DEPOSIT | MAR 2025 Kyoto Textile Adventure
DEPOSIT | MAR 2025 Kyoto Textile Adventure
DEPOSIT | MAR 2025 Kyoto Textile Adventure
DEPOSIT | MAR 2025 Kyoto Textile Adventure
DEPOSIT | MAR 2025 Kyoto Textile Adventure
DEPOSIT | MAR 2025 Kyoto Textile Adventure
DEPOSIT | MAR 2025 Kyoto Textile Adventure
DEPOSIT | MAR 2025 Kyoto Textile Adventure
DEPOSIT | MAR 2025 Kyoto Textile Adventure
DEPOSIT | MAR 2025 Kyoto Textile Adventure
DEPOSIT | MAR 2025 Kyoto Textile Adventure

DEPOSIT | MAR 2025 Kyoto Textile Adventure

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12-day Tour :: Cherry Blossom Kyoto Textile Adventure 
THU March 13 to MON March 24, 2025

Tour Deposit: $1,750
Total Tour Cost: $9,250 
Single Occupancy
Tour limited to 16 participants 

Tour Leaders: Victoria Stone & Patricia Belyea, co-owners of Okan Arts
Japanese Travel Expert and Guide: 
Yumi Sugai

11 nights in Kyoto

Once you unpack at the upscale Hotel Okura in the heart of Kyoto, you are home! Kyoto promises a truly authentic experience as the cultural center of traditional Japan.

During your stay, delight in the planned daily activities—insider visits, workshops, day trips, special group meals, and more. After hours, get to know your neighborhood—with shrines, temples, shops, and restaurants around every corner.

This tour promises a relaxed pace in one of the most wondrous cities in the world.

B=Breakfast  L=Lunch  T=Tea  D=Dinner

Day 1.  Arrive at Kansai Airport (KIX Osaka) and be transported to your riverside hotel in Kyoto.

Day 2.  After group introductions, head to a kyo-yuzen studio for a brush-dyeing workshop. Walk to an offbeat tenugui museum and then continue to the Secret Needle Shop and Nomura Tailor in the grand shopping arcade. End your day with a lively Welcome Dinner. BD

Day 3. Venture to rural Ohara! Meet a renowned dyemaster in his indigo workshop, savor a group lunch in a rustic restaurant, followed by a natural-dyeing workshop at a nearby botanical farm. BL

Day 4. View exquisite woven silk textiles including replicas of Impressionism masterpieces at the Nishijin Asagi Museum. After lunch, enjoy an insider visit at a local Buddhist temple and experience kinsai—gold leaf painting. B

Day 5. Take the bullet train from Kyoto to visit the historic town of Arimatsu for a tour of the Tie-Dye Museum. After a casual group lunch, learn about shibori dyeing in a hands-on workshop. BL

Day 6. Experience a silk weaving workshop with a fourth-generation artisan. Meditate beside a dry landscape garden in a walled temple. Visit the Raku Museum with 450 years of Raku ware. Finish your day with tea and traditional treats at Japan’s oldest confectionery. BLT

Day 7.  Explore the Nishijin Textile Center before a leisurely bistro lunch. Then braid silk in a kumihimo workshop. BL

Day 8.  At Arashiyama, enter the grounds of the nearly 700-year old Tenryu-Ji temple, then walk through the magical Bamboo Grove. Spend the afternoon soaking in a hot-springs spa, or continue to explore local sights on your own. B

Day 9.  Start with a visit to a hiyoshiya atelier and make a miniature parasol. Stop by a unique thread shop, then partake in a traditional tea ceremony. BT

Day 10.  Spend the morning treasure hunting at one of the great temple flea markets. In the afternoon, venture to Fushimi Inari Shrine with its 10,000 torii gates lining a mountain pathway. The day caps with an elegant Farewell Dinner. BD 

Day 11. Your day starts with a roketsu (wax-resist dyeing) indigo workshop, followed by a walk in the famous Gion geisha district. The afternoon is yours: you can head north to stroll the legendary Philosopher’s Path, roam Nijo Castle with its nightingale floors and famous gardens, discover the pottery district, or catch up on last-minute shopping. B

Day 12. Marvel at the iconic Golden Pavilion and stroll the temple grounds for a farewell meditation. Then coach to Kansai Airport (KIX Osaka) for your departure. B

NOTE: This itinerary is subject to change.

      Okan Arts tours explore vibrant cities, rural areas, and artist studios so mobility is important. Japan is a country that tends to build up and stairs are a common feature. You will be welcomed into private homes and ateliers where seating may be limited or even on the floor.

      To experience this tour to the fullest and keep up with the rest of the group, we request that you are able to:

      • Walk up to three miles throughout the day

      • Walk on rustic pathways and stairs, often with no handrails

      • Ascend and descend steep stairs with a handrail

      • Stand for 40 minutes to one hour (for presentations in small artisan ateliers)

      • Sit on the floor (not on your knees) for up to one hour

      Most traditional Japanese food is free of the common allergens of dairy and peanuts. However, on your trip to Japan we cannot guarantee allergen-free meals. 

      If you have severe allergies or food restrictions, please assess your comfort with eating in a different culture with a language barrier. 

      *Please note that if you have a gluten sensitivity or intolerance, most soy sauces —a common seasoning in Japanese foods— contain wheat.

      Face Masks
      Tour members may be asked to wear a face mask for some outdoor and indoor activities.

      Tour Contract
      Within 24 hours of paying your Deposit, you will receive the Tour Contract via email. You must return the completed and signed Tour Contract to Okan Arts within one week to finalize your tour booking. 

      Your Tour Deposit is non-refundable. That said, if you need to cancel and Okan Arts fills your place, you will receive a refund of your Tour Deposit less $150.

      If your place is not filled, you will forfeit 100% of your Tour Deposit.

      Okan Arts recommends that you purchase Comprehensive Travel Insurance with Trip Cancellation Coverage.

      If your tour is canceled due to Japan closing its borders to travelers, a full refund will be made which constitutes a full settlement.

      In the event of a tour cancellation, Okan Arts is not responsible for any additional expenses prepaid by you, such as airline tickets, passport fees, or visa fees.

      With Okan Arts, you travel with like-minded textile and quilting enthusiasts who want to be inspired by the people, places, and traditions of Japan.

      Okan Arts offers more than tailor-made itineraries and knowledgeable tour leaders—we care that all our travelers have an extraordinary experience! 

      • Japan, our only tour destination, is our specialty
      • our tours cap at 16 participants–with two leaders and a Japanese Travel Expert
      • we design trip-of-a-lifetime tours with insider events and hands-on workshops
      • accommodations are single occupancy in 4- and 5-star hotels
      • includes all breakfasts, a Welcome Dinner, a Farewell Dinner, and additional special group meals
      • includes transit and transfers within Japan during the stated days of the tours


      Victoria Stone, co-owner of Okan Arts, has a lifelong passion for textiles and sewing. Victoria leads Okan Arts tours to Japan where participants appreciate her insider tips on intriguing shops, local restaurants, and after-hours adventures. 
      Patricia Belyea, co-owner of Okan Arts, is crazy about Japanese textiles and everything quilty. A quilting teacher, speaker and author, Patricia shares her passions with joy. Her knowledge and extensive travels throughout Japan are the foundation of the Okan Arts tours.
      Yumi Sugai, our Japanese Tour Expert, started working as a tour guide in 2000. Since then, Yumi has traveled all across Japan with many visitors from abroad. You will never feel a cultural gap once Yumi appears. 


      • A 12-day quilter and textile lover’s tour with exclusive visits, experiences, and workshops as stated in the Itinerary
      • 11 nights in a 4- to 5-star hotel, single occupancy
      • All breakfasts (B), and special group lunches (L) and dinners (D) as stated in the Itinerary
      • Two co-leaders, and one Japanese travel expert
      • All tour transportation and transfers within Japan 

      Not Included

      • International airfare
      • Passport and visa fees
      • Travel insurance
      • Emergency medical travel insurance – required
      • Personal expenses, shopping money, taxis, and meals when on your own

      It was such a great experience and the group was very special. I had a wonderful time.
      Lynn H - Aiea HI

      The workshops were great — so was the food.  I especially enjoyed the Kyoto hotel where we stayed.  It was well-located; we could walk many places from there.
      Toni B - San Francisco CA

      Thank you for being flexible and doing side excursions. 
      Lily K - Aiea HI

      I hope that others will be able to have the rich and rewarding Japan experience that I had! 
      Ellen M - Santa Cruz CA

      I had such a memorable experience, one I’ll never forget. No drama. No negativity. All love and respect. 
      Jude S - Los Angeles, CA

      I do feel lucky indeed, to have had the special opportunity to travel with Okan Arts to Japan.
      Mary K - Chattanooga TN

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