11 Days Quilt Festival Tour

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Quilt Festival Tour
Tokyo Quilt Festival
Quilt Festival Tour
Tokyo Quilt Festival
Quilt Festival Tour
Maiko Dining Experience
Quilt Festival Tour
Kyoto Shishu Restoration Studio
Quilt Festival Tour
Kyoto Shobori Work Shop and Museum
Quilt Festival Tour
Quilter Artist Yoko Saito's Workshop
Quilt Festival Tour
Fabric / Textile Shopping
Quilt Festival Tour
Nabana no sato - Illumination
Quilt Festival Tour
Indigo Dyeing Workshop
Quilt Festival Tour
Asakusa Sensoji Temple
Quilt Festival Tour
Bullet Train Ride Experience
Quilt Festival Tour
Kytoto Golden Pavilion
Quilt Festival Tour
Rickshaw Ride Experience
Quilt Festival Tour
Craft Workshops
Celebrity Quilter

Yoko Saito Workshop

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2021 Tour Availbale

Japanese Quilting & Crafts

Tour Descriptions

Attention! The Official Dates for the 2021 Tokyo Quilt Festival have not been announced. The following dates are the estimated dates for this tour. Please do not book flights until speaking with a travel agent at Japan Deluxe Tours

Tour Japan one stitch at a time with this incredible fully escorted Japan Quilt Festival Tour package! Our Quilt Festival tour focuses on spots related to stitch art, beginning with a trip to the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival in Tokyo Dome! This Quilt Festival vacation is ideal for arts & craft lovers looking to see something new!

Itinerary

Tokyo | Arrive in Japan & Check-in Hotel

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Niwa Hotel Tokyo ( Western Style )

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Niwa Hotel Tokyo

The Hotel Niwa Tokyo is nestled away in Tokyo's Suidobashi neighborhood around everything you need for a comfortable stay while exploring Tokyo with Japan Deluxe Tours. Just a couple minutes from Tokyo Suidobashi Station, explore the local sights of Tokyo including the Imperial Palace Garden, Yasukuni Shrine, Ueno Park, Akihabara, and more. There's also the amazing Tokyo Dome which hosts festivals, events, and sports games.

Nearby....
-Tokyo Dome
-Kabuki-za Theatre
-Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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Welcome to Japan! We will have transportation services to take you to your hotel. Please refer to your tour handbook for more information.
Rest at the hotel and be ready to start your exciting tour tomorrow.

**INFORMATION**
From Narita Airport to downtown hotel in Tokyo - about 90 mins(Bus)
From Haneda Airport to downtown hotel in Tokyo - about 30 mins(Bus)

Tokyo | Enjoy the Great Quilt Festival

Breakfast
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Niwa Hotel Tokyo ( Western Style )

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Niwa Hotel Tokyo

The Hotel Niwa Tokyo is nestled away in Tokyo's Suidobashi neighborhood around everything you need for a comfortable stay while exploring Tokyo with Japan Deluxe Tours. Just a couple minutes from Tokyo Suidobashi Station, explore the local sights of Tokyo including the Imperial Palace Garden, Yasukuni Shrine, Ueno Park, Akihabara, and more. There's also the amazing Tokyo Dome which hosts festivals, events, and sports games.

Nearby....
-Tokyo Dome
-Kabuki-za Theatre
-Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

View Hotel Detail

[ Tokyo ] Welcome Tea Party | Quilt Festival | Optional Tour : Omotesando | Return to the Hotel

Let the festivity begin! We are going to have a welcome tea party to meet & greet. It gives us chance to meet other fellow quilters from all over the world to build friendship of a lifetime.

We enjoy the 20th Tokyo International Quilt Festival for the day.

For those who are looking to leave early, we have an free afternoon optional tour to the Omotesando area including Aoyama flower market for some shopping and sightseeing.

Back to the hotel / Dinner on your own.

Tokyo | Premier Quilt & Crafts Shopping

Breakfast
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Niwa Hotel Tokyo ( Western Style )

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Niwa Hotel Tokyo

The Hotel Niwa Tokyo is nestled away in Tokyo's Suidobashi neighborhood around everything you need for a comfortable stay while exploring Tokyo with Japan Deluxe Tours. Just a couple minutes from Tokyo Suidobashi Station, explore the local sights of Tokyo including the Imperial Palace Garden, Yasukuni Shrine, Ueno Park, Akihabara, and more. There's also the amazing Tokyo Dome which hosts festivals, events, and sports games.

Nearby....
-Tokyo Dome
-Kabuki-za Theatre
-Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

View Hotel Detail

Today, we'll show you what traditional Tokyo has to offer. Just relax in a motor coach, and we will take you around the city.

We will visit Sensoji temple, also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple, the oldest and most popular Japanese temple in Tokyo.

Then, we will explore the Tsukiji outer market. It is always fun to taste mouthwatering local foods in an open market. You can also find chef knives, dried goods, and other kitchen supplies. Here, you will have time to enjoy lunch of your choice as well.

Next stop is Ozu Washi, Founded in 1653, Ozu Washi carries traditional Japanese Paper (Washi). We will learn the process of making washi paper and see a beautiful array of washi there.

We will finish our day shopping at the famouse Nippori Textile Town. You can find stores like Tomato, Mihama and so many more. This district is lined with numerous fabric shops, selling a wide assortment of beautiful fabrics often at discounted, affordable prices.

Tokyo | Quilt Festival & Tokyo Craft Shopping

Breakfast
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Niwa Hotel Tokyo ( Western Style )

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Niwa Hotel Tokyo

The Hotel Niwa Tokyo is nestled away in Tokyo's Suidobashi neighborhood around everything you need for a comfortable stay while exploring Tokyo with Japan Deluxe Tours. Just a couple minutes from Tokyo Suidobashi Station, explore the local sights of Tokyo including the Imperial Palace Garden, Yasukuni Shrine, Ueno Park, Akihabara, and more. There's also the amazing Tokyo Dome which hosts festivals, events, and sports games.

Nearby....
-Tokyo Dome
-Kabuki-za Theatre
-Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

View Hotel Detail

Quilt Festival | AM Optional Tour : Kiyosumi Garden & Fukagawa Edo Museum | PM Optional Tour : Yuzawaya | Return to the Hotel

Enjoy 20th Tokyo International Quilt Festival for the day.

For those of you who want to explore the city of Tokyo, we offer free optional tours in the morning and afternoon. (entrance fee & public transportation fee are not included)

Morning free Optional Tour: Kiyosumi garden is representative of a beautiful traditional Japanese garden. Fukagawa Edo museum is a hands on museum which shows you what life was like in Edo, or what we know as Tokyo.

Afternoon Free Optional Tour: Yuzawaya craft shop in Kichijoji. Yuzawaya is one of the famouse craft chain stores in Japan. You can find wide variety of Japanese craft supplies in a residential neighborhood of Kichijoji.

Back to a hotel / Dinner on your own.

Tokyo & Yamanashi | Traditional Arts at the Kubota Art Museum

Breakfast Lunch
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Niwa Hotel Tokyo ( Western Style )

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Niwa Hotel Tokyo

The Hotel Niwa Tokyo is nestled away in Tokyo's Suidobashi neighborhood around everything you need for a comfortable stay while exploring Tokyo with Japan Deluxe Tours. Just a couple minutes from Tokyo Suidobashi Station, explore the local sights of Tokyo including the Imperial Palace Garden, Yasukuni Shrine, Ueno Park, Akihabara, and more. There's also the amazing Tokyo Dome which hosts festivals, events, and sports games.

Nearby....
-Tokyo Dome
-Kabuki-za Theatre
-Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

View Hotel Detail

We will explore some of Japan's most astonishing fabric related museums in the suburbs of Tokyo today.

Our day begins with a trip to the Sashikokan in Hinohara Village, located in the western part of Tokyo. Home to Sashiko artist Akie Ginza's exhibition of Sashiko art, this quaint museum housed in a 200-year-old farm house showcases the Little Stabs style of sashiko stitch art.

Before making our way to the next destination, we will stop for Hoto, a Japanese noodle dish native to the Yamanashi area. Hoto is a noodle soup filled with lots of local fresh vegetable, like daikon and kabocha, with miso based flavor and is a comfort food especially during the winter.

Then we will visit the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum. With western buildings built in a serene Japanese garden over looking Mt. Fuji, you will surely find this site a magical place. Itchiku Kubota was a textile artist who devoted his life to recreating the forgotten 15th century Tsujigahana fabric tie dye technique. Many of his works are on display at this museum. Browse through the extensive collection of Kimonos decorated in this traditional Japanese art.

Nagoya | See Shibori Artists at work & Amazing Illumination

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
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Hotel Nagashima ( Western Style )

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 Hotel Nagashima

The Hotel Nagashima is a wonderful resort hotel close to the incredible Nagashima Spa Land. Relax during your Japan tour with a marvelous stay at this quaint hotel. With Nagashima Spa Land next door and just a short bus or walk away from Nabana no Sato, the Hotel Nagashima is packed with everything you need to enjoy Japan's hot-spring & illumination culture. Nothing beats a relaxing dip in hot-springs during a Japan tour, and Hotel Nagashima has some of the best thermal waters you can ask for.

Nearby.....
-Nagashima Spa Land
-Nabana no Sato
-Port Messe Nagoya

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Today, we say farewell to Tokyo. We will travel like a local and take a bullet train to Nagoya.

Upon an arrival to Nagoya, we will have a course lunch in a garden restaurant at the Woods of Noritake China. Noritake is one of the leading porcelain/ chinaware makers in Japan. Here, both your eyes and mouth will be entertained by beautiful dishes.

After lunch, we have time to explore the porcelain museum and shop where you can learn the process of making porcelain and purchase some of your own.

Then we will proceed to Arimatsu Cotton Shibori museum. Here, you can meet and see Shibori artists at work. You will be amazed to see how tedious the process is and how much patience the artists possess.

After sundown, we will take you to see one of the best illumination displays in Japan. The illumination display in Nabana Garden is nothing like what you may have ever seen. From an illumination tunnel to a Mt. Fuji illumination show, you will surely be enchanted for the entire evening.

After a fun filled exciting day, you can enjoy a buffet dinner at your hotel and relax in a Japanese hot spring bath.

Kyoto | Stunning Japanese Craft Arts Workshop

Breakfast

Vischio Kyoto Hotel By GRANVIA ( Western Style )

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Vischio Kyoto Hotel By GRANVIA

Located in Higashikujo Nishisannocho, the Hotel Vischio Kyoto is a comfortable hotel to relax during your Japan tour featuring numerous Kyoto landmarks nearby. Higashi Honganji Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple are within walking distance, as is the convenient Kujo Station.

Near by.......
-Kyoto Tower
-Toji Temple
-Nijō Castle

View Hotel Detail

[ Kyoto Prefecture ] Kyoto Shishu Restoration Studio | Nishiki Market | Complimentary Option : Nomura Tailor Complimentary Option : Misuya Needle Complimentary Option : SOU SOU (JDT Recommends) Family Crest (Workshop) Workshop | Check into a hotel | Kyoto Station Light Show |

We are headed to Kyoto, Japan's old capital and the birthplace of kimono fabric.

Here, we will take you to the most amazing places that produce and restore Japanese traditional crafts.

The Kyoto Shishu Restoration Studio is dedicated to repairing embroidery and traditional Japanese cloth pieces.. The embroidery that comes through the doors are sometimes 100, 200, and even up to 300 years old. Therefore, the Kyoto Embroidery Restoration Studio employs only skilled embroidery specialists to restore the works in order to bring them back to life. We will get to see the artists in action and ask questions while taking a tour of the site.

We will then visit Nishiki Market, Kyoto's popular marketplace filled with fresh flavors and culinary treats. Often called Kyoto's Kitchen, Nishiki Market is located in an arcade shopping area which hosts popular craft stores like Nomura Tailor, Misuya Needles, and SouSou. Nomura Tailor carries dazzling fabrics and materials perfect for your crafts when you get back home. Be sure to sample the selection of Misuya Needles. These special needles are of high-quality and produced in the Matusbara district of Kyoto. Known for their strength, flexibility, and quality, these are a must for any sewing fan. SouSou offers several stores that each specialize in different themes. Some have fabrics and Tenugui towels, Japanese traditional kitchen clothes, while others sell socks and small gift items.

It's time to get crafty! Our first workshop is a Japanese family crest printing. You can choose a family crest/birthday crest from among 5000 designs.

Kyoto | Dyeing Experience & Craftman's Work

Breakfast Lunch

Vischio Kyoto Hotel By GRANVIA ( Western Style )

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Vischio Kyoto Hotel By GRANVIA

Located in Higashikujo Nishisannocho, the Hotel Vischio Kyoto is a comfortable hotel to relax during your Japan tour featuring numerous Kyoto landmarks nearby. Higashi Honganji Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple are within walking distance, as is the convenient Kujo Station.

Near by.......
-Kyoto Tower
-Toji Temple
-Nijō Castle

View Hotel Detail

We will take a special day trip to a forest in Kyoto called Kameoka where traditional artisans live and make products just like an olden days. Our ancient cultures have flourished with harmony in nature. Surrounded by the trees and water, let's relax, and rejuvenate ourselves.

Azuki beans are used to traditional Japanese sweets. They are locally grown here. We will learn to make this beatuful Japanese sweets called Nerikiri, using traditonal tecnique. Continuing on, we will learn how to make Japanese sweets called Nerikiri using traditional techniques. Nerikiri is made with azuki beans that are locally grown in the region.

Our next workshop will have us learning Japanese Indigo dying. We will make our own tie dye designs on a cotton handkerchief.

People in Kyoto have been living harmony with bamboo, using it as an essential resource all the while making sure the plants are cared for. At Nagaoka Meichiku, you will be able to see how artists create both traditional and modern products using locally grown bamboo.

In the afternoon, we will visit a braid cord studio where you will get to see amazing, detailed techniques passed down for centuries to make colorful braided cords.

Have you wonder how Velvet is made? We will visit a studio which specializes in making Velvet using 100 silk threads. The artists still hand make the velvet using a technique from over 500 years ago.

Kyoto | Dazzling Rickshaw Ride through the Bamboo

Breakfast Dinner

Vischio Kyoto Hotel By GRANVIA ( Western Style )

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Vischio Kyoto Hotel By GRANVIA

Located in Higashikujo Nishisannocho, the Hotel Vischio Kyoto is a comfortable hotel to relax during your Japan tour featuring numerous Kyoto landmarks nearby. Higashi Honganji Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple are within walking distance, as is the convenient Kujo Station.

Near by.......
-Kyoto Tower
-Toji Temple
-Nijō Castle

View Hotel Detail

We will enjoy a spirited rickshaw ride through Arashiyama, the Bamboo Groove Forest. You will be welcomed by friendly smiles of Rickshaw drivers who are both entertaining and very knowlegable. They will also take you amasing picures in the Bamboo forest that you want to show all your friends back home. You have time to enjoy visiting many traditional-style shops and grab some food for lunch after the rickshaw ride.

We will head to the Golden Pavilion, or Kinkakuji Temple, a must see Kyoto attraction where the two upper floors are covered in gold leaf. The reflection of the golden temple on the pond adds to the stunning sight.

We will head to the Kyoto Shibori Workshop & Museum, where the talented and enthusiastic experts will guide you through making your very own, original shibori using wooden blocks. You can even take your work of art home for a perfect souvenir to remember the unique experience. The museum also has a great collection of shibori for you to gain inspiration from while you work, or to give you ideas for your next project after your vacation ends.

We have planned a special farewell dinner to commemorate your vacation with your tour guide and group. During the group tour's dinner, enjoy an authentic Maiko (apprentice Geisha) performance while dining in Kyoto. Enjoy the last group dinner together with your tour group and share your favorite memories with your guide of your experiences travelling Japan!

Tokyo | Famous Quilter Yoko Saito's Workshop

Breakfast

Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo ( Western Style )

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Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo

The Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo is the perfect compliment during your stay in Tokyo. Located in Sumida, this hotel includes thoughtful touches to make your stay as comfortable as possible. During your stay, enjoy free Wi-Fi in your rooms, or venture off to popular close by spots to see the culture Japan has to offer. The Arcakit Kinshicho is conveniently located by the JR station nearby, perfect for shopping, lunch, snacks, daily goods, clothing, and more!

Near by.......
-Tokyo Skytree
-Edo-Tokyo Museum
-Asakusa Nakamise & Sensoji Temple
-Arcakit Kinshicho Shopping Plaza (Uniqlo, Daiso, MUJI, Eddie Bauer, etc.)

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We will take a bullet train to go back to Tokyo to join Yoko Saito for a quilt workshop!

Considered one of the world's top quilters, Yoko Saito revolutionized Japanese quilting with her bold use of exquisite designs and brilliant blend of taupe color in her artwork. Meet Yoko Saito! She is down-to-earth, friendly and an extraordinary quilter. We are delighted to offer an opportunity to participate in Yoko Saito's workshop just for our quilt tour. There will surely be something for everyone to enjoy during Yoko Saito's electrifying quilt workshop.

Tokyo | Tour Disbands & Depart from Japan

Breakfast

Your pleasant and memorable Japan tour ends today. Your quilt tour will disband after breakfast. Fly home with cherished memories or enjoy an extended stay vacation in Japan.

▪Important Notice▪
*JDT Recommends Experiences are not included with your tour package.
*Group Tour Participants (Not applicable to Private Tours) - Your group may be joined with other groups during the tour. If so, your tour guide and bus may be changed during your tour.
*Any special request(s) must be submitted when booking your tour (meals, accommodations, etc.). Note: Not all requests can be fulfilled.
*Itinerary, hotels, and meals are subject to change or cancellation without notice. No refund will be owed for any changes or cancellations if the tour still occurs.
*This tour includes 1.5~2 hours of walking on sightseeing days. Tour Participants are expected to be of moderate fitness, keep up with the pace of the group, and can climb stairs with no difficulty.
*B : Breakfast   L : Lunch   D : Dinner

Tour Departure and Prices 1) Price per person.   2) Airfare is not included.  

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11 DAYS

10 nights accommodation


15 MEALS

10 breakfasts
3 lunches
2 dinners


TRANSPORT

Bus, Bullet Train
International Great Quilt Festival Tour 11 Days Map

Tour Includes


10 nights Western hotel

Daily Breakfast-Buffets, 3 Lunches, and 2 Dinners included

All ground transportation in Japan during the tour

Complimentary Airport Transfers (see details)

Admission Fees, Tax & Gratuities at all included Destinations

Full time service of licensed English speaking tour guide & separate bus driver

Bullet train ride with Mt. Fuji view

Japan Deluxe Tours Handbook and Tour Goods Package

Free Wi-Fi in Bus & Most hotels

Not Included
  • - Airfare
  • - Travel Insurance
  • - Optional Excursions

Travel Highlights


Admission to the Tokyo Great Quilt Festival

Nippori Textile Town, Quilt Part Retail Shop, & Other Fabric retailers

View Japanese Quilt Arts at the Itchiku Kubota Museum

Traditional Arts at Kyoto's Handicraft Center

World Famous Kyoto destinations including Golden Pavilion

Kyoto's traditionally preserved Ninenzaka street for shopping

Time spent at the rustic Sashiko Museum

Tour Tokyo's historic Asakusa Sensoji Temple

Maiko Dinning with your tour group

Craft Workshop in Tokyo with Yoko Saito*

Important Information


The maximum number of participants will not exceed 26 people during your Japan tour. Your group may be joined with other tour groups during the tour. Please note that your bus and tour guide may be changed if other groups join the tour.

Single travelers are required to pay a single supplement in order to guarantee single room accommodation.

We request one suitcase, one carry-on bag, and an overnight bag per person. The tote bag we provide can be used to hold any small merchandise/souvenirs purchased during your tour. When you check out, bring your luggage to the lobby and the bus driver will assist in loading it onto the bus. When you arrive at the next hotel, the bus driver will unload your luggage for you to bring to your room.

Please note: The maximum weight of a checked in bag is typically 20 Kilograms or 44 Pounds. You will be traveling with your luggage except during the bullet train ride (if applicable).

All hotel rooms come with a full bathroom and room amenities free of charge unless stated otherwise.

All motor coaches come equipped with air-conditioning, plenty of space, comfortable seats, and Wi-Fi.

All of our tours begin in either Tokyo or Osaka/Kyoto. When beginning or ending a tour in Tokyo, please book flights to or from Narita International Airport or Haneda International Airport. For tours beginning or ending in Osaka/Kyoto, please book flights to or from Kansai International Airport or Itami Airport.

We recommend you do not book your flights until the tour status changes from Book Now to Guaranteed Departure. You can also contact us if you would like for Japan Deluxe Tour's to arrange your flights.

Traveling and visiting sights in Japan includes a good amount of walking. To fully enjoy the tour, please be prepared to keep up with the pace of the group, climb stairs with no difficulty, and wear comfortable shoes for all day use.

Guests with tattoos may not be able to use the hot-springs or onsens while in Japan. We apologize if you are unable to enjoy this experience during your stay.

We understand sometimes unanticipated situations may arise before or even during your Japan tour. In order to best assist you when things don't go as planned, Japan Deluxe Tours recommends purchasing travel insurance offered through Travel Guard® Insurance.

Travel Guard® Insurance offers coverage for: Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Travel Delay, Baggage Delay, Medical Expense (deductible required), Emergency Medical Transportation, and an Exclusive Family Protection Plan: One child 16 or under will receive coverage at no additional cost for every adult that purchase a protection plan. Every Travel Guard policy includes 24-hour emergency travel assistance services for emergencies or last-minute travel changes, such as re-booking flights, hotel reservations or ground transportation, tracking lost luggage, and more!
For more information about coverage, view our Travel Insurance Page.

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Please notify us before your tour starts if you have any dietary restrictions or requirements we should be aware about. Japan Deluxe Tours can provide Vegetarian meals for guests, and we will do our best to cater to any serious allergies or dietary restrictions. We will not be able to substitute or change meals after your tour begins.

Day
Day 1

Tokyo | Arrive in Japan & Check-in Hotel

Welcome to Japan! We will have transportation services to take you to your hotel. Please refer to your tour handbook for more information.
Rest at the hotel and be ready to start your exciting tour tomorrow.

**INFORMATION**
From Narita Airport to downtown hotel in Tokyo - about 90 mins(Bus)
From Haneda Airport to downtown hotel in Tokyo - about 30 mins(Bus)

Niwa Hotel Tokyo or similar

Day 2

Tokyo | Enjoy the Great Quilt Festival

Breakfast
[ Tokyo ] Welcome Tea Party | Quilt Festival | Optional Tour : Omotesando | Return to the Hotel

Let the festivity begin! We are going to have a welcome tea party to meet & greet. It gives us chance to meet other fellow quilters from all over the world to build friendship of a lifetime.

We enjoy the 20th Tokyo International Quilt Festival for the day.

For those who are looking to leave early, we have an free afternoon optional tour to the Omotesando area including Aoyama flower market for some shopping and sightseeing.

Back to the hotel / Dinner on your own.

Niwa Hotel Tokyo or similar

Day 3

Tokyo | Premier Quilt & Crafts Shopping

Breakfast

Today, we'll show you what traditional Tokyo has to offer. Just relax in a motor coach, and we will take you around the city.

We will visit Sensoji temple, also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple, the oldest and most popular Japanese temple in Tokyo.

Then, we will explore the Tsukiji outer market. It is always fun to taste mouthwatering local foods in an open market. You can also find chef knives, dried goods, and other kitchen supplies. Here, you will have time to enjoy lunch of your choice as well.

Next stop is Ozu Washi, Founded in 1653, Ozu Washi carries traditional Japanese Paper (Washi). We will learn the process of making washi paper and see a beautiful array of washi there.

We will finish our day shopping at the famouse Nippori Textile Town. You can find stores like Tomato, Mihama and so many more. This district is lined with numerous fabric shops, selling a wide assortment of beautiful fabrics often at discounted, affordable prices.

Niwa Hotel Tokyo or similar

Day 4

Tokyo | Quilt Festival & Tokyo Craft Shopping

Breakfast
Quilt Festival | AM Optional Tour : Kiyosumi Garden & Fukagawa Edo Museum | PM Optional Tour : Yuzawaya | Return to the Hotel

Enjoy 20th Tokyo International Quilt Festival for the day.

For those of you who want to explore the city of Tokyo, we offer free optional tours in the morning and afternoon. (entrance fee & public transportation fee are not included)

Morning free Optional Tour: Kiyosumi garden is representative of a beautiful traditional Japanese garden. Fukagawa Edo museum is a hands on museum which shows you what life was like in Edo, or what we know as Tokyo.

Afternoon Free Optional Tour: Yuzawaya craft shop in Kichijoji. Yuzawaya is one of the famouse craft chain stores in Japan. You can find wide variety of Japanese craft supplies in a residential neighborhood of Kichijoji.

Back to a hotel / Dinner on your own.

Niwa Hotel Tokyo or similar

Day 5

Tokyo & Yamanashi | Traditional Arts at the Kubota Art Museum

Breakfast Lunch

We will explore some of Japan's most astonishing fabric related museums in the suburbs of Tokyo today.

Our day begins with a trip to the Sashikokan in Hinohara Village, located in the western part of Tokyo. Home to Sashiko artist Akie Ginza's exhibition of Sashiko art, this quaint museum housed in a 200-year-old farm house showcases the Little Stabs style of sashiko stitch art.

Before making our way to the next destination, we will stop for Hoto, a Japanese noodle dish native to the Yamanashi area. Hoto is a noodle soup filled with lots of local fresh vegetable, like daikon and kabocha, with miso based flavor and is a comfort food especially during the winter.

Then we will visit the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum. With western buildings built in a serene Japanese garden over looking Mt. Fuji, you will surely find this site a magical place. Itchiku Kubota was a textile artist who devoted his life to recreating the forgotten 15th century Tsujigahana fabric tie dye technique. Many of his works are on display at this museum. Browse through the extensive collection of Kimonos decorated in this traditional Japanese art.

Niwa Hotel Tokyo or similar

Day 6

Nagoya | See Shibori Artists at work & Amazing Illumination

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Today, we say farewell to Tokyo. We will travel like a local and take a bullet train to Nagoya.

Upon an arrival to Nagoya, we will have a course lunch in a garden restaurant at the Woods of Noritake China. Noritake is one of the leading porcelain/ chinaware makers in Japan. Here, both your eyes and mouth will be entertained by beautiful dishes.

After lunch, we have time to explore the porcelain museum and shop where you can learn the process of making porcelain and purchase some of your own.

Then we will proceed to Arimatsu Cotton Shibori museum. Here, you can meet and see Shibori artists at work. You will be amazed to see how tedious the process is and how much patience the artists possess.

After sundown, we will take you to see one of the best illumination displays in Japan. The illumination display in Nabana Garden is nothing like what you may have ever seen. From an illumination tunnel to a Mt. Fuji illumination show, you will surely be enchanted for the entire evening.

After a fun filled exciting day, you can enjoy a buffet dinner at your hotel and relax in a Japanese hot spring bath.

Hotel Nagashima or similar

Day 7

Kyoto | Stunning Japanese Craft Arts Workshop

Breakfast
[ Kyoto Prefecture ] Kyoto Shishu Restoration Studio | Nishiki Market | Complimentary Option : Nomura Tailor Complimentary Option : Misuya Needle Complimentary Option : SOU SOU (JDT Recommends) Family Crest (Workshop) Workshop | Check into a hotel | Kyoto Station Light Show |

We are headed to Kyoto, Japan's old capital and the birthplace of kimono fabric.

Here, we will take you to the most amazing places that produce and restore Japanese traditional crafts.

The Kyoto Shishu Restoration Studio is dedicated to repairing embroidery and traditional Japanese cloth pieces.. The embroidery that comes through the doors are sometimes 100, 200, and even up to 300 years old. Therefore, the Kyoto Embroidery Restoration Studio employs only skilled embroidery specialists to restore the works in order to bring them back to life. We will get to see the artists in action and ask questions while taking a tour of the site.

We will then visit Nishiki Market, Kyoto's popular marketplace filled with fresh flavors and culinary treats. Often called Kyoto's Kitchen, Nishiki Market is located in an arcade shopping area which hosts popular craft stores like Nomura Tailor, Misuya Needles, and SouSou. Nomura Tailor carries dazzling fabrics and materials perfect for your crafts when you get back home. Be sure to sample the selection of Misuya Needles. These special needles are of high-quality and produced in the Matusbara district of Kyoto. Known for their strength, flexibility, and quality, these are a must for any sewing fan. SouSou offers several stores that each specialize in different themes. Some have fabrics and Tenugui towels, Japanese traditional kitchen clothes, while others sell socks and small gift items.

It's time to get crafty! Our first workshop is a Japanese family crest printing. You can choose a family crest/birthday crest from among 5000 designs.

Vischio Kyoto Hotel By GRANVIA or similar

Day 8

Kyoto | Dyeing Experience & Craftman's Work

Breakfast Lunch

We will take a special day trip to a forest in Kyoto called Kameoka where traditional artisans live and make products just like an olden days. Our ancient cultures have flourished with harmony in nature. Surrounded by the trees and water, let's relax, and rejuvenate ourselves.

Azuki beans are used to traditional Japanese sweets. They are locally grown here. We will learn to make this beatuful Japanese sweets called Nerikiri, using traditonal tecnique. Continuing on, we will learn how to make Japanese sweets called Nerikiri using traditional techniques. Nerikiri is made with azuki beans that are locally grown in the region.

Our next workshop will have us learning Japanese Indigo dying. We will make our own tie dye designs on a cotton handkerchief.

People in Kyoto have been living harmony with bamboo, using it as an essential resource all the while making sure the plants are cared for. At Nagaoka Meichiku, you will be able to see how artists create both traditional and modern products using locally grown bamboo.

In the afternoon, we will visit a braid cord studio where you will get to see amazing, detailed techniques passed down for centuries to make colorful braided cords.

Have you wonder how Velvet is made? We will visit a studio which specializes in making Velvet using 100 silk threads. The artists still hand make the velvet using a technique from over 500 years ago.

Vischio Kyoto Hotel By GRANVIA or similar

Day 9

Kyoto | Dazzling Rickshaw Ride through the Bamboo

Breakfast Dinner

We will enjoy a spirited rickshaw ride through Arashiyama, the Bamboo Groove Forest. You will be welcomed by friendly smiles of Rickshaw drivers who are both entertaining and very knowlegable. They will also take you amasing picures in the Bamboo forest that you want to show all your friends back home. You have time to enjoy visiting many traditional-style shops and grab some food for lunch after the rickshaw ride.

We will head to the Golden Pavilion, or Kinkakuji Temple, a must see Kyoto attraction where the two upper floors are covered in gold leaf. The reflection of the golden temple on the pond adds to the stunning sight.

We will head to the Kyoto Shibori Workshop & Museum, where the talented and enthusiastic experts will guide you through making your very own, original shibori using wooden blocks. You can even take your work of art home for a perfect souvenir to remember the unique experience. The museum also has a great collection of shibori for you to gain inspiration from while you work, or to give you ideas for your next project after your vacation ends.

We have planned a special farewell dinner to commemorate your vacation with your tour guide and group. During the group tour's dinner, enjoy an authentic Maiko (apprentice Geisha) performance while dining in Kyoto. Enjoy the last group dinner together with your tour group and share your favorite memories with your guide of your experiences travelling Japan!

Vischio Kyoto Hotel By GRANVIA or similar

Day 10

Tokyo | Famous Quilter Yoko Saito's Workshop

Breakfast

We will take a bullet train to go back to Tokyo to join Yoko Saito for a quilt workshop!

Considered one of the world's top quilters, Yoko Saito revolutionized Japanese quilting with her bold use of exquisite designs and brilliant blend of taupe color in her artwork. Meet Yoko Saito! She is down-to-earth, friendly and an extraordinary quilter. We are delighted to offer an opportunity to participate in Yoko Saito's workshop just for our quilt tour. There will surely be something for everyone to enjoy during Yoko Saito's electrifying quilt workshop.

Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo or similar

Day 11

Tokyo | Tour Disbands & Depart from Japan

Breakfast

Your pleasant and memorable Japan tour ends today. Your quilt tour will disband after breakfast. Fly home with cherished memories or enjoy an extended stay vacation in Japan.

Dining Experience

Welcome Tea Party

Tea Party

In order to fully enjoy our day, we will be opening our Japan Tour with a light tea party to get to know our fellow tour participants. Unwind and learn a bit more about your tour guide and the people you'll be with during your exciting vacation in Japan.

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Hoto Udon

Hoto

Hōtō is a popular dish in Yamanashi made using miso soup and flat udon noodles. While some may consider Hōtō a variant of udon, locals consider this a unique dish separate to the popular thick noodles.

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Bistro

Bistro Lunch

Find fresh organically grown seasonal produce, including rare vegetables, homegrown herbs, as well as large quantities of fresh seafood. In addition, browse through an impressive wine list of over 100 types, mainly sourced from France.

Cultural Experience

Quilt Festival

Quilt Festival

Tokyo International Quilt Festival is the largest quilt festival in the world. Hundreds of quilt and artwork are displayed at this internationally popular exhibition.

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gold leaf art

Traditional Japanese Craft Workshops

Discover the traditional craft-works of Japan during a hands on workshop experience. Learn the techniques of traditional Japanese arts & crafts to create stunning unique arts.

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Image of a Maiko

Maiko Dining Experience

Learn about Japanese culture and traditional history during an unforgettable meal with a Maiko apprentice Geisha while in Kyoto. Enjoy the top local cuisine of Kyoto while a beautiful Maiko entertains you with games, dancing, and performances.

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Green Tea Ceremony

Green Tea Ceremony

The tea ceremony (sado: "the way of the tea") is a ceremonial way of preparing and drinking tea. The custom has been strongly influenced by Zen Buddhism.

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Hot Spring

Hot Spring

Natural hot springs (onsen) are numerous and highly popular across Japan. There are many types of hot springs, distinguished by the minerals dissolved in the water.

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Riding Experience

Bullet Train

Bullet Train

World known as The Bullet Train, The Shinkansen fascinates foreign tourists. Shinkansen runs average 300kmh, about 186mph, and they depart every 10 minutes in rush hours very punctual.

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Rickshaw

Rickshaw

Rickshaw (Jinrikisha) is two-wheeled cart that is pulled by a single person and carries one to two passengers at a time.

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