Date: January 25 - February 4, 2021 
Duration: 11 Days
Tour leader: Kimberly Einmo


Price per person:
Twin share: $4,995
Single room: $5,725
Deposit: $500

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  • Tour Highlights:

    • 11-day tour of Japan, focusing on textiles, culture and lifestyle
    • Explore the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 
    • Hands on experiences to explore traditional Japanese textile techniques
    • See Museum collections of Japan’s finest crafts, including the famous Kubota Kimono Collection
    • Visit Tokyo and Kyoto’s textile centers with hundreds of fabric shops
    • Tour of Janome factory in Tokyo, and enjoy a workshop on site
    • Enjoy a night at an Onsen hotel with views of iconic Mount Fuji
    • Be inspired by Japan’s gardens, markets, shrines, and sights of cultural significance
  • Day 1 - Mon Jan 25   Arrive Tokyo
    On arrival shared transfer takes you to the hotel in Tokyo for check-in.

    Day 2 - Tue Jan 26   Tokyo
    After breakfast we’ll travel by coach and take a stroll through the beautiful Imperial Palace East Garden. We’ll wander through the busy Asakusa district and visit the Senso-ji Temple. After lunch, we will visit the historic Nippori Fabric Town, home to nearly 100 shops carrying all sorts of fabric and notions.  We’ll make a stop at Tokyu Hands Shop. This evening we will share a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (B, L, D)

    Day 3 - Wed Jan 27   Tokyo
    Today we will visit Janome Sewing Machine Company for a tour. Then enjoy a ½ day workshop led by Kimberly Einmo, Janome’s National Spokesperson. (B)

    Day 4 - Thu Jan 28   Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival
    Today and tomorrow you will have full day pass to the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival at the Tokyo Dome adjacent to our hotel. This world famous show includes wonderful quilts and special exhibits from around the world as well as a variety of demonstrations and unique shopping opportunities. (B)

    Day 5 - Fri Jan 29    Tokyo
    Enjoy another day at Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival. (B)

    Day 6 - Sat Jan 30   Tokyo-Kawaguchi Lake
    Today we will travel by coach to Kawaguchi Lake with a stop at the beautiful Itchiku 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. This evening we’ll enjoy the view from our Onsen Hotel. (B, D) 

    Day 7 - Sun Jan 31   Kawaguchi Lake-Mishima-Kyoto
    After breakfast, we’ll be catching coach and train to Kyoto where we will have an afternoon at leisure. (B)

    Day 8 - Mon Feb 01   Kyoto-Arimatsu-Kyoto
    Following breakfast, we travel by Bullet Train 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. Explore the town before returning to Kyoto. (B)

    Day 9 - Tue Feb 02   Kyoto
    This morning we’ll travel by coach to the spectacular Kinkakuji Temple, known as the Golden Pavilion. Later, we will be participating in a Rocketsu dyeing workshop using a traditional wax-resist dyeing method.  In the afternoon, we visit the intriguing Fushimi Inari Shrine. The magical, seemingly unending path of over 5000 vibrant orange torii gates that wind through the hills behind Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine makes it one of the most popular shrines in Japan. (B)

    Day 10 - Wed Feb 03   Kyoto
    After breakfast today, we’ll travel by coach to visit the Kyoto studio of world famous Quilt artist, Yoshiko Jinzenji. We’ll then stop at Kyoto’s Kitchen – Nishiki Food Market and browse through the shops at the Shinkyogoku Shopping Street, visiting the 400 year old Misuyabari Needle Store and the iconic Nomura Tailor, filled with 3 floors of everything for last-minute fabric shopping. In the afternoon we visit the Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Freaikan, which houses beautiful representative works of many of Japan’s finest crafts.  We’ll end our day with a walk through Kyoto’s best known Geisha quarter – Gion District. This evening we will share our farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)

    Day 11 - Thu Feb 04   Depart Kyoto
    Our tour ends after breakfast. Limousine bus takes you to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

  • Dates:  January 25 - February 4, 2021

    Price per person:  

    Twin share:  $4,995
    Single room: $5,725


    • Arrival/departure transfers
    • Transportation in Japan including trains and chartered coaches
    • 10 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 (except at Tokyo International Quilt Show)

    Not included:

    • International airfares from US 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.

    The dates for the Tokyo International Quilt Festival 2021 have not been finalized, and this tour's dates are subject to change. Please contact us before booking your international flight.



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    The Tokyo Dome Hotel
    Located in Korakuen, this hotel is steps away from Korakuen Hall and Tokyo Dome. Koishikawa Botanical Garden and La Qua Tokyo Dome City are also within 10 minutes.

    Hotel facilities:

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

    Rooms amenities
    All 1006 rooms offer free WiFi, minibars and flat-screen televisions. Guests will also find room service (during limited hours), free newspapers and hairdryers.


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    Fuji Premium Resort
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    Hotel Facilities:

    • Free parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Spa
    • Restaurant
    • Laundromat

    Room amenities
    Fuji Premium Resort offers 100 forms of accommodation with complimentary slippers and a hairdryer. This Fujikawaguchiko hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Bathrooms include toilets with an electronic bidet and complimentary toiletries. Housekeeping is offered on a daily basis and in-room massages can be requested.


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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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