Japan Textile Tour 2019
Discover Japanese Textiles, Culture, and More!
Announcing our two-week long Japan tour which will be filled with fun discovery! Experience Japanese weaving, dyeing, spinning, knotting, and also explore natural dyes and bast fibers! Get an air ticket to come travel and learn with us! The route is the same as last year and it's perfect crossing textile related spots from the city to the countryside. We have planned 15+ rare hands-on workshops and more options. Don’t wait until next year! The cost for 2020 is expected to rise because Japan is the host country of next year’s Olympic Games.
To join our tour, first request the full itinerary from me.
Awa-ai zome (indigo) workshop
Tafu (ancient kouzo cloth) weaving workshop
Kakishibu (fermented persimmon tannin dye) workshop
Arimatsu shibori (traditional tie-dye) workshop
SAORI weaving workshop
Bengala mud dyeing workshop
Japanese hemp knotting workshop
Sustainable business study
Fiber arts rural school
Sakura (cherry) dyeing workshop
Craft supply shop / Vintage flea market
Benesse art islands
March 22 (arrival in Osaka) – April 4 (depart from Tokyo) 2019
You can extend the day before and after the tour.
Stay in a traditional house converted from a kimono merchant's house in Nishijin which was once the famous district of weavers. (We will rent an entire house.) Enjoy living in Kyoto for a few days. Tenjin-san Flea Market will be open on March 25 where you'll find Japanese vintage treasures, including kimonos!
Trip to the village deep in the mountains to study how to make an ancient cloth ”Tafu" using local mulberry fiber. It's a rare experience to learn spinning and weaving technique that is becoming almost extinct. We will take a private bus for 2.5 hour ride to get a secluded mountain village. If we have time, we’ll stop at a hot spring bath for rest.
Last day with tour mates, we'll enjoy the night of the metropolitan city. To fully enjoy the cherry blossom season in Tokyo, you may extend your stay even after the tour.
This small group study tour is limited to 8 participants.
We have planned 15+ rare hands-on workshops and more options.
You pay the actual cost of the activities, transportation, meals, accommodations (average $100 per night), and a small affordable coordination fee ($40 per day). See below for the estimate.
You have to buy your air tickets by yourself. Airfare is $1,060 including tax and fuel as of Jan 9. See below for the flight schedule.
I will advise how to get a portable WiFi.
You need a 7-day Japan Rail Pass ($267) before your trip. I will help you purchase this.
Most hotels allow paying in full by credit card when you check-out.
Our staying in Kyoto, Onomichi, Okayama and Arimatsu are reserved at Japanese style traditional houses during our trip. Two persons need to sleep in one room. Those big houses are renovated for international travelers and have a common space.
During transportation, we will be taking stairs or take a three-hour bus ride. Please be mindful that parts of this trip may be physically demanding for some.
I will meet you at Itami airport in Osaka on 3/22 and leave with you on April 4 from Haneda Airport to NY. You can extend to stay in Japan before or after the tour. You don't need to get the same flights but we'd better meet in Osaka on 3/22.
$1=108 yen as of Jan 9.
Please request the full itinerary from me. Then let me know your commitment ASAP.
ANA offers a special price $976 in early January!! (incl. tax and fuel) This price is $400-$500 cheaper than last year if you purchase now! ANA is a code sharing with United Airline as a star alliance member. You can collect the big millage.
Contact to Mr. Uchida IACE Travel at 212-972-3200, if you need to extend the date or upgrade.
Departure: March 21, 2019, 11:45am New York, (JFK)
Arrival: March 22, 2019, 03:00pm Tokyo, (Narita)
ANA (All Nippon Airways NH 009) Flight duration 14:15
Departure: March 22, 2019, 06:10pm Tokyo, (Narita)
Arrival: March 22, 2019, 07:40pm Osaka, (Itami)
ANA (All Nippon Airways NH 2179) Flight duration 01:30
Departure: April 04, 2019, 10:20am Tokyo, (Haneda)
Arrival: April 04, 2019, 10:15am New York, (JFK)
ANA (All Nippon Airways NH 110) Flight duration 12:55