Wonders of Japan

Featuring the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival
January 23 - February 1, 2019

Tour Begins in Tokyo, Japan & Ends in Kyoto, Japan

$5,595.00 Per Person Double Occupancy
+$900.00 Additional
for Single Accommodations
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Arrival & Departure Details

Day 1

Tour begins in Tokyo, Japan
International airfare from LAX is included
Hotel transfer service is included with our Air Package

Day 10

Tour ends in Kyoto, Japan
Airport transfer service is included with our Air Package

Tour Highlights

  • Round Trip International Airfare from LAX
  • Round Trip Airport Transfers
  • Full-time Tour Manager
  • Full-time Destination Manager
  • Nine Nights Accommodations
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Two Days Admission to Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival
  • Itchiku Kubota Art Museum
  • Sensoji Temple
  • Golden Pavilion Temple
  • Nijo Castle
  • Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts
  • Nakamise & Kyoto Market Shopping
  • Nippori Textile Town
  • Kyoto Fabric Shops
  • Japanese Stencil Class
  • Shibori Dyeing Class
  • Kaleidoscope-Making Class
  • Bullet Train Reserved Seating
  • Farewell Dinner & Geisha Show
  • Baggage Handling
  • Commemorative Video
  • Souvenir Shopping Bag
  • Thirteen Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners

Accommodations

Day 1 – 5: Tokyo Dome Hotel, Tokyo, Japan

Day 6 – 9:  Royal Park Hotel, Kyoto, Japan

Imagine the thrill of shopping at one of the largest quilt show’s in the world- the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival.  This annual event showcases hundreds of dazzling, detailed quilts and a sea of colorful vendors stretching as far as the eye can see!  And the excitement continues as we explore the Land of the Rising Sun where centuries-old culture and customs co-mingle with new age technology.  Where ancient pagodas perch royally amidst soaring, steel skyscrapers.  Ancient textile arts are legendary here, and we’ll explore them together.

DAY 1

Welcome to “The Land of the Rising Sun.” Upon your arrival in Tokyo, transfer to your hotel and begin an immersion in Japanese culture.You’ll have free time to explore before meeting our English-speaking Tour Manager and travel companions at tonight’s Welcome Dinner. D

DAY 2

Explore Tokyo today beginning at Sensoji Temple, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple built in 645. Nearby are the centuries-old streets of Nakamise where we’ll shop for traditional Japanese crafts, like handmade paper, geisha hair combs, masks and wood products. Later, we’ll visit the legendary Nippori Textile Town. It’s a mile-long street of fabric shops including Tomato—five stories of textiles, quilting fabrics, notions, patterns, kits and trims. B

DAY 3

Welcome to the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival! Enter the Tokyo Dome, and get ready for rows of dazzling booths piled high with Japanese prints, luscious antique kimono fabrics, kits, patterns, books and one-of-a-kind designer prints.  B

DAY 4

This morning, visit Itchiku Kubota Museum, a stunning museum that showcases Itchiku Kubota’s artistic creations. Next, experience Tokyo City’s magnificence from above as you head over to the top of Tokyo Tower. On a clear day, you might even catch a glimpse of incredible Mount Fuji. B, D

DAY 5

Re-visit the quilt show (ticket included), or explore Tokyo to discover its cuisine, arts and fascinating culture. Midday, we visit the seven-story Yuzawaya Kamata store where you’ll find supplies for every conceivable needle art, including Japanese fabrics, indigo-dyed panels, sashiko thread and patterns, embellishments, beads, buttons, ribbons and patterns. B

DAY 6

The Shinkansen “bullet train” speeds us through spectacular scenery to Kyoto, epicenter of Japan’s rich artistic heritage. We’ll visit the Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion), a glimmering legacy of medieval Japan, entirely sheathed in gold leaf. We’ll tour the beautiful grounds here and enjoy the spectacular views of Mount Kinugasa. B, D

DAY 7

Watch artisans work at Kyoto’s Museum of Traditional Crafts where exhibits demonstrate techniques and examples of fabric dyeing, woodblock prints, washi paper-making, decorative stitching, fans, parasols, ceramics, dolls, wood inlay and masks. This afternoon attend a shibori workshop to learn the art of wrapping fabric with thread – one of Japan’s oldest, now-dying textile arts. B

DAY 8

Visit the charming Kyoto Kaleidoscope Museum. Experience the spectacular array of patterns, designs and colors of the kaleidoscopes on display. Let those kaleidoscopes give you inspiration when creating your own. Later, we’ll guide you through Kyoto’s oldest market arcade, a maze of covered walkways where locals shop for bargains in hundreds of small shops.  Discover one that specializes in fine sewing needles and beautiful handmade wooden sewing boxes, and others that specialize in Japanese fabrics. B

DAY 9

Explore Nijo Castle, built in 1543 for a shogun warrior. It’s famous for ornate rooms and “nightingale” floors that squeak to warn of intruders. Then we’ll learn Japanese stenciling at Kodai Yuzen-en and Gallery. It’s stenciling, but with a twist! Compare results later while saying sayonara to new-found friends at our Farewell Dinner and Geisha show. B, D

Day 10

Enjoy a relaxing breakfast with new friends before boarding our motorcoach for our departure transport to the airport. B

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