JAPAN QUILT TOUR
TBC (10 nights)
Tokyo & Kyoto
JAPAN QUILT TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
Our Japan Quilt Tour offers the holiday of a lifetime for quilt, patchwork, and embroidery enthusiasts and on tour, you will be delighted and astonished by the quality of Japanese craftsmanship.
You will discover Japan's fascinating history, experience the astonishing culture, and try your hand at some of Japan's exquisite traditional fabric crafts – all topped off with a visit to the Great Quilt Festival in Tokyo, the largest in Japan.
DAY 1- 2: UK – KYOTO
Fly overnight from London Heathrow to Osaka (Kansai International Airport) with a change of plane en route. Transfer by private coach to Karasuma Kyoto Hotel for 4 nights.
DAY 3: KYOTO
Enjoy a morning tour by private coach around this beautiful city. Visit the majestic Temple of the Golden Pavilion and its gardens. Then we go on to the atmospheric Sanjusangendo Temple, which contains 1001 gilded statues of the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy. Next, we move on to the Kyoto Handicraft Centre where you have time to take lunch and browse a multitude of craft shops. After lunch, enjoy a Shibori Dyeing Class. Enjoy a Welcome dinner tonight.
DAY 4: KYOTO
Today we start with a little walking tour of the local covered markets before being picked up by our private coach, which will drive us to the Nishijin Textile Centre in the Nishijin district – the famous home of Kyoto's silk fabric weavers. Here you can dress up in a beautiful kimono (which requires a prior appointment) from a wide variety of colours and patterns, watch a kimono fashion show and learn about the method of kimono making. We will make a short stop for lunch before ending the day at the Yuzen Gallery to learn about the art of Yuzen silk craftsmen. We will have the privilege of visiting a traditional Japanese house where some Yuzen dyed kimono are displayed.
DAY 5: FREE DAY OR OPTIONAL TOUR
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Kyoto. Alternatively, you may wish to join an optional day trip by Bullet Train to Hiroshima and the nearby beautiful island of Miyajima with lunch included.
DAY 6: TOKYO
After breakfast, we transfer by the famous Bullet Train to Tokyo. You'll be met at Tokyo Station by private coach which will take us to the bustling Sensoji Temple in Asakusa. You will spend the rest of the afternoon in Nippori Fabric Town – a fantastic centre for specialty fabric stores. With over 100 stores you are bound to find whatever you are looking for and at a reasonable price.
DAY 7: TOKYO INTERNATIONAL QUILT FESTIVAL
After breakfast, attend the wonderful Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival and enjoy the rest of the day there.
DAY 8: FREE DAY OR TOKYO INTERNATIONAL QUILT FESTIVAL
Enjoy a full day of leisure in Tokyo. Alternatively, you may wish to spend another day at the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival.
DAY 9: VISIT TO SACHIKO YOSHIDA
Today we will spend a day with the famous Japanese quilt-maker Sachiko Yoshida who will explain to us all about her beautiful quilt and kimono collection.
DAY 10: TOKYO
In the morning we travel by public transport to serenely beautiful Meiji Shrine. You can explore nearby Harajuku and have lunch. In the afternoon we will head to Shinjuku and visit an array of craft and fabric shops including Bingoya and Odakaya.
DAY 11: ITCHIKU KUBOTA TRIP
Today we will enjoy a day trip to the stunning Itchiku Kubota Museum. Take a coach out of Tokyo to the Itchiku Kubota Museum which is located near Lake Kawaguchi offering you wonderful panoramic views of Mt Fuji, beloved by Itchiku. Itchiku is famous for his artistic kimonos inspired by a long-lost 16th-century technique called tsujigahana (a tie-dyeing technique mixed with drawings and impressing foil appearing at the end of the 15th century but disappeared some 100 years later). After lunch, you will have the opportunity to explore your surroundings. In the evening, enjoy a Farewell dinner.
DAY 12: RETURN TO UK
Sadly, it is time to say 'sayonara' and we will transfer to Narita International Airport (Tokyo) by private coach to depart for home.
KYOTO: KARASUMA KYOTOHOTEL
TOKYO: TOKYO DOME HOTEL
A former Editor for (British) Patchwork & Quilting magazine, Judi Mendelssohn is the owner and Director of P&Q Tours Ltd, specialising in tours for quilters. She also gives talks and teaches patchwork workshops and classes around the UK and abroad. Judi will lead some hand-sewing projects during the tour and share her knowledge of Japanese quilts, fabrics, and techniques along the way.
DATES & INCLUSIONS
TOUR DATES: JANUARY 2022
Price: TBC per person on a sharing basis
Land Only Price: TBC per person on a sharing basis (not including flights. non-UK passengers only)
Single Room Supplement: TBC
Economy class scheduled international flights (with a change of plane en route)
10 nights’ hotel accommodation on a shared basis with breakfast daily
Single Bullet train ticket from Kyoto – Tokyo
Airport Transfers in Japan for those passengers arriving and departing with the main group (pre- and post- extension passengers will need to arrange their own airport transfers).
Two half-day private air-conditioned coach tours of Kyoto
Afternoon private air-conditioned coach of Tokyo
Day trip to Itchiku Kubota Museum by private air-conditioned coach
All local train and subway fares for sights visited
Sightseeing and entrance fees to all named attractions on tour (with the exception of the 2nd ticket to the Quilt Festival on Day 8)
Shibori Dyeing class & a Stencilling class
Welcome and Farewell Dinners, and 2 lunches
1 standard-sized baggage transfer from Kyoto -Tokyo
Services of a knowledgeable Japan Journeys Guide throughout
NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE
Travel Insurance (available on our website)
Lunches and dinners (other than those mentioned above)
Optional day trip to Hiroshima
Hiroshima Day Trip: Price TBC
To make a booking, a deposit of 10% of the total price is required.
The balance of the price of the trip must be made 12 weeks prior to departure.
In order to maximise our customers' safety on tour, we request all guests over 18 years old be fully vaccinated (i.e. they must have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccination at least 14 days prior to departure.) A vaccination document, certificate or evidence will be required at the time of departure.
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