10 Days Quilt Festival Tour

  • From Tokyo To Kyoto(Osaka)
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Quilt Festival Movie
Quilt Festival Tour
Kyoto Shobori Work Shop and Museum
Quilt Festival Tour
Kyoto Shishu Restoration Studio
Quilt Festival Tour
Tokyo Quilt Festival
Quilt Festival Tour
Tokyo Quilt Festival
Quilt Festival Tour
Lake Kawaguchi
Quilt Festival Tour
Golden Pavilion
Quilt Festival Tour
Rickshaw Ride
Quilt Festival Tour
Awaodori Kaikan
Quilt Festival Tour
Maiko Dining Experience
Quilt Festival Tour
Tea Ceremony
Quilt Festival Tour
Asakusa
Quilt Festival Tour
Bullet Train
Celebrity Quilter

Yoko Saito Workshop

Exclusive Collaboration with
Japan Deluxe Tours

Optional Add-on for $370

Japanese Quilting & Crafts

Tour Descriptions

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!

New for 2020, join Japan Deluxe Tour's exclusive Japanese Quilt Workshop Collaboration with Celebrity Quilter Yoko Saito to learn the delicate techniques from Japan's top quilter. (Optional Add-On for $370)

Itinerary

Tokyo | Arrive in Japan & Check-in Hotel

01/23/2020
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

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
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
Return to the Hotel

Your Quilt Festival Japan tour begins with the first day of the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival! After entering Tokyo Dome, enjoy the day at your leisure explore the booths and various events offered at the quilting convention. Enjoy browsing through hundreds of decorative quilts and artwork on display, hear guest speakers, attend limited-events & workshops, and see some of the top designed quilts in all Japan. We hope you enjoy your time at the Tokyo Quilt Festival!

We also offer a complimentary afternoon tour through Nippori Textile Town during your quilt tour. Filled with great DIY craft and fabric stores like Nippori Tomato & Mihama Cloth, the shopping at Nippori Textile Town is a must for any quilter on vacation in Japan. For travelers interested in the complimentary day tour to Nippori Textile Town but don't want to miss a moment of the Quilt Festival, your quilt vacation will explore these awesome Tokyo arts & craft destinations later during your tour so you can feel free to enjoy the Quilt Festival at your leisure!


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

The second day of your quilt festival Japan tour includes another day at the International Quilt 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, Japan Deluxe Tours has set up a fun excursion to Tokyo's Ozu Washi Paper Store. Ozu Washi is a Traditional Japanese Paper store, established in 1653 in Tokyo's Nihombashi area. Boasting over 300 years of history, Ozu Washi is your one stop paper shop for traditional Japanese arts & paper crafts.

Travelers can also enjoy our optional afternoon tour exploring Tokyu Hands, one of the long-established department stores for handicrafts in all Japan for some more craft shopping. Make great finds as you enjoy the store, or head to Takashimaya for more shopping nearby. Takashimaya is filled with stores, cafes, and other great stops for inspiration or just to unwind in Tokyo's thriving metropolitan. Explore the stores of Tokyo with your tour 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

Our Quilt Tour will spend the day visiting the essential Japanese culture, arts, and shopping spots for craft lovers in Tokyo. Our tour begins with a visit to the Tsukiji Fish Market, former home of the world-famous tuna auction. Browse through the freshest flavors, mouth-watering dishes, and incredible sushi meals at this market that serves over thousands of businesses and local families daily!

From there, your tour group will delve into the old town district of Asakusa for some traditional Japanese souvenir and gift shopping at the Nakamise area. Your Japan tour will also travel through the majestic Sensoji Temple, one of Tokyo's most popular temples. This is the perfect place to appreciate Japanese culture and take some spectacular shots of the famous shopping district. Enjoy Japanese arts and traditional snacks with your tour group through this can't miss Tokyo temple.

After our time at Asakusa, our quilt tour will venture to world famous quilt artist Yoko Saito's Quilt Party retail store in Tokyo. Yoko Saito is well-known for her detailed work and use of taupe colors in her designs. Enjoy browsing through an extensive range of fabrics and materials for your next masterpiece at this charming retail shop. You can expect to find great fabrics and inspiration, especially when looking through the Yoko Saito's displayed works. Your vacation also has time scheduled at Nippori Textile Town for more shopping at great stores like Mihama Clothes and Nippori Tomato!


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

Beginning our Japan tour off for the day, we will start off exploring some of Japan's most astonishing fabric related museums in the suburbs of Tokyo. Our vacation begins with a trip to the Sashikokan in Hinohara village in the western part of Tokyo. Home to Sashiko artist Akie Ginza's exhibition of Sashiko art, this quaint museum 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. A hybrid of miso soup and flat udon noodles, this local Japanese specialty is a must for any tourist in Mt. Fuji. Before our day ends, our quilt tour has one last stop at Hakone's Itchiku Kubota Art Museum. Itchiku Kubota was a textile artist who devoted his life to recreating the forgotten 15th century Tsujigahana fabric dyeing technique. Many of his work is on display at this museum. Browse through the decadent collection of Kimono decorated in this traditional Japanese art. We then return to the hotel


Kanazawa | Japan's Premier Garden

01/28/2020 Breakfast Lunch Dinner

ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa ( Western Style )

  • Expedia Rating
  • Trip Advisor Rating
ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa

The ANA Crowne Plaza is located in the heart of Kanazawa, designed to provide a relaxing stay while in Japan. Enjoy the atmosphere at this 19 story hotel, conveniently located by some of the best destinations in Kanazawa.

Nearby
-Ishikawa Ongakudo
-Motenashi Dome
-Omicho Market

View Hotel Detail

Our day begins with a bullet train ride to Kanazawa. The bullet train is the fastest way to travel on land and is considered an essential Japanese experience. Enjoy riding to Kyoto in comfort and speed, and be sure to take some photos of the scenery during your ride. After our shinkansen ride, our quilt tour arrives 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. Many of the original buildings have been converted to shops and cafes offering traditional Japanese crafts and specialty goods of Kanazawa like Kutani Porcelin.

After our time at Higashi-chaya district, it's off to the Hanayome Noren bridal museum. The museum is dedicated to the Hanayome Noren bridal custom from the Noto, Kaga, and Ecchu Provinces during the Edo and Meiji Periods. Hanayome Noren is a Japanese wedding tradition featuring a gorgeous wedding curtain hung in the Groom's house for the bride to walk through. 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 continue to the beautiful Kenrokuen Garden, known as one of the three most beautiful landscape gardens of Japan. A stroll along this beautiful garden featuring streams, hills, and everything nature has to offer is sure to calm your soul. From there, It's off to the Kaga Yuzen Museum for our hands on Kaga Yuzen dyeing experience. This classic Japanese craft museum is dedicated to traditional decorative kimono and Japanese clothing featuring the Kaga Yuzen dyeing techniques. 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

Our quilt tour begins the day with a train ride to Kyoto for sightseeing through the city's 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 is the perfect source of inspiration, or to just enjoy a unique path to soothe your spirit. We will also enjoy a spirited rickshaw ride through Arashiyama. Guests can enjoy seeing many of the traditional-style shops and Japanese 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, our quilt tour will head to the Kyoto Handicraft Center to browse around the unique works of Kyoto's traditional arts & 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

Today, your vacation will be dedicated to exploring the can't miss destinations traditional and arts spots during our Kyoto tour. We begin with a visit to Nishiki Market, Kyoto's popular marketplace filled with fresh flavors and culinary treats. Often called Kyoto's Kitchen, the market has been around for over 400 years with many of the shops owned and operated by the same families for generations. After browsing for local Kyoto specialties at the market, 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 to the Shishu Restoration Studio to learn more about the process involved revitalizing old pieces.

Afterwords, our quilt tour will 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 while you work, or to give you ideas for your next project after your vacation ends. Before our day ends, we will head to the preserved street Ninenzaka. This ancient street maintains the rustic atmosphere 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.

For those still looking to tour Kyoto, 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
Evening
Maiko Dining Experience Return to the Hotel

Our final sight-seeing day of our quilt tour begins with a visit to Japan's southern island of Shikoku. Taking a step away from the lively cities of Kyoto and Tokyo, your tour will venture south to Tokushima to take part in an indigo dyeing workshop. Indigo Dyeing has a long history in Japan as early as the days of the Edo era, and is sometimes referred to as Japan Blue for it's unique color native to Japan.

For lunch, your tour guide has a special treat planned in enjoying a Tokushima favorite: Udon. While noodles like Ramen are a popular staple in the Japanese diet, the thick-noodle udon is the preferred noodle dish in Tokushima. Enjoy a delicious bowl while we travel through Japan's southern island. While making our way through the southern prefecture during our Japan tour, we will also stop at the Awa-odori Museum, a museum dedicated to the prefecture 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, Japan Deluxe Tours has 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 day together with your tour group and share your favorite memories with your guide of your experiences travelling Japan!


Osaka | Tour Disbands & Depart from Japan

02/01/2020 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.

For those not quite ready to end their Japan vacation, Japan Deluxe Tours is excited offers a once-in-a-lifetime Japanese craft workshop experience with world famous quilter Yoko Saito. Learn the coveted techniques of stitch art from Japan's quilting master in Tokyo during your travels.

**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

Optional 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
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

Your Quilt Festival Japan tour begins with the first day of the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival! After entering Tokyo Dome, enjoy the day at your leisure explore the booths and various events offered at the quilting convention. Enjoy browsing through hundreds of decorative quilts and artwork on display, hear guest speakers, attend limited-events & workshops, and see some of the top designed quilts in all Japan. We hope you enjoy your time at the Tokyo Quilt Festival!

We also offer a complimentary afternoon tour through Nippori Textile Town during your quilt tour. Filled with great DIY craft and fabric stores like Nippori Tomato & Mihama Cloth, the shopping at Nippori Textile Town is a must for any quilter on vacation in Japan. For travelers interested in the complimentary day tour to Nippori Textile Town but don't want to miss a moment of the Quilt Festival, your quilt vacation will explore these awesome Tokyo arts & craft destinations later during your tour so you can feel free to enjoy the Quilt Festival at your leisure!


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

The second day of your quilt festival Japan tour includes another day at the International Quilt 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, Japan Deluxe Tours has set up a fun excursion to Tokyo's Ozu Washi Paper Store. Ozu Washi is a Traditional Japanese Paper store, established in 1653 in Tokyo's Nihombashi area. Boasting over 300 years of history, Ozu Washi is your one stop paper shop for traditional Japanese arts & paper crafts.

Travelers can also enjoy our optional afternoon tour exploring Tokyu Hands, one of the long-established department stores for handicrafts in all Japan for some more craft shopping. Make great finds as you enjoy the store, or head to Takashimaya for more shopping nearby. Takashimaya is filled with stores, cafes, and other great stops for inspiration or just to unwind in Tokyo's thriving metropolitan. Explore the stores of Tokyo with your tour 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

Our Quilt Tour will spend the day visiting the essential Japanese culture, arts, and shopping spots for craft lovers in Tokyo. Our tour begins with a visit to the Tsukiji Fish Market, former home of the world-famous tuna auction. Browse through the freshest flavors, mouth-watering dishes, and incredible sushi meals at this market that serves over thousands of businesses and local families daily!

From there, your tour group will delve into the old town district of Asakusa for some traditional Japanese souvenir and gift shopping at the Nakamise area. Your Japan tour will also travel through the majestic Sensoji Temple, one of Tokyo's most popular temples. This is the perfect place to appreciate Japanese culture and take some spectacular shots of the famous shopping district. Enjoy Japanese arts and traditional snacks with your tour group through this can't miss Tokyo temple.

After our time at Asakusa, our quilt tour will venture to world famous quilt artist Yoko Saito's Quilt Party retail store in Tokyo. Yoko Saito is well-known for her detailed work and use of taupe colors in her designs. Enjoy browsing through an extensive range of fabrics and materials for your next masterpiece at this charming retail shop. You can expect to find great fabrics and inspiration, especially when looking through the Yoko Saito's displayed works. Your vacation also has time scheduled at Nippori Textile Town for more shopping at great stores like Mihama Clothes and Nippori Tomato!


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

Beginning our Japan tour off for the day, we will start off exploring some of Japan's most astonishing fabric related museums in the suburbs of Tokyo. Our vacation begins with a trip to the Sashikokan in Hinohara village in the western part of Tokyo. Home to Sashiko artist Akie Ginza's exhibition of Sashiko art, this quaint museum 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. A hybrid of miso soup and flat udon noodles, this local Japanese specialty is a must for any tourist in Mt. Fuji. Before our day ends, our quilt tour has one last stop at Hakone's Itchiku Kubota Art Museum. Itchiku Kubota was a textile artist who devoted his life to recreating the forgotten 15th century Tsujigahana fabric dyeing technique. Many of his work is on display at this museum. Browse through the decadent collection of Kimono decorated in this traditional Japanese art. We then return to the hotel


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. The bullet train is the fastest way to travel on land and is considered an essential Japanese experience. Enjoy riding to Kyoto in comfort and speed, and be sure to take some photos of the scenery during your ride. After our shinkansen ride, our quilt tour arrives 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. Many of the original buildings have been converted to shops and cafes offering traditional Japanese crafts and specialty goods of Kanazawa like Kutani Porcelin.

After our time at Higashi-chaya district, it's off to the Hanayome Noren bridal museum. The museum is dedicated to the Hanayome Noren bridal custom from the Noto, Kaga, and Ecchu Provinces during the Edo and Meiji Periods. Hanayome Noren is a Japanese wedding tradition featuring a gorgeous wedding curtain hung in the Groom's house for the bride to walk through. 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 continue to the beautiful Kenrokuen Garden, known as one of the three most beautiful landscape gardens of Japan. A stroll along this beautiful garden featuring streams, hills, and everything nature has to offer is sure to calm your soul. From there, It's off to the Kaga Yuzen Museum for our hands on Kaga Yuzen dyeing experience. This classic Japanese craft museum is dedicated to traditional decorative kimono and Japanese clothing featuring the Kaga Yuzen dyeing techniques. Enjoy the unique patterns and find inspiration at this cozy museum. We then proceed to the hotel.


ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa or similar

Day 7
01/29/2020

Kyoto | Museum Visits & Fabric Hunting

01/29/2020 Breakfast

Our quilt tour begins the day with a train ride to Kyoto for sightseeing through the city's 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 is the perfect source of inspiration, or to just enjoy a unique path to soothe your spirit. We will also enjoy a spirited rickshaw ride through Arashiyama. Guests can enjoy seeing many of the traditional-style shops and Japanese 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, our quilt tour will head to the Kyoto Handicraft Center to browse around the unique works of Kyoto's traditional arts & 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 Century Hotel or similar

Day 8
01/30/2020

Kyoto | The Golden Pavilion & Beautiful Geisha

01/30/2020 Breakfast Lunch

Today, your vacation will be dedicated to exploring the can't miss destinations traditional and arts spots during our Kyoto tour. We begin with a visit to Nishiki Market, Kyoto's popular marketplace filled with fresh flavors and culinary treats. Often called Kyoto's Kitchen, the market has been around for over 400 years with many of the shops owned and operated by the same families for generations. After browsing for local Kyoto specialties at the market, 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 to the Shishu Restoration Studio to learn more about the process involved revitalizing old pieces.

Afterwords, our quilt tour will 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 while you work, or to give you ideas for your next project after your vacation ends. Before our day ends, we will head to the preserved street Ninenzaka. This ancient street maintains the rustic atmosphere 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.

For those still looking to tour Kyoto, 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.


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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 final sight-seeing day of our quilt tour begins with a visit to Japan's southern island of Shikoku. Taking a step away from the lively cities of Kyoto and Tokyo, your tour will venture south to Tokushima to take part in an indigo dyeing workshop. Indigo Dyeing has a long history in Japan as early as the days of the Edo era, and is sometimes referred to as Japan Blue for it's unique color native to Japan.

For lunch, your tour guide has a special treat planned in enjoying a Tokushima favorite: Udon. While noodles like Ramen are a popular staple in the Japanese diet, the thick-noodle udon is the preferred noodle dish in Tokushima. Enjoy a delicious bowl while we travel through Japan's southern island. While making our way through the southern prefecture during our Japan tour, we will also stop at the Awa-odori Museum, a museum dedicated to the prefecture 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, Japan Deluxe Tours has 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 day together with your tour group and share your favorite memories with your guide of your experiences travelling Japan!


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Day 10
02/01/2020

Osaka | Tour Disbands & Depart from Japan

02/01/2020 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.

For those not quite ready to end their Japan vacation, Japan Deluxe Tours is excited offers a once-in-a-lifetime Japanese craft workshop experience with world famous quilter Yoko Saito. Learn the coveted techniques of stitch art from Japan's quilting master in Tokyo during your travels.

**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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