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2024 Essence of Japan

April 20, 2022 10:35 pm

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Day 1

Overnight Flight

Embark on the journey of a lifetime in the land of the rising sun exploring breathtaking landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and traditional arts on an unforgettable journey.

Day 2

Arrive Tokyo

Embrace the allure of Japan as you step into Tokyo, a city where tradition meets modernity. After settling into your hotel, let the Japanese culture captivate you. An evening Welcome Dinner with your Tour Manager and fellow quilting enthusiasts sets the tone for the adventure ahead. This dinner will be a perfect opportunity to get to know your companions and discuss the exciting days to come. D

Day 3


Begin your exploration of Tokyo at the Imperial Palace, the residence of Japan’s Emperor. Experience the spiritual heritage of the city at Asakusa Sensoji, Tokyo’s oldest temple. Meander through the lively Nakamise Street, a shopping haven since the 1500s. Get hands-on experience with Kimekomi Doll making, a cherished craft in Japan. Later, wander the lanes of Nippori textile town, a paradise for anyone passionate about fabrics, patterns, and notions. Conclude the day with a delectable Japanese dinner, where you can relish the authentic flavors of the region. B, D

Day 4


Following breakfast, make your way to Shinjuku, a hub for kimono fabric dyeing. Explore the bustling streets filled with Japanese textile products and local crafts. Later, attend a stencil workshop at a historic dyeing studio, where you’ll get to work with traditional kimono floral patterns. Spend the evening at your leisure, soaking in the vibrant nightlife of Tokyo, where you can experience the city’s energetic pace firsthand. B

Day 5

Tokyo – Lake Kawaguchi – Hakone

Today, you’ll visit the Itchiku Kubota Museum, a tribute to the man who breathed life back into the ancient silk-dyeing technique for kimonos. Leaving the museum’s serene location on Lake Kawaguchi behind, brace yourself for a spectacular view of Mt. Fuji as you head to Hakone. Once in Hakone, enjoy a traditional Kaiseki dinner and a soothing hot spring bath, a quintessential Japanese experience that will rejuvenate your spirit. B, D

Day 6

Hakone – Nagoya

After a leisurely breakfast, embark on a scenic journey to Nagoya, with stunning views of Suruga Bay. Stop for picturesque moments along the way, capturing the breathtaking coastal landscapes. Join a local family for a traditional Japanese cooking experience, immersing yourself in their culture and savoring home-cooked delicacies. B, D

Day 7

Nagoya – Kyoto

Travel to Kyoto, the cultural epicenter of Japan. Visit the awe-inspiring Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion), a golden edifice that reflects Japan’s medieval heritage. Take in the stunning vistas of Mount Kinugasa after checking into your hotel. Explore the Gion district, known for its Geishas in colorful kimonos, and immerse yourself in the vibrant culture that colors the streets of Kyoto. B

Day 8


Start your day with a visit to the enchanting Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, where the swaying bamboo trees create an ethereal atmosphere. Head to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and stroll through the Fushimi Inari Shrine with its countless vermilion torii gates. The rest of the evening is yours to discover Kyoto’s lively nightlife, perhaps sample some local street food, or simply enjoy the city’s serene ambiance. B

Day 9


Experience the craftsmanship of Kyoto at the Museum of Traditional Crafts. Witness the artistry of fabric dyeing, woodblock prints, washi papermaking, and more. Spend your afternoon wandering through Kyoto’s bustling shopping arcades, a perfect opportunity to find unique souvenirs or gifts. Celebrate your final evening with traditional Japanese fare and a mesmerizing Geisha performance, a beautiful cultural experience that will serve as a memorable conclusion to your trip. B, D

Day 10

Kyoto – Osaka – Tour Ends

Begin your last day with a Japanese breakfast followed by a morning at leisure to organize you suitcase or shop for souvenirs. Soon it will be time to head to the airport and bid farewell to the beautiful journey you’ve had in Japan. As you reflect on your journey, you’ll likely find that the experiences you’ve had and the connections you’ve made have enriched your understanding of Japanese culture and textile traditions. B


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