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13 Day Tour to the Greatest Quilt Show in Asia THE GREAT INTERNATIONAL QUILT FESTIVAL TOKYO, JAPAN 2019

Day 01, 18 Jan: Australia – Narita (D)

CX138, 17Jan. Sydney-Hong Kong 22:20/05:00(18 JAN)                                                                
CX178, 18Jan. Melbourne-Hong Kong 00:50/07:00

CX504, 18Jan. Hong Kong-Nartia 09:05/14:05

Depart Australia to Narita, Tokyo on Cathay Pacific Airways via Hong Kong, and arrive in the afternoon. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to hotel for the night.

Accommodation: Narita Garden hotel or similar 

Note: Sydney passengers need to depart on 17 Jan.

Day 02, 19 Jan: Narita – Haneda Airport (JL domestic) – Okayama – Korakuen (B. L.D) 

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Haneda airport to take a short flight to Okayama, which is the capital city of Okayama Prefecture in the Chūgoku region of Japan. The city is the site of Kōraku-en, known as one of the top three traditional gardens in Japan. The city is famous as the setting of the Japanese fable "Momotarō", a popular hero of Japanese folklore originated from Okayama Prefecture. Upon arrival at Okayama, you are met and start your visit to Korakuen.

Accommodation: Okayama Kokusai Hotel or similar

Day 03, 20 Jan: Okayama (B.L.D)

Today you will attend a Nishie (Pink Dye) workshop, a Soba noodle making class and also visit a strawberry garden where you can pick some strawberries. 

Accommodation: Okayama Kokusai Hotel or similar

Day 04, 21 Jan: Okayama (B.L.D)

Visit a "Kurashiki-hanpu" (Canvas) manufacturer. Kurashiki Hanpu means hanpu, or canvas cloth, made in Kurashiki-shi, Okayama prefecture. There are some places famous for the manufacture of canvas in Japan, and Kurashiki is the largest production area where about 70% of domestic canvas product is manufactured, according to the website of Kurashiki Local Resources Museum. The site says canvas has been manufactured in Kurashiki since the last years of Edo-period - around 1860! Afterward, visit Betty Smith Jeans Museum, which is attached to the Jeans factory. Here you can not only get some custom made jeans but you can see the history of jeans in Japan. Afterward, attend a cooking lesson.

Accommodation: Okayama Kokusai Hotel or similar

Day 05, 22 Jan: Okayama – Osaka (B.L.D)

You will be transferred to train station to take a bullet train to Aioi, then to Osaka on road by coach. On the way wisit Kobe Sake Brewery Museum. You will vist Kobe Yuzawaya, a large-scale general store specializing in handicrafts. Yuzawaya, since born as a small shop specializing in "hand knitting yarns". Stay overnight in Osaka.

Accommodation: Star Gate Hotel or similar

Day 06, 23 Jan: Osaka – Kyoto (B.L.D)

In the morning, visit Osaka Castle. After that, proceed to Kyoto. Visit the celebrated Golden Pavilion and enjoy a Kimono show at Nishinjin showroom. You will also visit Heian JIngu Shrine. 

Accommodation: Kyoto ANA crown plaza Hotel or similar

Day 07, 24 Jan: Kyoto – Toyohashi (B.L.D.)

In the morning, enjoy Kyoto Hands-on Experience Day: Yuzen paint workshop and then visit the Kyoto Museum of traditional crafts, which has a superb display of local handicrafts. Afterwards travel to Toyohashi and stay overnight there.

Accommodation: Toyohashi Loisir Hotel or similar

Day 08, 25 Jan: Toyohashi – Hamamatsu – Kawaguchiko (B.L.D)

After breakfast, you will visit Lake Hamanako and then proceed to Green Tea Farm. Afterward you will travel to Kawaguchiko on road by motor-coach. Upon arrival, make a special visit to the world renowned Ichiku Kuboto Museum to view the Kimono collection done in the Tsujigahana method. You will travel to Mt. Fuji. Climb up to the 5th station by coach, about 2300 meters above the sea level to enjoy the view of Mt Fuji. Stay overnight at Kawaguchiko. Enjoy hot spring spa in your hotel in the evening.

Accommodation: Motosu View Hotel or similar

Day 09, 26 Jan: Mt. Fuji – Tokyo-Tokyo Quilt Show (B)

After breakfast you will be transferred to Nippori Textile Town (Tomato), which has gradually broadened its outlook to "hobby crafts" and expanded its lines of business based on "handicrafts". As their efforts were rewarded, they have grown to receive the good reputation all over the world. Nothing of the same can be found elsewhere in the world. After lunch, you will also visit a Rampuya (Blue Dye) shop to learn the Japanese indigo skill. After that you are transferred to your hotel in Tokyo for three nights.

Accommodation: Tokyo Dome Hotel or similar

Day 10, 27 Jan: Tokyo Quilt Show (B.)

After breakfast you will be transferred to Tokyo Dome for International Great Quilt Festival. In the late afternoon, you are transferred back to you hotel.

Accommodation: Tokyo Dome Hotel or similar

Day 11, 28 Jan: Tokyo (B.L.D)

CX505, 29 Jan. Narita – Hong Kong 18:05/22:30
CX101, 29 Jan. Hong Kong – Sydney 23:55/12:05 (30 Jan)

CX105, 30 Jan. Hong Kong – Melbourne 00:05/12:20

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Tokyo Dome for International Great Quilt Festival. Stay overnight in Tokyo.

Accommodation: Tokyo Dome Hotel or similar

Day 12, 29 Jan: Tokyo – Sydney (B) 

After breakfast, start your visit to Edo Museum and Asakusa Kannon Temple. Afterward you are transferred to airport for your flight homewards to Sydney.

Day 13, 30 Jan: Australia

You will arrive in Sydney in the morning. Your unforgettable Japan Tokyo Quilt Tour ends.

Departure Date: 18th Jan. 2019

Tour price: $6,890, now $5,980 per person, twin or double share ex Sydney
(PS: Besides Sydney and Melbourne passengers, all the other passengers from Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth can also fly to Hong Kong to meet up with the group with Cathay Pacific. However the connection may not be on the same day. If it happens like that, you are required to pay for your accommodation and transfers in Hong Kong. Please check with us if you are from Brisbane, Perth or Adelaide.)   
Single supplement: $980

Inclusions: 
1. Cathay Pacific Airways economy class air-ticket: Australia – Narita– Australia.
2. All Nippon economy class domestic air-ticket: Haneda – Okayama.
3. Airport tax and fuel surcharge.
4. Twin-share accommodation at 4 star hotels as indicated or similar.
5. Meals as stated in the itinerary (Buffet breakfasts at hotels, Japanese, Chinese or western lunches and dinners at local restaurants or hotel restaurants).
6. Admission to Tokyo Quilt Exhibition.
7. Bullet train ticket.
8. All admission fees included in the itinerary.
9. Transport throughout the trip by A/C vehicle.
10. Service of a quilter and tour leader.
11. Service of professional English-speaking local guide.

Exclusions:
1. Travel insurance.
2. Compulsory tip to guide and driver ($150 per person for whole trip, which will be paid to ADT before departure).
3. Personal expenses. 
4. Any meals and services not mentioned in the itinerary.

 



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