Opulent Journeys

Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 2019

22 January - 04 February 2019 (waiting list only)

From (AUD)


14 DAY

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1300 219 885 (AU)

0800 456 219 (NZ)


Visit the Tokyo International Quilt Festival as well as the textile highlights of Japan. Lots of hands on workshop, plenty of shopping and food experiences.


Dates & Prices

Tour Prices *                                   


Per person, twin share                               $6,195
Single Supplement $995

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

  • 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 craftsman’s shop
  • 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
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 2019. The tour is full of textile workshops, fabric shopping, a cooking class and local food experiences.
What's Included
Tour Inclusions:
  • Transportation in Japan including trains and chartered coaches
  • 13 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
  • 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.


For detailed itinerary, please contact

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

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Fitness level - Moderate
Make your own way to hotel in Tokyo for check-in. (Individual transfers can be arranged on request)
After breakfast, we leave hotel by coach to visit the beautiful Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum where thirty buildings from the 19th and early 20th centuries from all around Tokyo were restored and relocated. After lunch, we visit the Amuse Museum with its famous exhibition of traditional Boro Textiles.  Then we visit Asakusa Area famous for the Senso-ji Temple.
(Meals: B, L)
This morning we visit the peaceful Imperial Palace East Gardens. Then attend a Japanese cooking class where we will enjoy a Sushi making experience and lunch. We will then visit Nippori Textile Town, one of the best places for fashion designers, tailors, clothing creators, and anyone into crafts or DIY.
(Meals: B, L)
Enjoy a full day at Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival. 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.
(Meals: B)
Another day at Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival.
(Meals: B)
Today we travel by coach to Lake Kawaguchi where we visit Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, devoted to kimono artist Itchiku Kubota. The museum permanently showcases some of his artistic creations. 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. Then we visit Kwaguchiko Muse Museum, where beautiful and distinctive dolls made by Japanese doll artist Yuki Atae are on display. 
(Meals: B, D)
After breakfast, depart by coach for your train from Mishima to Nagoya. 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. In the evening, we travel by bullet train to Kyoto.
(Meals: B)
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. We’ll get our craft supplies from Tanaka art supply shop before attending the Yamamoto Roketsu dyeing workshop. We finish the day visiting Kyoto’s best known geisha quarter - Gion District.
(Meals: B)
After breakfast we leave to then explore the rich history of traditions Kyoto has to offer at the Museum of Traditional Crafts. Afterwards you will have an opportunity to create your own masterpiece in the Yuzen painting workshop at Marumasu Nishimuraya. In the afternoon we visit the 400-year-old family business Misuyabari Needle Store, selling the most exquisite handmade pins and needles. We will also visit Shinkyogoku, the most advance shopping street in Kyoto since 1872.
(Meals: B, D)
Start your day 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.
(Meals: B)
Today we travel to Kobe where we enjoy Kobe Beef for lunch. Stroll around Sannomiya, the largest shopping quarter of Kobe before continue to Takamatsu.
(Meals: B, L)
Today we travel to Tokushima for a Washi paper making experience at Awagami Factory. Our next stop will be the Honaizome Yano Factory where we will attend an Indigo dying workshop.
(Meals: B)
Today we begin at one of Japan’s most spectacular locations, Ritsurin Garden. The garden contains a tea house, various folk art and craft exhibits, as well as various folk art and craft items for sale. Later we continue travel to Osaka. Enjoy our 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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