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Date: June 2 - 11, 2022
Duration: 10 Days
With: Brandy Maslowski

Prices

Price per person:
Twin share: US$4,550
Supplement for twin or double room
for sole use: US$920
Deposit: $500

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Email: info@opulentquiltjourneys.com

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  • Our Quilters Textile Tour of Japan is a gateway to the tradition at the heart of Japan’s fiber-art heritage. Start our tour from Tokyo, the capital city of Japan and enjoy shopping trips to retail sites such as the Blue and White Shop, Quilt Party and Nippori Fabric Town.  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 Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design; famous for indigo dyeing. You also will explore the Gion District, a Geisha quarter in Kyoto on this immersive 10-day journey.

  • Day 1   Thu   June 2         Arrive Tokyo
    Welcome to Japan. Meet in the hotel lobby at 1 pm to meet your tour leader for a stroll through the beautiful Imperial Palace East Garden. We’ll have lunch and wander through the busy Asakusa district and visit the Senso-ji Temple. This evening we will share a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

    Day 2   Fri   June 3            Tokyo
    After breakfast, we 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 we head to Omotesando area. The main street, Omotesando dori, is often compared to the Champs-Elysees in Paris. (B)

    Day 3   Sat   June 4           Tokyo
    Today we visit 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. We 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)

    Day 4   Sun   June 5          Tokyo-Kawaguchi Lake
    This morning we visit one of 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 travel to Kawaguchi Lake. En route, visit 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. We also 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 our onsen hotel. (B D)

    Day 5   Mon   June 6        Kawaguchi Lake-Odawara-Kyoto
    Today we bid farewell to Kawaguchi Lake and make our way to Kyoto. En route, we visit Fujisan World Heritage Centre. In Kyoto, we 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. (B)

    Day 6   Tue   June 7         Kyoto
    After breakfast we travel to visit the Little Indigo Museum owned by renowned Indigo Dyeing artist Hiroyuki Shindo. 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, 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. (B)

    Day 7   Wed   June 8        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. Then visit Yoshiko Jinzenji’s studio in the Mount Hiei region north of Kyoto. In the studio we’ll be able to view a variety of her finished quilts and homeware pieces and yardage with her printed designs. Next stop is Japan’s most famous rock garden, and a UNESCO World Heritage site Ryoanji Temple. (B)

    Day 8   Thu   June 9         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 9   Fri   June 10          Kyoto
    After breakfast, we make a stop at Nishijin Textile Center to see up close the weaving, dyeing and design processes of Japanese kimonos. Afterward, create your own masterpiece in the Yuzen painting workshop. Later we 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. Also visit the iconic Nomura Tailor, filled with 3 floors of everything for last-minute fabric shopping. We end our day with a walk through Kyoto’s best known Geisha quarter – the Gion District. This evening we enjoy our farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B D)

    Day 10   Sat   June 11      Depart Kyoto
    Our tour ends after breakfast. Limousine transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

  • Dates:  June 2 - 11, 2022

    Price per person:            

    Twin share: US$4,550
    Supplement for twin or double room for sole use: US$920
    Deposit: US$500

    Inclusions:

    • Shared arrival & departure transfer
    • 9 nights twin-share accommodation at well-appointed hotels with breakfast daily
    • Transportation in Japan including trains and chartered coaches
    • 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

     
    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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