Opulent Journeys

Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 2018

16 January - 29 January 2018

From (AUD)


14 DAY

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1300 219 885 (AU)

0800 456 219 (NZ)

Tour Highlights
• 14 Day tour focusing on textiles, culture and lifestyle throughout Japan
• Two day pass to the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival
• Six workshops throughout the tour
• Explore textile towns and centres for fabric shopping
• Wander through traditional food markets and antique flea markets
• Enjoy an Awa Odori dance performance
• Visit vibrant Tokyo & charming Kyoto and much more
• Attend a traditional Japanese cooking class
• Satisfy your tastebuds with delicious, authentic Japanese meals including Kobe Beef

Dates & Prices

Tour Prices                                    


Per person, twin share                               $5,995*
Single room supplement** $850

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

Tour Code: AC160118
**SINGLE ROOMS IN JAPAN: 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.
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, lectured and toured for over 25 years. As a quilter, textile artist and (ex) chef/passionate foodie, Lisa 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.


What's Included
Tour Inclusions:
• Arrival/departure group transfer on suggested flights
• Transport including trains and chartered coaches
• 13 nights twin-share accommodation at well-appointed hotels with breakfast daily
• Meals, entrance fees as stated in the itinerary
• An English-speaking guide throughout the trip in Japan (except day excursion to Tokushima by limited express train).
Tour Exclusions:
• Travel insurance
• Individual transfers
• Porterage at hotels, personal expenses, and anything not mentioned.
To enquire or book this tour, please contact:
Phone: 1300 219 885            Email: enquiries@opulentjourneys.com.au
Please Click Here to download the tour details.
To Make A Booking
Please complete, sign and return the booking form, with your deposit and a copy of your passport. As all of our tours are very unique and bespoke, we aim to provide a seamless individual service to you. Please contact us directly if you have questions.
Tour Code: AC160118
As this trip will include walking over uneven surfaces it would not be suitable for those with mobility issues.  It is expected that each participant is capable of walking 1km+ effortlessly, can carry their own luggage, and is able to get on and off a bus without assistance.

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.


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. 


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. 


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. 

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. 


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)

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