JapanDeluxeTours

Japan Deluxe Tours, Inc.
1820 W. Carson St. Suite 224 Torrance California 90501 USA
Phone: 310-327-1111 FAX: 310-329-7609
9 Nights 10 days Quilt Festival Tour
Day 1
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
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
Breakfast
Day 3
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
Breakfast
Day 4
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
Breakfast Lunch
Day 5
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
Breakfast Lunch
Day 6
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.
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 7
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.
Breakfast
Day 8
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.
Breakfast Lunch
Day 9
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!
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 10
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)
Breakfast