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Textile Tour to Japan with Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival

23 January - 1 February 2019

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10 DAY

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1300 219 885 (AU)

0800 456 219 (NZ)

Tour Highlights
  • 10-day tour of Japan, focusing on textiles, culture and lifestyle
  • 2 full-day passes to explore the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival
  • Hands on experiences to explore traditional Japanese textile techniques
  • See Museum collections of Japan’s finest crafts, including the famous Kubota Kimono Collection
  • Visit Tokyo and Kyoto’s textile centers and fabric shops
  • Enjoy a night at an Onsen hotel with views of iconic Mount Fuji
  • Be inspired by Japan’s gardens, markets, shrines, and sights of cultural significance
Dates & Prices

Tour Prices (Per person in USD) *                                   


Twin share                               $3,995
Single room $4,690

 *Tour price is in US dollars, Land Only starts in Tokyo and finishes in Kyoto. 

About Your Tour Leader - Martha Wolfe

This tour is designed and led by award-winning fiber artist, Martha Wolfe, founding member of the international art quilting group, Viewpoints 9. Martha is a seasoned international traveler and has taught and exhibited in locations around the world. The tour is created for those who share Martha’s love of travel and exploring with a focus on textiles and quilts, Japan’s rich cultural history and the beauty of the ever-changing Japanese landscape.

What's Included

Tour Inclusions:

  • Transportation in Japan including trains and chartered coaches
  • Arrival/departure transfers
  • 9 nights twin-share accommodation at well-appointed hotels with breakfast daily
  • Meals, workshops, and entrance fees as stated in the itinerary
  • An English-speaking guide throughout the trip in Japan (except 2 days at Tokyo International Quilt Show)

Not Included: 

  • International airfares to Japan
  • Travel insurance
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities and anything not mentioned

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.


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Fitness level - Moderate

On arrival shared transfer takes you to the hotel in Tokyo for check-in.

After breakfast we’ll travel by coach and take a stroll through the beautiful Imperial Palace East Garden followed by a visit to the Amuse Museum, famous for its Boro Textile collection.  We’ll have lunch and wander through the busy Asakusa district and visit the Senso-ji Temple. We’ll make a final stop at the historic Nippori Fabric Town, home to nearly 100 shops carrying all sorts of fabric and notions.  This evening we will share a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
(Meals: B, L, D)
Today and tomorrow you will have full day passes to the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival at the Tokyo Dome adjacent to our hotel. This world famous show includes wonderful quilts and special exhibits from around the world as well as a variety of demonstrations and unique shopping opportunities.
(Meals: B)
Today we will travel by coach to Kawaguchico Lake with a stop at the beautiful Itchuku Kubota Museum to see the stunning Kubota Kimono Collection. We’ll also make a stop at the Muse Museum, home of the captivating dolls created by Yuki Atae. Along the way, we’ll take a ride on the Kachikachi Ropeway featuring panoramic views of Mount Fuji and this evening we’ll enjoy the view from our Onsen Hotel.
(Meals: B, D)
After breakfast, we’ll be catching the train to Nagoya and travelling on by coach to Arimatsu – the center of Shibori dyeing dating back to the early 17th century. We’ll visit the Narumi Tie-Dyeing Museum and participate in a Shibori-dyeing workshop. Later we will travel by train to Kyoto. 
(Meals: B, D)
Following breakfast we will travel by coach to the Heian Shrine and visit the grounds then walk to the nearby Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts, which houses beautiful representative works of many of Japan’s finest crafts.  After lunch we’ll be participating in a Sashiko workshop.
(Meals: B)
This morning we’ll travel by coach to Hiedaira to visit the Kyoto studio of world famous Quilt artist, Yoshiko Jinzenji. We’ll make a stop to browse through the shops at the Shinkyogoku Shopping Street and visit the 400 year old Misuyabari Needle Store. This afternoon we will be participating in a Rocketsu dyeing workshop using a traditional wax-resist dyeing method.  We’ll end our day with a walk through Kyoto’s best known Geisha quarter – Gion District.
(Meals: B)
Our final day of touring, we’ll travel by coach to the spectacular Kinkakuji Temple, known as the Golden Pavilion. We’ll stop at 400+ year old Nishiki Food Market and visit the iconic Nomura Tailor, filled with 3 floors of everything for last-minute fabric shopping. We’ll visit the Aizenkobo Indigo Workshop, a 3rd generation working indigo studio. Our final stop will be UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ryoanji Temple, Japan’s most famous flat garden.  This evening we will share our farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
(Meals: B, D)
Our tour ends after breakfast. Limousine bus takes you to the airport for your onward flight.
(Meals: B)

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