Opulent Journeys

Japan Quilting & Textile Tour

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 market and craftsman’s shop
  • Visit vibrant Tokyo & charming Kyoto and much more
  • Satisfy your tastebuds with delicious, authentic Japanese meals
About your tour leader - Gail Pan

Gail Pan is an Australian Designer who lives just outside of Melbourne, Australia. She has been designing patterns and teaching since 2003, but has been sewing most of her life. With a Mum as a dressmaker, there were always scraps to play with! While Gail mostly designs with a strong embroidery presence, she also loves needleturn applique, and she often combines them both. Gail has 6 self-published books and 4 published in conjunction with Martingale/That Patchwork Place, plus over 350 individual patterns. Gail also designs fabric for Henry Glass Fabrics with her 4th line coming in late 2020. Gail loves to teach and runs classes in her home town of Melbourne, as well as all over Australia and the world! She has experience combining teaching and travelling, having taught on cruise ships and leading likeminded people on international quilting trips. Having previously been to Japan, Gail is excited to share the Japanese experience with others.

What's Included
Tour Inclusions: 
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Transportation in Japan including trains, buses and chartered coaches
  • 12 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 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

Please Click Here to download the tour details.

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. 



On arrival in Osaka, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

After breakfast, we travel to Tokushima by coach, en route visit Uzu-no-Michi walkway, where we see the magnificent whirlpools.  In the afternoon we take part in a Washi paper making experience at Awagami Factory.
(Meals: B, D)
Today 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. We will attend an Indigo dying workshop. Later, we stroll through the beautiful Omote Goten Garden and visit Awaodori Kaikan, a museum where we can learn and try one of Japan's most famous traditional dances.
(Meals: B, D)
Today we travel to Kyoto, en route, we will visit Nara. There we visit 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. Upon arrival in Kyoto, check in to our hotel. 
(Meal: B)
In Kyoto, we visit the famous Kinkakuji Temple, also known as Golden Pavilion. We’ll then stop at Kyoto’s Kitchen – Nishiki Food Market. After lunch, we visit the iconic Nomura Tailor, filled with 3 floors of everything for fabric shopping. We finish the day visiting Kyoto’s best known geisha quarter - Gion District.
(Meal: B)
Today we travel to the historical centre of Arimatsu where Shibori dates back to the 17th century, and visit the Arimatsu Narumi Shiborikaikan (Tie-Dyeing Museum). We will also visit Suzusan, a shibori and textiles company founded in Arimatsu and attend a tie-dyeing workshop before returning to Kyoto.
(Meals: B)
After breakfast 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. Before returning to hotel, 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.
(Meals: B)
Today we travel to Lake Kawaguchi. We will visit Mt. Fuji Exhibition Centre and Kwaguchiko Muse Museum, where beautiful and distinctive dolls made by Japanese doll artist Yuki Atae are on display. Check in to our hotel and enjoy dinner at hotel. 
(Meals: B, D)
After breakfast, we depart for Tokyo, en route, visit the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, devoted to kimono artist Itchiku Kubota. Arrive in Tokyo in the afternoon. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
(Meals: B)
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)
After breakfast, we visit Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival at our own pace, maybe picking up some last minute goodies, that you can’t live without!. In the afternoon, we leave hotel by coach to visit the Asakusa Area famous for the Senso-ji Temple.
(Meals: B)
After breakfast, we will visit the historic Nippori Fabric Town, home to nearly 100 shops carrying all sorts of fabric and notions.  This is followed by a visit to a special shop - Blue and White, it houses artisan ceramics, designer clothing, traditional textiles, fun jewellery, collectibles, and gifts. In the afternoon, we visit the 300 year old shop - Ozu Washi. At this longstanding store and cultural centre, you can discover the beauty of Japanese washi paper. Also visit Quilt Party for a last minute shopping. Enjoy our farewell dinner tonight. 
(Meals: B, D)
Our tour ends after breakfast. Shared mini bus transfer to airport for your onward flight. 
(Meals: B)
Please note: Tour itinerary may be subject to change. 

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