A Pilgrimage to Japan for Students of Any Level of Reiki
October 9-16, 2020
Accompanied by Reiki guide & translator Yoshie Hara and Reiki Master Christopher Tellez of the San Francisco Reiki Center, we’ll start in Kyoto on October 9th to connect to the spirit of Japan and learn historical context of the times in which Mikao Usui lived. Then we’ll head to Kurama where we will stay in a traditional Japanese onsen allowing time & space to exchange Reiki and soak in the healing thermal waters. We will climb Mount Kurama daily and visit the sacred spots Usui Sensei would have experienced as he ascended the mountain for the fateful 21-day fast and meditation that led him to Reiki. We will also descend the mountain to Kibune, one of the most beautifully scenic riverside towns in Japan.
To ensure an intimate and fully interactive experience, this tour is limited to 14 travelers, and all should have been initiated into the first level of Reiki before the tour begins.
Payments and Deadlines
The tour fee is US $3,595 per person based on double occupancy. A non-refundable deposit of US $1,000 is due upon registration to hold your space. We will accept payment in full or partial payments and accrue the balance until your account is paid in full. The final day to register for the tour is September 1, 2020, and that is also the final day to pay any remaining balance on your account.
Double occupancy accommodations from October 9-16
Private airport transfers on arrival and departure
Flights: Flights to and from Kansai International Airport (KIX) to coincide with the Japan Reiki Tour are not included, and are the responsibility of each person who registers for the tour.
Tips for Guide: In Japan, it is customary for tour groups to collectively give a tip of between $35 and $50 per day to the tour guide. Please expect to contribute about $50 to the tip pool near the end of the trip. It is also common, but not required, to bring a small gift from your country for the guide.
The itinerary: The tour itinerary is subject to change based on local conditions in Japan at time of travel, however we don’t anticipate any substantial changes.
“A really well-rounded cultural and historical experience of Reiki in Japan! Go to deepen your craft and to meet the people, mountains, food, and temples that are home to Reiki.”
Maret R., Reiki Works SF
“I throughly enjoyed learning about the history of Reiki in Japan. Yoshie was a wonderful guide and she went above and beyond to ensure everyone’s needs were met. It was also deeply healing to spend time on Mount Kurama and experience the loving energy of that truly special place. The tour was one of the best trips I’ve ever taken!”
“What an amazing experience. My Reiki tour of Japan was the highlight of 2019 for me. It deepened my connection to Reiki, and helped me experience Japan in a way that I would never have been able to do on my own. Our days on Mt. Kurama were particularly magical and I hope that I can get back someday.”
Connect to Reiki
“After years of professional practice and teaching the stories of Usui and Hayashi to students, I wasn’t prepared for how much this trip would change and grow my connection to Reiki! I taught Level 1 the day after I arrived back from making a pilgrimage, and as I shared Usui’s story I could feel the energy of Mount Kurama fill my classroom, and every class since!”
Diane Domondon, NYC Reiki Center
“Travel provides us the chance to see life with fresh perspective; to explore the world anew through innocent eyes. The Japan Reiki tour gave me wonderfully touching insights into culture, environment, friends, and colleagues. Allow yourself to be open to pleasant surprises, and they will find you…”
About our Guides
Yoshie Hara has 12 years experience as a professional guide. Her expertise of the history of Japan, and vast knowledge of temples and shrines offers a deeper experience to our pilgrimage. She guides in Kyoto, Osaka, Kansai, Hiroshima, Takayama, Hakone, and Tokyo. She has led many Reiki Pilgrimage Tours, including those organized by the late Phyllis Lei Furumoto, lineage bearer and granddaughter of Hawayo Takata. Yoshie has also guided a number of tours with the eminent Reiki historian Dr. Justin Stein. She lives in the Kansai area of Kyoto, loves hiking and walking, and she especially loves guiding at spiritual sites such as Koyasan, Kumano Kodo, and of course, Mount Kurama. Ms. Hara is also a Reiki Practitioner.
Christopher Tellez is a Reiki Master and founder of the SF Reiki Center. He first visited Japan with Grandmaster Phyllis Lei Furumoto, who authorized him to continue leading Reiki tours of Japan using the resources and itineraries she first created to impart a full Reiki experience and contextual history of the life and times of Reiki’s founder Mikao Usui. Christopher is a member of The Reiki Alliance, the international organization of Reiki Masters founded by the students of Hawayo Takata, and serves on the boards of both the Northwest Reiki Gathering and of Reiki Centers of America. He is a former board member of Reiki Foundation International, the Reiki Home Project.