Our Japan Quilting & Textile tour is a gateway to the tradition that lies at the heart of Japan’s fiber-art heritage. In Tokyo, delight in shopping trips to several locations, including Sunday Antique Market, the Blue and White Shop, and Nippori Fabric Town.
Then travel to Kawaguchi Lake, Kyoto, and Arimatsu. On this leg of the tour, an en route stop at the Itchiku Kubota Museum provides a view of the Kubota Kimono Collection and majestic Mt. Fuji. Hands-on workshops introduce you to Shibori at the Arimatsu-Narumi Shibori Museum and to Roketsu dyeing and Yuzen Painting in Kyoto studios.
Additional venues include the Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, Orinasukan Handmade Fabrics Museum and Nomura Tailor, a treasure trove of fabrics, notions, and tools.
Cultural sites round out the tour’s itinerary. Sites include the Sumida Hokusai Museum, the Fushimi Inari Shrine with its thousands of orange torri gates and the Gion District, a Geisha quarter in Kyoto. Plus, feast in food markets on this immersive 11-day journey.
The tour starts at Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo on Day 1 Monday October 31, and finishes after breakfast at the Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Umekoji on Day 10, Wednesday November 9. Please contact us to arrange your arrival and departure transfers.
Day 1 Mon Oct 31 Arrive Tokyo
Welcome to Japan. On arrival, shared transfer takes you to the hotel for check-in. Enjoy a group get-together drink tonight.
Day 2 Tue Nov 1 Tokyo
After breakfast visit the historical Edo Museum before heading to visit the Sumida Hokusai Museum, dedicated to the ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai. His most well-known works include The Great Wave off Kanagawa and Red Fuji. Explore Asakusa market and the famous Sensoji Temple. Enjoy a visit to the beautiful Imperial Palace East Garden before a welcome dinner tonight. (B, D)
Day 3 Wed Nov 2 Tokyo-Yokahama
This morning, before heading to Nippori Fabric Town, home to nearly 100 shops carrying all sorts of fabric and notions, we take part in a Furoshiki class at Tokyo Karakusa. Then visit the famous Blue & White shop which houses artisan ceramics, designer clothing, traditional textiles, fun jewelry, collectibles, and gifts. Visit the world-famous quilter Yoko Saito’s retail shop Quilt Party before travelling to Yokahama for overnight. (B)
Day 4 Thu Nov 3 Yokohama
Today we’ll attend the World Quilt Festival at Yokohama. (B)
Day 5 Fri Nov 4 Yokohama-Kawaguchi Lake
This morning, we have another opportunity to visit the Yokohama Quilt Show. In the afternoon, we are on our way by coach to Kawaguchi Lake with a stop at the beautiful Itchiku Kubota Museum to see the stunning Kubota Kimono Collection. This evening, enjoy the view of Mt Fuji from our onsen hotel. (B, D)
Day 6 Sat Nov 5 Kawaguchi Lake-Kyoto
Bid farewell to Kawaguchi Lake. Visit Fujisan World Heritage Centre on the way to Odawara for train to Kyoto. Arrive in Kyoto, visit Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design (formerly the Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan). Familiarize yourself with the techniques and history of local handicrafts, and admire exhibits covering dozens of categories and over 500 samples of traditional crafts. Check in at our hotel. (B)
Day 7 Sun Nov 6 Kyoto
This morning visit Yoshiko Jinzenji’s studio. Yoshiko Jinzenji is one of the foremost quilt artists in the world. In the studio we’ll be able to view a variety of her finished quilts and homeware pieces and yardage with her printed designs. Later, participate in a Roketsu dyeing workshop using a traditional wax-resist dyeing method. Then visit the spectacular Kinkakuji Temple, known as the Golden Pavilion, and Japan’s most famous rock garden and a UNESCO World Heritage site, Ryoanji Temple. (B)
Day 8 Mon Nov 7 Kyoto-Arimatsu-Kyoto
Travel by coach to Arimatsu – the center of Shibori dyeing dating back to the early 17th century. Visit the Arimatsu-Narumi Shibori Museum and participate in a Shibori workshop. Explore the town before travelling back to Kyoto. (B)
Day 9 Tue Nov 8 Kyoto
This morning 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. Meet the famous deer at Nara Park before creating your own masterpiece in the Yuzen painting workshop. Before returning to our hotel, we visit the iconic Nomura Tailor and end our day with a walk through Kyoto’s best known Geisha quarter – Gion District. Enjoy a farewell dinner tonight. (B D)
Day 10 Wed Nov 9 Depart Kyoto
Our tour ends after breakfast. Limousine bus takes you to the airport for your onward flight. (B)
Janet McDonald began quilting in 2011 when a friend gave her a copy of Roberta Horton’s book An Amish Adventure. She enjoys all aspects of quilting, even binding, and loves to learn new techniques. She hand quilts with Dorcas Quilters in San Francisco on Wednesdays and works part-time at New Pieces Quilt Shop in Berkeley. She so much enjoyed her trip to Japan in 2019 that she has begun exploring some of the things that inspired her including shibori, dyeing with indigo and kakishibu (persimmon), and sashiko and kogin (counted sashiko). Outside of the quilting world she still works part-time in her profession as a librarian.
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