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Shinrin Yoku Association is dedicated to cultivating and endorsing Shinrin Yoku instruction that upholds exceptional quality, prioritizes safety, embraces accessibility, and advocates for fairness and inclusivity.

Shinrin Yoku Journal

The Shinrin Yoku Journal is a publication affiliated with the Shinrin Yoku Association, dedicated to advancing the knowledge and understanding of Shinrin Yoku, also known as forest bathing or forest therapy. It serves as a platform for researchers, practitioners, and enthusiasts to share their insights, research findings, and experiences related to Shinrin Yoku. The journal publishes articles, studies, and essays exploring various aspects of Shinrin Yoku, including its benefits for physical and mental health, its cultural and historical contexts, the science behind its effectiveness, and best practices for guiding and facilitating Shinrin Yoku experiences. By disseminating scholarly and practical knowledge, the Shinrin Yoku Journal aims to contribute to the growth and development of the field and promote the widespread adoption of Shinrin Yoku as a wellness practice.

Shinrin Yoku Journal Themes

Shinrin Yoku Journal:  is the journal of the Shinrin Yoku Association. Written by and for Shinrin Yoku guides, nature enthusiasts, and healing professionals, it aims to explore the multidimensional aspects of Shinrin Yoku and promote excellence in the practice of forest bathing, nature connection, etc.. The articles in the journal adopt a personalized and experiential approach, delving into both the scientific and philosophical dimensions of Shinrin Yoku. Each issue revolves around a specific theme, inviting manuscripts that align with the theme for priority consideration. Additionally, articles outside the theme are reviewed and may be included in future issues based on availability.

Published four times a years, the journal covers:

  1. The Science of Shinrin Yoku: Exploring the physiological, psychological, and cognitive effects of Shinrin Yoku and its mechanisms of action.
  2. Nature Connection and Well-being: Investigating the relationship between nature connection and human well-being, including mental, emotional, and physical health outcomes.
  3. Cultural Perspectives on Forest Bathing: Examining the cultural contexts, traditions, and historical practices of forest bathing in different regions and societies.
  4. Shinrin Yoku and Environmental Sustainability: Exploring the role of Shinrin Yoku in fostering environmental awareness, conservation efforts, and promoting sustainable lifestyles.
  5. Therapeutic Applications of Shinrin Yoku: Investigating the use of Shinrin Yoku as a therapeutic intervention in various settings, such as healthcare, mental health, and rehabilitation.
  6. Shinrin Yoku and Resilience: Exploring how Shinrin Yoku can contribute to building resilience and coping with stress, trauma, and adversity.
  7. Mindfulness and Nature: Examining the intersection of mindfulness practices and Shinrin Yoku, highlighting the benefits of combining mindfulness with nature immersion.
  8. Shinrin Yoku and Social Justice: Investigating how Shinrin Yoku can address disparities in access to nature-based experiences and promote inclusivity and equity.
  9. Shinrin Yoku and Urban Environments: Exploring the application of Shinrin Yoku practices in urban settings and the impact on urban dwellers’ well-being.
  10. Best Practices and Guidelines for Shinrin Yoku: Sharing practical insights, techniques, and guidelines for Shinrin Yoku practitioners and guides.



  • Manuscripts should be double-spaced, in 12-point font, and no longer than 4,000 words (approximately 16 to 18 pages).
  • Do not include the author’s name in the manuscript as all submissions undergo masked review by the Editorial Review Board.
  • Submit your manuscript via email as a Word document file to the journal:¬†
  • Use “Shinrin Yoku Journal” in the email’s subject line and provide the author’s name, title and degree, postal address, daytime phone number, manuscript title, and word count in the message.
  • Indicate the intended issue of the journal for your submission.


  • High-quality poetry relevant to the theme of a particular issue or the general field of nature connection, shinrin yoku, nature, land connection, etc. is welcome.
  • Short poems are published most frequently.

Book and Film Reviews:

  • Reviews should be about 500 to 750 words, or twice that length if expanding the material into a mini-article.

Visual Arts:

  • Submissions of photographs or artwork related to the central theme are accepted.
  • Electronic submissions in JPEG format are required.
  • Images are non-returnable, and the copyright must belong to the submitting artist.


  • By submitting materials to the Shinrin Yoku Journal (articles, poems, photos, or artwork), the author transfers and consents to the Shinrin Yoku Association, owning the copyright for the article.

Your Contribution

Contributing to the Shinrin Yoku Journal provides a range of benefits both personally and professionally, adding value to your journey in the world of Shinrin Yoku or ‘forest bathing’. Here’s what you can gain from contributing:

  1. Knowledge Sharing and Enhancement: Writing about your experiences, insights, and research related to Shinrin Yoku provides a platform to share your knowledge with a broader community. In turn, the process of writing can deepen your understanding of the subject matter and enhance your skills as a Shinrin Yoku practitioner or guide.

  2. Professional Exposure: Being published in the Shinrin Yoku Journal increases your visibility in the Shinrin Yoku community and beyond. It’s an excellent way to showcase your expertise, attract potential clients, or foster collaborations with other professionals in the field.

  3. Community Engagement: Your contributions can spark discussions and debates, fostering a sense of community. It’s a chance to engage with readers who may share your interests, challenge your ideas, or offer fresh perspectives.

  4. Personal Growth: Writing is a powerful tool for reflection. By articulating your thoughts, experiences, and insights related to Shinrin Yoku, you can gain a deeper understanding of your personal journey and growth within this practice.

  5. Advancement of the Field: By contributing to the body of knowledge around Shinrin Yoku, you are helping to advance the field. Your insights could inspire new research, inform practices, or simply raise awareness about the benefits and potential of Shinrin Yoku.

  6. Contributing to a Wider Cause: Sharing your experiences and knowledge in the Journal indirectly contributes to promoting the importance of nature connection in maintaining our health and well-being. You are essentially becoming part of a larger cause that advocates for a more balanced, healthier lifestyle connected with nature.

  7. Special Discounts: As a contributor, you’ll be eligible for a 30% discount on your annual subscription to the Shinrin Yoku Journal and your SYA membership. This discount serves as a token of our appreciation for your valuable contributions to the Shinrin Yoku community and Journal. In addition, a free copy of the issue with your contribution.

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