Overview

We'll learn much about their culture; Japan is a nation of many contrasts. Understand more about their seemingly reserved social rules, yet feel completely comfortable sitting naked in an onsen (shared hot spring bath) together.  Learn the social etiquette around meals from how to use chopsticks through to what to wear.

Appreciate their religion, see how their Shinto faith and the introduction of Buddhism has not caused conflict but instead integrated into a shared faith of harmony and understanding.  Learn the ritual of hand-clapping and bowing at the shrine's altar to offer up a prayer.

And last, but by no means least, get back to nature, join us for some hiking and shinrin-yoku (forest bathing), enjoy the cool autumn weather and changing colours of the leaves as we take three separate day hikes around Kyushu with local hiking guides.  A luxury which as an English speaking visitor is most difficult to arrange as we are going far off the beaten track.

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