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Accommodations in four to five star hotels

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Professionally led daily program – see itinerary for full details

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Daily breakfast and most lunches & dinner, as specified in the itinerary

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Day 01: Depart for Japan
Depart from Los Angeles and make your way to Tokyo, Japan.

Day 02: Welcome to Tokyo
Upon arrival, the group will be met and transferred for check-in at your lovely local hotel.
Depending on your arrival time all travelers will gather this evening (or following morning) with your national guide and receive further information on the program and today’s activities.

The Keio Plaza Hotel is well located in the center of Tokyo. It has free Wi-Fi, a fitness center, business center, convenience store, and several dining options. They are five blocks from Shinjuku Station and across the street from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.  

Enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel. this evening.
Overnight:  Keio Plaza Hotel​ (or similar)
Meals: Dinner

Day 03: Cultural Exploration of Tokyo

Begin your day at Meiji Shrine, a shrine dedicated to the deified spirit of Emperor Meiji. Here you will witness a Shinto ritual blessing inside the Shrine, receive a blessing and watch a dance by the Miko (Shrine Maidens).

Next head to Asakusa and visit Senso-ji, Tokyo’s oldest temple. This is one of Tokyo’s most colorful and popular dating back to 645; it is also the city’s oldest. You will have some time to explore Nakamise Shopping Street and enjoy a rickshaw ride around the temple neighborhood.

Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant this afternoon.

End the day with a visit to the Imperial Palace Plaza, the gateway to the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan. From this vantage outside the palace, you can enjoy the public park and a photo opportunity of the palace.

 Dinner is by individual arrangement (own expense).
Overnight:  Keio Plaza Hotel​ (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 04: Tokyo - Professional Exchange

Professional members of the program will interact with local psychiatry/mental health professionals today including the opportunity to learn about mental health policies; diagnostic systems in use today; training, practice, and the role of the psychiatrist. Japan is a country with rich cultural and medical traditions and practices. While there is significant scientific overlap with the United States, there are also differing histories, beliefs, and practices between our countries:  differences whose exploration and discussion will educate and inspire reflection for participants on both sides of the Pacific.

Enjoy lunch at the Tsukiji Fish Market, the largest marketplace in Japan.

Guest program

Today accompanying guests will explore the Nihon Minka-en open air museum with a local guide. Minkaen is a splendid open-air folk house museum, located in Kawasaki city, adjacent to Metropolitan Tokyo. It is known for the remarkable collection of old Japanese folk houses, farms and merchant houses. After lunch head to Shibuya and walk to Harajuku seeing the famed intersection. Enjoy some time to shop in Harajuku and Omotesando area before returning to the hotel. Travel like the locals today via public transport with your local guide.

Dinner is by individual arrangement (own expense)

Overnight:  Keio Plaza Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 05: Tokyo- Professional Exchange & Cultural Visits
Continue your professional exchange at a local hospital or clinic. Discussions will further the mission to embody and enable interaction among psychiatrists and other mental health professionals as well as increase exposure to Japan and the country’s unique perspectives on mental health issues.
Guest program: Guests will have some free time this morning to relax and enjoy the hotel’s amenities. You will join the group for lunch and the afternoon explorations.

Lunch will be provided this afternoon at a local restaurant.

This afternoon the group will join your guide for an afternoon excursion to visit Nezu Museum. The Nezu Museum was founded to conserve and exhibit the collection of pre-modern Japanese and East Asian art that Nezu Kaichirō (1860-1940) had passionately built. The collection is the result of Kaichirō Sr.'s ardent acquisition, beginning in his twenties, of superb pre-modern art. He was unusual among private collectors in gathering works in a wide range of genres, including painting, calligraphy, sculpture, metalwork, ceramics, lacquerware, wooden and bamboo craft, textiles, armor, and archaeological specimens. In his later years, he adopted Seizan as his tea name and collected tea wares to enjoy during the tea ceremony; those works are a major pillar of the collection.

You will also have some time this afternoon to explore and shop in Omotesando, home to some of Tokyo's most interesting architecture. Several fashion brands have flagship buildings here including Prada, Louis Vuitton and Dior. 

Dinner will be provided at a restaurant close to your hotel (walking distance). 

Overnight: Keio Plaza Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

​​Day 06: Shinkansen (Bullet train) to Kyoto
Depart Tokyo today for Kyoto. Board the futuristic shinkansen bullet train which will whisk you to Kyoto in 138 minutes. You will have the opportunity to purchase a bento box lunch, an experience you cannot miss. Many options will be available to choose from at the train station.

After arrival, you will be met by your local driver and head out to visit Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine and the Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Fushimi Inari Taisha is the head shrine with which all the others are affiliated. In the 1300 years since its establishment in 711AD, people have gathered here to pray for bountiful harvests, business prosperity, the safety of their home and family and the fulfillment of all kinds of other wishes. Halfway up Mt. Otowa, one of the peaks in Kyoto’s Higashiyama mountain range, stands Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex, which is abundantly blessed with nature and delightful views. The Temple was founded in 778 as a holy place where the deity Kannon’s great compassion prevails.

After the visit, walk through Sannen-zaka and Ninen-zaka including shopping time before heading to dinner at a local restaurant. These two charming streets are lined with old wooden houses, traditional shops and restaurants.

Dinner will be provided at a local restaurant this evening.
Overnight: New Miyako Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 07: Kyoto - Cultural Exploration
Visit some of Kyoto’s most iconic locations today. Nijo-jo Castle, a World Heritage Site, was completed in 1626 and was built to provide lodging for Tokugawa Shogun and as a palladium for Kyoto Imperial Palace. The impressive, elaborate carvings and decors in the Ninomaru Palace are a must-see.
Continue onward to Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), an impressive structure built overlooking a large pond, and the only building left of Yoshimitsu's former retirement complex. It has burned down numerous times throughout its history including twice during the Onin War, a civil war that destroyed much of Kyoto; and once again more recently in 1950 when it was set on fire by a fanatic monk. The present structure was rebuilt in 1955.

Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant.

This afternoon take part in a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony including learning how to make tea. The custom of drinking tea in Japan is said to have been spread after Zen monk Eisai brought tea back from China in the late 12th century. The Chinese people at the time had a custom of drinking “Matcha” as a Zen ceremony. The concept of Zen is based on maintaining the order of the state of one’s mind and training to realize such state.​ Tea ceremonies arose as one of the methods to practice it, and greatly influenced Japanese life arts including architecture, gardening, drawing, cuisine, flower arrangement, calligraphy and serving dishes. The concept of Zen is deeply rooted in the Japanese people’s esthetics.

Return to the hotel for some free time late this afternoon. Dinner is by individual arrangement.
Overnight: New Miyako Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 08: Kyoto - Cultural Exploration 
Today you will have a unique opportunity to experience the community and culture of Kyoto as you spend the day with local people in the beautiful town of Miyama. Miyama-cho is well known for its hamlets where traditional farmhouses with thatched roofs still exist.  Visit Kayabuki-no Sato Folk Museum, a former residence that exhibits traditional tools and daily household items from past decades.

Join local artisans who will teach you the traditional art of straw craft and Mochitsuki. Mochi, also called a rice cake, is pounded sweet rice that can be eaten in a sweet or savory dish. This will be a hands-on experience that will allow you to truly connect with the Japanese people and local culture. 

Say goodbye as you reflect and share memories over a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. This will include a special Maiko experience.
Overnight:  New Miyako Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Return to Los Angeles, California
Say goodbye to Japan and all of your new friends and business colleagues! Your guide will accompany you to the local airport for your flight back to Los Angeles. Depending on the flight time  you will have some free time this morning with lunch on your own arrangement.

Meals: Breakfast

Professional Participants - As this Nanda Journey program is focused primarily on professional development, costs associated with your participation on the program may be tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. Consult with a tax professional to determine eligibility.

Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and hosting organizations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable meetings and activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.

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​​Leader Spotlight:  Dr. Nada Stotland

Dr. Nada Stotland is a former president of the American Psychiatric Association and the author or editor of seven books and more than 75 articles on women's health and medical ethics. She has won a number of awards, including the Francis Braceland and Alexandra Symonds awards from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the Lila Wallis Award from the American Medical Women's Association. As an invited speaker, she has addressed audiences in France, Colombia, Montreal, India, Germany, England, and Australia, as well as made appearances on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "Larry King Live," and Fox News. Her involvement in the mental health community includes:

  • Professor of Psychiatry, Rush Medical College
  • Director of the Psychiatric Consultation Service and Director of Psychiatric Education, The University of Chicago School of Medicine 
  • Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Illinois Masonic Medical Center
  • Medical Director of Mental Health Services, State of Illinois
  • President, Association of Women Psychiatrists
  • Board member, Mental Health America 

6.0-8.0 Continuing Medical Education Credits will be sought for this journey. ​ 

** This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Wilderness Medical Society and Nanda Journeys. The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. **

​What's Included

Mental Health Journey to Japan led by Dr. Nada Stotland

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Japan: Tokyo & Kyoto | 9 days |October 19-27, 2018 | $7,499

“The world is a big place. 

Learning first-hand about

mental health care in

widely differing countries

helps us to think outside

our local boxes and to

appreciate what can be

done with different sets of resources, policies, and attitudes.  That's the whole idea of Nanda Journeys. There is no way to organize a trip like this to Japan on one's own.  It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Come along.”

Through professional site visits and discussions, learn more about the current state of mental health services and policies in Japan. Meet with medical and mental health practitioners from a variety of settings in Tokyo, including local hospitals, schools and relevant medical societies. Learn about mental health policies, education and training as well as the establishment of ongoing communication and collaboration. Focus on the cultural beliefs and practices that affect the presentation and treatment of mental health problems; how professional and public opinion about mental health disorders have evolved; the role of psychoanalytic theory and tradition; and what local cultural beliefs and practices affect the presentation and treatment of mental health problems in this region. Explore the highlights of Tokyo & historical Kyoto, ride a bullet train, learn how to cook a local Japanese delicacy and attend a traditional tea ceremony. Mid October is when the beautiful fall colors start to show and is a wonderful time to visit Japan. Join us for a unique look behind the scenes into the mental health sector of Japan!

​6.0-8.0 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits will be sought for this journey


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