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Japan Textile & Dyeing Tour with Carol Soderlund

Japan Textile Dyeing Tour with Carol Soderlund

01 November 2022

12 Days


per person, twin share (land tour only).
$995 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.


Tour Leader

Carol Soderlund

Tour Info



Our Japan Textile & Dyeing Tour is a journey to the heart of Japan’s fiber-art heritage, one where hands-on workshops in ancient dyeing techniques give you skills to use in your own modern creations.Map Japan Textile and Dyeing TourIn Arimatsu, learn about Shibori Dyeing in a workshop taught at Kuno Studio. Then in Kyoto, study with a Master dyer who specializes in Indigo Katazome as well as artisans skilled in Roketsu wax-resist dyeing. Also, delight in a morning spent with world-renowned quilter Yoshiko Jinzenji in her studio.

Additional tour venues include the Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design and textile-related shopping trips to stores such as the Blue and White Shop, filled with attractive two-color goods, and the Suzusan Factory shop, where shibori-dyed goods reign supreme. You will also get to shop dye shops such as Tanaka Nao.

A trip to Lake Kawaguchi allows for an en route stop at the Itchiku Kubota Museum and its famous Kubota Kimono Collection, plus a majestic view of Mt. Fuji.

Cultural sites round out this 12-day tour’s itinerary. They include the Fushimi Inari Shrine, with its thousands of orange torri gates, and the Gion District, a Geisha quarter in Kyoto.



  • Explore and learn about Indigo Dyeing with a Japanese master
  • Attend a Roketsu Dyeing workshop and make your own tote bag
  • Take a workshop for Shibori Dyeing and enjoy shopping at a factory shop
  • Attend a full-day workshop where you will spin organic cotton and dye the resulting yarn with indigo and botanicals
  • Visit the original Blue and White shop in Tokyo as well as many other specialty retailers
  • Visit fascinating museums, such as the Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design and Itchiku Kubota Museum

Detailed Itinerary

Japan Textile Dyeing Tour


The tour starts at 6.00pm on Tuesday November 1, at Keio Plaza Hotel in Tokyo and finishes after breakfast on Saturday November 12, Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Umekoji in Kyoto. Please note: Arrival and departure transfers are included and contact Opulent Quilt Journeys for further details.




Day 1   Tue    Nov 1           Arrive Tokyo

The tour commences at the hotel in Tokyo.

Day 2   Wed  Nov 2           Tokyo

Enjoy a morning visit to Meiji Jingu Inner Garden, a secret garden within the Meiji Shrine complex. Then enjoy a leisure stroll in the Omotesando area. The main street, Omotesando dori, is often compared to the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Next stop is the tiny but enchanting Japan Folk Crafts Museum. Ceramics, dyed and woven textiles, wood and lacquer objects, and stone and bamboo creations are treasures that are found in the museum. Then visit the famous Blue & White shop which houses artisan ceramics, designer clothing, traditional textiles, fun jewelry, collectibles, and gifts. Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight. (B, D)

Day 3    Thu   Nov 3           Tokyo

Depart our hotel for Hachioji, a suburb in the western portion of the Tokyo Metropolis.  Attend an Indigo Dyeing Workshop, where you will work with stencils under the guidance of a master artisan who specializes in Indigo Katazome. (B)

Day 4    Fri   Nov 4             Tokyo-Lake Kawaguchi

Travel by coach to Kawaguchi Lake, en route stop at Akie Ginza’s remarkable Sashiko Museum. Housed in a 200-year-old house, it’s filled with her sashiko work, apparel, wall hangings, handbags, jewelry, and home décor. Also visit the beautiful Itchiku Kubota Museum to see the stunning Kimono Collection. This evening enjoy the view of Mt. Fuji from your onsen hotel. (B, D)

Day 5    Sat   Nov 5            Lake Kawaguchi-Odawara-Kyoto

Before travelling to Kyoto, enjoy a quick visit to Bryan’s Textile workshop set in a 150-year-old silk farming house in the mountain village in Fujino. Later, travel by bullet train to Kyoto.  (B)

Day 6    Sun  Nov 6            Kyoto

This morning visit Yoshiko Jinzenji’s studio. In her studio view a variety of her finished quilts, homeware pieces, and yardage with her printed designs. Enjoy some free time at Nishiki Market and visit the 400-year-old Misuyabari Needle Store before a special trip to Orinasukan Handmade Fabrics Museum. Originally a machiya townhouse built as a home and weaving workshop, this hand-weaving museum is the same today as when it was originally lived and worked in. (B)

Day 7    Mon   Nov 7         Kyoto

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. Next stop, a walk through Kyoto’s best known Geisha quarter – Gion District. Then travel to the spectacular Kinkakuji Temple, known as the Golden Pavilion. Then visit Japan’s most famous rock garden, and a UNESCO World Heritage site, Ryoanji Temple. Next, participate in a Roketsu dyeing workshop using a traditional wax-resist dyeing method. (B)

Day 8    Tue   Nov 8           Kyoto-Arimatsu-Kyoto

Following breakfast, travel by Bullet Train to Arimatsu – the center of Shibori dyeing dating back to the early 17th century. Visit Kuno Studio and participate in a Shibori Dyeing workshop.  Enjoy shopping at Suzusan Factory Shop and explore the town before returning to Kyoto.  (B)

Day 9    Wed   Nov 9         Kyoto

After breakfast, visit the Little Indigo Museum owned by renowned Indigo Dyeing artist Hiroyuki Shindo. On display is a collection of indigo textiles from around the world and a traditional Japanese indigo dye workshop. Enjoy an afternoon visit to the Tanaka Nao dye shop, where you can personally select dyes, auxiliaries, fabrics, and sewn goods. Many dyeing and product samples are on display as well. (B)

Day 10    Thu   Nov 10       Kyoto

Enjoy a full-day excursion to Ohara and visit the Ohara Kobo, a plant dye workshop where you will have the opportunity to spin yarn from organic cotton cultivated in Ohara and then dye that yarn with indigo and other botanicals. (B)

Day 11    Fri   Nov 11         Kyoto-Nara-Kyoto

Spend the morning at the Fusimi Inari Shrine, one of the most popular shrines in Japan. The magical, seemingly endless path of more than 5,000 vibrant orange torii gates wind through the hills behind the shrine. Next, travel to Nara to visit the impressive temple of Todaiji and the nearby Isuien Garden. At Nara Deer Park, interact with Nara's famous sacred deer before returning to Kyoto for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)

Day 12    Sat   Nov 12       Depart Kyoto

The tour ends after breakfast. (B)


Tour Leader



Carol Soderlund co-authored Playful Fabric Printing with Melania Testa. Her quilts have been shown in juried exhibitions across the country, and her awards include Best of Show at International Quilt Festival/Houston. A former French teacher, Carol has led numerous student trips abroad, and she has also lived abroad and traveled extensively. This tour will delight those who share Carol's interest in the rich textile history and culture of Japan and the natural beauty of its landscapes.

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What is included in the tour price?

  • Transportation in Japan including trains and chartered coaches
  • Shared arrival & departure transfers
  • 11 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 and gratuities
  • Personal expenses 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.




Keio Plaza Hotel, Tokyo (3 nights)

Hotel Regina, Kawaguchiko (1 night)

The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Umekoji, Kyoto (7 nights)


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