Important Covid-19 Update. Our client’s safety is important to us, and travel will resume when the travel ban (including the 14-day quarantine) is lifted both in Japan and the United States. Next Spring, we will offer two “off the beaten track” tours to escape the large cities and to enjoy the rural parts of Japan. First, is Textiles of Kyushu, a unique opportunity to experience Japanese culture and textile in the southern island of Japan. Second is Edible Japan, which will be a modified version of the original Culinary Tour with an extra day in the Shinshu region with sake brewery tour, miso making and knife shop visits. Stay well and be safe.

Textiles and Traditional Arts of Japan

Indigo Textiles

Textiles and Traditional Arts of Japan

Small Group Journey

Tokyo, Nagano, Kanazawa & Kyoto

Explore Japan next fall for an unforgettable travel experience highlighting the art, culture, and food of Japan. Much of what makes Japan unique is its deep history of fine arts, crafts, textiles, and food. On this 11-day tour, we touch every aspect of life in Japan by visiting large and small cities alike. Personally guided by Koshiki Yonemura, co-founder of TanpopoStudio and a guide from 2019 Textile Tour with Textile Center, our journey starts in Tokyo, a thriving modern metropolis, and from there we will quickly move onto rural Japan where we will learn the history of silk production (UNESCO site) and participate in a regional cooking class. Kyoto, Kanazawa, and Nagano are all enriched with artisan studios, meticulous Japanese gardens, feudal castles, eye-catching fiber arts, and fine pottery.

Enjoy the delicious cuisine of Japan pairing with regional sake, relax in the natural hot springs, indulge in a multi-course kaiseki dinner, and stay in a traditional ryokan (inn) while wearing a Kimono (optional) are all part of this spiritual journey. Let’s travel together with five senses to see and feel how textiles are woven into the culture and everyday lives of the people of Japan.


TanpopoStudio Textile Tour Map

Highlights

  • Welcome Dinner
  • Antique Flea Market (Optional)
  • Take a tour of the Tsukiji Fish Market and have fresh sushi for lunch
  • Tour the Tomioka Silk Mill (UNESCO World Heritage site)
  • Enjoy a natural hot spring bath & kaiseki dinner at a ryokan (traditional inns)
  • Experience Zen Culture at the historic Zenkoji Temple in Nagano
  • Visit the 300 year old Koiwai Weaving Studio in Ueda
  • Tea Ceremony at Kenrokuen, a 17th century garden in Kanazawa
  • Take a cooking class from a local women’s group
  • SAORI Weaving Workshop (Optional)
  • Kutani Pottery Studio Visit
  • Feather & Needle Art Workshop
  • Gold Leaf Application Workshop
  • Tour the Nishijin Textile Center and Kimono Fashion Show
  • Kyoto Shibori Museum
  • Private dinner and performance by Maiko in Gion
  • Take a Roketsu Dye Workshop (traditional dye using wax)
  • Fabric Shopping in Textile Town
  • Farewell Dinner

Itinerary

Day 1-2 > Welcome Dinner, Tokyo Antique Flea Market & Tsukiji Market

Welcome to Tokyo, the energetic capital of Japan. With a population of over 9 million people, it’s Japan’s largest city with all the amenities. After arriving at our hotel, we’ll take a quick break and then gather as a group for a welcome dinner at a nearby restaurant in Ginza.

Day 3-5 > Tomioka Silk Mill, Koiwai Studio & Cooking Class

We’ll take a bullet train to Gunma and the mountains of Nagano, to learn the history of silk production at the Tomioka Silk Mill, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll learn regional cooking from a local women’s group, have a demonstration on Ueda weaving and silk dyeing, stay at a hot spring hotel, enjoy a multicourse kaiseki dinner and more.

Day 6-7 > Kanazawa, Tea Ceremony & Fiber Arts

We are going to spend two days in Kanazawa, one of the best preserved Edo period (1603-1868) cities in the country for workshops and hands on activities of gold leaf as well as needle and feather art. Tea ceremony and garden visits are also included in Kanazawa.

Day 8-9 > Kyoto, Nishijin Textile Center & Roketsu Workshop

Welcome to Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, and home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We are going to see a Kimono fashion show and learn about fabric making for the Imperial Courts and Samurai lords. We will also participate in Roketsu, wax dye workshop and have traditional dinner with dance and music performance.

Day 10-11 > Asakusa & Farewell Dinner

Back in Tokyo, we’ll have for a day of shopping and sightseeing at Asakusa followed by farewell dinner as a group. Transportation to the airport is included for those who are leaving Japan on the last day of the tour.

Travel Details

dates:
oct. 4 – oct. 14, 2020
Registration Closed.

price:
$4900 per person, double occupancy
$5300 per person, single occupancy

what’s included:
hotels, local transportation
workshops & demonstrations
19 meals
guide & interpreter
transportation to/from hotel on the first/last day of tour

what’s not included:
travel or medical insurance
flight to/from Japan
personal spending including:
shopping, alcohol, laundry, some meals

contact:
koshiki yonemura, 651-734-3923, koshiki@tanpopojourneys.com


Your Guides

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Koshiki Yonemura

After graduating from University of Minnesota, she and her partner opened a Japanese restaurant in St. Paul, MN. After nearly 18 years in the restaurant business, she co-founded TanpopoStudio, a boutique travel company, offering hands-on on tours to Japan. She has curated and lead groups to Japan on food and art tours to Japan as well as working as a interpreter for the General Mill Wheaties Team during the Nagano Olympics. Come travel to Japan and discover the hidden gems of culture, textiles and food!

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Kenneth Schweiger

Kenneth Schweiger is an accomplished visual artist living and working out of his studio in Lowertown, St. Paul. After graduating from DePaul University in Chicago, he lived in Tokyo and studied Japanese classical and contemporary fine art and culture. With his abundance of energy and kindness and passion for Japanese arts, Kenny guided the 2019 Textile tour and will be your guide in 2020 as well!

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