Now I know I am into different therapeutic experiences but I have not heard of Forest Bathing and not sure if I would actually want to do it, imaging all the creepy crawlies, what do you think?
Information provided by Kyoto Travel
The Japanese art of Forest Bathing, known as shinrin-yoku, brings a new level to the phrase “a walk in the woods”. A eco-therapeutic experience, shinrin-yoku is the perfect way to de-stress and connect with nature.
Studies in Japan have shown that connecting with the sights, sounds and scents of the forest helps to reduce stress, depression and sleeplessness and improve pulse rate, blood pressure and immune function. After a soak in the woods, bathers are left with an increase in energy flow and a greater sense of happiness.
The spiritual home of shinrin-yoku in Japan is Kyoto, where guided immersive experiences include hidden trails and technical workshops to help the visitor fully engage with and benefit from the concept of Forest Bathing.
Three of the ‘must visit’ eco hotspots to explore deep wood therapy in Kyoto are:
The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
Soaring bamboo stalks create an almost ‘out of this world’ experience, offering a mystical location to escape and recharge. The forest is accessed directly from the main street of Arashiyama, a little to the north of the entrance to Tenryu-ji Temple.
These are actually three different shrines located on a hillside in the mountains north of Kyoto. Each shrine has its own special appeal, but forest bathers are called to the middle shrine surrounded by ancient towering cedar trees. The mountainous air and nearby stream, famous for its pure water, provides a delight for the senses and a calming spot for rejuvenation.
Japanese cedars and cypresses create an air of serenity, with mountain views peeping through. A tranquil woodland to soak in, Keihoku is just outside of Kyoto city and well worth the travel.
Further information can be found on the official Kyoto city travel guide website