Reiki trip to Japan 2023

15-day Reiki-trip to Japan with world renowned

Reiki teacher and author Frans Stiene

(November 6th to 20th 2023 Booking code GRJ15-2311)

The illustrated itinerary for the 2023 trip can be found as pdf here: Flyer Japan trip 2023.


+ + + Current note: At the moment we have three last places. Since there will be an advertisement in the in the Reiki News magazine (by the way so sorry for the mistake that the trip would be until 15th where in fact it is until 20th of November), please do not wait too long to make your booking. Alternatively, if you are interested in the trip next year, you can send me an email at info(at) to be informed about the dates for 2024 before they are published. + + +


About the trip:

Short descriptionCharacter of the journeyItineraryTarget groupParticipation in retreat and exchange meetingPrice & what is includedAdditionals costs & what is not includedDateFurther informationPhoto impressions

During the 15-day trip we visit many places of Reiki history. In Mikao Usui Sensei´s birth place we find the big gate that he donated to it´s shinto community. Nearby the shrine we see the memorial stone that the Gendai Reiki Hō cummunity erected there in September 2018. Other places of interest in Taniai are the spring from that Usui´s family produced Sake and the shrine that has been Usui´s primary school in his time. Of course we make a trip to Mount Kurama, the site of his enlightenment experience. As well Mount Hiei, the site of his Buddhist exercises and Kyōtō, where he practiced Zazen meditations for over three years. In addition, we stay the ancient imperial city of Nara where we will have our three days retreat* „The system of Reiki from a traditional Japanese perspective“ with Frans Stiene. There will be two more workshops, one of Zazen practice, one of Japanese calligrapy. On one day we participate in an exchange meeting with Japanese Reiki practitioners in Osaka. Possibly we meet Hiroshi Doi there, the founder of Gendai Reiki Hō, author of great Reiki books and member of the Usui Reiki Ryōhō Gakkai. During the trip you have opportunities for sightseeing, onsen spa and shopping.

* = period of relaxation/stress relief and spiritual practices outside the usual environment.

The trip with pilgrimage character is predominantly carried out by public transport (speed trains, local trains and metro). To move from Nara to Mt. Hiei, from Kyōtō to Ōsaka Kansai and for the day trips to Usui´s birth town Taniai, to Mt. Koya and Mt. Yoshino we have chartered busses. To move from Mt. Hiei to Kyōtō we have mini buses. Concerning luggage one should consider weight and volume that every owner is able to handle oneself. Wheeled bags are highly recommended.

Especially during hikes in the mountains or explorations in the cities, average, physical constitution and good footwear are a prerequisite. A small packpack for carrying water, rain protections and personal things is always good to have.

From the first step at the airport the whole journey is about embodying the Reiki precepts, especially „don’t be angry“ and „don’t worry,“ even if the plane might be delayed or the accommodation in the hotel may be exceptionally for more than two people.

Another key word is „flexibility“ (some know Frans understanding of „firm & flexible“ from his seminars). That is as one example, that in small places in the mountains with perhaps only one hotel and simple equipment, a special catering requests could sometimes become difficult. We try to fulfil vegetarian or vegan wishes in the best possible way, but this may not always be available with guarantee.

Arrival at Ōsaka Kansai airport and one overnight stay• overnight stays in Nara and sightseeing • three-days Reiki retreat • daytrip to Ōsaka for Koryu-kai meeting and dinner with Hiroshi Doi´s Reiki practitioners community • overnight stays at Mt. Hiei and Zazen workshop • overnight stays in Kyōtō and sightseeing in Japan´s most beautiful town • day trip to Mt. Kurama, place of Usui Sensei´s satori • overnight stays in Ōsaka Kansai • daytrip to Usui Sensei´s birth town Taniai & Shinto blessing ceremony • daytrip to Mt. Koya • daytrip to Mt. Yoshino • Ōsaka Kansai airport. The illustrated itinerary can be found as pdf here: Flyer Japan trip 2023.

The trip is aimed at Reiki enthusiasts of all lineages regardless of their Reiki style and level of training.

The participation in the three-days retreat requires just any Reiki level in any Reiki lineage.

The optional participation in the exchange meeting with Japanese Reiki practitioners requires a Reiki training of any lineage and level of training. Registration shall be made with Holistika, who covers the participation fees.


    • journey: 2,940 Euros + retreat-fee 550 Euros = total 3,490 Euros
    • deposit amount = 20% of the travel price and retreat-fee after receipt of the booking confirmation (698 Euros)
    • Maturity of the remaining payment = no later than 4 weeks before the start of the journey (2,792 Euros)

The price includes:

    • all overnight stays of the 15-day trip, depending on availability mostly in shared double rooms
    • entrances to the sights according the tour description
    • participation fee for Reiki-meeting koryu-kai
    • tour operator liability insurance
    • travel organisation and group escort on site by tour operator and
      Reiki teacher Oliver Drewes
    • translations at koryu-kai, Zazen workshop and Calligraphy workshop
    • 3-day retreat „The system of Reiki from a traditional Japanese
      perspective“ (worth 550 €) with Frans Stiene

The travel price does not include:

    • meals
    • private insurances
    • means of transport
    • entrances or costs for activities apart from the tour description
    • personal costs like laundry service et cetera
    • everything else that is not listed as included in the price
    • everything that is listed as Additional costs of third parties

Additional costs of third parties:

    • international flight*
    • trains (not included in the Japan Rail Pass), taxi, bus & cable car rides (around 100 €)
    • Zazen workshop fee (around 40 €)
    • Shakyo/Calligraphy workshop fee (around 25 €)
    • Shinto blessing ceremony in Taniai (around 20 €)
    • chartered bus Nara hotel – Kyōtō sightseeing – Mt. Hiei hotel (around 65 Euros)
    • Mini bus transfer Mt. Hiei to Kyōtō (around 45 €)
    • chartered bus to Taniai, proportionately shared (around 50 €)**
    • chartered bus Kyōtō hotel – Kyōtō sightseeing – Ōsaka Kansai hotel (around 65 Euros)
    • chartered bus to Mt. Koya, proportionately shared (around 55 €)**
    • chartered bus to Mt. Yoshino, proportionately shared (around 55 €)**
    • for payments from outside Europe, intern. money transfer costs ***

* Please choose a flight arriving no later than November 6th. After breakfast on November 7th, we are leaving together towards Nara.

** The costs for the rental buses, depending on their sizes are divided by the number of participants of our group.

*** If you book from inside Europe there are no costs for international bank transfer. If you book from outside the European Union, the deposit and the remaining payment each causes international bank transfer costs. PayPal 2,49% basic fees + PayPal borderpassing fees depending on your country are between 1,8% to 3,3% and even more expensive. We now offer payment in your currency via WISE, adding just low 0,5% currency exchange rate.

November 6th to 20th 2023

• Reservation of changes: Changes that do not affect the character of the trip (e.g. the course of a round trip in a modified or inverted order or, for organizational reasons, accommodation in other, equivalent hotels during a round trip) are not intended, but reserved.

• Minimum number of participants: To make the trip possible, a minimum number of at least 12 participants is required. Please do not buy a flight ticket before reaching is communicated by the organizer.

• Maximum number of participants: Considering aspects like hotel room availabilty, restaurant or seminar room space limitations, the group size is limited. When using the Japan Rail Pass for comfortable travelling, it is planed to have not more than 20 participants. When using chartered busses instead the group size might be extented.

• Group formation: Due to the international activities of Frans Stiene in the UK, US and Australia, the vast majority of the group is expected to be English-speaking.  The retreat with Frans Stiene is held in English, a translation in German is not provided. Information during the trip and organizational explanations can in addition to English be given in German or Spanish by the accompanying tour operator Oliver Drewes.

• Black list: The „Community List“ of unsafe airlines published by the EU Commission on the basis of EU-VO 211/2005 can be found at Holistika’s Internet page or under or could on request be sent to you before booking.

Photo impressions of the last trip you find on Holistika´s facebook site scrolling down the timeline from 08 to 23 November 2019: here.

A lovely photo collage of the 2019 trip made by Veronique Frede, received with many thanks and highly appreciated, you find as pdf file: here.

The journey you can either book online here or you send us the printed booking form by post or as an e-mail attachment.

About Japan:

Entry regulationsHealth regulationsCountry informationTravel hints for Japan

Travellers from whatever nationality will find the information at their respective foreign offices sites.

German nationals do not have to apply for an extra visa to enter the country before travelling. A „Temporary Visitor“ permission will be given for 90 days at the airport. However, please pay attention to a passport valid for at least six months longer than the date of travel.

No vaccinations are required to enter Japan. The German Foreign Office generally recommends checking standard vaccinations (such as tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough, mumps, measles, rubella and the current influenza protection) in accordance with the current vaccination calendar of the German Robert Koch Institute and, if necessary, to complete them.

The Reiki’s home country, Japan, is characterised by very friendly and helpful people. With English, however, you can only really get on in the big cities. In the province, a small basic vocabulary (if not learned by rote with a cheat sheet) or an offline translation app of the smartphone helps.

Helpfull vocabulary:

    • Goodbye: sayonara
    • Thank you: arigatō gozai masu (masu pronounced mas / arigatō alone would be rude, since it is only abbreviable among well-acquaintances )
    • Excuse me: sumi masen
    • Good evening: konban wa
    • Good morning: ohaiyō gozai masu (masu pronounced mas)
    • Good day / hello: konnichi wa
    • Yes: hai
    • I say goodbye now / before blowing one´s nose: shitsurei shi-matsu (actual meaning = I am impolite now)
    • no (actually not existing this way): chotto hangaete mi mashō (actual meaning = let´s think about that)
    • Cheers!: Kampai or even Ikki
    • Invoice: warikan
    • Thanks you very much: arigatō gozai meshita (meshita pronounced mashta)
    • Name card: meishi
    • Where is the toilet please: Toire wa doko desu ka?
    • The bill please: o kanjo o negai shi masu

Behavioural hints: There are many, but at this point one: gifts are not unpacked in Japan in the presence of the gift-giver. When handing over a gift, no matter how much value it has, the overreach formula is Tsumaranai mono desu ga, uketotte kudasai! and means translated The gift is not of great value, but please accept it anyway.

Traveling comfortably: Train and metro tickets are available at offices and vending machines with English menu. Just to evoid standing in line with the whole group it turned out to be the best that I buy all tickets while the group waits together with Frans. With the final payment amount I will charge the estimated fees for all trains, metros, taxis, buses and cable cars. At the end of the journey I will calculate if there is a differance between estimated and real costs that you or I should balance in favor of the other.

Staying mobile on the go: Nowadays, there are various providers that lend SIM cards. I have had good experiences with CDJapan. On the English website ( I borrowed in 2016 SIM card suitable for my smartphone for 2,800 yen (about 22 Euros / 25 USD) for 14 days. It was send to the first hotel where you stayed. By pre-addressed and Franctized envelope, it can put in any mailbox and send back on the last day (mail boxes at Narita Airport Terminal 1: 4F Departure Lobby, Terminal 2: 3F Departure Lobby). Alternatively, this for example is recommended on the Internet as well: (

Helpful apps: An app with excellent translation and voice output, but one that needs an online connection, is Translate Voice Free. Usable offline, if you have previously downloaded your vocabulary online, are Google Translator and iTranslate. With the app Scanner & Translator you can even get photographs of warning signs, bus timetables or restaurant menu cards translated.

Questions made that are of interest for all

Question: I am not doing Reiki. Can I nevertheless book the Japan trip?

Answer: The trip is aimed at Reiki enthusiasts of all lineages regardless of their Reiki style and level of training. Though we prefer to have likeminded people, sharing the same interest of practicing Reiki and able to exchange their Reiki experiences in the group, we don´t reject bookings of non-Reiki-practicing people. If you are not life partner of Reiki-practicing travel customer, please understand that your booking can only be considered if spaces are left when no other Reiki-Practitioners booked in any more. The confirmation of your booking or due to time delay, correctly named offer from our site to join the trip, follows six weeks before the trip starts and has to be confirmed by you and fully paid within two weeks. But hey, why don´t you do a Reiki seminar in the meantime? When you are in Germany or come to Germany, I offer you 50% discount on my Reiki level 1 seminar when booked the trip and paid the deposit payment already. If you do it with any other teacher fine as well as long as the seminar was a face-to-face encounter and not online with distance attunement.

Question: I am not interested in all activities offered. Do I get a refund when not participating?

Answer: You can exclude the workshop with Frans, will not be charged or refunded the participation amount but will have to pay the pro rata costs of the seminar room rent. You can exclude the Zazen workshop, the Shakyo/Calligraphy workshop, the participation of the Koryu-kai meeting with Japanese Reiki Practitioners and/or the participation of the Shinto blessing ceremony but will have to pay the pro rata costs in case I cannot cancel bookings or change prices of shared third-party costs when based on participation of all travel mates. You can exclude trips to Taniai, Mt. Koya and/or Mt. Yoshino but will have to pay the full pro rata costs as our price calculation of shared third-party costs is based on participation of all travel mates.

Question: Could I make a reservation a couple of weeks before until it is sure that I get free days from the company?

Answer: Please understand that reservations are difficult to make. We would have to make this possible for others as well. It´s not good to reject bookings and hold reservations that might finally not lead to bookings while the others have in the meantime decided to spend their time somewhere else. Worst case finally not all places are booked and before bookings have been rejected. It´s just too much work and advertisement costs to risk that.

Question: I wonder if I am young enough to do a trip with pilrimage charakter, what do you think?

Answer: Age is not the criteria to join our group. Though you have to keep in mind that this is not a journey with four star air condition bus and an own driver how carries your luggage to the hotel. We use public transport, changing the means and going to or leaving from hotels means walking and carrying luggage oneself. Please take care that your luggage is not too heavy for you and give preference for suitcases with rolls.

Question: Two years ago I have been to Tokio and as a hotel guest I received a mobile which I could use inside and outside for calls and mobile internet. It was easy to use the Google maps, to browse and I could download my whatsapp account or whatever social media account. Public Wi-Fi leaves a lot to be desired in Tokio but the mobile internet on the handy worked well. As far as I know it is a common and free service at a lot of hotels in the cities. If that is the case in the hotels you are going to book then there is no need to buy a sim card, right?

Answer: In 2016 I didn´t personally experience that and I am sure that not all hotels will have that service during our trip. Some have Wi-Fi, so if you are happy with time to time access to the internet in hotels, restaurant or local public spots, you really don´t have to care for a sim card. Finally it´s your choice. I personally would prefer if everyone would have a sim card, so that in the unlikely event that someone might get lost, we could easily stay in contact.

Question: Could I have a single room if the price is not much different?

Answer: Concerning single rooms let me explain what is problematic about. The question is less the price. The question is what does this mean for travel organisation? If offered to you it must be offered to all. If the price would not be that much higher, everybody would of course prefer a single room.

As you can imagine hotels are not really interested in this. For travel organizers it would be much more difficult and complicated to find hotels. With 20 travellers added 2 with Frans and me at least eleven rooms are already a limitation of hotel choice.

In the tourism industry hotels or travel organizers or hotels and travel organizers try to avoid this by the price. The travel company RVD for example charges for a single room or a double room with single occupation the price as for two persons. So Holistika informs from the very beginning that only shared rooms are offered.

Though from organizational point there could be the need for single occupation when there is no adequate number of men and women to share the room with the same gender. So having an uneven quantity of women or men could single occupation make necessary, if not three people occupation is the solution. And honestly not only in small hotels in Japan shared rooms with more than two people is the normal case.

In case of single occupation a fair and for all acceptable solution has to be found. In that cases the lot shall decide among those who would be interested in single occupation. A new hotel would mean new lottery.

Question: We have a dog. Are there any limitations on bringing her along?

Answer: Unfortunately you can not bring your dog for the following reasons:

  • We are staying in different hotels. During the trip organization I often and even last minute cancel reservations after having found better hotels that before cancelation of others have not been detectable. So first, I am not sure if all the hotels were we are staying would accept dogs. Second, replacing hotels that would be a new and additional criteria. There are already several criteria to choose a hotel from rooms, service to location. To accept dogs could be a limitation factor to the amount of hotel to choose from.
  • Due to the actual planning we are using a lot of public means like buses, metro, cable cars and trains. I am not sure if all those in all different cities that we are going to accept dogs. People at the hotel receptions speak English and normally give answers to questions. I doubt asked employees of all companies of public means in all that cities would first give an answer and second give a positive answer. Not considering the challenge to find out whom to ask.
  • We are visiting Kurama montain and Mt. Hihei which are not public but private property. I am not sure if that communities of faith as owners accept dogs on a place were visitors look for retirement and silence.
  • We are visiting public places including temples and shrines where I am not sure dogs can brought with you.
  • If I would investigate all this and all would tell me to be fine with a dog´s accompany and on-site they wouldn´t. Having told you before it wouldn´t be a problem then it would turn out to be my problem to find a solution. So I could never say, yes no problem. It would always stay your risk not to join the group at a certain point any more and find your own way back to were we came from or going next.
  • We are having a three-day Reiki workshop, a zazen workshop and a calligraphy workshop and I am not sure all travel mates are happy about the idea to have a dog with us during that times. As travel organizer I have to make my best that all can feel most comfortable at all time. I would have to ask the other participants if they would feel good with it and what if even one does not?
  • We are a lot of people who travel together. You might not be the only one having a dog at home. Telling you it would be okay to bring your dog I would have to tell the same to all other dog keepers. More people bringing their dogs could make all the mentions points not even easier.
  • another and most convincing argument for my not accepting answer is that sadly I had to give away my own dog because of my heavy dog allergy. Half a year ago I begun a hyposensitisation that takes three to five years to cure that and allow me to have another dog again one day as I love them so much. On the way to and back from Usui sensei´s birth town we would be in a closed bus for hours. During the three different workshops we would be in closed rooms for days. With my allergical reaction on eyes, throat and respiration I could not stay with you any longer.
  • so please understand that this is not about pet keepers discrimination. I have been working fifteen years for the pet supplying industry and loved it. For mentioned travel organizational reasons, comfortability of all travel mates and my personal health issues it is regrettably not possibly. I am so sorry!

Question: What will the total price will be about?

Answer: The journey price is 2,940 Euro and the retreat price is 550 Euro. The costs for third parties´s for chartered buses and long distance train rides should be around 400,- Euros. For local train rides, metro, taxi, cable cares consider around 100 Euros. The Zazen and Shakyo workshop and the Shinto blessing ceremony sum up to around 85 Euros together. You have to add costs on your site like the flight ticket, costs for travel insurances, costs for meals and personal expenses.

Question: Are international bank transferral costs on my behalf?

Answer: I am sorry that with Holistika being located in Germany, booking from outside Europe result in international bank transferral costs. These vary from every country and every bank. The Holistika prices are not considering this, means the fair price calculation is based on the expectation to receive even from persons from foreign countries the same incoming amount as from local people. Just 25 Euros less, which wouldn´t look much at first view but finally mean 25 Euros less for the deposit payment, 25 Euros less for the final payment, and sum up with 20 travellers to 1,000 Euros already. This is why all customers from outside Europa are kindly asked to cover ALL international bank transferral cost. So don´t just pay the amounts of the deposit or the final payment but check the transfer costs with your bank and make sure that this amount can be received by Holistika.

Question: Do you know if PayPal might be the cheaper alternative?

Answer: The International bank transfer costs that you have to add on your payment amount are depening from bank to bank and country to country so that you have to check. In case you want to pay with PayPal there are fix percentages that Holistika adds on your payment amount.

If you are located in Germany this is 2,49% PayPal fee, so national bank transfer without charge is better for you. If you are located in an EU member country this is 2,49% PayPal fee + your borderpassing PayPal fee (+1,8% or +2,0% or +3,0%) depending on the group to that your country belongs, see list below. As international bank transfer within the EU member countries is free of charge, that is better for you. If you are located in a non EU member country, this is 2,49% PayPal fee + your borderpassing PayPal fee (+2,0% or +3,3%) depending on the group to that your country belongs, see list below. So if 4,49% or 5,79% PayPal are lower than the international bank transfer costs from your bank, you have to check please.

PayPal Country List:

Country group North Europe (2,49%+1,8%): Denmark (including Faroe Islands and Greenland), Finland (including Åland), Iceland, Norway, Sweden.

Country group Europe I (2,49%+2,0%): Belgium, Germany, Estonia, France (including French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Mayotte, Martinique, Réunion), Gibraltar, Greece, Great Britain (including Channel Islands and Isle of Man), Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Vatican City, Cyprus.

Country group North America (2,49%+3,0%): Canada, United States of America.

Country group Europe II (2,49%+3,0%): Albania, Andorra, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Georgia, Kosovo, Croatia, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, Serbia, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Hungary.

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Country group APAC (2,49%+3,3%): Australia, Bangladesh, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Federated States of Micronesia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Cambodia, Kingdom of Bhutan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Norfolk Island, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of China (Taiwan), Republic of Korea, Samoa, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, Vietnam, People's Republic of China.

Country group Other countries (2,49%+3,3%): All countries that can not be found in any other group.

Question: What might the price for meals not included in the journey price will be like?

Answer: Japan is more expensive than where you or I live but the menu cards have choices from cheap to expensive. Breakfast, as far as available in our hotels, is included in the travel price. Breakfast, if taken outside our hotels, is not included in the travel price. Dinner and in case we make stops for lunch or tea/coffee/cake is on everybody’s own costs. After the last journey I have realized to have had average costs of 6,000 Yen / 50 USD each day for meals for myself.

Question: Could you make sure that I always get vegan and gluten free diet?

Answer: Honestly and frankly I have to say that I can not guarantee vegan gluten free diets. Meals are not included. What restaurant we take depends on what is on the way and what the group attracts. As Frans is vegetarian you can be sure that we have a look for non-meat food but completely free of animalistic ingredients might be a challenge in Japan. Hope you can get along with that.

Question: Should I change money before and are there ATMs?

Answer: My personal experience is that the exchange in the country is the best rate. The first ATMs you find at the airport. In big cities ATMs are easy to find. Just consider that on the one hand you might have maximum limitations for each day depending on your bank, on the other site maximum limitations for each day depending on the local ATM like 20,000 Yen / 180 USD or even lower.

Question: Do you have own made or travellers made experiences that might be helpful to consider for myself?

Answer: Experiences are always individual but I would like to give some examples ...

• One traveller had problems with his camera battery, so it is good to have a second one and of course not to for get the camera charging equipment.

• Once a sd-card stopped working, so it is good to have a replacement sd-card.

• One lady had problems with her smartphone battery, so a power bank for charging on the way is good to have. Beside the smartphone charging cable anyway.

• In Japan they have 100 Volt, in Tokyo and Osaka 50 Hz, in Kyoto and Nagoya 60 Hz. So I recommend to have a least one travel adapter. Depending on your need maybe more or you take a small plug board to connect with you.

• It´s advantageous to remember to carry the insurances documents and make sure that the passport validity is at least six month longer than return date.

• Useful are sun cream, sun glasses, possibly sleeping mask and depending on your room mate earplugs.

• One time a lady had neither an alarm clock nor a smartphone for waking up and the group was not so glowing to wait for her every single day.

• Once a traveller lost his smartphone in a taxi and wished he would have had a sim card inside to call the driver with one of our group phones to come back.

• Frustrating for the whole group could be if one traveller had no Japan Rail Pass. You don´t get it in Japan and need to order before. In case of not having the whole group could not quickly enter a local train or Metro but would have to wait for one single person to buy it. That could be a challenge, first to find the ticket machine, then to understand how to run it and possibly wait in a line with dozens of Japanese people in front and others in hurry behind. I unfortunately couldn´t assist in that time as I have to make sure that he group takes the right train in the right direction from the right platform and have the right information where to change into what connection train.

• Depending on season and region there could be really annoying mosquitos / sand-flies. The foreign anti-insect cream in most cases is not helpful at all, so better to buy local products.

Question: After having send my booking form, could I already book my flights?

Answer: Please don´t book your flight before the minimum quantity of travelling persons is achieved and only after you have got your confirmation/invoice.

Question: Does an automatic sending confirmation of a booking form from your homepage mean we have a contract?

Answer: There often is a big misunderstanding. A contract as most know means two correlating declarations of intention, so called offer and acceptance. Some people think the advertisement for a trip for a example is the offer and sending the booking form is the acceptance so that this would mean to have a contract. From commercial and juridical view it is different. The advertisement is not an offer, it is the suggestion to the public to give an offer. The booking then is the offer. The acceptance, necessary for a valid contract, is the confirmation/invoice send by Holistika to the person that has send the booking form. The auto responder is just to confirm successful sending of the booking form.

Question: Covid seems to be over. But any rules for what happens in case of?

Answer: Well, first of all, Holistika refrains from rules, regulations, exclusion from participation and forced isolation and relies on voluntary cooperation of risk minimization and respect for other group participants. This of course does not exempt from the implementation of country-specific, official requirements. If Japan would require vaccinations or tests as entry rules (what fortunately is not the case), you would have to consider this. So, our Corona policy are more recommendations, advices and requests.

Recommendation to bring preventive and curative aids with you: It is difficult to acquire preventive, testing or curative aids in Japan during the trip and in the vicinity of the hotels. Holistika strongly recommends that you bring a sufficient number of tests (for every second or third day), masks, disinfectant sprays or fluids and medicines for covid illnesses and side effects from your home country for your own use.

Advice for possible restrictions: Precautionary measures such as wearing a mask, distance and hygiene rules as well as other possible corona measures, requirements and regulations can lead to considerable restrictions. Unwanted waiting times or impossibility to carry out planned activities may occur. You must be aware of this and cannot claim damages or refunds from the tour operator due to our general business terms.

Request for self-commitments: You are requested to minimize the risk of contracting Covid through hygiene measures such as sufficient hand washing and the use of disinfectant solutions as well as behavioral measures such as avoiding touching surfaces or touching eyes, nose and mouth. You are also requested to test yourself for Covid before departure and at regular intervals during the trip and to report any positive results to the tour operator immediately. In the event of covid infection, Holistika welcomes the voluntary choice of self-isolation for three days or for the number of days deemed necessary to minimize the unnecessary risk of infecting other group members. Where time and staffing permit, Holistika will make every effort to obtain drinking water and food during the period of your self-isolation. If properly assessed, Holistika will make every effort to request emergency assistance from medical professionals. Otherwise, Holistika request the voluntary wearing of a mask and the observance of hygiene and behavioral rules for the protection of other group members.

Question: Are there certain things worth seeing in November compared to other months and what is the temperature like at that time?

Answer: November as month to travel is a historical development. Before doing this trips together with Frans and his retreats included I had an agreement with Doi Sensei to come with German Reiki students for training in October. Autum because at that time spanish groups came during spring time and Doi Sensei only wanted to have two international classes each year maximum due to his age. October because in November you don´t get accomodation at his place as most properly the local football team again reaches the final match taking place in November. So when Doi stopped teaching I moved to November as the leaf colours in October are not yet that indian summer like as on month later. Temperatures at the last trip have been around 15-20 degrees celsius and above. If you wonder what clothes to choose have a look at our trip pictures from 2019.