12 Day Quilters’ Japan Tour 2019

12 Day Quilters’ Japan Tour 2019

28th January – 8th February 2019

Join us on a pilgrimage to the largest Quilt Festival in the world while revelling in the beauty of Japanese sights and culture! Marvel at the intricacy of Japanese handicrafts and try your hand at traditional quilting and dyeing techniques. Limited to only 30 passengers, places are filling quickly. Contact us now to secure your place.
This is a fully escorted tour by Tomomi, one of our most popular experienced tour leaders.

Tour Price
SPECIAL OFFER From A$ 4,440 land only / per person / twin share
Single Supplement From A$ 610
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL A$150 OFF
For bookings and deposits before 30th November 2018
Please ask us for our best available air package deals.
Hotel Selection
TOKYO – 1st visit Shinagawa Prince Hotel*
KYOTO Karasuma Kyoto Hotel*
TAKAMATSU JR Hotel Clement Takamatsu*
TOKYO – 2nd visit Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba*
*or similar
TOUR INCLUSIONS
  • Deluxe hotel accommodation
  • Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival admission ticket
  • Hands on experiences of Arimatsu tie-dyeing, Kyoto Shibori, Weaving and Japanese Indigo dyeing
  • Yoshida Shinto Shrine Setsubun Festival and food market
  • Sightseeing tours of Tokyo, Lake Kawaguchi, Nagoya, Kyoto, Tokushima, Takamatsu and Iya Valley
  • Visit famous quilter Yoko Saito’s shop.
  • 12 Meals: 10 x Daily breakfast, 1 x Lunch and 1 x Dinner
  • All transportation as specified
  • All tours and admissions
  • Baggage porterage service – 1 piece per person
FITNESS REQUIREMENTS

Reasonable walking involved. Should be able to comfortably walk at least three kilometres without stopping.

LICENSING INFORMATION

tour escorts and English-speaking guides are all fully licensed and we take great pride in meeting all necessary compliances and precautions mandated by the JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organisation).

WHO ARE WE?

Satoko Franks has worked in the Tour Industry within Japan and Australia for over 30 years. She is Japanese born, from the historical and cultural capital of Japan, Kyoto, and has been escorting Australian tours to Japan for many years.

She has worked at Japan Air Lines over 12 years and with international hotels and travel agents and takes great pride in her Japanese culture and heritage.

It is her pleasure and pride to show people the real and sometimes hidden Japan and we look forward to sharing this with you.

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Itinerary – 12 days in Japan [tour code:12Q280119]
Day 1 TOKYO Mon 28 Jan

Check in at hotel in Tokyo for 4 nights.
(Airport transfer is not included)

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Day 2 TOKYO
Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 2019
Tue 29 Jan

Today we spend the day at the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 2019 and enjoy “the Largest Quilt Show In The World”.

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Day 3 TOKYO Wed 30 Jan

This morning, we visit Asakusa temple, including a stroll down the colourful Nakamise shopping street. We also visit Amuse Museum for the special exhibition of Boro. The afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps follow your tour leader to visit the flagship branch of a renowned craft and hobby store. For members who wish to visit the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival for a second time you will have an opportunity to do so this afternoon (please note that there will be an additional entry fee of $30.00 and small local transport costs for either activity).

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DAY 4 TOKYO – MT. FUJI NATIONAL PARK / LAKE KAWAGUCHI Thu 31 Jan

Today we take a day trip to Lake Kawaguchi, located within Mount Fuji national park, one of the five lakes surrounding the foot of Mount Fuji. We will also visit the Kubota-Ichiku Museum, a beautiful site built into and incorporating its tranquil natural surroundings, to see an amazing collection of handmade kimonos. In the late afternoon, we return to Tokyo and visit Nippori Textile Town which offers a wide range of textiles, including quilting fabrics, at wholesale prices.

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Day 5 TOKYO – NAGOYA/ARIMATSU – KYOTO Fri 01 Feb

This morning, we take the famous Bullet Train to Nagoya, where we will visit Arimatsu Shibori town and enjoy a hands-on workshop of tie-Shibori. We will also visit an exhibition of the history of Shibori, before travelling on to Kyoto. Check in at hotel in Kyoto for 4 nights.

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Day 6 KYOTO Yoshida Shrine Setsubun Festival Sat 02 Feb

This morning we are in for a real treat when we visit the famous and colourful Kyoto Yoshida Shrine flea market only open for 3 days in February each year. It is part of the 800-year-old Setsubun Festival, an annual spring ritual of the chasing away of evil spirits to guarantee a happy year. Afternoon, you have a chance to do some fabric shopping and join your tour leader on a leisurely stroll along Nishiki arcade, a narrow street lined with food shops and stalls providing traditional ingredients to the restaurateurs in Kyoto.

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Day 7 KYOTO Sun 03 Feb

Today we will enjoy a workshop of itasome-Shibori, making a shawl. We will also have the opportunity to view a beautiful display of various Shibori experts’ works. In the afternoon you will visit the Nishijin weaving centre and enjoy a hands-on experience of weaving a table centre (approx. 20cm x 30cm in size).

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Day 8 KYOTO Optional Geisha Dinner Mon 04 Feb

This morning we take a sightseeing tour of Kyoto visiting World Heritage Listed sites Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) and Nijo castle. The afternoon is at leisure. Optional tours available this afternoon/evening.

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Day 9 KYOTO – TOKUSHIMA – TAKAMATSU Tue 05 Feb

Today we travel to Tokushima by chartered coach. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the 400-year-old House of Indigo and enjoy the hands-on experience of indigo dyeing to create your own stole. Travel on to Takamatsu and check in for 2 nights.

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DAY 10 TAKAMATSU – IYA VALLEY – TAKAMATSU Wed 06 Feb

Today, we visit an art-site in the countryside, the “Scarecrow Village”. Mrs Ayano originally created life-size dolls to protect her crops but they became so popular that she began to populate the landscape with them and they are now found scattered all over the village. We then travel on to Iya Valley. Its tall peaks and deep gorges were historically a safe haven for the Heike Samurai Clan. This afternoon we return to Takamatsu and visit Ritsurin Park, a beautiful scenic garden comprised of six ponds and thirteen hills artfully arranged against pine tree-clad surrounds. Together with the stone arrangements they evoke the characteristic style of the early Edo era (C17th – 19th).

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DAY 11 TAKAMATSU – TOKYO Thu 07 Feb

Today we travel back to Tokyo by train. Arrive in Tokyo and check in at a luxury hotel in Daiba for 1 night. In the afternoon, follow your tour guide to visit famous quilter Yoko Saito’s shop. For our last night in Japan we will gather to enjoy a Farewell Dinner this evening.

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DAY 12 TOKYO Fri 08 Feb

Enjoy your last day in Japan with some last-minute souvenir hunting or an optional half day activity. Check out from hotel at 11:00am. Tour concludes. Afternoon leave hotel for airport in Tokyo. Depart for Australia. (Airport transfer is not included)

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DAY 8 OPTIONAL TOUR: SAGANO BAMBOO FOREST
Afternoon activity (1:00 pm) Get a taste of the Kyoto countryside and take a trip to the peaceful southwest region of Sagano. Meander through the spring green walkways of Sagano’s famous bamboo forest and visit the various specialty handicraft shops dotting the surrounding area.
$60.00 per person Requires a minimum of 8 people to operate.
DAY 8 OPTIONAL TOUR: GEISHA DINNER
Evening activity (6:15 pm) Spend a unique evening experiencing a traditional Japanese Kaiseki-style dinner in a private room with the accompaniment of a Geisha, followed by a traditional dance performance and an opportunity to chat and interact with the Geisha for the evening.
$200.00 per person Requires a minimum of 8 people to operate.

 

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