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12-day Tour :: Quilting & Textile Tour of Japan
WED October 25 - SUN November 5, 2023
Tour Deposit: $1,750
Total Tour Cost: $8,750 Single Occupancy
Tour limited to 16 participants
TOUR LEADERS: Victoria Stone & Patricia Belyea
Let the allure of Japan captivate you with its dynamic contrasts.
You start in historic Kyoto, a mecca for masterly textile traditions, and end up in the modern metropolis of Tokyo for contemporary textile and quilting delights. In between, you journey into the mountains to see the ultimate kimono exhibit at the Kubota Museum.
This tour delivers a non-stop array of memorable activities — from insider visits to textile studios, hands-on workshops, celebrity meet-ups, special group meals, and more.
Day 1 Arrive at Kansai Airport (Osaka) and be transported to your 4-star riverside hotel in the heart of Kyoto.
Day 2 After group introductions, head to a kyo-yuzen studio for a silk-dyeing workshop. Walk to an offbeat tenugui museum and then continue to the secret needle shop in the grand shopping arcade. End your day with a lively Welcome Dinner. BD
Day 3 Adventure to rural Ohara! Meet a renowned dyemaster in his indigo workshop, then savor a group lunch in a rustic restaurant, followed by a natural-dyeing workshop at a near-by botanical farm. BL
Day 4 Meet a collector and curator of antique Japanese textiles. Enjoy a special group lunch before visiting the renowned Nishijin Textile Center for a kimono fashion show. BL
Day 5 Experience a silk weaving workshop with a fourth-generation artisan. Visit a local shrine dedicated to the goddess of weaving, followed by tea and traditional treats at Japan’s oldest confectionery. B
Day 6 Take the bullet train to the outskirts of Mount Fuji and view remarkable hand-dyed silk kimono at the acclaimed Kubota Museum. Continue to an elegant hot-springs hotel. BD
Day 7 Journey to the farmhouse and atelier of a sashiko master in the foothills of the Okutama mountains. Then visit the home of a celebrity kimono expert before arriving at your luxury hotel in Tokyo. B
Day 8 Head to northern Tokyo for a temari thread-ball workshop at an exciting dye studio and cafe. Then meet with a Japanese quilting luminary and see a selection of her work. B
Day 9 Be welcomed into the home of Amy Katoh, a champion of Japanese arts and crafts, to learn about her private textile collection. After a farm-fresh group lunch, stroll to Amy’s iconic shop – Blue & White. BL
Day 10 At last! Travel to the port city of Yokohama to explore the thrilling exhibitions at the World Quilt Festival. Then back to Tokyo to treasure hunt in the endless textile shops of Nippori Fabric Town. Your day ends with a group Farewell Dinner. BD
Day 11 Learn about the art of chusen dyeing and dye your own colorful tenugui (a Japanese hand towel). Then tour the city’s oldest temple, Senso-Ji, in the neighborhood of Asakusa. Finish your day discovering the fascinating shops in the area. B
Day 12 Check off a quilter’s wishlist destination with a stop at Yoko Saito’s famed fabric boutique, Quilt Party. Then on to Haneda or Narita Airport (Tokyo) for your departure. B
NOTE: The dates of the 2023 Yokohama World Quilt Festival have not been published yet. This tour assumes that the Festival will be at the same time as the last two years.