Duration: 10 nights
Destinations: Kyoto & Tokyo
Price: TBC


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 2021


On this Quilters Tour to Japan, your tour starts in Kyoto – the cultural heartland of Japan and the home of Japan’s silk and fabric industries. For centuries Kyoto has become renowned for producing some of the most skilled artists who collaborate to produce the best threads, dyes and fabrics that go into making the finest kimonos. The tailoring 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 atmospheric Sanjusangendo Temple, which contains 1001 gilded statues of the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy.

After Kyoto, you’ll speed on the superb Bullet train past beautiful Mt Fuji to 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.

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 customers 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 – 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 speciality 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.

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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.

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.

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A former Editor for (British) Patchwork & Quilting magazine, Judi Mendelssohn is the owner and Director of P&Q Tours Ltd, specializing 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.

Tour Dates: January 2021

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 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 the price:

  • Travel Insurance (available on our website)
  • Lunches and dinners (other than those mentioned above)
  • Optional day trip to Hiroshima


Dates: January 2021

Price: TBC
Land Only Price: TBC 
Single room Supplement: TBC


If you wish to extend your trip, you can do so on request.

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  • To make a booking, a deposit of £350.00 per person is required.
  • The balance of the price of the trip must be made 12 weeks prior to departure.
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