Details

Date: June 1 - 11, 2022
Duration: 11 Days
With: Janet McDonald

Prices

Price per person:
EBHQ Members Twin share: $4,530
Non-members Twin share: $4,740
Supplement for twin or double room
for sole use: $1,050
Deposit: $500

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Call: 877 235 3767
Email: info@opulentquiltjourneys.com

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  • 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.

  • Day 1   Wed   June 1        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   Thu   June 2         Tokyo
    Meet in the hotel lobby at 10 am for a visit to the beautiful Imperial Palace East Garden. Then visit the Sumida Hokusai Museum, a museum dedicated to the ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai. His most well-known works include The Great Wave off Kanagawa and Red Fuji. Shop at the art supply store Pigment Lab and discover the beauty of Japanese washi paper at Ozu Washi. Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight. (B D)

    Day 3   Fri   June 3            Tokyo
    After breakfast visit the historical Edo Museum before heading to Nippori Fabric Town, home to nearly 100 shops carrying all sorts of fabric and notions. Also visit a Furoshiki shop that offers a range of Furoshiki from traditional to modern designs. Round off the day with a visit to 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. (B)

    Day 4   Sat   June 4           Tokyo
    This morning, visit Meiji Jingu Inner Garden, a secret garden within the Meiji Shrine complex. The highlight is the iris garden, which is in full bloom from late May through late June. Then enjoy a leisure stroll in 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, stone and bamboo treasures lie in the museum. Then visit the famous Blue & White shop which houses artisan ceramics, designer clothing, traditional textiles, fun jewelry, collectibles, and gifts. (B)

    Day 5   Sun   June 5          Tokyo-Kawaguchi Lake
    Start the day with a visit to one of Japan's largest outdoor antique markets. Then travel by coach to Kawaguchi Lake with a stop at 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. Also visit 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   Mon   June 6        Kawaguchi Lake-Kyoto
    After breakfast, 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   Tue   June 7          Kyoto
    This morning 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. Later, we participate in a Roketsu dyeing workshop using a traditional wax-resist dyeing method. Then visit Japan’s most famous rock garden, and a UNESCO World Heritage site Ryoanji Temple. (B)

    Day 8   Wed   June 8        Kyoto-Arimatsu-Kyoto
    After breakfast, travel by coach and train 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-dyeing workshop. Explore the town before travelling back to Kyoto. (B)

    Day 9   Thu   June 9         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. Then travel to visit the Little Indigo Museum owned by renowned Indigo Dyeing artist Hiroyuki Shindo. Afterward, create your own masterpiece in the Yuzen painting workshop. 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 10   Fri   June 10       Kyoto
    After breakfast, pay a visit to Orinasukan Handmade Fabrics Museum. Originally a machiya townhouse built as a home and weaving workshop, this hand-weave museum remains the same as when it was lived and worked in, giving visitors an excellent idea of the Nishijin weaving tradition. 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. Later visit Kiyomizu-dera, one of the most famous and celebrated temples in Kyoto. Explore the well-preserved historical district and pick up some souvenirs at Kiyomizu-Zaka Street. Afterwards, visit the iconic Nomura Tailor, filled with three floors of everything for last-minute fabric shopping. End our day with a walk through Kyoto’s best known Geisha quarter – Gion District. Enjoy a farewell dinner tonight. (B D)

    Day 11   Sat   June 11      Depart Kyoto
    Our tour ends after breakfast. Limousine bus takes you to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

  • Dates:  June 1 - 11, 2022

    Price per person:            

    EBHQ members Twin share: $4,590
    Non-members Twin share: $4,740
    Supplement for a twin or double room for sole use: $1,050
    Deposit: $500

    Inclusions:

    • Shared arrival & departure airport transfer
    • Transportation in Japan including trains and chartered coaches
    • 10 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

     
    Not included:

    • International flights to Japan
    • Travel insurance
    • Porterage & 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- Undertake walking tours of 1-2 hours duration at gentle pace, including using stairs, walking over cobblestones and other uneven surfaces; stand for a period of time in museums and other sites; embark/disembark coaches, trains and other methods of transportation without assistance; handle your own luggage; will be able to use combined shower/bath facilities (it is impossible to guarantee walk-in shower facilities).

     

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