Date: March 2 - 11, 2022
Duration: 10 Days
With: Sarah Ann Smith


Price per person:
Twin share: $4,4550
Supplement for twin or double room
for sole use: $920
Deposit: $500

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  • Our Art & Quilting in Japan tour is a gateway to the tradition at the heart of Japan’s fiber-art heritage. Our Art & Quilting in Japan tour is a gateway to the tradition 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.  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. Fushimi Inari Shrine and its thousands of orange torri gates set the stage to experience Old Japan. Hands-on workshops introduce you to Shibori at the Narumi Shibori Museum and to Yuzen painting and Roketsu dyeing in Kyoto studios. Additional venues include the Orinasukan Handmade Fabrics Museum; the Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, famous for indigo dyeing. You also will explore the Gion District, a Geisha quarter in Kyoto. Plus, feast in traditional Japanese food and make your own sushi on this immersive 10-day journey.

  • Day 1    Wed Mar 2       Arrive Tokyo
    Meet your tour leader at hotel lobby and start our tour at 1 pm. We’ll stroll through the beautiful Imperial Palace East Garden, and visit the world-famous quilter Yoko Saito’s retail shop Quilt Party. This quilt store specializes in quilting, fabric, and patchwork materials needed for any craft project. Enjoying a group welcome dinner tonight. (D)

    Day 2    Thu Mar 3          Tokyo
    After breakfast, we make a visit to Akie Ginza’s remarkable Sashiko Museum in the small village of Hinohara. Housed in a 200 year old house, it’s filled with her sashiko work, apparel, wall hangings, handbags, jewelry and home décor and more. Then visit Meiji Jingu Inner Garden, a secret garden within the Meiji Shrine complex. In the afternoon, we make a stop at a special shop - Blue and White, which houses artisan ceramics, designer clothing, traditional textiles, fun jewelry, collectibles, and gifts. (B)

    Day 3    Fri Mar 4            Tokyo 
    We start our day with a visit to the historical Edo Museum. Then attend a Japanese cooking class to enjoy a Sushi making experience and lunch. We also make a stop at Amy Katoh’s home before visiting the historic Nippori Fabric Town, home to nearly 100 shops carrying all sorts of fabric and notions. (B)

    Day 4   Sat Mar 5           Tokyo-Kawaguchiko Lake
    Today we travel to Kawaguchi Lake, we make a stop at the beautiful Itchiku Kubota Museum to see the stunning Kubota Kimono Collection. This museum contains the works of the textile artist Itchiku Kubota who revived the traditional fabric dyeing technique of Tsujigahana. Also visit Fujisan World Heritage Centre on the way. This evening we enjoy the view of Mt Fuji. from our onsen hotel. (B, D)

    Day 5    Sun Mar 6          Kawaguchi Lake-Odawara-Kyoto
    Today we bid farewell to Kawaguchi Lake and make our way to Kyoto where we visit the popular Kiyomizudera Temple. Its classic red pagoda has been influential to Japanese architecture for centuries. Stroll along the street of Kiyomizu-Zaka where the narrow lanes, wooden buildings and traditional merchant shops invoke a feeling of the old capital city. We’ll end our day with a walk through Kyoto’s best known Geisha quarter – the Gion District. (B)

    Day 6   Mon Mar 7       Kyoto
    This morning we visit Yoshiko Jinzenji’s studio in the Mount Hiei region north of Kyoto. 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. Then, we participate in a Roketsu dyeing workshop using a traditional wax-resist dyeing method. Yamamoto Rocketsu is a family operated workshop continuing this traditional Kyoto textile dyeing technique. A special trip today includes a visit to Orinasukan Handmade Fabrics Museum. Originally a machiya townhouse built as a home and weaving workshop, this hand-weaving museum, with its atrium, skylights, big beams, tatami reception room and courtyard garden to the rear, the same today as when it was originally lived and worked in. (B)

    Day 7   Tue Mar 8          Kyoto-Arimatsu-Kyoto
    Today we travel by Bullet Train to Arimatsu – the center of Shibori dyeing dating back to the early 17th century. We will visit the Narumi Shibori Museum and participate in a Shibori-dyeing workshop. We have the opportunity to explore the town before returning to Kyoto. (B)

    Day 8   Wed Mar 9        Kyoto
    This morning we visit the Little Indigo Museum owned by renowned Indigo Dyeing artist Hiroyuki Shindo. Then we 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. Also visit Japan’s most famous rock garden, Ryoanji Temple. The garden consists of a rectangular plot of pebbles surrounded by low earthen walls, with 15 rocks laid out in small groups on patches of moss. Before returning to our hotel, we make a stop at Nishijin Textile Center to see up close the weaving, dyeing and design processes of Japanese kimonos. (B)

    Day 9   Thu Mar 10          Kyoto
    This morning 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. Afterward, create your own masterpiece in the Yuzen painting workshop. Yuzen is a dyeing-technique that originated in the middle of the Edo period, toward the end of the 17th century. Then visit the Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design (formerly the Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan). Later we visit the iconic Nomura Tailor, one of the world's best sewing and needlecraft shops. Tonight, we enjoy our farewell dinner in a local restaurant. (B, D)

    Day 10  Fri Mar 11           Depart Kyoto
    Our tour ends after breakfast. Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

  • Dates:  March 2 - 11, 2022

    Price per person:            

    Twin share:  $4,550
    Supplement for twin or double room for sole use: $920



    • Shared arrival and departure transfer
    • Transportation in Japan including trains and chartered coaches
    • 9 nights twin-share accommodation at well-appointed hotels with breakfast daily
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner as stated in the itinerary
    • Workshops and entrance fees as stated in the itinerary
    • An English-speaking guide throughout the trip in Japan 

    Not included:

    • International airfares to Japan
    • Travel insurance
    • Porterage and gratuities
    • Items of a personal nature 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’. 

    Fitness to participate:
    In order to get the most from your travels and keep up with the group, a reasonable level of fitness is required. You will need to be able to walk for a few hours at a gentle pace; use combined shower/bath facilities (it is impossible to guarantee walk-in shower facilities); undertake walking tours of 1-2 hours duration, including using stairs, walking over cobblestones and other uneven surfaces; stand for long periods in museums and other sites; embark/disembark coaches, trains and other methods of transportation without assistance; handle your own luggage.

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