HEART & SOUL
Featuring the weeping statue of "Our Lady of Akita"
In 1973, in the small town of Akita in northern Japan, mysterious events of a supernatural nature occurred. Sr. Agnes Sasagawa received messages coming from a wooden statue of the Blessed Mother and shortly afterwards experienced bleeding on both of her hands which also occurred on the wooden statue of our Lady.
Then, from January 4, 1975 to September 15, 1981 the wooden statue of Akita wept human tears for 101 times.
Day 1: Departure Day (B,D)
We board our transatlantic flight to Narita airport. Dinner and breakfast served in flight.
Day 2: Tokyo (D)
Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure. Tonight get acquainted with the rest of the group members over dinner.
Day 3: Tokyo (B,D)
After breakfast we enjoy a sightseeing tour including Tokyo Tower, the Imperial Palace, Asakusa Temple, Tokyo`s oldest Buddhist temple, and the Ginza District, renowned for its excellent shopping. Dinner at a typical Japanese restaurant.
Day 4: Tokyo – Akita (B,D)
We depart the cosmopolitan city of Tokyo and head for the small town of Akita located in the northeastern part of Japan. Our high-speed bullet train takes us through a lush countryside of many rice fields. We wonder at the apparent synthesis of East meets West. Upon arrival in Akita we get a warm welcome by the Sisters of the Handmaids of the Holy Eucharist . We check–in at the convent for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Akita (B,L,D)
Our day is devoted to visiting `SEITAI HOSHIKAI` featuring the wooden statue of Our Lady that wept human tears 101 times between 1975 and 1981, its oriental style church, and the Chapel where the apparitions happened. You`ll have time to visit the beautiful Japanese gardens next to the church to do some meditations and possibly follow the stations of the Cross, all located on the same property. Use this inspirational day for reflection on the messages of the Holy Mother. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served by the Sisters.
Day 6: Akita – Kyoto (B)
After mass and a good-bye to the Sisters we are on our way to the once imperial city of Kyoto which was moved to Tokyo in 1868. Today Kyoto is Japan’s seventh largest city with a population of over one million people and the only city spared from the bombs of World War ll. Check-in our hotel and overnight.
Day 7: Kyoto (B)
Our morning sightseeing includes the Kyoto Imperial Palace, seat of the imperial family from 1331 to 1868, and the Heian Shrine, Kyoto’s most famous built in commemoration of the 1100th anniversary of the founding of the city. It also deifies two of Japan’s emperors. The afternoon is free to shop at Kyoto’s craft center & tonight you might want to explore Gion, Kyoto’s fascinating pleasure district enjoying the sight of heavily made-up Geishas dressed in traditional kimonos.
Day 8: Kyoto – Hiroshima – Nagasaki (B,D)
Our bullet train takes us to Hiroshima where (if time permits) we commemorate the innocent victims of the A Bomb in Peace Memorial Park. Later we are on our way to the southern port town of Nagasaki. Dinner and overnight.
Day 9: Nagasaki (B,D)
Nagasaki, one of Japan’s most liberal cities, can pride itself with a lively harbour. In fact, Nagasaki used to be the only link to other cultures and the rest of the world during Japan’s 200 years of isolation. In 1571 it became a port of call for Portuguese and Dutch ships. St. Francis Xavier and other missionaries found many converts here. In 1587 the shogun banned Christianity. We visit Nishizaka Hill where in 1597 twenty Japanese and six foreign Christians were crucified. In 1862 the 26 martyrs were sainted by the pope. Our sightseeing includes Oura Catholic Church, built by French missionaries in 1864, Glover Garden, and Hollander Slope. Dinner and overnight.
Day 10: Nagasaki – Tokyo (B,D)
We board our high-speed bullet rain to head back to Tokyo. Tonight we enjoy a special fare-well dinner.
Day 11: Return Flight*
Time has come to say “sayonara” as we transfer to the airport for our flight back home.
*Optional: 4-day extension to Pusan and Seoul, Korea (add $695)
Tour #700 — 11 Days
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