Tokyo Quilt Festival & Textile Contrasts of Japan

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15 Jan 2018 - 29 Jan 2018
Duration: 14 nights
Ref: 18004
With: Janice Gunner

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The Land of the Rising Sun, a fascinating fusion of old and new: a mix of the ultra-modern and an ancient culture, where soaring skyscrapers and the latest hi-tech innovations sit side-by-side with historic pagodas and shrines, and deep-rooted cultural and religious beliefs. Not forgetting that Japan has a long history of textiles excellence - making this the trip of a lifetime for quilters, patchwork and embroidery aficionados alike. As well as attending Tokyo’s Great Quilt Festival, this tour takes you on a mesmeric path around Japan offering a contrasting journey in terms of textiles and sights. You’ll be astonished by the finesse demonstrated in the work of some of Japan’s finest quilters at the Quilt Festival. You'll visit Tokyo and Kyoto and Fukuoka, see Mt Fuji, travel in the comfort of Japan’s famed Bullet Train and have the chance to meet local craftspeople.

Tokyo and Kyoto encapsulate both Japan’s ancient history, with their shrines, temples and geishas, and its modern face as a major economy. Mount Fuji and its surrounds are typical of the country’s physical beauty, and Hithe crafts of Fukuoka are never to be forgotten. Come and join us on a trip that will stay in your memory forever.

CRAFTS

As well as 2 days at the Quilt Festival in Tokyo we’ll also enjoy visits to the Amuse Museum, the “Blue & White” shop and the “Tomato” shop in Nippori Fabric Town. We’ll travel out of the city for a visit to Akie Ginza’s Sashiko Museum and Shop, located in Hinohara Village. In Nagoya we’ll enjoy a talk and workshop at the Arimatsu Narumi Tie-Dyeing Museum and in Kyoto there will be visits to the Orinasukan handmade Fabrics Museum and to a Master Indigo dyer. We’ll also participate in a Roketsu dyeing experience. We’ll join local quilt teacher Ms Nakazawa for a workshop at her home in Uji and visit local quilt artist Yoshiko Jinzenji at her home close to Kyoto too. From our base in Fukuoka we will visit the Moriyama Kasuri Kobo Studio & see Washi-Paper and pottery. We will also visit the old crafts town of Kurume and enjoy a workshop with local dyer, Yamaai. Whilst at Lake Kawaguchi we will visit the Kubota Itchiku Museum which houses a fine collection of kimono art. An informal hand quilting workshop with Janice will also be included during the holiday.

TOKYO

Our Japanese textile adventure begins in the dazzling city of Tokyo. Visit the Buddhist Asakusa Kannon Temple and perhaps browse amidst the unique atmosphere of the souvenir stores which line the vibrant and bustling Nakamise Street. We’ll also visit the Shinto Meiji Shrine, located in a forest setting in the heart of the city.

ARIMATSU, KYOTO AND NARA

Stroll through the atmospheric old town of Arimatsu before re-boarding the Bullet Train train bound for the former Japanese capital, imperial Kyoto. Our sightseeing in Kyoto includes the magnificent Kinkaku-ji Temple with its splendid Golden Pavilion and the Kiyomizu Temple best known for its wooden viewing stage. We’ll also visit Nara, set against a backdrop of wood clad hills and home to the monumental Todai-ji Bhudda and the Shinto Kasuga Shrine. This historic town was capital of Japan before Kyoto.

FUKUOKA

Fukuoka is the main city on Kyushu Island and an ideal base from which to discover the crafting highlights of this region in Yame and Kurume.

MT FUJI & LAKE KAWAGUCHI

We’ll enjoy spectacular views of Mt Fuji and enjoy some time amidst the beautiful surroundings of Lake Kawaguchi and Hakone National Park.

DAY 1

Meet Janice at London Heathrow and board your flight to Tokyo.

DAY 2

Morning arrival in Tokyo. Transfer to your hotel, Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro, for a 2 night stay where early check in has been arranged. This afternoon we’ll visit the Asakusa Kannon Temple and Amuse Museum. There will also be time to browse in the “Tomato” shop, located in Nippori Fabric Town.

DAY 3

This morning we’ll leave the city centre and travel to Hinohara Village for a visit to renowned artist Akie Ginza’s Sashiko Museum and Shop. Sashiko is a Japanese traditional form of decorative art and literally translated means “little stabs”. Later we’ll return to the city for visits to the Meiji Shrine and the “Blue & White” shop.

DAY 4

Transfer to Tokyo Station and board the Bullet Train bound for Nagoya. Weather permitting you’ll be able to enjoy excellent views of Mount Fuji from the comfort of the train. On arrival transfer to Arimatsu-Narumi Tie Dyeing Museum for a talk and workshop with Mr Hiroshi Murase. There will also be time for a stroll through the old town before joining the train bound for Kyoto. On arrival take the short walk to your hotel, RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto, where we stay for 5 nights.

DAY 5

Enjoy a full day of sightseeing and textile experiences in Kyoto. Visit the Kinkaku-ji Temple with it’s glorious Golden Pavilion and the Kiyomizu Temple. Explore the culture of dyeing and weaving at the Orinasukan Handmade Fabrics Museum and then visit Aizenkobo, to meet Kenichi Utsuki, Master Indigo dyer for a talk and demonstration.

DAY 6

This morning we’ll travel by road to Nara. Visits to Nara Park, the Todai-ji Temple and the Kasuga Shrine are included. Our journey continues to Uji. Here we will visit local quilt teacher Ms Nakazawa and her students for a workshop and tea ceremony. Lunch is also included at the home of Ms Nakazawa. Return to Kyoto later this afternoon.

DAY 7

Morning drive to Hieidaira for a visit to local quilt artist and teacher Yoshiko Jinzenji. Yoshiko has been quilting for over three decades and has exhibited at some of the world’s largest quilt exhibitions. If time permits we’ll also visit the Toji Flea Market. The day concludes at Yamamoto Roketsu where you will have the opportunity to participate in a Roketsu dyeing experience.

DAY 8

Enjoy a free day in Kyoto. Janice will also lead an informal hand quilting workshop today.

DAY 9

Depart Kyoto and travel by Bullet Train to Fukuoka, the main city on Kyushu Island. Upon arrival transfer to Yame. Visit Moriyama Kasuri Kobo studio where there will be a workshop and then visit Yame Dento Kogei-kan, a traditional craft museum where we will see Washi-Paper and pottery. Later we will return to Fukuoka and check into our hotel, Hotel New Otani Hakata, for a two night stay.

DAY 10

This morning we’ll visit the old crafts town of Kurume and enjoy a workshop with local dyer, Yamaai. This afternoon a visit to Kimonoboy Antique Japanese Folk Textiles is included.

DAY 11

Morning transfer to the airport for the flight to Tokyo. On arrival we travel by road to Lake Kawaguchi. We’ll visit the Kubota Itchiku Museum before checking into our hotel, The Fuji View Hotel, for an overnight stay. Dinner is included this evening.

DAY 12

Morning drive to Hakone for a visit to Owakudani Valley and the aerial ropeway ride. This afternoon return to Tokyo by road for a three night stay at the Tokyo Dome Hotel.

DAYS 13 & 14

Two full days to enjoy The Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 2018.

DAY 15

Early morning transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Return flights to Tokyo with British Airways
  • The company of UK Textile Artist and quilt tutor Janice Gunner who will accompany the tour throughout
  • English-speaking local guide to accompany the tour from arrival in Tokyo
  • 13 nights’ hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast from Day 2 - 14
  • Lunch on Day 6
  • Dinner on Day 11
  • 2-day admission to the Quilt Festival in Tokyo
  • All visits and local workshops as detailed
  • Informal hand quilting workshop with Janice
  • Transfers and travel in Japan by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Bullet Train journeys as per the itinerary
  • Internal flights as detailed

NOT INCLUDED:

Optional excursions, drinks, meals other than those specified, travel insurance and items of a personal nature, i.e. telephone calls, laundry etc.

PLEASE NOTE:

Changes in fees (such as currency fluctuations between the UK Pound £ and the Japanese Yen ¥) which are beyond our control, means that the price of your travel arrangements may change after you have booked your holiday. However, there will be no change to the cost of your holiday within 30 days of departure.

NON-CRAFTERS

Why not bring a non-crafting partner with you?
If a non-crafting family member or friend wishes to accompany you on any of our holidays, and is sharing a room with you, then the following reductions will apply to the price the non-crafter pays:
Worldwide - £75

WHY NOT MEET US THERE?

Stitchtopia Holidays are designed with all crafters in mind, wherever you live in the world! If you would like to make your own flight arrangements and meet us at our first hotel, please let us know - we would love to tell you more about our “meet us there” holiday discounts.

THE "STITCH TOGETHER" PROGRAMME

For single travellers who are interested in our trips, but don’t have a friend able to come with them why not join our "Stitch Together" programme to help with the costs of a single occupancy room? We have designed a way for you to find someone to share a room with on any of our Stitchtopia Holidays.

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Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro

The Hotel Metropolitan is located in the heart of the city and conveniently located adjacent to the Ikebukuro train and subway station.

GUEST ROOMS

  • En suite facilities
  • Air conditioning
  • TV
  • Fridge
  • Complimentary WiFi

ADDITIONAL FACILITIES

Facilities include 5 restaurants serving international and Japanese cuisine, bar, shop and business centre.

RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto

Located within walking distance of Kyoto Station this hotel is also close to all the main attractions of the city and within easy walking distance of restaurants and shops.

GUEST ROOMS

  • En suite facilities
  • Air conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • TV
  • Kettle
  • Fridge
  • Complimentary WiFi

ADDITIONAL FACILITIES

Facilities include 4 restaurants serving international and Japanese cuisine, bar, shop, indoor swimming pool and business centre.

Hotel New Otani Hakata, Fukuoka

This centrally located hotel blends traditional Japanese hospitality with international standards of service. The nearest subway station is a short walk away.

GUEST ROOMS

  • En suite facilities
  • Hair dryer
  • Air conditioning
  • TV
  • Fridge
  • Complimentary WiFi

ADDITIONAL FACILITIES

Facilities include 8 restaurants serving international and Japanese cuisine, bar, shop and business centre.

The Fuji View Hotel, Lake Kawaguchi

Set in lovely gardens and close to the shore of Lake Kawaguchi the Fuji View is the ideal location from which to enjoy the natural beauty of Mt Fuji and the surrounding area.

GUEST ROOMS

  • En suite facilities
  • Hair dryer
  • Air conditioning
  • Tea/coffee maker
  • TV
  • Fridge

ADDITIONAL FACILITIES

Facilities include 2 restaurants serving international and Japanese cuisine, bar and spa.

The Tokyo Dome Hotel

The Tokyo Dome Hotel is conveniently adjacent to the venue for the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival.

GUEST ROOMS

  • En suite facilities
  • Air conditioning
  • Tea/coffee maker
  • TV
  • Fridge
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Room safe

ADDITIONAL FACILITIES

Facilities include 8 restaurants serving international and Japanese cuisine, bar, shop and business centre.