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10 Days Quilt Festival Tour

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Tour Descriptions

Note: The dates for the Tokyo International Quilt Festival have not been finalized, and this tour's dates are subject to change. Please contact us before booking this tour for more information.

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 held in Tokyo Dome! This Quilt Festival Tour package is ideal for arts & craft lovers looking to see something new!

Itinerary

Tokyo | Arrive in Japan & Check-in Hotel

01/23/2020
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Tokyo Dome Hotel ( Western Style )

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Tokyo Dome Hotel

Tokyo Dome Hotel is great access to Tokyo Dome next door. Suidobashi Station is walking distance from the hotel and is connected to the hot spots of Japan like Shinjuku, Akihabara, and Tokyo Station. The guest rooms' decor is modern and warm, with wooden furniture and metallic accents. All rooms are available to use Free high-speed Internet . There is free high-speed WI-FI available. The hotel offers free limousine bus service to both Narita and Haneda airport.

Near by........
-Amusement Park
Tokyo Dome City Attractions within Walking distance

-University
University of Tokyo in 20 mins by Taxi

View Hotel Detail

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 | Great Quilt Festival Day

01/24/2020 Breakfast
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Tokyo Dome Hotel ( Western Style )

  • Expedia Rating
  • Trip Advisor Rating
Tokyo Dome Hotel

Tokyo Dome Hotel is great access to Tokyo Dome next door. Suidobashi Station is walking distance from the hotel and is connected to the hot spots of Japan like Shinjuku, Akihabara, and Tokyo Station. The guest rooms' decor is modern and warm, with wooden furniture and metallic accents. All rooms are available to use Free high-speed Internet . There is free high-speed WI-FI available. The hotel offers free limousine bus service to both Narita and Haneda airport.

Near by........
-Amusement Park
Tokyo Dome City Attractions within Walking distance

-University
University of Tokyo in 20 mins by Taxi

View Hotel Detail

Morning
Evening
Return to the Hotel

Today is the first day of the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival! After entering Tokyo Dome, the rest of day exploring through the booths and various events offered at the convention. We hope you enjoy your time at the Tokyo Quilt Festival!

We also have an optional afternoon tour at Nippori Textile Town. Filled with great DIY craft and fabric stores, the shopping at Nippori Textile Town is a must while in Tokyo. We will visit the shopping area later during our Quilt vacation, so feel free to enjoy the Quilt Festival or join us on this wonderful day trip.

Tokyo | Great Quilt Festival & Time to Explore

01/25/2020 Breakfast
or similar

Tokyo Dome Hotel ( Western Style )

  • Expedia Rating
  • Trip Advisor Rating
Tokyo Dome Hotel

Tokyo Dome Hotel is great access to Tokyo Dome next door. Suidobashi Station is walking distance from the hotel and is connected to the hot spots of Japan like Shinjuku, Akihabara, and Tokyo Station. The guest rooms' decor is modern and warm, with wooden furniture and metallic accents. All rooms are available to use Free high-speed Internet . There is free high-speed WI-FI available. The hotel offers free limousine bus service to both Narita and Haneda airport.

Near by........
-Amusement Park
Tokyo Dome City Attractions within Walking distance

-University
University of Tokyo in 20 mins by Taxi

View Hotel Detail

Morning
Morning*
Evening
Return to the Hotel

Today is the second day we visit the festival to be enjoyed at your leisure. Feel free to do some shopping or go out and explore the city of Tokyo with your tour guide! In the morning, we have an optional excursion to Ozu Washi Paper Store. Ozu Washi is a Traditional Japanese Paper store, established in 1653 in the Nihombashi area of Tokyo. With over 300 years of history, Ozu Washi is home to all your paper needs.

You can also choose to go on an optional tour in the afternoon to visit Tokyu Hands, one of the long-established department stores for handicrafts in the all nation for some more shopping. Make great finds as you enjoy the store, or head to Takashimaya for more shopping nearby. Explore the stores of Tokyo with your guide or enjoy the Quilt Festival at your leisure!

Tokyo | Fabric & Crafts Shopping

01/26/2020 Breakfast Lunch
or similar

Tokyo Dome Hotel ( Western Style )

  • Expedia Rating
  • Trip Advisor Rating
Tokyo Dome Hotel

Tokyo Dome Hotel is great access to Tokyo Dome next door. Suidobashi Station is walking distance from the hotel and is connected to the hot spots of Japan like Shinjuku, Akihabara, and Tokyo Station. The guest rooms' decor is modern and warm, with wooden furniture and metallic accents. All rooms are available to use Free high-speed Internet . There is free high-speed WI-FI available. The hotel offers free limousine bus service to both Narita and Haneda airport.

Near by........
-Amusement Park
Tokyo Dome City Attractions within Walking distance

-University
University of Tokyo in 20 mins by Taxi

View Hotel Detail

Today will be spent visiting some of the essential Japanese culture and shopping spots for craft lovers in Tokyo. We will begin our day visiting the famous Tsukiji Fish Market. Enjoy the lively atmosphere of this world-famous fish market and be sure to sample authentic Japanese sushi from some of the best restaurants in Tokyo.

From there, it's off to Asakusa, the town that maintains a traditional Japanese feel. We will also squeeze in some shopping at Nakamise street which leads to the temple. Enjoy traditional snacks and goods at this popular shopping street filled with Japanese candies & crackers.

After our time at Asakusa, we're off to the famous quilt artist Yoko Saio's retail store Quilt Party. You can expect to find great fabrics and more goods perfect for your next project. Then, we will head to Nippori Textile Town for more shopping and inspiration. The stores Mihama Clothes and Tomato are just two of many great choices you can expect!

Tokyo & Yamanashi | Traditional Arts & Crafts

01/27/2020 Breakfast Lunch
or similar

Tokyo Dome Hotel ( Western Style )

  • Expedia Rating
  • Trip Advisor Rating
Tokyo Dome Hotel

Tokyo Dome Hotel is great access to Tokyo Dome next door. Suidobashi Station is walking distance from the hotel and is connected to the hot spots of Japan like Shinjuku, Akihabara, and Tokyo Station. The guest rooms' decor is modern and warm, with wooden furniture and metallic accents. All rooms are available to use Free high-speed Internet . There is free high-speed WI-FI available. The hotel offers free limousine bus service to both Narita and Haneda airport.

Near by........
-Amusement Park
Tokyo Dome City Attractions within Walking distance

-University
University of Tokyo in 20 mins by Taxi

View Hotel Detail

Morning
Evening
Check into Hotel

Today we will visit one of Japan's most astonishing fabric related museums in the suburbs of Tokyo. First our Japan quilt tour will go to Sashikokan in Hinohara village in the western part of Tokyo. This is the place of Sashiko artist Akie Ginza’s exhibition. Before making our way to the next destination, we will stop for Hoto, a Japanese noodle dish native to the Yamanashi area. A hybrid of miso soup and flat udon noodles, this dish is truly a local Japanese specialty.

Before our day ends, we will visit the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum. This museum is filled with works from Itchiku Kubota, a textile artist that revitalized the Tsujigahana style. We then return to Tokyo.

Kanazawa | Japan's Premier Garden

01/28/2020 Breakfast Lunch Dinner
or similar

Hotel Nagashima ( Western Style )

  • Expedia Rating
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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

View Hotel Detail

Our day begins with a bullet train ride to Kanazawa. We will arrive at the Higashi-chaya district, a historic preserved street of cafes and shops that feel as if we travelled back in time to the days of Japan's Edo Period. This tea hosue district is lined with traditional looking shops that sell special crafts and goods of Kanazawa.

After our time at Higashi-chaya district, it's off to the Hanayome Noren bridal museum. Dedicated to the Hanayome Noren bridal custom, this charming museum displays the lavish works of special bridal curtains made for the bride's wedding day. These curtains don't see much use after the wedding, so the museum collects some of the best to display for all to enjoy.

After our time at the bridal museum, our Quilt tour will find our way to Kenrokuen Garden. Considered one of the top 3 Japanese gardens in the country, relax and enjoy the scenery and landscapes of the zen-inducing garden. From there, It's off to the Kaga Yuzen Museum for our hands on Kaga Yusen dyeing experience. This classic museum dedicated to traditional decorative kimono and Japanese clothing. Enjoy the unique patterns and find inspiration at this cozy museum. We then proceed to the hotel.

Kyoto | Museum Visits & Fabric Hunting

01/29/2020 Breakfast

Hotel Granvia Kyoto ( Western Style )

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Hotel Granvia Kyoto

Hotel Granvia Kyoto is an integral part of the JR Kyoto Station Building Complex, the visually striking architectural masterpiece which also includes a department store, museum, musical theater, and a vast underground shopping mall. From this convenient location, hotel guests have direct and easy access to and from Kansai International Airport and major metropolitan destinations across Japan including Osaka, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nagoya, and Fukuoka.

With its elegant accommodations, including 535 beautifully appointed guestrooms, there is simply no better place to stay in Kyoto. The inclusion of 13 meeting and banquet rooms, a 1400-seat ballroom, 12 restaurants & bars, and fitness facilities makes Hotel Granvia Kyoto the premier destination for international travelers to ‘hang their hat’, whether that be for business or leisure.
Deluxe accommodations and superb convenience are the hallmarks of Hotel Granvia Kyoto.

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We will begin our day with a train ride to Kyoto for sightseeing at traditional spots and craft museums. We will first begin with a visit to Arashiyama to walk through the Bamboo Groove Forest. The morning's sunlight passing through the bamboo makes for a perfect morning sight. We will also enjoy a spirited rickshaw ride through Arashiyama. Guests can enjoy seeing many of the traditional-style shops and temples during the ride. Following our time in Arashiyama, we will head to the Golden Pavilion, or Kinkakuji Temple, a Japan’s must see attraction where the two upper floors are covered in gold leaf. The reflection of the golden temple on the lake adds to the stunning sight.

In the afternoon, we will head to the Kyoto Handicraft Center to browse around the unique works of Kyoto traditional crafts. Enjoy the various exhibits or learn a new craft while exploring this interesting center of traditional arts. After our time at the Handicraft Center, it's off to Kyoto's Yodobashi Camera for shopping at Yuzawaya. Yuzawaya is a great craft store filled with plenty of DIY options and inspiration. Housed in the larger Yodobashi Camera building, browse one of Japan's largest chain stores filled with electronics, clothing, and other goods. There are multiple cafe and dining options as well to unwind after a day of sight-seeing.

Kyoto | The Golden Pavilion & Beautiful Geisha

01/30/2020 Breakfast Lunch

Hotel Granvia Kyoto ( Western Style )

  • Expedia Rating
  • Trip Advisor Rating
Hotel Granvia Kyoto

Hotel Granvia Kyoto is an integral part of the JR Kyoto Station Building Complex, the visually striking architectural masterpiece which also includes a department store, museum, musical theater, and a vast underground shopping mall. From this convenient location, hotel guests have direct and easy access to and from Kansai International Airport and major metropolitan destinations across Japan including Osaka, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nagoya, and Fukuoka.

With its elegant accommodations, including 535 beautifully appointed guestrooms, there is simply no better place to stay in Kyoto. The inclusion of 13 meeting and banquet rooms, a 1400-seat ballroom, 12 restaurants & bars, and fitness facilities makes Hotel Granvia Kyoto the premier destination for international travelers to ‘hang their hat’, whether that be for business or leisure.
Deluxe accommodations and superb convenience are the hallmarks of Hotel Granvia Kyoto.

View Hotel Detail

Today will be dedicated to exploring the city of Kyoto sightseeing. We begin with a visit to Nishiki Market, Kyoto's popular marketplace filled with fresh flavors and culinary treats. Then, it's off to visit the Kyoto Shishu Restoration Studio. Enjoy learning about Nishiki-ori while we watch master craftsmen create stunning works before moving over the the Shishu Restoration Studio to learn more about the process involved revitalizing old pieces.

We will then head to the Kyoto Shibori Workshop & Museum, where the talented experts will guide you through making your very own, original shibori. You can even take your work of art home for a perfect souvenir to remember this unique experience. The museum has a great collection of shibori for you to gain inspiration from.

Before our day ends, we will head to Ninenzaka, an ancient street that feels as if you were still in the olden days of Japan. Keeping with the feel of traditional Japan, your Japan tour will stop for a traditional Japanese tea ceremony while in Kyoto.

Before the day ends, enjoy a complimentary optional tour to Nomura Tailor for some last minute gift and fabric shopping for the day. A popular craft store, 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 needles are a special, high-quality needles produced in the Matusbara district of Kyoto, Japan. Known for their strength, flexibility, and quality, these are a must for any sewing fan.

Tokushima & Kyoto | Dyeing Experience & Farewell Dinner

01/31/2020 Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Hotel Granvia Kyoto ( Western Style )

  • Expedia Rating
  • Trip Advisor Rating
Hotel Granvia Kyoto

Hotel Granvia Kyoto is an integral part of the JR Kyoto Station Building Complex, the visually striking architectural masterpiece which also includes a department store, museum, musical theater, and a vast underground shopping mall. From this convenient location, hotel guests have direct and easy access to and from Kansai International Airport and major metropolitan destinations across Japan including Osaka, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nagoya, and Fukuoka.

With its elegant accommodations, including 535 beautifully appointed guestrooms, there is simply no better place to stay in Kyoto. The inclusion of 13 meeting and banquet rooms, a 1400-seat ballroom, 12 restaurants & bars, and fitness facilities makes Hotel Granvia Kyoto the premier destination for international travelers to ‘hang their hat’, whether that be for business or leisure.
Deluxe accommodations and superb convenience are the hallmarks of Hotel Granvia Kyoto.

View Hotel Detail

Evening
Maiko Dining Experience Return to the Hotel

Our day begins with a visit to Japan's southern island of Shikku. We will explore Tokushima to take part in an indigo dying workshop and for lunch while here. Enjoy the rustic feel of Japan's southern island during your quilt tour and relax as we travel along Tokushima. While making our way through the southern prefecture during our Japan tour, we will stop at the Awa-odori Museum, a museum dedicated to the prefectural dance of Tokushima. During the annual Awa-Odori festival, thousands of spectators flock to Japan to watch the traditional dance. Enjoy learning some steps and history of Awa-odori at this great museum.

Before our tour ends, we will have a group farewell dinner. During our group tour's dinner, there will be a maiko (apprentice Geisha) performance while dining in Kyoto. Enjoy the last day together with your tour group and share your favorite memories while traveling through Japan!

Osaka | Tour Disbands & Depart from Japan

02/01/2020 Breakfast

Your pleasant and memorable Japan tour ends today. The tour will disband after breakfast.

Fly home with cherished memories or enjoy your extended stay in Japan.

**INFORMATION**
From downtown hotel in Osaka to KIX Airport - about 70 mins (Bus)
From downtown hotel in Osaka to ITM Airport - about 30 mins (Bus)

▪Important Notice▪
*Complimentary transfers are for designated airports/hotel only, on the designated tour arrival/departure date only.
*JDT Recommends Experiences are not included with your tour package.
*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




10 DAYS

9 nights accommodation


16 MEALS

9 breakfasts
5 lunches
2 dinners


TRANSPORT

All transport shown
International Great Quilt Festival Tour 10 Days Map

Tour Includes


9 nights Western hotel

Daily Breakfast-Buffets, 5 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

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

Exhibits at the Itchiku Kubota Museum

Visit to the stunning Kenrokuen Garden

Kyoto's incredible Handicraft Center

World Famous Kyoto destinations including Golden Pavilion

Kyoto's traditionally preserved Ninenzaka street for shopping

Time spent at the rustic Sashiko Museum

Tokyo's historic Asakusa Sensoji Temple

Farewell Maiko Dinner with your tour group

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
01/23/2020

Tokyo | Arrive in Japan & Check-in Hotel

01/23/2020

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 Dome Hotel or similar

Day 2
01/24/2020

Tokyo | Great Quilt Festival Day

01/24/2020 Breakfast
Morning
Evening
Return to the Hotel

Today is the first day of the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival! After entering Tokyo Dome, the rest of day exploring through the booths and various events offered at the convention. We hope you enjoy your time at the Tokyo Quilt Festival!

We also have an optional afternoon tour at Nippori Textile Town. Filled with great DIY craft and fabric stores, the shopping at Nippori Textile Town is a must while in Tokyo. We will visit the shopping area later during our Quilt vacation, so feel free to enjoy the Quilt Festival or join us on this wonderful day trip.

Tokyo Dome Hotel or similar

Day 3
01/25/2020

Tokyo | Great Quilt Festival & Time to Explore

01/25/2020 Breakfast
Morning
Morning*
Evening
Return to the Hotel

Today is the second day we visit the festival to be enjoyed at your leisure. Feel free to do some shopping or go out and explore the city of Tokyo with your tour guide! In the morning, we have an optional excursion to Ozu Washi Paper Store. Ozu Washi is a Traditional Japanese Paper store, established in 1653 in the Nihombashi area of Tokyo. With over 300 years of history, Ozu Washi is home to all your paper needs.

You can also choose to go on an optional tour in the afternoon to visit Tokyu Hands, one of the long-established department stores for handicrafts in the all nation for some more shopping. Make great finds as you enjoy the store, or head to Takashimaya for more shopping nearby. Explore the stores of Tokyo with your guide or enjoy the Quilt Festival at your leisure!

Tokyo Dome Hotel or similar

Day 4
01/26/2020

Tokyo | Fabric & Crafts Shopping

01/26/2020 Breakfast Lunch

Today will be spent visiting some of the essential Japanese culture and shopping spots for craft lovers in Tokyo. We will begin our day visiting the famous Tsukiji Fish Market. Enjoy the lively atmosphere of this world-famous fish market and be sure to sample authentic Japanese sushi from some of the best restaurants in Tokyo.

From there, it's off to Asakusa, the town that maintains a traditional Japanese feel. We will also squeeze in some shopping at Nakamise street which leads to the temple. Enjoy traditional snacks and goods at this popular shopping street filled with Japanese candies & crackers.

After our time at Asakusa, we're off to the famous quilt artist Yoko Saio's retail store Quilt Party. You can expect to find great fabrics and more goods perfect for your next project. Then, we will head to Nippori Textile Town for more shopping and inspiration. The stores Mihama Clothes and Tomato are just two of many great choices you can expect!

Tokyo Dome Hotel or similar

Day 5
01/27/2020

Tokyo & Yamanashi | Traditional Arts & Crafts

01/27/2020 Breakfast Lunch
Morning
Evening
Check into Hotel

Today we will visit one of Japan's most astonishing fabric related museums in the suburbs of Tokyo. First our Japan quilt tour will go to Sashikokan in Hinohara village in the western part of Tokyo. This is the place of Sashiko artist Akie Ginza’s exhibition. Before making our way to the next destination, we will stop for Hoto, a Japanese noodle dish native to the Yamanashi area. A hybrid of miso soup and flat udon noodles, this dish is truly a local Japanese specialty.

Before our day ends, we will visit the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum. This museum is filled with works from Itchiku Kubota, a textile artist that revitalized the Tsujigahana style. We then return to Tokyo.

Tokyo Dome Hotel or similar

Day 6
01/28/2020

Kanazawa | Japan's Premier Garden

01/28/2020 Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Our day begins with a bullet train ride to Kanazawa. We will arrive at the Higashi-chaya district, a historic preserved street of cafes and shops that feel as if we travelled back in time to the days of Japan's Edo Period. This tea hosue district is lined with traditional looking shops that sell special crafts and goods of Kanazawa.

After our time at Higashi-chaya district, it's off to the Hanayome Noren bridal museum. Dedicated to the Hanayome Noren bridal custom, this charming museum displays the lavish works of special bridal curtains made for the bride's wedding day. These curtains don't see much use after the wedding, so the museum collects some of the best to display for all to enjoy.

After our time at the bridal museum, our Quilt tour will find our way to Kenrokuen Garden. Considered one of the top 3 Japanese gardens in the country, relax and enjoy the scenery and landscapes of the zen-inducing garden. From there, It's off to the Kaga Yuzen Museum for our hands on Kaga Yusen dyeing experience. This classic museum dedicated to traditional decorative kimono and Japanese clothing. Enjoy the unique patterns and find inspiration at this cozy museum. We then proceed to the hotel.

Hotel Nagashima or similar

Day 7
01/29/2020

Kyoto | Museum Visits & Fabric Hunting

01/29/2020 Breakfast

We will begin our day with a train ride to Kyoto for sightseeing at traditional spots and craft museums. We will first begin with a visit to Arashiyama to walk through the Bamboo Groove Forest. The morning's sunlight passing through the bamboo makes for a perfect morning sight. We will also enjoy a spirited rickshaw ride through Arashiyama. Guests can enjoy seeing many of the traditional-style shops and temples during the ride. Following our time in Arashiyama, we will head to the Golden Pavilion, or Kinkakuji Temple, a Japan’s must see attraction where the two upper floors are covered in gold leaf. The reflection of the golden temple on the lake adds to the stunning sight.

In the afternoon, we will head to the Kyoto Handicraft Center to browse around the unique works of Kyoto traditional crafts. Enjoy the various exhibits or learn a new craft while exploring this interesting center of traditional arts. After our time at the Handicraft Center, it's off to Kyoto's Yodobashi Camera for shopping at Yuzawaya. Yuzawaya is a great craft store filled with plenty of DIY options and inspiration. Housed in the larger Yodobashi Camera building, browse one of Japan's largest chain stores filled with electronics, clothing, and other goods. There are multiple cafe and dining options as well to unwind after a day of sight-seeing.

Hotel Granvia Kyoto or similar

Day 8
01/30/2020

Kyoto | The Golden Pavilion & Beautiful Geisha

01/30/2020 Breakfast Lunch

Today will be dedicated to exploring the city of Kyoto sightseeing. We begin with a visit to Nishiki Market, Kyoto's popular marketplace filled with fresh flavors and culinary treats. Then, it's off to visit the Kyoto Shishu Restoration Studio. Enjoy learning about Nishiki-ori while we watch master craftsmen create stunning works before moving over the the Shishu Restoration Studio to learn more about the process involved revitalizing old pieces.

We will then head to the Kyoto Shibori Workshop & Museum, where the talented experts will guide you through making your very own, original shibori. You can even take your work of art home for a perfect souvenir to remember this unique experience. The museum has a great collection of shibori for you to gain inspiration from.

Before our day ends, we will head to Ninenzaka, an ancient street that feels as if you were still in the olden days of Japan. Keeping with the feel of traditional Japan, your Japan tour will stop for a traditional Japanese tea ceremony while in Kyoto.

Before the day ends, enjoy a complimentary optional tour to Nomura Tailor for some last minute gift and fabric shopping for the day. A popular craft store, 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 needles are a special, high-quality needles produced in the Matusbara district of Kyoto, Japan. Known for their strength, flexibility, and quality, these are a must for any sewing fan.

Hotel Granvia Kyoto or similar

Day 9
01/31/2020

Tokushima & Kyoto | Dyeing Experience & Farewell Dinner

01/31/2020 Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Evening
Maiko Dining Experience Return to the Hotel

Our day begins with a visit to Japan's southern island of Shikku. We will explore Tokushima to take part in an indigo dying workshop and for lunch while here. Enjoy the rustic feel of Japan's southern island during your quilt tour and relax as we travel along Tokushima. While making our way through the southern prefecture during our Japan tour, we will stop at the Awa-odori Museum, a museum dedicated to the prefectural dance of Tokushima. During the annual Awa-Odori festival, thousands of spectators flock to Japan to watch the traditional dance. Enjoy learning some steps and history of Awa-odori at this great museum.

Before our tour ends, we will have a group farewell dinner. During our group tour's dinner, there will be a maiko (apprentice Geisha) performance while dining in Kyoto. Enjoy the last day together with your tour group and share your favorite memories while traveling through Japan!

Hotel Granvia Kyoto or similar

Day 10
02/01/2020

Osaka | Tour Disbands & Depart from Japan

02/01/2020 Breakfast

Your pleasant and memorable Japan tour ends today. The tour will disband after breakfast.

Fly home with cherished memories or enjoy your extended stay in Japan.

**INFORMATION**
From downtown hotel in Osaka to KIX Airport - about 70 mins (Bus)
From downtown hotel in Osaka to ITM Airport - about 30 mins (Bus)

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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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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Loved the Illumination, Asakusa, & Hoto

By traveler Joyce P. on 2019

Best place visited in this tour: We loved the Illumination, Asakusa, Hoto - I can’t pick one.
Best experience had in Japan: Dying the scarves in the Shidori work shop, Kimono fashion show and shopping the streets with local vendors and flavors.
Any place went to visit next time: The...


Hiroko made the trip special for all! Best guide ever!

By traveler Rosemany S. on 2019

Best place visited in this tour: Quilt Show, Ichiku Kubota, Amuse Museum
Best experience had in Japan: Final dinner, workshop, bus talk & Hiroko
Any place went to visit next time: Didn’t have time to go to fish market in Tokyo . Would liked more time at Noritake, light show and...


Everything we went on this tour was great!

By traveler John L. on 2019

Best place visited in this tour: Kyoto Shishu Restoration Studio – being able to observe close-up the works. Aizen kobo – the opportunity to meet Ken-ichi Utsuki & see his work.
Best experience had in Japan: The farewell dinner with the maiko. The opportunity to find so many unique fabrics...


I loved the variety on the tour. So much to see!

By traveler Kathy H. on 2019

Best place visited in this tour: The quilt festival, amuse, Sashiko Museum, Kubota Museum, Textile Museum, Fish Market
Best experience had in Japan: Quilt festival - So many!
Any place went to visit next time: Japanese Garden Should have shipped everyone luggage to Kyoto even they...


We enjoyed our tour guides. Positive, helpful people

By traveler Mai H. on 2019

Best place visited in this tour: Ichiku Kubota Museum
Best experience had in Japan: Shibori Museum made our own shibori.
Any place went to visit next time: Country side close to mount Fuji.


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