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Date: May 25 - June 3, 2022 
Duration: 10 Days
With: Susan Cleveland

Prices

Price per person:
Twin share: $4,650
Supplement for twin or double room
for sole use: $1,095
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. 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 stunning 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
    Welcome to Japan. Meet in the hotel lobby at 9 am to meet your tour leader for a visit to Japan's largest antiques market. Wares ranges from tableware and ceramics to vintage film posters, antique prints of ukiyo-e wood block prints, vintage second-hand clothing and much more. 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 with over 500 samples of traditional crafts. For those not arriving in time, everyone will meet in the lobby at 6:30pm to get acquainted and enjoy a welcome dinner. (The arrival transfer from Kansai or Osaka International Airport to the hotel is included.) (D)

    Day 2   Thu   May 26        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 view a variety of her finished quilts, homeware pieces, and yardage with her printed designs. Later, participate in a Roketsu dyeing workshop using a traditional wax-resist dyeing method. Yamamoto Roketsu is a family operated workshop continuing this traditional Kyoto textile dyeing technique. 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. (B)

    Day 3   Fri   May 27          Kyoto
    This morning visit the intriguing Fushimi Inari Shrine. The magical, seemingly unending path of over 5,000 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 visit the Little Indigo Museum owned by renowned Indigo Dyeing artist Hiroyuki Shindo. Next stop is Japan’s most famous rock garden, and a UNESCO World Heritage site 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. Next visit the iconic Nomura Tailor, filled with three floors of everything for last-minute fabric shopping. End the day with a walk through Kyoto’s best known Geisha quarter – Gion District. (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. Enjoy the opportunity to explore the town before returning to Kyoto. (B)

    Day 5     Sun   May 29      Kyoto
    After breakfast, depart the hotel to visit Nishijin Textile Center to learn more about kimonos and Nishijin’s textile tradition. Afterward, create your own masterpiece in the Yuzen painting workshop. 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. (B)

    Day 6     Mon   May 30    Kyoto-Odawara-Kawaguchi Lake
    Today travel to Kawaguchi Lake. En route, we visit 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. This evening we enjoy the view of Mt. Fuji from your onsen hotel. (B, D) 

    Day 7     Tue   May 31      Kawaguchi Lake-Tokyo
    Today bid farewell to Kawaguchi Lake and travel to Tokyo. En route, visit Fujisan World Heritage Centre. Also stop at Akie Ginza’s remarkable Sashiko Museum in the small village of Hinohara. Housed in a 200-year-old house, which is filled with her sashiko work, apparel, wall hangings, handbags, jewelry, home décor and more. Arrive in Tokyo for overnight. (B)

    Day 8     Wed   June 1      Tokyo
    After breakfast take a stroll through the beautiful Imperial Palace East Garden. Next wander through the busy Asakusa district and visit the Senso-ji Temple. Then we 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
    After breakfast, visit the historic Nippori Fabric Town, home to nearly 100 shops that carry all sorts of fabric and notions. Then enjoy a leisure stroll in Omotesando area. The main street, Omotesando dori, is often compared to the Champs-Elysees in Paris. 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. Then visit Quilt Party, owned by the world-famous quilter Yoko Saito, specializing in quilting, fabric, and patchwork materials needed for any craft project. This evening enjoy the farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)

    Day 10   Fri   June 3         Depart Tokyo
    Our 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

    Inclusions:

    • Shared arrival/departure transfers
    • Transportation in Japan including trains and chartered coaches
    • 9 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 airfares from US to Japan
    • travel insurance
    • porterage at hotels
    • personal expenses
    • gratuities 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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