Opulent Journeys

Craft and Quilt Tour to Japan

January 2022

From (AUD)


13 DAY

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1300 219 885 (AU)

0800 456 219 (NZ)

Tour Highlights
  • 13-day tour focusing on textiles, culture and lifestyle throughout Japan
  • Visit to the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival
  • 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
  • Enjoy a night at an onsen hotel with views of iconic Mt Fuji
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: 

  • Arrival and departure transfer
  • Transportation in Japan including trains, buses and chartered coaches
  • 12 nights 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 days at Tokyo International Quilt Show)

Not Included: 

  • International airfares to Japan
  • Travel insurance
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Anything not mentioned
To enquire or book this tour, please contact

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

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Fitness level - Moderate
The dates from the Tokyo International Quilt Festival 2022 have not been finalized, and this tour's dates are wubject to change. Please contact us before booking your international flight. 
Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to hotel in Tokyo for check-in.
After breakfast, we leave hotel by coach to visit the peaceful Imperial Palace East Gardens and Asakusa Area famous for the Senso-ji Temple. Then attend a Japanese cooking class where we will enjoy a Sushi making experience and lunch. 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, L, D)
Today we 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)
This morning, we stop by at the home of a famous Japanese quilter. In the afternoon, you will have an oppotunitiy to visit Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival at your own pace.
(Meals: B)
Today we visit the famous Sunday antique market before departing for Hinohara for a visit to Akie Ginza Sashiko Museum. Then travel by coach to Lake Kawaguchi where we visit Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, devoted to kimono artist Itchiku Kubota. We will visit Kawaguchiko 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 to Kyoto, where we explore the rich history of traditions Kyoto has to offer at the Museum of Traditional Crafts.
(Meals: B)
Today we will be participating in a Rocketsu dyeing workshop using a traditional wax-resist dyeing method. Then we visit Japan’s most famous rock garden, Ryoanji Temple. In ther afternoon, we visit the famous Kinkakuji Temple, also known as Golden Pavilion. Then pay a visit to the Aizenkobo Indigo dyer’s shop, a 3rd generation working indigo studio before returning to hotel.
(Meals: B)
Today we travel to the historical centre of Arimatsu where Shibori dates back to the 17th century. We’ll visit the Arimatsu Narumi Shiborikaikan (Tie-Dyeing Museum). Then head to Suzusan, a shibori and textiles company founded in Arimatsu. We will experience a tie-dyeing workshop, and stop by the Olympus Thread Factory before returing to Kyoto. 
(Meals: B)
This morning we visit the intriguing Fushimi Inari Shrine. The magical, seemingly unending path of over 5000 vibrant orange torii gates that wind through the hills behind Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine makes it one of the most popular shrines in Japan. Then we’ll get our craft supplies from Tanaka art supply shop. You will have an opportunity to create your own masterpiece in the Yuzen painting workshop at Marumasu Nishimuraya. We’ll then stop at Kyoto’s Kitchen – Nishiki Food Market and visit Shinkyogoku, the most advance shopping street in Kyoto since 1872. We finish the day visiting Kyoto’s best known geisha quarter - Gion District.
(Meals: B)
Today we travel to Tokushima for a Washi paper making experience at Awagami Factory where we work with seasoned experts to participate in a process that has barely changed since the times of feudal Japan.
(Meals: B, D)
After breakfast we discover real Indigo in Tokushima and attend an Indigo dying workshop. In the afternoon, we will visit Aizumicho Historical Museum “Ai-no-Yakata”. This dyer's home and factory, preserved from the era when the Awa indigo trade was flourishing, displays all of the tools of the trade.
(Meals: B)
Today we farewell to Tokushima and travel to Osaka, en route Nara. There we’ll encounter Nara’s famous sacred deer and visit the Isuien garden. Arrive in Osaka and explore the city on your own pace. Farewell dinner tonight.
(Meals: B, D)
Our tour ends after breakfast. Transfer to airport for your departure flight.
(Meals: B)
Please note: Tour itinerary may be subject to change. 

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