Sivananda Shojiko Retreat is a yoga retreat facility of “International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers”, and is located at the lakeside of Shojiko, one of the 5 lakes surrounding Mt. Fuji.
We offer daily yoga classes, 2 vegetarian meals, morning and evening satsang, and various courses for yoga beginners, yoga practitioners, and spiritual seekers. Teachers from around the world will come to offer special programs in the ideal environment close to the nature.
We are open all-year round except mid-winter (January-March). Please come visit us to experience healthy yogic lifestyle in the ashram settings.
Daily Schedule (excluding during special programs)
- 5:30 am………….Wake-up
- 6:00 am………….Satsang or walking meditation
- 8:00 am………….Yoga Class
- 10:00 am……….Vegetarian Brunch
- 11:30 am……….Karma Yoga
- 1:00 pm…………Workshop (optional)
- 4:00 pm…………Yoga Class
- 6:00 pm…………Dinner
- 7:30 pm…………Satsang
- 11:00 pm……….Lights Out
＊Guests and students are expected to follow the schedule as much as to their capacity.
＊Taking at least one asana class daily in the morning or in the afternoon is recommended. Please note that the second asana class is optional which is practiced with an audio CD.
＊There are many tourist spots including hot spring and trekking path around Shojiko Retreat. We will prepare a lunch box on your request instead of having lunch at the facility.
Upcoming Special Event
May 22nd-24th 3-day retreat with Swami Narayanananda, and Ganga Chaitanya. Theme of the program will be ” Basics of the meditation”. All classes are taught in English with Japanese translation. For more information, Please visit ” May 2019 program” page.
July 21st-24th We will be closed during this period.
Sivananda Shojiko Retreat Rules
- Try to participate morning and evening satsangs as much as possible.
- Participation in at least one asana class daily is required. The second asana class is optional.
- No meat, fish, non-prescription drugs, alcohol, tobacco, eggs, garlic or onions are allowed.
- No candles, incense, fire or matches to be used anywhere in the facility.
- No nudity. Modest dress is required at all times.
- Complete QUIET at meditation time, 6 am-6.30 am and 7:30 pm-8.00 pm. No walking around anywhere indoors or outdoors.
- No noise in house after satsang. Quiet throughout after 11pm.
- BATHROOMS are shared with other guests, so be considerate of time using bathroom, especially before morning meditation. Get up earlier if you prefer to shower in the morning.
- Throw nothing in TOILETS but moderate amount of toilet paper (no tampons). Keep bathrooms clean and remove personal items.
- KITCHEN and kitchen facilities are always off limits except for staff and assigned karma yogis.
- Hot water (in the electric kettle) and a jug of drinking water are available on the shelf in the living room. There are cups and teas on the bottom shelf. Please help yourself to the drinks.
- Wi-Fi is available. Please ask for the password.
- The land surrounding the retreat is private. Please note the limits of the facility grounds and take care not to walk on our neighbours’ property.
- KARMA YOGA duties are non-transferable.
- Please use only your designated room. You cannot change rooms without authorization.
- No personal possessions in community areas.
Sivananda Shojiko Retreat is a facility of Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers, which is a traditional yoga lineage. As a spiritual teaching, the focus is on personal development while minimizing the focus on external, physical appearance. To encourage an internal focus, we ask that the following dress code be followed by male and female students:
・Keep shoulders covered (no bare sleeveless tops or tank tops)
・Neck-lines need to cover the chest (no low cut tops)
・Wear loose, comfortable clothing for movement and proper breathing (no tight fitting clothes)
・Make sure tops are long enough to tuck into the trousers (no bare midriffs)
・Wear loose trousers (no tights)
・Knee-length shorts can be worn outside during karma yoga(selfless service), but please do not wear shorts during asana class or during satsang
Arrival and Departure
Check-in time 2:00PM
Check-out time 12:00PM
Time of arrival/departure is for the room preparation only. You are welcome to arrive/depart earlier or later.
Bedding, bath towel, face towel,body soap, shampoo, conditioner, and hair dryer. Please bring your own toiletries including toothbrush and sleeping wear. Yoga mat rental are available for free of charge. Please reserve in advance if you want to rent a yoga mat as teh
What to wear
Since Shojiko Retreat is located at the higher altitude, temperature is lower than Tokyo. Please bring warm clothes includes sleeping wear.
Dormitory room (4-5 people)………..7,000 JPY/night
Shared Twin bed room (2 people)…………..9,000 JPY/night
Single use of Twin bed room (1 person)……12,000 JPY/night
*There may be only dormitory price available during the special programs to accommodate more guests.
* We are open year round except mid. winter from January to March. Also, we will be closed from July 22nd to 24th.
Directions to Sivananda Shojiko Retreat
By public transportation
1.Take highway bus to “Kawaguchiko station”
There are many bus lines available from Kanto area as well as Kansai or even Kyushu area. A few direct buses from Narita or Haneda airport are also available. Please refer to the following links
2.After arriving at Kawaguchiko station, take local bus and get off at “Shoji” bus stop. You may take “Blue line” buses leaving from # 1 bus station or another local buses going to “Motosu lake” or “Shinfuji staion” which leave from #4 bus station.
For the timetable of local buses, please refer to the PDF timetable of Fujikyu bus co.
An article of how to take a local bus may be helpful for you. http://bus-en.fujikyu.co.jp/get-on-bus/
3.From the bus stop “Shoji”
Walk toward the restaurant ‘Kotobuki’ which is located next to the guesthouse ‘Murahamasou’. Pass the restaurant then turn to the left. Then turn to the left again after the facility with metal fence at the left. Go straight about 20m. You will find a two story building with red roof and yellow sign on the roof top on your right.
Tips for the local bus ride
- There are not frequent buses between Kawaguchiko station and Shoji bus stop. Please check bus schedule in advance.
- It costs 990 yen from Kawaguchiko station to Shoji bus stop. Please make sure you have enough change or a 1,000 yen bill in case larger bills are not accepted. Some buses accept IC cards such as SUICA and PASMO.
- If you stay with us one night only or you have a plan to visit tourist attractions such as Kawaguchiko or Saiko area the day after your arrival (or the day before your departure), there is a 2-day unlimited bus ride ticket available at ￥1,500. You may use this ticket for the Red line, Green line and Blue line route only. Ticket is available at the “Sight seeing Bus Ticket Counter” right in front of Kawaguchiko station.
- It takes about 40 minutes from Kawaguchiko to Shoji. Buses tend to be delayed so please wait patiently.
- Please make sure that you get off at the “Shoji” bus stop, NOT “Shojiko Iriguchi (entrance)”, which is far from our place.
- Be careful not to miss the last local bus (Leaving Kawaguchiko Station at 18:08). It will cost about 7,000 JPY to reach the Shojiko Retreat by taxi.
From Chubu or Kansai area
You may take Shinkansen to “Shinfuji station” and take local bus bound to Mt. Fuji station then get off at “Shoji” bus stop. It will take about 90 min. from “Shinfuji station” to “Shoji”.Please find the link to the time table.
・Tomei Highway (from Tokyo area):Exit at Gotenba IC and take Route 138 towards Kawaguchiko (Lake Kawaguchi). Turn right at the traffic light ‘Akaike’ towards Shojiko (Lake Shoji).
・Shin Tomei Highway(from Nagoya area):Exit at Shin Fuji IC and take Route 139 towards Kawaguchiko. Turn left at the traffic light ‘Akaike’ towards Shojiko.
・Chuo Highway: Exit at Kawaguchiko IC and take Route 139 towards Motosuko (Lake Motosu). Turn right at the traffic light ‘Akaike’ towards Shojiko (Lake Shoji).Turn right at the corner of a restaurant ‘Kotobuki’, which is located along the Lake Shoji. Then,go straight and turn left before a tunnel ahead of you. As you move forward, the two- story Retreat with red roof is on your right.
Please inform us of your arrival by car in advance since the parking space is limited.
There tends to be much traffic on the road between Kawaguchiko IC and Shojiko during holiday seasons like ‘golden week’ and a cherry blossom festival. We suggest to take an alternative direction to avoid the traffic.
How to make reservation
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If you have any question about us, please use following form
Sivananda Shojiko Retreat
Address: 789 Shoji, Fujikawaguchiko-Machi, Minamitsuru-Gun, Yamanashi-Ken, Japan 401-0336
Email: shojiko＊sivananda.jp (Please change ＊into @)