country heritage 2019 catalog - Page 9



Sapporo
Starting Location
Overnights
Visits
Tour Routes
Sea of Japan
Rail
Japan
Kyoto
North Pacific Ocean
Tokyo
Hiroshima
Nagasaki
The Golden Pavilion at Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto, Japan
DAY 3
DAY 7 Watch artisans work at Kyoto’s Museum of Traditional Crafts
DAY 4 This morning, visit Itchiku Kubota Museum, a stunning
where exhibits demonstrate techniques and examples of fabric dyeing,
woodblock prints, washi paper-making, decorative stitching, fans,
parasols, ceramics, dolls, wood inlay and masks. This afternoon attend
a shibori workshop to learn the art of wrapping fabric with thread - one
of Japan’s oldest, now-dying textile arts. n
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Welcome to the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival!
Enter the Tokyo Dome, and get ready for rows of dazzling booths piled
high with Japanese prints, luscious antique kimono fabrics, kits,
patterns, books and one-of-a-kind designer prints. n
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museum that showcases Itchiku Kubota’s artistic creations. Next,
experience Tokyo City’s magnificence from above as you head over
to the top of Tokyo Tower. On a clear day, you might even catch a
glimpse of incredible Mount Fuji. n
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DAY 5 Re-visit the quilt show (ticket included), or explore Tokyo
to discover its cuisine, arts and fascinating culture. Midday, we visit
the seven-story Yuzawaya Kamata store where you’ll find supplies for
every conceivable needle art, including Japanese fabrics, indigo-dyed
panels, sashiko thread and patterns, embellishments, beads, buttons,
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Street leading to Kiyomizu Temple, Kyoto
DAY 8 Visit the charming Kyoto Kaleidoscope Museum. Experience
the spectacular array of patterns, designs and colors of the kaleidoscopes on display. Let those kaleidoscopes give you inspiration when
creating your own. Later, we’ll guide you through Kyoto’s oldest
market arcade, a maze of covered walkways where locals shop for
bargains in hundreds of small shops. Discover one that specializes in
fine sewing needles and beautiful handmade wooden sewing boxes,
and others that specialize in Japanese fabrics. n
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Japanese Bento box served on Shinkansen bullet train
DAY 6 The Shinkansen “bullet train” speeds us through spectacular
scenery to Kyoto, epicenter of Japan’s rich artistic heritage. We’ll visit
the Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion), a glimmering legacy of medieval
Japan, entirely sheathed in gold leaf. We’ll tour the beautiful grounds
here and enjoy the spectacular views of Mount Kinugasa. n
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DAY 9 Explore Nijo Castle, built in 1543 for a shogun warrior. It’s
famous for ornate rooms and “nightingale” floors that squeak to warn
of intruders. Then we’ll learn Japanese stenciling at Kodai Yuzen-en
and Gallery. It’s stenciling, but with a twist! Compare results later while
saying sayonara to new-found friends at our Farewell Dinner and
Geisha show. n
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DAY 10 Enjoy a relaxing breakfast with new friends before boarding
our motorcoach for our departure transport to the airport. n
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