Japan is not only the land of vibrant culture and jaw-dropping scenery; it is a place of healing and relaxation as well. People from all around the world come to the Land of the Rising Sun to detox and breakaway from the schedule of hectic life back in their own country.
If you’re planning a holiday this season, then be sure to check out some exclusive Japanese therapies that are bound to take your stress away. Oh! Did we forget to mention that you’ll also feel rejuvenated and enlightened?
Here are some of Japan’s favorite relaxation methods that you must try out if you’re dealing with stress.
Onsen happens to be somewhat of an unfamiliar territory for Asians and Westerners alike, visiting Japan. The need to follow stringent bath etiquette, the involvement of nudity, and hotter than usual water make it easy for people to justify skipping the onsen experience.
We would highly recommend that you try it out! In fact, dipping yourself in a hot spring is not only relaxing, but also rejuvenating and healthy. It will leave you feeling clean, relaxed, and refreshed after you’re done.
It is said that waters in Onsen have healing properties that range from treating skin conditions to curing cancer. Are you sure you want to miss out on an experience like this? Of course not! Just be sure to follow the proper bath etiquette and gear up for a fantastic time.
There is perhaps no better way to beat stress than by allowing one’s mind to break free of worldly thoughts. This is where meditation comes to play. Zen meditation or Zazen is Japan’s own way to slow down and contemplate on the fundamental parts of inner life.
Immersing yourself in one of Japan’s Zen meditation retreats should give you an insight into the life of monks and the way of the Buddha. You can practice this meditative discipline in one of many foreigner friendly retreats in Kyoto or other parts of Japan.
It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner in meditation or someone with experience, you can count on the Zen master to guide you on the right path. Not only will you beat stress, but might even end up with a new perspective on life.
Are they affordable?
Yes, there are plenty of affordable options to experience Onsen and take Zen meditation classes. You might have to do a bit of looking around, but in the end, it will be all worth it.