February 21 – March 1, 2024

$

6145

Per Person/Double Occupancy
$1000 Additional/Single Occupancy

Essence of Japan

Dive into Japan’s rich tapestry: Tokyo’s energetic lanes, Kyoto’s tranquil bamboo forests, and age-old temples. Participate in ancestral craft sessions, indulge in genuine Japanese fare, and grasp Japan’s historical depth and lively present. It’s a cultural feast, blending ancient traditions with modern vibes, offering unparalleled experiences.

Locations

Tokyo

Hakone

Nagoya

Kyoto

Marvel at Japan’s unique fusion of tradition and modernity on this immersive 9-day tour. Experience Tokyo’s historic charm, the peaceful allure of Hakone, and Kyoto’s artistic pulse, enriched by hands-on craft workshops, memorable culinary experiences, and visits to iconic landmarks

This Tour Includes

TAPESTRY Series

Small groups, big experiences, independent spirit.

9 Nights

Hotel accommodations, including baggage handling

13 Meals

American breakfast daily, 4 dinners

Admissions

Guided sightseeing, visits, and admissions as outlined in the day-by-day itinerary

Airfare & Transfers

Round-trip international airfare from LAX; Group transfer upon arrival and for departure

Tour Manager

Full time, English-speaking throughout the trip

Hand-Selected Hotels

Tokyo
Tokyo Dome Hotel
Hakone
Fuji Marriott Lake Yamanaka
Nagoya
Courtyard by Marriott Nagoya
Kyoto
Dhawa Yura Kyoto

Top-Rated Highlights

  • Kick-off Welcome Dinner
  • Tokyo Imperial Palace
  • Asakusa Sensoji Temple
  • Nakamise Shopping Market
  • Kimekomi Doll Making Workshop
  • Nippori Textile Town Fabric Shopping
  • Itchiku Kubota Art Museum
  • Traditional Kaiseki Dinner
  • Japanese Home Visit with Family Dinner
  • Golden Pavilion Temple
  • Gion District Walking Tour
  • Arashiyama Bamboo Forest Visit
  • Kiyomizu Temple
  • Fushimi Inari Shrine
  • Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts
  • Kimono Stencil Workshop
  • Kyoto Shopping Arcades
  • Traditional Japanese Farewell Dinner
  • Geisha Performance

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Visits, admissions, and special features are shown in bold.
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Tour Begins: Tokyo, Japan

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Tour Ends: Osaka, Japan

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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 Dinner

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.

Day 3 Tokyo Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day 4 Tokyo Breakfast

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.

Day 5 Tokyo - Lake Kawaguchi - Hakone Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day 6 Hakone – Nagoya Breakfast, Dinner

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

Day 7 Nagoya – Kyoto Breakfast

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.

Day 8 Kyoto Breakfast

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.

Day 9 Kyoto Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day 10 Kyoto – Osaka Breakfast

Enjoy one more Japanese breakfast before heading to the airport tobid 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.

» Country Heritage Tours Japan tour map
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
Dinner

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.

Day 3
Tokyo
Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day 4
Tokyo
Breakfast

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.

Day 5
Tokyo - Lake Kawaguchi - Hakone
Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day 6
Hakone – Nagoya
Breakfast, Dinner

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

Day 7
Nagoya – Kyoto
Breakfast

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.

Day 8
Kyoto
Breakfast

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.

Day 9
Kyoto
Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day 10
Kyoto – Osaka
Breakfast

Enjoy one more Japanese breakfast before heading to the airport tobid 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.

» Country Heritage Tours Japan tour map
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
Dinner

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.

Day 3
Tokyo
Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day 4
Tokyo
Breakfast

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.

Day 5
Tokyo - Lake Kawaguchi - Hakone
Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day 6
Hakone – Nagoya
Breakfast, Dinner

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

Day 7
Nagoya – Kyoto
Breakfast

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.

Day 8
Kyoto
Breakfast

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.

Day 9
Kyoto
Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day 10
Kyoto – Osaka
Breakfast

Enjoy one more Japanese breakfast before heading to the airport tobid 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.

February 21 – March 1, 2024

$

6145

Per Person/Double Occupancy

+$1000

Additional/Single Occupancy

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A non-refundable $200 deposit per person is required for booking. Before completing your reservation, be sure you read and understand our Cancellation Policy and Terms & Conditions.

Essence of Japan

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