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12 Day the Greatest Quilt Tour 2020 (Tour Code: JQT) BUY NOW

ADT is offering a 12-Day Quilting tour to Japan designed exclusively for quilters and fabric Enthusiasts. This is our eleventh quilting tour to Japan and we will strive for it to be the best tour available. And yes, there will be shopping, lots of it for fabric and quilting accessories, but the main focus is the quilting tour of Japan, led throughout by Julie Clarke, an experienced craftwork teacher and a professional quilter from Sydney. On the tour you will visit Okayama, Korukuen, Osaka, Kyoto, Fujikawaguchiko, Mt. Fuji and Tokyo with many highlights Japan has to offer. The special features of this special interest tour includes: a visit to "Kurashiki-hanpu" (Canvas) manufacturer in Okayama and two day visit at the Tokyo Great International Quilt Show 2020, the world renowned Itchiku Kubota Art Museum in Hakone, Kyoto Hands-on experience with a Yuzen paint Workshop, Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts, a Japanese Cooking Class in Okayama and lots more.

17/01/2020 - $5980


JL772, 18 Jan. Sydney – Tokyo (NRT) 09:15/17:00

JL3009, 18 Jan. Tokyo (NRT) – Osaka (ITM) 18:20/19:55    

Depart from Sydney to Osaka Itami Airport via Narita on Japan Airlines and arrive in the evening Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to hotel for the night.

Accommodation: Star Gate Hotel or similar


Day 02, 19 JAN: OSAKA – OKAYAMA – KORAKUEN (B.L.D)    

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Okayama, which is the capital city of Okayama Prefecture in the Chugoku region of Japan. The city is the site of Korakuen, known as one of the Three Great Gardens in Japan. The city is famous as the setting of the Japanese fable "Momotarō", a popular hero of Japanese folklore originating from Okayama Prefecture.

Accommodation: Okayama Kokusai Hotel or similar


Day 03, 20 JAN: OKAYAMA (B.L.D)

Visit a "Kurashiki-hanpu" (Canvas) manufacturer. Kurashiki Hanpu means hanpu, or canvas cloth, made in Kurashiki, 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 products 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. Visit Kurashiki Bikan area and afterward attend a cooking lesson.Accommodation: Okayama Kokusai Hotel or similar


Day 04, 21 JAN: OKAYAMA – OSAKA (B.L)

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

Accommodation: Osaka Agora Moriguchi Hotel or similar


Day 05, 22 JAN: OSAKA – KYOTO (B.L)

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 Karasuma Hotel or similar 



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



After breakfast, you will visit Lake Hamana and then proceed to a Green Tea Farm. Afterwards you will travel to Lake Kawaguchi on road by motor-coach. Upon arrival, make a special visit to the world renowned Itchiku Kubota Art 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 in Fujikawaguchiko. Enjoy a hot spring spa in your hotel in the evening.

Accommodation: Motosu View Hotel or similar 


Day 08, 25 JAN: MT. FUJI – TOKYO (B.L)

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 a good reputation all over the world. Nothing of the same can be found elsewhere in the world. After lunch, you will learn about aizome, the art of Japanese indigo dyeing. Afterwards you are transferred to your hotel in Tokyo for three nights.

Accommodation: Tokyo Dome Hotel or similar



After breakfast you will be transferred to Tokyo Dome for International Great Quilt Festival. 

Accommodation: Tokyo Dome Hotel or similar



After breakfast, you will be transferred to Tokyo Dome for International Great Quilt Festival

Accommodation: Tokyo Dome Hotel or similar


Day 11, 28 JAN: TOKYO – SYDNEY (B)

JL771, 28 Jan. Tokyo (NRT) – Sydney 18:55/06:40

After breakfast, you are free at leisure. In the afternoon, you are transferred out for your flight homeward to Sydney, Australia.


Day 12, 29 JAN. SYDNEY  

You arrive in Sydney, Australia in the morning. Your unforgettable Japan Quilts tour ends.


Departure Date: 18/01/2020

Tour price: $6,890, now $6,130 per person, twin or double share ex Sydney.

(PS: Other than Sydney passengers, all the other passengers from Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth can fly to Sydney to meet up with the group to take Japan Airlines to Japan. You are required to purchase your return domestic tickets for your connection or enquire about your domestic fare from us.)  

Single supplement: $980



1. Japan Airlines economy class air-ticket: Sydney – Narita – Itami (Osaka)//Narita (Tokyo) –  Sydney;

2. Airport tax and fuel surcharge. (currently $210, subject to change);

3. Twin or double-shared accommodation at 4-star hotels as indicated or similar;

4. Meals as stated in the itinerary (Buffet breakfasts at hotels, Japanese lunches or Japanese or western dinners at local restaurants or hotel restaurants, all subject to final confirmation);

5. Admission to Tokyo Quilt Exhibition;

6. Bullet train ticket;

7. All admission fees included in the itinerary;

8. Transport throughout the trip by A/C vehicle;

9. Service of a quilter and tour leader;

10. Compulsory tip to guide and driver ($150 per person for whole trip);

11. Service of professional English-speaking local guide.



1. Travel insurance;

2. Personal expenses; 

3. Any meals and services not mentioned in the itinerary. 

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