday, May 24 – After spending the bulk of this day visiting the famous “Peace Park” (where we will perform for the spirits lost) and the Museum commemorating the War losses, we will proceed to Kumamoto where we will check-into our Hotel, and perform a concert with Jeff Cairns and his teacher Tsurugi-Sensei, either on this night or the following evening.

Sunday, May 25- We will spend this whole day in Kumamoto with jeff Cairns and, among other activities, visit Kumamoto Castle, and Mt. Aso (the world's largest active Volcano). We will travel around Kumamoto by rented Van.

Monday, May 26- Travel early in the morning to Miyazaki-City on the.7:00AM Shinkansen. Spend day with Hiromichi and Noemi Kimoto. Visit famous Shrines and other sites. In the evening we may have a concert with a famous Shakuhachi Minyo (Folk-Music) teacher.

Tuesday, May 27 - On this day, the last of our 7-Day JR-Pass, we will take the Bullet train to Kyoto. Accommodation 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 we can also arrange to take as many lessons with Kurahashi Yodo II Sensei as desired.

Wednesday, May 28 - This day will be our visit to the Imperial Garden of Shugakuin and the Imperial Garden of Katsura Rikyu. We wil also 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.

Thursday, May 29 - We 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. On this day, perhaps we will visit the famous Ginkakuji (Temple of the Silver Pavillion).

Friday, May 30 – We will visit the Buddhist Temple Kiyomizu-dera, and walk up the hill to the famous “Philosopher's walk”. Earlier in the day, we will try to visit Hon Daigo, and visit the city of Uji, where the Tea Ceremony was invented. In this city we will visit two Zen Temples where Dogen Zenji bones are interned, and experience an abridged version of the Tea Ceremony.

Saturday, May 31 - On this day we will visit TOFUKUJI Temple Complex and the Shakuhachi sub-temple MEIAN-JI. Have lunch with Rev. Soichi Takahashi at Soryo Bun-Kyokai. In the evening, we may have a performance with Kurahashi Yodo Sensei. We may visit Sanju-Sangendo (the Hall of 1,000 Buddha's)

Sunday, June 1- We depart from Osaka International Airport or from Itami – the Domestic Airport, arriving back in the USA around noon the same day because of the international dateline.

Thank you so much,
Ronnie Nyogetsu Reishin Seldin
"The magic's in the Music, and the Music's in me" - The Loving Spoonful
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