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Arrive at Narita Airport. Group transfer to your hotel. (Individual transfers can be arranged on request)

After breakfast, we leave hotel by 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.

(B, D)

Today we travel by coach to Lake Kawaguchi. We will 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. Later we 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.

(B, D)

After breakfast, depart by coach for your train to Nagoya, on the way stop at Kwaguchiko Muse Museum, where beautiful and distinctive dolls made by Japanese doll artist Yuki Atae are on display. On arrival in Nagoya, 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), and then experience a tie-dyeing workshop. Overnight at Nagoya hotel.

(B, D)

Transfer to Nagoya station for a bullet train to Okayama station where you will change trains to Takamatsu. On arrival, we travel by coach to Tokushima for a Washi paper making experience at Awagami Factory. Overnight at Takamatsu hotel.

(B)

This morning, we leave our hotel by coach to Tokushima. Our first stop will be the Honaizome Yano Factory where we will attend an Indigo dying workshop. Free time for lunch on your own, before an Awa Odori performance at Awaodori-Kaikan.

(B, D)

Today we begin at one of Japan’s most spectacular locations, Ritsurin Garden followed by travel to Kobe where we enjoy Kobe Beef for lunch. We stroll around Sannomiya, the largest shopping quarter of Kobe before your transfer to Kyoto hotel.

(B, L) 

Today we enjoy a full day tour in Kyoto by 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. 

(B)

After breakfast we leave to visit Heianjingu Shrine, and then 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. In the afternoon, you will have an opportunity to create your own masterpiece in the Yuzen painting workshop at Marumasu Nishimuraya. 

(B)

Start your day at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine followed by a visit to the Flea Market, held on the 25th of every month.  Continue with a Shibori dyeing class at Kyoto’s Shibori Museum. Then, we dive in to the heart of Kyoto’s Kitchen where you’ll absorb the sights, sounds and smells of Nishiki Market. Before travelling to Tokyo by bullet train, we pay a visit to the Nomura Tailor. 
(B)

This morning we will be transferred to 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. 

(B)

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 and lunch, followed by another opportunity to visit the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival. Return coach transfer from hotel is included.
(B, L)

Today we explore the Yuzawaya department store at Kamata for some fabric and yarn shopping, followed by Ometesando. Rest of the afternoon at your leisure, until our farewell dinner this evening.

(B, D)

After breakfast, group transfer to Narita International Airport. (Individual transfers can be arranged on request)
(B)
 

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