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Textiles of Japan & the Festival of Quilts

Duration: 14 nights

Price: £5199

Book with: Alison White
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About the Course

Join Pat Archibald on an extraordinary journey to the Land of the Rising Sun! A fascinating fusion of old and new, Japan’s soaring skyscrapers and high-tech innovation sit side by side with historical pagodas and traditional shrines. A country with deep-rooted cultural and religious beliefs, Japan also has a long history of textile excellence – making this tour the trip of a lifetime for quilters, patchwork and embroidery aficionados alike. As you visit Tokyo, Takayama, Kyoto and Fukuoka, you’ll explore cultural sights, meet local crafts people and take in the very best that Japan has to offer in terms of textiles. Along the way you’ll travel in the comfort of Japan’s famed bullet train and soak up the country’s physical beauty around Lake Kawaguchi in the shadow of iconic Mount Fuji. Your tour culminates with a 2 day visit to Japan’s Great Festival of Quilts where you’ll be astonished at the finesse demonstrated in the work of some of Japan’s finest quilters.

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What's included in the price?

Return international flights with British Airways
13 nights bed and breakfast accommodation
Private coach transfers and guided sightseeing
Travel in reserved seats by bullet train
Entrances to museums and temples
Sarubobo doll workshop at Hida Takayama Crafts Experience
Stitching workshop in the home of local quilt expert Ms Nakazawa, including lunch and tea ceremony
Workshops on a variety of dyeing techniques with local experts
Domestic flight from Fukuoka to Tokyo
Western-style dinner at Mt. Fuji hotel
2-day entrance ticket to the Tokyo Festival of Quilts
The company and expertise of Pat Archibald
The services of an experienced local Tour Manager

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An absolutely amazing experience from start to finish. Thank you to everybody involved.

- - #21377

Wonderful fascinating trip

- - #21376

Fabulous trip-of-a-lifetime

What a fabulous trip, brilliant service. The trip was incredibly well planned and a fantastic itinery. We stayed in great hotels and our tour leader, local guide and expert were the best.

We experienced so much of Japan in such a relatively short time. Although moving from location to location this was made as effortless as possible. The trip couldn’t have been better organised and the hands-on workshops with various artisans was something I’ll never forget. Our tour leader, local guide and expert were so knowledgable, friendly and fun. I can’t think of a thing to change. What a wonderful trip and worth every penny.

- - #21375

My trip to Japan was so well planned and included so many diverse experiences It was wonderful. Lynn Cornish our tour manager was there to help when needed and a wonderful warm caring person. I would definitely consider another holiday with Arena.

The whole experience in Japan was excellent, well organised, diverse itinerary showing many different aspects of their culture. Hotel standard was really good and our guide Yuka, was lovely. Lynn Cornish our tour manager was so kind and thoughtful to everyone making sure we had a wonderful holiday. Thank you to everyone. Edwina and Isabel from Worcester.

- - #21374

Interesting trip, great visits and workshops, also saw stunning scenery.

- - #21373

Program was well put together and delivered on my expectations. Everything was on time and went to plan. Arena Tour Leader Lynn Connor was excellent and went to extreme lengths to take care of everything and everybody. Japanese tour guide, Yuka, was helpful and knowledgeable.

- - #21372

The organisation and planning was excellent throughout. All our guides were lovely and made the trip really enjoyable. Wonderful experiences that I couldn't have found on my own.

- - #21371

Excellent itinerary including travel through rural areas, visits to textile experts, and workshops. All the arrangements were impeccable.

- - #21370

The trip went very well and everything was very well organised.

- - #21369

Fantastic trip and I will definitely go on another holiday with Stitchtopia.

Arrangements were excellent and the support for everyone on the tour was brilliant. I was very impressed with the content of the tour and the way in which Lynn and Mandy checked that everyone knew the plans and had made decisions for meals. They changed their plans in order that our needs were catered for. Amazing and lovely people!

- - #21368

Once in a lifetime trip - I thought - but now want to go back!

Everything was above expectations. From Mandy being with us to Yuka our Japanese guide, travel and hotel arrangements plus all the places we visited and experiences arranged for us. Many wonderful memories. The whole trip was excellent from start to finish.

- - #21367

Trip to remember!

Whenever I had a question, someone was always at the end of a phone to answer it. There were no difficulties with booking or payment and everyone I contacted was friendly & helpful.

There was a good combination of sight-seeing and textile experiences. We went to places and had hands-on experiences that we could not have arranged for ourselves had we been travelling solo. Mandy was an excellent organiser and facilitator and our local guide was knowledgeable and very helpful. I’ll never forget the kimono museum and the quilt festival itself was quite astonishing, more so than I expected, and a wonderful finish to the trip.

- - #21366

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Course Start Dates

Monday 13th January 2020

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