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Textiles of Japan with Red Stone Glen

Textiles of Japan with Red Stone Glen

06 May 2023

12 Days


per person, twin share (land tour only).
$780 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.


Tour Leader

Tom Knisely

Tour Info



Map Textiles of JapanExperience urban excitement and natural beauty as you experience the textile heritage of Japan. The tour begins in the capital city of Tokyo, where you will take part in a hands-on saori weaving workshop. Next, travel to the Chubu region to see the area’s unique weaving techniques, museums, craft villages, and textile workshops. As you head north, you meet adept craftspeople, including an indigo dyer, a sashiko expert, and a sakiori weaver. More skilled craftsmanship is evident as you visit sites for kimono making, silk weaving, basketry, and sakiori weaving. All the while you enjoy glorious scenery and ancient temples, palaces, shrines, and more. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I hope you join us to explore the rich textile history of Japan.



  • Tokyo - Fast-paced and cosmopolitan, Japan’s capital city is a leading international destination. World-class dining, shopping, and cultural attractions are plentiful. These modern locales are balanced with sites that bring the history of Japan to life: temples, castles, and specialty shops. 
  • Beautiful Land & Culture - From Mount Fuji to glorious gardens, rich colors and sweeping views are to be explored. Stops include: Lake Towada, where a cruise is booked; Koishikawa Korakuen, an impressive Tokyo garden that reproduces landscapes in miniature; Itchiku Kubota Museum, which houses magnificent kimonos; and Hirosaki Castle, built in an ancient castle town on the island of Honshu.
  • Textile & Workshops - Today’s artisans lovingly preserve textile traditions in Japan. These craftsmen produce silks and other cloths of the finest grade using time-honored processes. They share their skill for weaving and cloth through museums, factory tours, and hands-on workshops that cover everything from dyeing to weaving. Indigo, shinaori, shibori, kimonos, and kasuri and sakiori weaving are among the techniques included on this tour.

Detailed Itinerary

Tour brochure-Textiles of Japan


The tour starts at 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 6, at Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo.
The tour ends after breakfast on Wednesday, May 17, at Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo.
Arrival/departure transfer: Shared transfer is included. Please contact us for more details.




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Tour Leader



Tom Knisely has made his career from his interest and love of textiles from around the world. Tom has been studying, collecting and teaching others about weaving and spinning for more than four decades, making him one of the most well versed weaving instructors in
North America. In addition to teaching, Tom weaves professionally and is a frequent contributor to Handwoven magazine. Voted Handwoven’s Teacher of the Year, Tom is renowned among his students for his kindness, good humor, and “seemingly infinite knowledge on the subject of weaving”. His broad knowledge of textiles and textile equipment has brought him international recognition and he is frequently asked to teach and lecture to groups all over. Tom is the author of several books; Weaving Rag Rugs, Handwoven Baby Blankets, Handwoven Table Linens, Huck Lace Weaving Patterns With Color and Weave Effects, Spinning 101 and 2 children’s books The Weaver’s Surprise and Spinning Tails.

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Sara Bixler is the owner and resident instructor of Red Stone Glen Fiber Arts Center in York Haven, Pennsylvania. Her love of travel and different cultures inspire her work and the curriculum offered at Red Stone Glen, set on an idyllic 50-acre property in south central Pennsylvania.
There, students enjoy a unique opportunity to study a diverse range of fiber-arts courses, ranging from weaving to tatting. The center also presents informative lectures on relevant topics. Sara has devoted years to experimenting with color in weaving. She has focused on how color relationships are affected by yarn size, luster, sett, and weave structure. She is known for her ability to guide students through the challenging world of color theory, specifically as it relates to weaving. She is passionate about sustainability and the natural world, and that dedication is reflected in her work.

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What is included in the tour price?

  • Transportation in Japan, including trains and chartered coaches
  • 12 nights twin-share accommodation at well-appointed hotels with breakfast daily
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary
  • Visits and workshops 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
  • Arrival and departure airport/hotel transfer 
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities and porterage at hotels
  • Personal expenses and anything not mentioned





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Opulent Quilt Journeys
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