Preparing your trip

Viaje

We provide you with a series of guidelines and recommendations for planning your trip to Japan. We also offer you a series of complementary activities for the Usui Reiki Ryoho Centenary such as: the celebration of Mikao Usui’s birth anniversary in Taniai; visits to mount Kurama; group tourism; the Kumano Kodo path; what to see and do in Kyoto; and accommodation and transport near the ICC.

Advice

Advice

If you decide to attend the Centenary of the USUI REIKI RYOHO we would like to make some recommendations so that you can plan your trip and enjoy both the Centenary celebration and Japan.

  • The celebrations for the Centenary will begin on August 12th. 2022 si you should be at the ICC in Kyoto by then. We therefore recommend that you arrive in Kyoto at least one day in advance so that your biological clock can adapt to the Japanese time zone (jet lag).
  • Buy your tickets sufficiently in advance. We recommend after August 15th 2021.
  • Make hotel reservations. We indicate a number of hotels close to the Kyoto ICC as well as hotels near Kyoto Central station where there are plenty of hotels to choose from. Bear in mind that the metro line closest to the Kyoto ICC is the Karasuma Line which also passes through the Kyoto Central Station.
  • Take out travel insurance which covers at least the following items:
    – Medical expenses
    – Cancellation of the trip
    – Loss of belongings, luggage etc.
  • Have internet access. We recommend that you buy a Japanese SIM card which you can buy either in your country of origin or in Japan.
    Depending on the number of days that you plan to spend in Japan and the use you intend to make of your data card, you will have to choose between a SIM card which lasts for 7 days with 1.5GB or a SIM card offering unlimited data access.
  • Change your money in Japan. Travelling in Japan you need to carry cash because most small businesses only accept cash payments, and not all cash machines accept foreign cards. Our advice is to change a small amount of money into yens before your trip to be able to cover your initial expenditure. Then, once in Japan, you can change money as and when required. The exchange rate is also usually better.
  • Plan your itinerary. Buy a JR Pass. If you wish to take the opportunity to travel in Japan as well as attend the Centenary, we recommend that you plan your itinerary. There are several internet sites which provide plenty of information: they give advice, ways to get around within the country and the major tourist sites. Why the Japan Rail Pass (JR PASS)? If you are going to be travelling in Japan you must realise that the railway network in Japan is very extensive and offers the best option for getting around. The trains are punctual, fast and the price is good. You can get a rail pass for 7, 14 or 21 days.
Anniversary in Taniai

Anniversary in Taniai

August 15th. 2022
Celebration of the Birth of Mikao Usui.

The first 250 people (in the order of registration for the Usui Reiki Ryoho Centenary event to be held at the ICC Kyoto) will be eligible to join the Mikao Usui Birthday Celebration tour in Taniai, Gifu.

The excursion package includes:

  • Hired coach from the Gifu bullet train station, Hashima to Taniai (Mikao Usui’s birthplace).
  • Shinto Ceremony at the Amataka temple in Taniai Gifu.
  • Lunch.
  • Return by bus to the Gifu bullet train station, Hashima.
  • Total price of the tour 15,000 yen.

For this event we have the cooperation of the Taniai Reiki Association and the people of Taniai, who are the organisers of the day’s events.

We advise that after the close of the Centenary celebration in Kyoto on August 14th those who register for this celebration should travel by bullet train from Kyoto Central Station to Gifu Hashima and stay close to the station. Another option is to travel to Gifu Hashima before 09:30 on the morning of August 15th. We also recommend booking your seat on the bullet train in advance.

The conditions and prices will depend on the information which the Taniai Reiki Association will provide us with.

The booking code is the 6-character code that is sent when you register for the Centenary. If you have not yet done so, register here.
Information on hotels in the area of Gifu, Hashima Station

Apa Hotel Gifu Hashima Ekimae
Hotel 3 ***
1 Chome-72 Fukujucho Asahira
Hashima, Gifu 501-6255, Japan
+81 58-392-5000

Toyoko INN Gifu Hashimaeki Shinkansen Minamiguchi
Hotel 3 ***
Japón, 〒501-6302 Gifu
Hashima, Funabashicho, 2 Chome−27
+81 58-207-1045

Hotel Route-Inn Gifu Hashima Ekimae
Hotel 3 ***
1 Chome-71 Fukujucho Asahira
Hashima, Gifu 501-6255, Japan
+81 58-394-0055

More information on Taniai – Gifu (es)

Visit to Mount Kurama

Visit to Mount Kurama

Monte Kurama

We have 4 options for visiting Mount Kurama.

1- On your own

If you choose this option, you can find plenty of information on Google Maps or a similar application.

The normal way to reach Kibune or Kurama, (from Kyoto) is to take the Eiden train line from Demachiyanagi station. The easiest way to get to Demachiyanagi station is to take bus nº 17 or 18 from Kyoto station. It is a 30 minute trip from Demachiyanagi and costs 420 yens. There are trains every 15-20 minutes (based on information valid in 2016, check for possible changes.).

There is a funicular railway run by the Kurama temple itself which connects the San-mon (山門) station exit with the Tahōtō (多宝塔) temple station. The trip lasts under 1 minute. On foot it takes about 30 minutes.

2- Contract an excursion with a travel agency

Japan National Tourism Office

Japonismo (es)

Tripadvisor

3- Excursion planned for August 18th (in spanish)

If 30 – 50 people (strictly by order of registration for the main event in Kyoto) were interested in travelling together to visit Mount Kurama & Kibune.

The excursion package includes:

  • Hired coach for the round trip Kyoto – Kurama – Kibune – Kyoto.
  • Visit to Mount Kurama (walking up or part of the way by funicular railway).
  • Visit to Kibune.
  • Lunch in Kibune (in Kibune you can eat at one of the typical restaurants. In summer they erect platforms over the Kibune river: this is a unique experience).
  • Return to Kyoto.

Conditions and prices will depend on the number of participants.

The booking code is the 6-character code that is sent when you register for the Centenary. If you have not yet done so, register here.
4- Should there not be enough demand for the coach trip on August 18th

  • In that case we would all travel together by train from Demagachi station in Kyoto to Mount Kurama.
  • Ascent to Mount Kurama.
  • Lunch: individuals would be responsible for their own lunch.
  • Return by train from Mount Kurama to Damagachi station in Kyoto.
Learn more about Mount Kurama & Kibune.

Japón secreto (es)

Reiki tradicional (es)

Group tourism

Group tourism

A group of participants from the Gendai Reiki Ho Association Madrid (AGRHM) who will be attending the Centenary intend to join forces to set up a GROUP TOURISM initiative with a Spanish-speaking guide to visit some emblematic sites in Japan. This would take place once the Usui Reiki Ryoho Centenary celebrations are over.

The trip would last for 10 days and would be organised by a travel agency specialising in trips to Japan. The price will include: transport within the country, half or full board, entrance to the places to be visited, hotels, Spanish speaking guide as well as air travel (optional).

If you are interested and would like more information, please complete and return the attached form.

The booking code is the 6-character code that is sent when you register for the Centenary. If you have not yet done so, register here.

If another group of participants would like to set up a GROUP TOURISM initiative with a guide in a language other than Spanish, please get in touch with us at turismo@gendaireikihomadrid.com so we can allow people to get in touch with one another. Our organization is not directly involved in organising any of the groups. We shall merely act as a go-between between participants speaking the same language so that they can get organized and get the most out of this unique experience.

Kumano Kodo

Kumano Kodo

The Kumano Kodo, also known as the Kumano Path, is a network of roads connecting the Kumano Sanzen sanctuaries. It is also one of the most famous pilgrimage routes in Japan, equivalent to the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain. These are the only two pilgrimage routes classified as Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. This route is very well known for its great beauty, the scenery which it affords, running as it does through mountains and dense vegetation, but above all it is famous for the tremendous spirituality transmitted when the route is completed at any of the sanctuaries.

A group of people participating in the Centenary celebrations plans to make the Kumano pilgrimage. This involves 5 days walking but we must count one day to reach the start of the route and another day to return so this makes 7 days in total. Walking along the ancient Kumana Kodo is a unique way of experiencing the cultural landscape of the spiritual territory of Kumano.

The focus of the Kumano pilgrimage is to worship at the three Great Temples of Kumano. These are known collectively as the Kumano Sanzan: Kumano Hongu Taisha, Kumano Hayatama Yaisha & Kumano Nachi Taisha.

The Nakahechi branch of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage network is the most popular Kumano route and this is the one we would take.

Arrangements will be made depending on the number participants. The basic requirements are: accommodation, food and transportation of backpacks. Apart from that, all that is required are a will to take part and good walking legs! If enough people sign up we may consider the possibility of hiring a guide.

If you are interested and would like more information, please complete and return the attached form.

The booking code is the 6-character code that is sent when you register for the Centenary. If you have not yet done so, register here.
Things to do in Kyoto

Things to do in Kyoto

As Kyoto is the venue for the USUI REIKI RYOHO Centenary celebrations we are providing a short description of the cities with some recommendations of places in interest to visit and activities.

Kyoto is situated in the central area of the island of Honshu. It is famous for its numerous classical Buddhist temples and their gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses.

Its historical importance derives from the fact that between 794 & 1868 Kyoto was the capital of Japan and the seat of the imperial court and other institutions. In 1868 the Meiji emperor decided to transfer the court to Tokyo.

Surface area: 827,8 km2
Population: 1 466 264 (2019)

During the Second World War, Kyoto was the only major Japanese city which was not bombed. As a result it is one of the Japanese cities with a rich historical, artistic and architectural heritage.

Some places of interest
The Golden Pavilion

The building we see today is actually a reconstruction. It is part of the complex of historic monuments on ancient Kyoto declared a Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 1994

Kiyomizu-dera

Emblematic Buddhist temple at Mount Otowa, which is famous for the panoramic views from its large viewing platform.

Nijō Castle

This castle built of cypress wood with extensive gardens dates from 1603. It was the residence of the Leyasu Shogun. The total area of the castle is 275.000 m2, of which 8.000 m2 are occupied by various buildings.

Kyoto Imperial Palace

This is no longer the residence of the Emperor of Japan. Since 1869 the Emperor has resided in Tokyo. In 1877 a decree was issued ordering that the Imperial Palace should be preserved. The Kyoto Imperial Palace is the last of the imperial palaces built near the north-eastern part of the ancient capital of Japan. During the Meiji Restoration the palace lost many of its functions when the capital was transferred to Tokyo in 1869.

Gion District

The Gion district of Kyoto is one of the best known geisha districts in Japan, although in fact it is made up of two separate hanamachi: on the one hand there is the small Gion Higashi (祇園東) district and on the other the larger district known as Gion Kobu (祇園甲部). Today Gion Kobu has around 80 tea houses where maikas and geishas work on a daily basis, whereas in Gion Higashi there are only about 12.

It is well worth taking a walk around the geisha district of Gion which is full of tea houses (ochaya), geisha houses (okiya) and traditional shops selling sweets, textiles, ornaments, make-up, shoes, parasols etc.… Walking around the narrow streets of Gion feels like going back in time. This is a beautiful walk which is really worthwhile.

Others places around Kyoto
Fushimi Inari-taisha

Fushimi Inari-Taisha is the main Shinto shrine dedicated to the spirit of Inari. It is situated in Fushimi-ku, one of the districts of Kyoto. The sanctuary lies at the foot of a mountain also known as “Inari”, and there are a number of paths leading to smaller sanctuaries. From time immemorial in Japan Inari was regarded as the patroness of business, although originally Inari was the goddess of rice. Business people and artisans paid homage to Inari in exchange for the prosperity of their businesses. They therefore donated numerous torii gates which today form part of the panoramic view of the temple. This famous temple is said to have more than 32.000 small torii gates.

Arashiyama

Arashiyama is a district on the outskirts of Kyoto, Japan. The name also refers to the mountain on the other side of the river Ōi, which forms the backdrop to the district. What is there to visit there?

  • Take a walk through the famous bamboo forests of Arashiyama.
  • Kameyama park, a refuge of peace and tranquility amid the hustle and bustle of tourists visiting Arashiyama.
  • Seiryo-ji Temple, where we can find many works of art and national treasures such as a 1,000 year old statue of the Buddha.
  • Admire the moss and maple tree garden of the Goiji Temple.
Accomodation and transport near the ICC

Accomodation and transport near the ICC

METRO

Stop: Kokusai Kaikan Station
Line: Karasuma Line
Stop: Hachiman-Mae Station (A 13 min. walking from the ICC)
Line: Eizan Kurama Line

BUS

Stop: Kokusai Kaikan Eki mae
Lines: No. 5, 15 and 45 (5 minutes walk to ICC Kioto)

HOTELES

Note – The prices given for the hotels are merely indicative as they vary depending on availability and the season.

Where the hotel specifies the category we have included it: *, **, *** y ****.

We have tried to give the most conveniently situated hotels so that you can reach them using the Karasuma metro line which has a station closest to the Kyoto ICC. We have also included hotels near Kyoto Central Station as this station is on the same Karasuma metro line in an area where there are lots of hotels.

Hotels in the area. Less than 5km from the ICC
KyonosatoPensión
  • 78 €
  • 1,8 km
  • A 24 min. walking from ICC
Kansai Seminar House***
  • 91 €
  • 3,1 km
  • A 40 min. walking from ICC
  • Metro: Shugakuin Station
  • Line: Eizan Kurama Line
  • 38 min to the station
  • Bus: 5
  • Stop: Takaracaike
  • 26 min to the stop
Rakucho Ryokan**
  • 3,3 km
  • A 40 min. walking from ICC
  • Metro: Kitayama Station
  • Line: Karasuma Line
  • 19 min to the station
Kyoto Kamagawa-so***
  • 133 €
  • 4 km
  • A 50 min. walking from ICC
  • Metro: Kita-Oji Station
  • Line: Karasuma Line
  • 13 min to the station
Pension Kitashitakawa**
  • 79 €
  • 4,3 km
  • A 53 min. walking from ICC
  • Bus: 5
  • Stop: Kita Shirakawa Bettocho
  • 18 min to the stop
Green Gables**
  • 4,7 km
  • A 58 min. walking from ICC
  • Metro: Kita-Oji Station
  • Line: Karasuma Line
  • 32 min to the station
Kirinya*
  • 59 €
  • 4,7 km
  • A 57 min. walking from ICC
  • Metro: Demachiyanagi Station
  • Line: Eizan Kurama Line
  • 31 min to the station
Guesthouse Bon**
  • 5 km
  • A 1 h 2 min. walking from ICC
  • Metro: Kita-Oji Station
  • Line: Karasuma Line
  • 26 min to the station
Murasakian**
  • 5 km
  • A 1 h 13 min. walking from ICC
  • Metro: Kita-Oji Station
  • Line: Karasuma Line
  • 34 min to the station
Rokko Machiya InnPensión
  • 5 km
  • A 1 h 3 min. walking from ICC
  • Metro: Kita-Oji Station
  • Line: Kita-Oji Station
  • 26 min to the station
Hoteles en la zona. A entre 5km y 10km del ICC
Murasakino Guesthouse***
  • 78 €
  • 5,2 km
  • A 1 h 5 min. walking from ICC
  • Metro: Kita-Oji Station
  • Line: Karasuma Line
  • 25 min to the station
Karigane
  • 293 €
  • 5,2 km
  • A 1 h 5 min. walking from ICC
  • Metro: Kita-Oji Station
  • Line: Karasuma Line
  • 24 min to the station
Roku Roku
  • 43 €
  • 5,7 km
  • A 1 h 10 min. walking from ICC
  • Bus: 5
  • Stop: Kinrin Shako mae
  • 23 min to the stop
Kyoto Nishijin Guest House**
  • 121 €
  • 5,8 km
  • A 1 h 12 min. walking from ICC
  • Metro: Imadegawa Station
  • Line: Karasuma Line
  • 22 min to the station
Machiya-Inn Shion-A***
  • 5,9 km
  • A 1 h 13 min. walking from ICC
  • Metro: Kita-Oji Station
  • Line: Karasuma Line
  • 32 min to the station
Kyoto City Hotel***
  • 6 km
  • A 1 h 15 min. walking from ICC
  • Metro: Imadogawa Station
  • Line: Karasuma Line
  • 25 min to the station
Hotel Heian No Mori Kyoto***
  • 6,2 km
  • A 1 h 16 min. walking from ICC
  • Bus: 5
  • Stop: Higashitennocho Bus Stop
  • 24 min to the stop
Petit Hotel Kyoto***
  • 6,3 km
  • A 1 h 18 min. walking from ICC
  • Metro: Imadegawa Station
  • Line: Karasuma Line
  • 26 min to the station
Hibi***
  • 98 €
  • 6,8 km
  • A 1 h 25 min. walking from ICC
  • Metro: Kita-Oji Station
  • Line: Karasuma Line
  • 29 min to the station
  • Bus: 2 o 6
  • Stop: Sembo Kamidachiuri - Kija Oji Bus Terminal
Hoteles cerca de la estación de Kyoto. A más de 10km del ICC
Hotel Elcient Kyoto***
  • 52 €
  • 10,2 km
  • Metro: Estación de Kyoto
  • Line: Karasuma Line
  • 30 min to the station
Hotel Vischio Kyoto****
  • 10,4 km
  • Metro: Estación de Kyoto
  • Line: Karasuma Line
  • 30 min to the station
CMM Crystate Kyoto
  • 63 €
  • 10,5 km
  • Metro: Estación de Kyoto
  • Line: Karasuma Line
  • 30 min to the station
Sakura Terrace***
  • 48 €
  • 10,9 km
  • Metro: Kujo Sta
  • Line: Karasuma Line
  • 28 min to the station
Kyoto Dai-Chi Hotel***
  • 49 €
  • 11 km
  • Metro: Kujo Sta
  • Line: Karasuma Line
  • 30 min to the station

Reiki practitioners of the world, come and celebrate with us!

In August 2022 we will celebrate the first centenary of the creation of Usui Reiki Ryoho, the great legacy of Mikao Usui. A historic, unique, global event, very close to where the master reached the state of Anshin Ritsumei. We want to share together the energy of universal love from the truth of the heart, from the unity that we are, and get closer to Usui sensei’s desire to spread the seed of Reiki in humanity.

We are looking forward to sharing this experience with you.

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