Opulent Journeys

Japan Spring Textile Tour

23 May - 04 June 2019

From (AUD)


13 DAY

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1300 219 885 (AU)

0800 456 219 (NZ)

Tour Highlights
  • 13 day tour focusing on textiles, ancient crafts, cultures and lifestyle throughout Japan
  • One day pass to the new Yokohama Quilt Festival featuring Japanese and International exhibitions
  • Workshop in the ancient town, visit to a weaving factory and museum in Fukuoka
  • Explore Hiroshima, the Peace Memorial Park and Museum, and visit the beautiful island of Miyajima
  • Attend a unique quilt exhibition in Tokyo
  • Spend a day at the world famous outdoor collectables market - Oedo Antique Market
  • Wander through traditional food markets and satisfy your tastebuds with delicious, authentic Japanese meals


Dates & Prices

Tour Prices


Per person, twin share                 $6,280
Single supplement $1,135

 *Tour price is Land Only, tour starts in Osaka and finishes in Tokyo. 

About your tour leader - Lisa Walton

This tour is designed and led by internationally awarded quilting teacher, textile artist, and author Lisa Walton. Lisa has travelled extensively, taught and lectured for over 25 years. As a quilter, textile artist and passionate foodie, Lisa created this perfect textile and food focused tour to appeal to those who especially appreciate traditional crafts and foods.

What's Included

Tour Inclusions: 

  • Transportation in Japan including train/ tram and chartered coaches
  • 12 nights twin-share accommodation at well-appointed hotels with breakfast daily
  • Meals, workshop, and entrance fees as stated in the itinerary
  • English-speaking guide/assistant accompany the group during touring

Not Included: 

  • International airfares to Japan
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Porterage at hotels, personal expenses, gratuities and anything not mentioned.

Arrival/departure transfers: Shared or private transfers can be organized on request, please contact Opulent Journeys for more information.  
Hotel Rooms in Japan: Please note that there are limited ‘double-bedded’ rooms available in most Japanese hotels. Most rooms for two persons are ‘twin-bedded’. Most hotels in Japan have single rooms which are smaller rooms with a single bed and private facilities. The single supplement is based on a single room. If you wish to have more space we offer a single supplement for a double room for sole use, additional cost will apply please contact us.
To enquire or book this tour, please contact

Phone: 1300 219 885            Email: enquiries@opulentjourneys.com.au

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Fitness level - Moderate
Arrive Osaka and make your own way to hotel for check in. (Individual transfers can be arranged on request) Tonight, join a welcome dinner.
(Meals: D)
This morning visit Osaka Castle, one of Japan's most famous landmarks which played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century of the Azuchi-Momoyama period. In the afternoon travel by train to Fukuoka.
(Meals: B)
Today take part in an indigo dyeing workshop at Yamamura family (Kurume Kasuri Yamaai). Later, visit Moriyama Kasuri Kobo and Hakataori Kougeikan. Hakatai is a traditional weaving technique of Fukuoka with a history of 770 years.  Skilful craftsmen in each era have refined their skills and have continued to create the best fabrics.
(Meals: B)
Travel by train to Hiroshima in Honshu Island. Hiroshina was largely destroyed by an atomic bomb during World War II. Today, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park commemorates the 1945 event. In the park are the ruins of Genbaku Dome, one of the few buildings that were left standing near ground zero. Today’s sightseeing is by tram. Tonight, enjoy an Okonomiyaki dinner, one of the traditional meals of Hiroshima.
(Meals: B, D)
Today, visit Miyajima - a small island less than an hour outside the city of Hiroshima. The Island is most famous for its giant torii gate, which at high tide seems to float on the water. While officially named Itsukushima, the island is more commonly referred to as Miyajima, Japanese for "Shrine Island". This is because the island is so closely related to its key shrine, Itsukushima Shrine. Like the torii gate, the shrine's main buildings are built over water. The shrine complex consists of multiple buildings, including a prayer hall, a main hall and a noh theatre stage, which are connected by boardwalks and supported by pillars above the sea. Miyajima is also famous for the deer which wander freely throughout the island. The popular food to try are the fried oysters and local biscuits which you can watch being baked.
(Meals: B)
Travel by train to Takayama (officially known as Hida Takayama), is a city in the mountainous Hida region of Gifu Prefecture. Takayama retains a traditional touch like few other Japanese cities, especially in its beautifully preserved old town. On arrival walk to your hotel for check in. Tonight, enjoy a famous Hida beef dinner.
(Meals: B, D)
Today visit Takayama Jinya, the former residence of the governor of Hida Province under the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan from 1692 to 1871. Learn about Takayama's history at the Takayama Museum of History and Art.  Also visit the famous Hida Sashiko Shop where you find the impressive depth and variety of sashiko fabrics and threads and other products made using the sashiko techniques.
(Meals: B)
Today travel by train to Tokyo via Nagoya. On arrival in Tokyo walk to your hotel for a check in. The rest of the day is at leisure.
(Meals: B)
Travel by train to Yokohama, a Japanese city south of Tokyo, one of the first Japanese ports opened to foreign trade, in 1859. Spend the day at the new international quilt show Quilt Time Festival which was held for the first time at the Pacifico Yokohama Exhibition Hall in 2018. After visiting the Quilt Time Festival return to Tokyo by train.
(Meals: B)
Today visit the exclusive Quilt Exhibition at the Hotel Gajoen Tokyo. In 2019 the theme of the exhibition is 'Japan-modern', with an eclectic yet beautiful collection of Japanese inspired quilts. In the afternoon enjoy shopping in Nippori Textile Town, this one-kilometre strip dates back to the Taisho Era (1912-1926) and is the destination of all fabric lovers.
(Meals: B)
After breakfast visit the Oedo Antique Market, the world famous outdoor collectables market. Taking place once a month, this market is great for picking up some cool art, unique handicrafts or time-worn decorative items. There is an extensive range of collectables, which range from ceramics and clothing to ukiyo-e prints.
(Meals: B)
This morning travel by coach to Tama and visit Ginza Akie Sashiko Khan (Akie Ginza’s Sashiko Museum). The museum was constructed and transplanted and renovated in the former Daoyounoya residence of Joetsu city built over two hundred years. There are also shops where you can purchase cloths, threads and needles. In the afternoon, visit Blue & White Shop, the famous store focussing on local artists high quality indigo dyed and eco products. Farewell dinner tonight.
(Meals: B, D)
Our tour ends after breakfast, please make your own way to airport for your onward flight. (Individual transfers can be arranged on request)
(Meals: B)

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