with Govinda Kai,

Kyoto, Japan.

may 24th – may 31st, 2019

7 Nights / 8 Days

Retreat Fees: 

Non-Accommodation ; $ 1350

Shared Double Room ; $ 1650

Private Single Room ; $ 2050

Revel in the calming energy of Yoga in the peaceful and beautiful cultural city of Kyoto. Offering a chance to experience Yoga practice in Dai Hon Zan Myo Shinji, a temple previously used by Buddhist monks. A place of culture, tradition, lovely zen gardens and enveloped by an aura of stillness. Look forward to morning Ashtanga Yoga sessions, Yoga Meditation Chanting Lecture and Kirtan, Hot Spring Bath, connecting and sharing. The composed ambiance of Kyoto, paired with the knowledge and experience of well known Ashtanga Yoga teacher Govinda Kai, this retreat is an opportunity not be missed.


Imagine staying in a Temple, doing Yoga in a holistic place where entry is not easy. This is a place locates in the heart of Kyoto, in between Temples and Zen Gardens. This Hotel used to be for Buddhist Monks however now it is open for special groups. Now you can also experience to be there in the traditional place where you can meet with a great master, Yoga Teacher Govinda Kai. You would fall in love with this special retreat.

Timed the retreat to coincide with the stunning colors of spring in the countryside.

The best time to enjoy the hot healing waters of a natural hot spring (onsen) as well as you can anytime go for long walks in the Zen Garden of the Temples. This Retreat will change you completely.


It is a traditional Japanese temple hotel called Dai Hon Zan Myo Shinji.Within the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism.  Myoshinji is the head temple of the Myoshinji school with over 3000 affiliated temples and calls itself the largest of all Zen temples. Myoshinji was founded in 1337 when an abdicated emperor had an imperial villa converted into a Zen temple. Daishinin Temple is the smallest of the four sub-temples but has an attractive rock garden and beautiful rooms.

All the rooms are shared rooms. Beds are Japanese style on the floor.  The room is large

and is equipped with air-conditioning and a kotatsu heater and Bathroom are all shared. The building is made of timber and allows you to feel that you are really staying in a temple.


All meals are Japanese and vegetarian. For the breakfast and dinner mainly eggs, rice cooked in gas rice-cooker, the boil vegetables seasoned with sesame and the bouncy gluten, soups etc.



  • 7 Nights accommodation at the old Temple Hotel

  • Traditional Japanese Breakfast and Dinner (Vegetarian)

  • 6 Morning Yoga Classes at Japanese Style Shala(Yoga Room) by Govinda Kai

  • 5 Afternoon Lecture and Kirtan by Govinda Kai

  • Japanese Green Tea (Available all day)

  • Evening Heated/Hot Bath at the Hotel

  • All the guidance you need.


  • Travel costs, airfare transport to/from hotel

Temple’s Rules:

Curfew (closing time) 9:30 PM – Temple Main Gates close earlier.

Bath time 5:00 PM – 9:30 PM – Women and Men Bath are separated. Heated Bath is available in the evenings. However, you can take a shower at any time in the shared Bathroom at the Temple

Lights out time 11:00 PM

WiFi/LAN available

Ashtanga retreat in Kyoto was true and authentic. The temple was a unique location, well thought, a very very simple and purist surrounding but in the same way just beautiful. I appreciate the nearness of Govinda who is for me one of the most authentic Ashtanga yoga teachers. I just loved to be there with him and listen to his talks, his chants. Thank you.
— Albertina Albert, Hungary

Sample Program

6 am to 8 am - Yoga Asana (Ashtanga Yoga )

9 am to 10 am - Breakfast

4 pm to 6 pm Chanting/Lecture/Kirtan (5 times )

7 pm to 8 pm Dinner

*Some days for sightseeing. Sight-seeing will be arranged and if you are coming to Japan alone, afraid of being a stranger, you won't be….

*Govinda will start to teach from the date of 25th of May. You can check-in the hotel from 24th of May. You will have some time for settling in.

*Begüm will be the assistant of Govinda. She will be there for anything guests need.


The closest airport is Osaka International Airport where direct flights from many countries. From Osaka airport, shuttle bus service is available to Kyoto station.

(it takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes) From Kyoto station, you can either reach to the temple by train or by taxi. Myoshinji is a ten-minute walk from JR Hanazano Station and just 5 minutes from Keifuku train line’s Myoshinji Station.

You could also take a Kyoto bus #59 or #10 to Myoshinji-mae bus stop. Taxi pick-up service could be arranged for you as well.

Contact us for more info how to get/from.


Kyoto, once the capital of Japan, is a city on the island of Honshu. It’s famous for its numerous classical Buddhist temples, as well as gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses. It’s also known for formal traditions such as kaiseki dining, consisting of multiple courses of precise dishes, and geisha, female entertainers often found in the Gion district.


The Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a style of yoga codified and popularized by K. Pattabhi Jois during the 20th century which is often promoted as a modern-day form of classical Indian yoga. Ashtanga means eight limbs or branches, of which asana or physical yoga posture is merely one branch, breath or pranayama is another.

Prepare to sweat as you briskly move through a set sequence. All-Levels are welcome!


Govinda Kai has been involved in Martial Arts, meditative disciplines, and yoga for over 20 years. He spent two years studying Tibetan Buddhism under the tutelage of Sogyal Rinpoche (Author of ‘The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying’), and also studied Aikido with some of the foremost instructors in the world.

He is one of the few teachers in the world who received Certification to teach the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga system directly by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. His quest for truth and purity in the more essential parts of his self and life has taken him all over the world. With over 15 years of experience teaching yoga, Govinda Kai has worked with many students in Asia, America, and Europe, bringing his passion for the spiritual life and for deep transformation into his classes and workshops. Govinda’s teachings will bring real experiences of celebrating the truly profound possibilities of yoga and spiritual practice.


Please email your interest to Begüm ( ). You will then receive a registration form to complete and details regarding the transfer of deposit. A non-refundable deposit of $400 is required to secure your booking. The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival. Upon registration, you will be sent more info about getting to and around Kyoto, taxi pick-up from the airport, what to bring etc.