This tour is designed and led by internationally awarded quilting teacher, textile artist, and author, Lisa Walton. Lisa has travelled extensively, taught, lectured and toured for over 25 years. As a quilter, textile artist and (ex) chef/passionate foodie, Lisa has created this perfect Textile & Food focused tour to appeal to those who especially appreciate traditional crafts and foods.
There will be a two day pass to the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 2018. The tour is full of textile workshops, fabric shopping, a cooking class and local food experiences.
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Arrive at Narita Airport. We will be met by our guide and transferred by chartered coach to our hotel.
After breakfast we leave hotel by chartered coach to visit the beautiful Imperial Palace East Gardens. Then we visit Asakusa Area famous for the Senso-ji Temple. We will stroll along the famous Nakamise Shopping Street and visit the Amuse Museum with its famous exhibition of traditional Boro Textiles. Then Nippori Textile Town, one of the best places for fashion designers, tailors, clothing creators, and anyone into crafts or DIY. Afterwards, join us for a welcome dinner.
This morning we leave hotel by chartered coach to attend Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival at 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. Return to hotel by coach.
Today we will have another opportunity to visit the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival. Return coach transfer from hotel is included.
This morning we will visit the famous Tsukiji Outer Market, the largest wholesale fish market in Japan. Then attend a Japanese cooking class where we will enjoy a Sushi making experience. After lunch, we head to the Yuzawaya complex in Tokyo for some fabric and yarn shopping. This all-inclusive craft and hobby store complex stocks loads of Japanese craft books and fabrics, embroidery supplies, buttons, trims, zippers, patterns, books, yarn and more!
Today we travel by chartered coach to Lake Kawaguchi to visit Kubota Museum, devoted to kimono artist Itchiku Kubota. The museum permanently showcases some of his artistic creations and invites visitors to discover the artist who created them. We then visit Kawaguchiko Muse Museum, where beautiful and distinctive dolls made by Japanese doll artist Yuki Atae are on display. We will then catch a cable car at the Kachi Kachi Yama Ropeway, and get an opportunity to see a 360-degree panoramic view of Mount Fuji direct from the summit’s observation area.
After breakfast, our chartered coach takes us to Odawara station for bullet train to Nagoya, from where we travel by coach to visit the historical centre of Arimatsu where Shibori dates back to the 17th century, and visit the Arimatsu Narumi Shiborikaikan (Tie-Dyeing Museum), where we will experience a tie-dyeing workshop. Afterwards, we return to Nagoya station to take the bullet train to Kyoto.
(Meals: B, D)
Today we enjoy a full day tour in Kyoto by chartered coach. We will experience the glimmering legacy of medieval Japan and visit the famous Kinkakuji Temple, also known as Golden Pavilion, and then visit the lovely Ryoanji Temple which features a world famous zen rock garden. In the afternoon, we attend a Rocketsu dyeing workshop, after which, we finish the day visiting Kyoto’s best known geisha quarter - Gion District.
After breakfast we leave to visit Heianjingu Shrine. Next we will explore the rich history of traditions Kyoto has to offer at the Museum of Traditional Crafts. Afterwards settle your mind and spirit for a peaceful stroll through the famous Philosopher’s Walk. Then, we dive in to the heart of Kyoto’s Kitchen where you’ll absorb the sights, sounds and smells of Nishiki Market. Before we return to our hotel, we pay a visit to the Nomura Tailor.
First stop: Kitano Tenmangu Shrine followed by a visit to the Flea Market. The lively flea market is held on the 25th of every month. Then you will have an opportunity to create your own masterpiece in the Yuzen painting workshop at Marumasu Nishimuraya. The hands-on activities continue with a Shibori dyeing class at Kyoto’s Shibori Museum before heading back to the hotel.
After breakfast we travel by chartered coach to Kobe. We will stroll around Sannomiya, the largest shopping quarter of Kobe. Enjoy Kobe Beef for lunch before we continue travel to Takamatsu. Upon arrival, check in to hotel.
(Meals: B, L)
We leave our hotel by chartered coach to visit Tokushima. Our first stop will be the Honaizome Yano Factory where we will attend an Indigo dying workshop. Afterwards join in on a Washi paper making experience at Awagami Factory, and before the day’s end, witness an Awa Odori performance at Awaodori-Kaikan. Return to Takamatsu for overnight.
Today we begin at one of Japan’s most spectacular locations, Ritsurin Garden. After which we will transfer to Osaka by coach and briefly visit Osaka Castle for some great photo opportunities. Then we’ll stop off at one of Japan’s hottest shopping destinations, Shinsaibashi after which we will celebrate our time together with a farewell dinner.
(Meals: B, D)
After breakfast, we transfer to Kansai International Airport by chartered coach.