Textile and Quilting Tour

Experience kimono painting, dyeing and see traditional gold leaf work in Kanazawa. We’ll take you through rustic villages, majestic castles and beautiful temples.

Our Kyoto fabric and textiles tour includes the sublime Yokohama Quilt Show. During autumn in Japan you will be inspired by almost everything you see. Experience kimono painting, dyeing and see traditional gold leaf work in Kanazawa. Plus of course, there are lots of opportunities for fabric shopping! We’ll take you through rustic villages, majestic castles and beautiful temples. Visit the thought provoking Hiroshima then hop on a ferry to the majestic Miyajima. Plus 2 days at the Yokohama Quilt Show 2015.

We’ll have you living Kyoto like a local.

The dates will vary year to year depending on the dates of the quilt show. Usual dates are around the last two weeks in November. That’s also perfect for getting to see Christmas Kyoto style.

Day 1 Arrive at Narita Airport Tokyo. Take the limousine bus to Yokohama and transfer to our hotel. Hotel will be Western Style for this portion of the tour. Get settled in and join everyone for supper.

Day 2 and 3 First of our two full day at the Yokohama Quilt Festival. With over 200 exhibitors and even more quilts. We can organise certain work- shops etc. where possible. These will be optional extras.

Day 4 An early start today as we take the bullet train to Kyoto. Arrival mid afternoon. After settling into our hotel we take the evening geisha walking tour. Learn the history and dispel the myths. Fingers crossed we spot some of the enigmatic geisha.

Day 5 Today we try our hands at Yuzen painting at Kodai Yuzen. Conveyor belt sushi Conveyor belt sushi and Nishijin textile centre with kimono show to end our day.

Day 6 Nijo-jo castle and gardens take us to lunchtime. After a light lunch we visit The Shibori workshop where you can try your hand at various shibori techniques and bring home a piece of your own. Off to Gion for supper.

Day 7 Uji. A short train ride takes us to Uji, perhaps one of the best areas in Japan for tea growing. We’ll take a picnic today.

Day 8 Kiyomizu Dera and Maruyama Park. We visit the most celebrated temple in Kyoto. Passing through Maruyama Park, past Yasaka Jinja. Pottery classes can be organised today.

Day 9 Kanazawa is our destination today. Hopping on and off the Kanaza- wa loop bus we go through markets, gardens, old districts and more.

Day 10 Heian Jingu.. Pass under Japans largest Torii gate, onto Heian Jingu with its 4 magnificent gardens, followed by a hidden gem of a craft museum with great displays and working craftsmen.

Day 11 The bullet train trip to Hiroshima. Optional entrance to the museum with specialist guide. If the museum is not for you there is plenty to look at along the river. Off on a ferry now to Miyajima Island and the enigmatic Torii in the water. We stay here until the sun sets then back to the Shinkansen for our return journey to Kyoto.

Day 12 Nishiki Market and Terramachi, Daimaru. We visit Kyoto’s world famous Nishiki market, have lunch at an Izakaya (Japanese pub). Afternoon coffee in Gion and a stroll along the river.

Day 13 Last minute shopping and a trip up Kyoto Tower goodbye to Kyoto. We leave from Kansai , Osaka.