Wonders of Japan

Featuring the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival
January 23 - February 1, 2020

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

$5,695 Per Person Double Occupancy
+900 Additional
for Single Accommodations
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Arrival & Departure Details

Day 1

Tour begins in Tokyo, Japan. Round trip international airfare is included from LAX. Group transfer to the starting hotel is included as part of the airfare package.

A passport with 6 months validity from the departure date is required for this tour

Day 10

Tour ends in Kyoto, Japan. Group transfer to Kansai International Airport is included as part of the airfare package.

Tour Highlights

  • Full-time Tour Manager
  • Full-time Destination Manager
  • Included Round Trip International Airfare (LAX)
  • Included Round Trip Airport Transfers
  • 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
  • Souvenir Shopping Bag
  • Thirteen Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners

Accommodations

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

Day 6 – 9:  Monterey Hotel, Kyoto, Japan

Indulge your senses in exotic sights and sounds of the Land of the Rising Sun! Tour the magnificent Golden Pavilion Temple and Nijo Castle, and in hands-on workshops learn techniques you see at the International Great Quilt Festival.

Day 1

Tokyo

Welcome to “The Land of the Rising Sun.” Upon your arrival in Tokyo, transfer to your hotel and begin an immersion in Japanese culture. After settling in to your to your room, meet your English-speaking Tour Manager and travel companions at tonight’s Welcome Dinner. D

Day 2

Tokyo

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

Tokyo

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

Tokyo – Lake Kawaguchi – Tokyo

This morning, visit Itchiku Kubota Museum, a stunning museum devoted to Kubota Itchiku, famous for reviving a silk dyeing technique used in decorating historic kimonos.  Harmoniously blending into its surrounding, the museum stands in the wooded hills along the northern coast of Lake Kawaguchiko. Exhibited are several of the artist’s kimono creations, depicting themes of nature, the cosmos and the seasons. Catch a glimpse of the incredible Mount Fuji before departing back to Tokyo. B, D

Day 5

Tokyo

Return 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

Tokyo – Kyoto

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

Kyoto

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

Kyoto

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

Kyoto

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 Kyo Yuzen Dying 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

Kyoto – Osaka

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

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