Opulent Journeys

Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival Quilt Tour to Japan

21 January - 03 February (waiting list only)

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 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 


Dates & Prices

Tour Prices                                    


Per person, twin share                               $6,850
Single room supplement $1,075

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

About your tour leader - Jane MacDonald

Jane MacDonald has been interested in Japanese textiles and crafts for over twenty years, developing a specialty in the craft of sashiko stitching and design. Initially drawn to the quality and detail in the workmanship of Japanese textiles, Jane now teaches sashiko extensively throughout Australia and internationally.


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 


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.

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. Then we visit Asakusa Area famous for the Senso-ji Temple. In the afternoon, you will visit a special shop - Blue and White, it houses artisan ceramics, designer clothing, traditional textiles, fun jewellery, collectibles, and gifts. You’ll be sure to find a worthy memento of Japan in every price range.
(Meals: B, D)
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. This is followed by the visit to 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. 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 Kyoto. In Kyoto, 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)
Today we travel to Nara. There we walk to Todaiji Temple - the largest wooden building in the world, which contains the Great Buddha - Japan’s largest.  You’ll encounter Nara’s famous sacred deer as you go. This is followed by visit to a special Sashiko Shop.
(Meals: B)
Today we 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)
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)
Today we travel to Takatamstu en route Okayama. We will step back in time with a visit to Kurashiki where charming Edo-era buildings and ancient shrines create an antique atmosphere. Afternoon arrival in Takamatsu and check in at the hotel.
(Meals: B, D)
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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