Date: May 25 - June 3, 2022
Duration: 10 Days
With: Ann Hammel


Price per person:
Twin share: $4,650
Supplement for twin or double room
for sole use: $1,095
Deposit: $500

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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. 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 Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design and Nomura Tailor, a treasure trove of fabrics, notions, and tools. 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 and majestic Mt. Fuji. Enjoy shopping trips to several locations in Tokyo, including the Blue and White Shop, Quilt Party and Nippori Fabric Town. 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.

  • Day 1   Wed   May 25       Arrive Kyoto
    Our tour starts at 9 am and visits one of Japan's largest outdoor antique markets – Kitano Tenmangu Shrine Antique Market. Hundreds of vendors set up across the grounds and surrounding streets of this famous shrine to sell a wide variety of daily goods and antiques. We then stop at Nishijin Textile Center. There are displays of completed fabrics and kimonos, as well as weaving demonstrations, plus a shop selling items on the 2nd floor. Then 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. Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight. (D)

    Day 2    Thu   May 26        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. Next, participate in a Roketsu dyeing workshop using a traditional wax-resist dyeing method. 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, is the same today as when it was originally lived and worked in. (B)

    Day 3    Fri   May 27          Kyoto
    After breakfast, visit the Little Indigo Museum owned by renowned Indigo Dyeing artist Hiroyuki Shindo. Then travel to 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. Make a visit to Japan’s most famous rock garden, and a UNESCO World Heritage site Ryoanji Temple. (B)

    Day 4    Sat   May 28         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 5    Sun   May 29        Kyoto
    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. Create your own masterpiece in the Yuzen painting workshop. Later visit Kiyomizu-dera and explore the well-preserved historical district and pick up some souvenirs at Kiyomizu-Zaka Street. We then visit the iconic Nomura Tailor and end our day with a walk through Kyoto’s best-known Geisha quarter – the Gion District. (B)

    Day 6    Mon   May 30      Kyoto-Kawaguchi Lake
    Travel by train and coach to Kawaguchi Lake with 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 7    Tue   May 31        Kawaguchi Lake-Tokyo
    Depart for Tokyo, en route, visit Fujisan World Heritage Centre. Also make a stop at Akie Ginza’s remarkable Sashiko Museum in the small village of Hinohara. Housed in a 200-year-old house. It is filled with her sashiko work, apparel, wall hangings, handbags, jewelry, and home décor and more. (B)

    Day 8    Wed   June 1       Tokyo
    After breakfast stroll through the beautiful Imperial Palace East Garden, then attend a Japanese cooking class to enjoy a Sushi making experience and lunch. We also make a stop at Amy Katoh’s home and her special shop - Blue and White, which houses artisan ceramics, designer clothing, traditional textiles, fun jewelry, collectibles, and gifts. (B, L)

    Day 9    Thu   June 2          Tokyo
    This morning enjoy a leisure stroll in the Omotesando area. The main street, Omotesando dori, is often compared to the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Then visit Meiji Jingu Inner Garden, a secret garden within the Meiji Shrine complex. The highlight of the garden is the iris garden, which is in full bloom from late May through late June. Also visit the world-famous quilter Yoko Saito’s retail shop Quilt Party. Then visit the historic Nippori Fabric Town, home to nearly 100 shops carrying all sorts of fabric and notions. Enjoy our farewell dinner in a local restaurant. (B, D)

    Day 10    Fri   June 3          Depart Tokyo
    The tour ends after breakfast. Limousine bus takes you to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

  • Dates:  May 25 - June 3, 2022

    Price per person:            

    Twin share:  $4,650
    Supplement for twin or double room sole use: $1,095
    Deposit: $500


    • Sahred 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 fairfares 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. 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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