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Japan Quilting & Textile Tour with Susan Cleveland

Japan Quilting and Textile Tour with Susan Cleveland

17 April 2023

10 Days


per person, twin share (land tour only).
$1,095 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.


Tour Leader

Susan Cleveland

Tour Info



Map Japan Quilting Tour Susan ClevelandOur Japan Quilting & Textile tour is a gateway to the tradition that lies at the heart of Japan’s fiber-art heritage.

Start our tour in Tokyo, the capital city of Japan and enjoy shopping trips to retail sites such as the Blue and White Shop and Nippori Fabric Town. Travel to Kawaguchi Lake. On this leg of the tour, an en route stop at the Itchiku Kubota Museum provides a view of the Kubota Kimono Collection. Attend the Fuji Shibazakura Festival, one of the best and most popular occasions nationwide to see shibazakura (pink moss or phlox moss) and majestic Mt. Fuji.

Hands-on workshops introduce you to Shibori at the Narumi Shibori Museum and to Roketsu dyeing in Kyoto studios. Additional venues include the Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design and Nomura Tailor, a treasure trove of fabrics, notions, and tools.

Cultural sites round out the tour’s itinerary. Sites include 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 and make your own sushi on this immersive 10-day journey.



  • 10-day tour in Japan, escorted by a quilter, focusing on textiles, quilts, culture and lifestyle
  • Hands on experiences to explore traditional Japanese textile techniques & workshops
    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
  • Enjoy a night at an onsen hotel with views of iconic Mt Fuji
  • Be inspired by Japan’s gardens, markets, shrines, and sights of cultural significance

Detailed Itinerary

Japan Quilting and Textile Tour with Susan Cleveland


The tour begins at 6.00 pm at Keio Plaza Hotel in Tokyo, on Day 1, Monday April 17. The tour concludes at after breakfast at Hotel Granvia in Kyoto, on Day 10, Wednesday April 26.
Please contact us to arrange your arrival and departure transfers between hotel and airport.




Day 1   Mon Apr 17           Arrive Tokyo

Arrive in Tokyo and transfer to hotel for check in.

Day 2    Tue Apr 18            Tokyo

After breakfast visit the Tokyo National Museum, one of the oldest and largest of Japan's top-level national museums. Stroll through the traditional Koishikawa Korakuen Garden and explore Asakusa market and the famous Sensoji Temple. Also visit Japan Traditional Crafts Aoyama Square where you can find some special souvenir. (B)

Day 3    Wed Apr 19          Tokyo

Take a day excursion to Mashiko where we visit the famous Higeta Indigo-Dying Studio. Master craftsman Higeta Tadashi is a 9th generation indigo dyer and weaver. Mashiko is also a site of major historical importance for Japanese ceramics. Today we will visit Tougei pottery studio before returning to Tokyo. Visit Ozu Washi that offers a wide range of the finest traditional Japanese washi paper before returning to our hotel. (B)

Day 4    Thu Apr 20            Tokyo

Morning visit to the historic Nippori Fabric Town, home to nearly 100 shops carrying all sorts of fabric and notions. Then visit Quilt Party, owned by the world-famous quilter Yoko Saito, specializing in quilting, fabric, and patchwork materials needed for any craft project. We make a stop at Amy Katoh’s special shop - Blue and White, which houses artisan ceramics, designer clothing, traditional textiles, fun jewelry, collectibles, and gifts. Stop at Okadaya Shinjuku Honten, one of the best places for craft supplies in Tokyo. (B)

Day 5    Fri Apr 21              Tokyo-Hinohara-Kawaguchiko

Travel by coach to Kawaguchi Lake with a stop at Akie Ginza’s remarkable Sashiko Museum in the small village of Hinohara. The museum is filled with her sashiko work, apparel, wall hangings, handbags, jewelry, and home décor and more. Also make a stop at the beautiful Itchiku Kubota Museum to see the stunning Kubota Kimono Collection. This evening enjoy the views of Mt. Fuji from our onsen hotel. (B, D)

Day 6    Sat Apr 22            Kawaguchiko-Shizuoka-Kyoto

Today we attend the Fuji Shibazakura Festival, one of the best and most popular occasions nationwide to see shibazakura (pink moss or phlox moss). The festival in the Fuji Five Lakes area, offers breathtaking views of vast fields of shibazakura, with Mount Fuji in the backdrop on clear days. Later we take train to Kyoto, where we visit the famous Shibori Museum. This is the only museum in Japan specializing just on the tie-dye theme. (B)

Day 7    Sun Apr 23            Kyoto

This morning visit Yoshiko Jinzenji’s studio. Yoshiko Jinzenji is one of the foremost quilt artists in the world. In the studio view a variety of her finished quilts, homeware pieces and yardage with her printed designs. Return to Kyoto, we participate in a Roketsu dyeing workshop using a traditional wax-resist dyeing method. Then visit the spectacular Kinkakuji Temple, known as the Golden Pavilion. The temple's stunning gold leaf coating makes it one of Japan's must-see structures. End our day with a walk through Kyoto’s best-known Geisha quarter – the Gion District. (B)

Day 8    Mon Apr 24          Kyoto-Arimatsu-Kyoto

Following breakfast, travel by Bullet Train to Arimatsu – the center of Shibori dyeing dating back to the early 17th century. Visit the Narumi Shibori Museum and participate in a Shibori-dyeing workshop. Explore the town before returning to Kyoto. (B)

Day 9    Tue Apr 25            Kyoto

In the morning, we take a visit to Japan's largest antiques market before travelling to 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. Then visit the famous dying shop Aizenkobo and visit the 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. We then stop at the iconic Nomura Tailor before our farewell dinner in a local restaurant. (B, D)

Day 10    Wed Apr 26        Depart Kyoto

The tour ends after breakfast. (B)



Tour Leader



Known for her enthusiasm and clever solutions to quilting's tricky tasks, Susan Cleveland enjoys meeting quilters and teaching her techniques internationally. Her quilts have received eight awards at International Quilt Festivals in Houston and many other prestigious shows. Her books, tools, magazine articles, TV shows, and internet classes have been making quilting’s challenges more manageable for 20 years. Susan’s classes on Bluprint/Craftsy are among the most popular as they inspire quilters throughout the world. Quilters love Susan’s Piping Hot Binding technique/tool and also her patented Prairie Pointer Tool. Don't miss out on an opportunity to travel and laugh with Susan!

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What is included in the tour price?

  • Shared arrival & departure transfers
  • Transportation in Japan including trains and chartered coaches
  • 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

What is not included in the tour price?

  • International airfares to Japan
  • Travel insurance
  • Porterage at hotels & personal expenses
    Gratuities and anything not mentioned


Due to the constant changes in the COVID restrictions worldwide, we highly recommend that passengers wait to purchase air tickets until the following:

1. The tour reaches the minimum number to travel.
2. Prior to the due date of their final payment (three months before departure), we will notify passengers the travel status and the requirements for travel to their destination. At that time they may choose to proceed with the tour or not. If they choose to cancel they may apply their non-refundable deposit to any other Opulent Quilt Journeys Tour within 18 months.

Please note: If passengers purchase tickets and the tour is cancelled or moved to a new date, we are not responsible for any loss regarding their ticket purchase.




Hotel Granvia Kyoto (5 nights)

Hotel Regina Kawaguchiko (1 night)

Keio Plaza Hotel (3 nights)

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