Rejuvenate Your Body and Mind with Waterfall Meditation

Reconnect with nature by meditating under a waterfall and soaking in a sauna in a spiritual forest

Only about an hour away by train from the Ise Grand Shrine, one of the most significant religious sites in Japan, is Shirataki Daimyojin. If your travels have your body aching for some relaxation or your mind wanting for deeper introspection, look no further. Surrounded by mountains and waterfalls revered as gods, this is an ideal spot to participate in waterfall meditation as well as shinrin-yoku, or therapeutic “forest bathing.”

You can participate in a number of guided English experiences to cleanse your body and soul while learning about the local history and culture. Reconnect with nature while participating in the ancient religious art of takigyo, which is meditating under a spiritual waterfall. Center yourself as the water rushes over you―an activity that is rare to experience even within Japan. You can also enjoy a sauna to heighten your sense of warmth and relaxation. Calm your senses by listening to the sound of the wind rustling through the forest leaves on this ultimate healing tour. Finish your experience by indulging in tea, coffee, sweets, or a whole meal with locally grown ingredients at the Shirataki Mori no Chaya Café.

Shirataki Daimyojin is located within Ise-Shima National Park, a rich expanse incorporating gorgeous coastline with inland forests and mountains. It is also a region in which many ancient traditions, such as pearl diving, still thrive. After you have refreshed your body and mind, be sure to explore what else this lush region has to offer.

Access: From Tokyo Station, take the Shinkansen bullet train to Nagoya Station, about 1 hour and 40 minutes. Then take the train to Funatsu Station, about 2 hours. From Funatsu Station, walk for about 20 minutes.

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