Destinations: Tokyo & Kyoto.
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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.



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Japan Quilt Tour – January 2020 (dates TBC)


On this Quilters Tour to Japan, your tour starts in Tokyo where one of the highlights of your trip is a visit to the wonderful Tokyo International Quilt Festival held at the vast Tokyo Dome. Apart from the superb quilt competition itself, there are many other quilt exhibits and demonstrations as well as a fantastic array of stalls for shopping.

Whilst in Tokyo you’ll visit the very atmospheric Sensoji Temple – beloved by all Tokyoites where you’ll get the feel of old Tokyo with the delightful arcade of stalls leading up to the Temple offering their religious wares, local delicacies and nicknacks. Meiji Shrine is another lovely spot we visit and as we are here on a Sunday you should have the privilege of being able to watch a series of Shinto weddings taking place which are always beautifully colourful. A visit to Nippori Fabric Town is a must and you will have more than 100 stores to choose from, but do take the time to sit in one of the mini coffee bars at the back of these stores where you can maybe chat with the locals about your purchases.

After Tokyo, you’ll speed on the superb Bullet train past beautiful Mt Fuji to Kyoto – the cultural heartland of Japan and the home of Japan’s silk and fabric industries. For centuries Kyoto has become re-known for producing some of the most skilled artists who collaborate to produce the best threads, dyes and fabrics, that going into making the finest kimonos. The tailoring skills and hand-painting skills of these artisans elevate these kimonos into true works of art which can cost many millions of yen and will be handed down from mother to daughter. During your stay here you will get the chance to view some of these most beautiful creations at the Yuzen Gallery. You’ll also have the chance to watch a kimono fashion show at the Nishijin Textile Centre and take part in a shibori tie-dyeing class.

Kyoto boasts more than 2,000 temples and shrines and during your stay we’ll visit the glorious Temple of the Golden Pavilion and its lovely gardens and stunning Kiyomizu Temple perched on a hillside with beautiful views over Kyoto. We’ll also visit imposing Nijo Castle with its beautifully decorated interiors.

Japan is also a place of wonderful cuisine and your Guide will take you to a variety of delicious places to eat in the evenings (or you can, of course, do your own thing). In terms of food, your senses will be pleasantly bombarded by delicious sights, smells and tastes and every meal will contribute more happy experiences that make this a wonderful tour. As one of our New Zealand customer’s said: “I was hesitant before arriving in Japan, but this trip really was without fault. So many memories, so many quilts to sew; experiences and pictures to share along with a very firm recommendation to join your next Quilters Tour”.

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Japan Quilt Tour Itinerary

Day 1-2: UK – Tokyo
Fly overnight from London Heathrow to Tokyo (Narita International Airport) with a change of plane en route. Transfer by private coach to The Tokyo Dome Hotel for 6 nights. Your hotel is adjacent to the Tokyo Dome (where the Great Quilt Festival will be held).

Day 3: Tokyo Tour
Enjoy a full day tour of Tokyo by private coach as we visit the Imperial Palace, bustling Sensoji Temple in Asakusa and then go on to Nippori Fabric Town – a fantastic centre for speciality fabric stores. With over 100 stores you are bound to find whatever you are looking for and at a reasonable price.

Day 5: Tokyo International Quilt Festival
After breakfast, attend the wonderful Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival and enjoy the rest of the day there. Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight.

Day 6: Itchiku Kubota Trip
Today we will enjoy a day trip to the stunning Itchiku Kubota Museum including lunch. 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).

Day 7: 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 8: Tokyo
In the morning we travel by public transport to serenely beautiful Meiji Shrine and lively Harajuku. The rest of the day is at leisure. In the afternoon you have another opportunity to visit the Great Quilt Festival.

Day 9: Kyoto
After breakfast, we transfer by the famous Bullet Train to Kyoto. You’ll be met at Kyoto station by private coach from where you will enjoy an afternoon tour of Kyoto. Visit the beautiful Temple of the Golden Pavilion and its gardens. Then we go on to the stunning Kiyomizu Temple perched on the slopes of a hillside. Check in to the Karasuma Kyoto Hotel for 4 nights.

Day 10: Kyoto
Today we start with a little walking tour of the local covered markets before visiting the awe-inspiring Sanjusangendo Temple which features 1,001 gilded statues. We then 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.

Day 11: Free Day or Optional Tour to Hiroshima
Enjoy a full day at leisure. Alternatively, you may wish to join an optional day trip by Bullet Train to Hiroshima and the nearby beautiful island of Miyajima.

Day 12: Kyoto
We start the day with a visit to Nijo Castle with its gorgeous interiors and famous squeaking “nightingale” floor which alerted the inhabitants to intruders. We then move on to the Nishijin Textile Centre in the Nishijin district – the famous home of Kyoto’s silk fabric weavers. Here you can try on a 12-layered kimono or try hand weaving (both require a prior appointment), watch a kimono 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. In the evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner.

Day 13: Return to UK
Sadly it is time to say “sayonara” and after breakfast transfer to Kansai International Airport (Osaka) by private coach to depart for home.


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Accommodation in Tokyo

Tokyo Dome Hotel


One of Tokyo’s premier hotels for events, this impressive 40+ storey tower rises above Tokyo Dome baseball stadium and the elegant Koishikawa Korakuen gardens. Most striking are the nearby ferris wheel and roller coaster of the Dome City amusement park, which when lit up at night make for great views that are evocative of Tokyo’s urban glamour.
The rooms here are very spacious for their grade and centrality, with a modern and stylish décor. Of course, all rooms are replete with good quality amenities and wireless internet as standard.
With 11 restaurants, lounges and cafes, there is no shortage of variation when it comes to nourishment and relaxation. On offer are various Western options, including Italian, French and American, as well as multiple Japanese choices such as sushi, tempura, kaiseki ryori and yakiniku BBQ. The top floor bar is really worth a visit, where the night views of the stadium and amusement park from 40 storeys make for a great compliment to a cocktail.

Accommodation in Kyoto

Karasuma Kyoto Hotel


Located a few minutes walk from Shijo Street which is the main street for shopping with a number of department stores and fantastic restaurants.

Single rooms are compact and doubles more generously sized and recently renovated. All rooms have TV, refrigerator and tea making facilities. Free LAN internet is available in room and free wifi is available in the lobby.

The Karasuma Kyoto Hotel has a large selection of Western and Japanese breakfast items and there is also an onsite Starbucks and bakery. Other facilities include a Chinese and Japanese restaurant and a bar.

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Tour Dates: January 2020 Dates TBC

Tour Includes:

  • Entry to the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival
  • Plenty of fantastic opportunities for shopping for fabric and other goods
  • A day trip and entrance to Itchiku Kubota Museum
  • Visit the private quilt and kimono collection of renown quilter Sachiko Yoshida
  • Escorted tours of Tokyo & Kyoto
  • 10 nights accommodation at 4* deluxe hotel in Tokyo (6 nights) and at a 4* Kyoto (4 nights)
  • International airfare from London Heathrow
  • Travel on Japan’s famous Bullet Train
  • Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
  • Optional day trip to Hiroshima
  • Shibori Dyeing class & a Stenciling class
  • 1 standard sized baggage transfer from Tokyo to Kyoto
  • Services of a knowledgeable Japan Journeys guide throughout


Price Includes:

  • 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 Tokyo-Kyoto
  • 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)
  • Day trip to Itchiku Kubota Museum by private air-conditioned coach
  • Full-day private air-conditioned coach tour of Tokyo
  • Full-day and Afternoon private air-conditioned coach tours of Kyoto
  • 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 Quilt Festival on 27 January 2019)
  • Shibori Dyeing class & a Stenciling class
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinners
  • 1 standard sized baggage transfer from Tokyo-Kyoto
  • 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


Dates: January 2020 -Dates TBC

Price: TBC per person on a sharing basis
Land Only Price: TBC (excluding flights, for non-UK passengers)
Single room Supplement: TBC



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  • To make a booking, a deposit of £300.00 per person is required.
  • The balance of the price of the trip must be made 12 weeks prior to departure.
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