Date: May 27 - June 6 2019
Duration: 11 Days
With: Carol Ziogas


Price per person:
Twin share: $4,545
Single room: $5,430
Deposit: $500 (Tour booking closed)

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  • Exploring the rich tradition of Japanese textile design is a dream many only imagine pursuing. Why wait? Join us on a cultural exploration starting with the big city splendor of Tokyo, south to seaport Yokohama, west to beautiful Kawaguchico Lake, up into the mountains and remote Takayama, and finally, south to the ancient capital of Japan, Kyoto.
    Along the way we will visit quilt shows, castles, museums, and markets, try your hand at shibori dyeing, sample fresh and flavorful local cuisines, wander through centuries-old villages, and meet fellow quilters.


    • From the modern hustle and bustle of Nippori, Tokyo's famous "textile town" to the quiet, classical serenity of the Ichiku Kubota kimono museum in the Kawaguchico Lake region, let us guide you through Japan's fascinating textile culture.
    • Bring your walking shoes and a good appetite! Wander the streets of Old Town Takayama and visit shops filled with handcrafted gifts, delicious treats, and beautiful sashiko crafts.
    • Take a dip in the indigo at the shibori museum in Arimatsu, and explore the grand temples and neighborhood shrines of Kyoto
  • Day 1 May 27    Mon    Arrive Tokyo
    On arrival in Tokyo, shared transferred to your hotel in Tokyo for check-in.

    Day 2 May 28    Tue    Tokyo (B L D)
    After breakfast we’ll travel by coach and take a stroll through the beautiful Imperial Palace East Garden. We’ll have lunch and wander through the busy Asakusa district and visit the Senso-ji Temple. This evening we will share a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

    Day 3 May 29    Wed    Tokyo (B)
    In the morning you will attend the Quilt Exhibition at one of the boutique hotels in Tokyo. The Exhibition is housed in the historic "Hundred Stairs" portion of the hotel, recognized as a Tokyo Metropolitan Tangible Cultural Property. Each room features hand painted screens, ceilings, and beautifully carved wood decorations. You will be asked to remove your shoes to walk through this exhibit, so bring comfortable socks! In the afternoon, we’ll make a final stop at the historic Nippori Fabric Town, home to nearly 100 shops carrying all sorts of fabric and notions. 

    Day 4 May 30    Thu    Tokyo-Yokohama-Tokyo (B)
    Attend Quilt show in Yokohoma. 
    Smaller in scale than the Tokyo show, this event still draws quite a crowd. View quilts from internationally-award winning artists and shop for goodies in the vendor mall.

    Day 5 May 31 Fri     Tokyo-Kawaguchiko Lake (B D)
    Today we will travel by coach to Kawaguchico Lake with a stop at the beautiful Itchuku Kubota Museum to see the stunning Kubota Kimono Collection. We’ll also make a stop at the Muse Museum, home of the captivating dolls created by Yuki Atae. Along the way, we’ll take a ride on the Kachikachi Ropeway featuring panoramic views of Mount Fuji and this evening we’ll enjoy the view from our Onsen Hotel. (B D)

    Day 6 June 1 Sat     Kawaguchiko Lake-Matsumoto-Takayama (B D)
    En route to Takayama we stop at Matsumoto Castle with a history dating over four hundred years. Japan’s castles were more like fortes than residences. Matsumoto, with black wainscoting, is one of Japan’s few remaining, beautiful castles.
    Enjoy a Hida beef dinner.

    Day 7 June 2 Sun     Takayama (B)
    Work off your breakfast with a walking tour through the morning market, Takayama Old Town, the Kusakabe Folkcraft Museum, and Takayama Jinya. Many of the old town streets, perfect for browsing, date from the Edo Period. Later visit the striking Takayama Museum of History & Art (1977). Home to late 19th Century glass and furniture collections in European Art Nouveau and Art Deco style, it has views over the Northern Alps and city.

    Day 8 June 3 Mon     Takayama-Nagoya-Kyoto ( B D)
    After breakfast, we’ll be catching the train to Nagoya and travelling on by coach to Arimatsu – the center of Shibori dyeing dating back to the early 17th century. We’ll visit the Narumi Tie-Dyeing Museum and participate in a Shibori-dyeing workshop. Later we will travel by train to Kyoto.

    Day 9 June 4 Tue     Kyoto (B)
    This morning we’ll travel by coach to Hiedaira to visit the Kyoto studio of world famous Quilt artist, Yoshiko Jinzenji. This afternoon we will be participating in a Rocketsu dyeing workshop using a traditional wax-resist dyeing method.  We’ll end our day with a walk through Kyoto’s best known Geisha quarter – Gion District.

    Day 10 June 5 Wed     Kyoto (B D)
    Our final day of touring, we’ll travel by coach to the spectacular Kinkakuji Temple, known as the Golden Pavilion. We’ll visit the 400+ year old Nishiki Food Market and the iconic Nomura Tailor, filled with 3 floors of everything for last-minute fabric shopping. We’ll make a stop to browse through the shops at the Shinkyogoku Shopping Street and visit the 400 year old Misuyabari Needle Store. Our final stop will be Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts.  Commonly known as the Fureaikan, the museum is a great place to learn about Kyoto’s incredible traditional crafts. All the main industries are featured here: lacquerware, textiles, woodworking, metalwork, basketry etc. This evening we will share our farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

    Day 11 June 6 Thu Depart     Kyoto (B D)
    Our tour ends after breakfast. Group transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

  • Dates:  May 27 - June 6 2019

    Price per person:            

    Twin share:  $4545
    Single room: $5430


    • Transportation in Japan including trains and chartered coaches
    • arrival/departure transfers
    • 9 nights twin-share accommodation at well-appointed hotels with breakfast daily
    • Meals, workshops, and entrance fees as stated in the itinerary
    • an English-speaking guide throughout the trip in Japan

    Not included:

    • International airfares to Japan
    • travel insurance
    • porterage at hotels
    • personal expenses
    • gratuities and anything not mentioned.

    Hotel Rooms in Japan: Please note that there are limited ‘double-bedded’ rooms available in most Japanese hotels. Most rooms for two persons are ‘twin-bedded’. Most hotels in Japan have single rooms which are smaller rooms with a single bed and private facilities. The single supplement is based on a single room. If you wish to have more space we offer a single supplement for a double room for sole use, additional cost will apply please contact us. 

    Fitness level - Moderate
    Tour participants will need to carry their own luggage, board a bus unaided, walk a mile, and navigate uneven surfaces including stairs.


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    Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo
    Located in Shinjuku’s Skyscraper District just a 5-minute walk from Shinjuku Train Station, Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo offers sweeping views of Shinjuku and 21 dining options.

    Hotel facilities:

    • Free WiFi
    • Restaurant
    • Fitness Center
    • Business centre
    • Laundry facilities
    • 24/7 Desk

    Rooms amenities
    The comfortable rooms offer panoramic views of the Shinjuku skyline, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, minibar and electric kettle, hairdryer.


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    Hotel Mifujien 
    Situated in the peaceful Mt. Fuji area, Hotel Mifujien features Japanese-style accommodations. The hotel has spacious indoor and outdoor Onsen (hot spring bath).

    Hotel Facilities:

    • Free parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Restaurant
    • Business centre

    Room amenities
    All rooms boast spring water baths, and offer fridges and televisions. Separate bathtubs and showers, coffee/tea makers and free bottled water are among the other amenities available to guests.


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    Takayama Ouan
    The Takayama Ouan Hotel boasts a convenient location with modern amenities in every guestroom and superb service. The hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Takumikan Craft Museum, Miyagawa Morning Market, and Hida Minzoku Mura Folk Village. Takayama Jinya and Takayama Tourist Information Center are also within 15 minutes.

    Hotel Facilities:

    • Private parking available
    • Free WiFi in lobby
    • Spa tub & hot springs
    • Restaurant
    • Washing machine

    Room amenities
    All rooms offer free wired Internet, refrigerators, and flat-screen TVs with digital channels. Other amenities available to guests include hair dryers, safes, and showers.


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    Hotel Granvia Kyoto
    Located in the heart of Kyoto, this luxury hotel is steps from Mt. Hiei and Kyoto Tower. Higashi Honganji Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple are also within 1 mile (2 km).

    Hotel Facilities:

    • Free WiFi
    • Restaurant
    • Swimming pool
    • Business centre
    • Laundry facilities

    Room amenities
    All 537 rooms offer free WiFi and free wired Internet, flat-screen TVs with cable channels, and comforts such as premium bedding and down comforters. Guests will also find fridges, minibars and room service (during limited hours).

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