The Complete Revitalization Course
"The name Misasa, which literally means ""three mornings"", is said to derive from the belief that when you wake on the third morning of a stay, your ailments will be cured.
Experience the full Mt. Mitoku & Misasa Onsen itinerary: relax, recuperate, and rejuvenate in the efficacious waters that will revitalize the spirit."
- 2:00 p.m.
- Arrive at Misasa Onsen, stroll around onsen district
Take the opportunity to have a look around the sights of the Misasa township (such as Misasa Shrine) before the hard work starts tomorrow.
- 4:00 p.m.
- Check in at ryokan
Ensure the body is in perfect readiness for the serious business of the training that will start tomorrow.
- 8:00 a.m.
- Cleanse yourself in the bath.
After breakfast, wash in the onsen again in preparation for the start of your journey.
- 10:00 a.m.
- Purification of the Six Roots of Perception Experience
Hone and cleanse the roots of perception and the senses one by one. It is said that in days of old, the ascetic devotees would climb the mountains while chanting "rokkon shojo" (purification of the 6 roots). Supposedly, over time, the pronunciation gradually morphed into the call of "dokko-isho!"
- Descend from mountain, try vegetarian Buddhist cuisine
After descending from the mountain, try shojin cuisine, which is a type of Buddhist vegetarian cooking. Shojin cuisine is prepared with the utmost care and attention to detail and the utmost care. The act of eating a meal is considered part of the training itself. Giving thanks for one's daily blessings and avoiding the excessive flavoring and large portion sizes that often characterize modern cooking are other important elements. Eating shojin cuisine teaches us the lesson that the bare minimum necessary is still sufficient for our needs.
- 2:00 p.m.
- Sit zazen, chant sutras
Sitting zazen and chanting sutras involves keeping the body very still, relaxing the mind and focusing on one thing, and reexamining the self. This is a invaluable experience which it can be difficult to make time for in today's fast-paced world.
- 4:00 p.m.
- Stay in temple lodgings
Spending a slow-paced day relaxing and leaving your cares behind is a great way to reset the body and soul. Why not use this as an opportunity to review some bad habits and consider how to make changes for the better in your life?
- 7:00 a.m.
- Morning at temple lodgings
While listening to the monks' chanting as part of their morning duties, offer your own quiet prayer. In the early morning light, Mt. Mitoku is a unique and sacred sight that cleanses the spirit.
- 10:00 a.m.
- Radon vapor bath (reservations required)
"Here, in one of the only facilities of it's kind in Japan, visitors can experience hormesis effects induced by inhaling onsen vapor.
Some of the expected benefits are activation of the metabolism, improved anti-oxidation effects, and increased immunity. Once you have inhaled your fill, slip into a hot baths and wash away the sweat. "
- Try pottery and weaving
Fully concentrating your attention on one thing is said to produce beneficial effects. Wouldn't it be nice to take home a souvenir that you made yourself?
Kabu-yu, which features in the story of Misasa Onsen's origins -- the legend of the white wolf, can now be now be enjoyed as day-only bathing and as a source of drinking water. The water temperature here is particularly warm.
- Misasa Violin Museum
This unique museum features a range of exhibitions on violin manufacture and performance. Guests are welcome to play many of the violins on display, and concerts are also held from time to time. Why not learn a little more about the history and acoustics of violins?
- Furusato Health Village
The Furusato Health Village is a great place for all your last minute shopping. Here, visitors can find a variety of local specialty products and Misasa souvenirs that you won't find anywhere else. With a range of stalls selling local delicacies, it's definitely worth dropping in before you hit the road on the journey home.