TEXTILES OF KYOTO

Our Japan Textiles tour is a journey into the vibrant world of Japanese textiles, planned by Conde Nast Japan Travel Expert Nancy Craft.  Nancy’s love of Japanese textiles began when she lived and studied in Japan for six years. You will visit her friends and colleagues, along with quiet off-the-beaten track temples, gardens and hidden corners in Japan’s traditional capital.

The Japan Textiles Tour is not scheduled at this time, for more information please inquire below.

Fujiwara no Sekio (c 1200)

Frost for the warp and dewdrops for the weft are too weak—
no sooner is the mountain brocade woven
than it scatters in tatters.

Highlights

From our base in Kyoto, we will…

φ Have private meetings with artists and craftspeople;

φ Study age-old weave and dye techniques and see contemporary fiber works

φ Explore lively markets and visit selected galleries and shops;

φ Visit serene gardens and temples;

φ Explore the richly varied world of  Japanese cuisine.

Esprit Textile Tour - Highlights

Daily Itinerary - Japan Textiles Tour

Depart for Japan on your individually arranged flight.

Esprit Japan Textile Tour - Kiyomizadera

 

 

 

  • Arrive Japan, Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX) or Osaka Airport (ITM).
  • Transfer by reserved van shuttle to our hotel in Kyoto.
  • Introductions and dinner in the hotel restaurant.

 

Accommodations: Royal Park THE Kyoto
Meals: dinner

Esprit Japan Textile Tour - Zuiho-in Abbott

  • Spend the morning at Daitoku-ji Zen monastery for an introduction to the Way of Tea and garden visits.
  • Zen-style lunch
  • Studio of contemporary yuzen dyer
  • Downtown orientation walk.

 

Accommodations: Royal Park THE Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Esprit Japan Textile Tour - Gold Leaf

 

 

 

  • Fifth generation master of gold leaf application
  • Visit a workshop in the nearby Nishijin weaving district
  • Visit traditional shops in the the Kamishichiken geisha district

Accommodations: Royal Park THE Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Esprit Japan Textile Tour-Rengeiji

 

 

 

  • Country walk, natural dye experience and lunch
  • Rengei-ji Temple
  • Studio of washi artist

 

Accommodations: Royal Park THE Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Esprit Japan Textile Tour - Mori Indigo

Out-of-town excursion:

  • Mori Indigo studio
  • Miho Museum
  • Ceramic artist studio in Shigaraki

 

Accommodations: Royal Park THE Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Esprit Japan Textile Tour-Ginkakuji

 

 

 

  • Mari Horie katazome studio
  • Nakao kumihimo studio
  • Robert Yellin gallery-contemporary ceramics introduction
  • Garden visit

 

Accommodations: Royal Park THE Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Esprit Japan Textile Tour-Japan Store window

 

 

 

Studio and gallery hopping day, including shops and galleries featuring textiles and creative fashion and current textile shows.

 

Accommodations: Royal Park THE Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Esprit Japan Textile Tour - Indigo Shibori Fabric

Free day. Some possibilities include:

  • the Kitano Shrine Flea Market
  • Tanaka Nao dye company,
  • Nishiki market,
  • a serene and beautiful garden
  • downtown exploring using Esprit’s Kyoto Downtown Guide.

Accommodations: Royal Park THE Kyoto
Meals: None

Esprit Japan Textile Tour - Gallery Art

  • Gallery Kei, museum-quality folk textiles
  • Free time for lunch on Teramachi
  • Gallery Gallery Fiber Arts Gallery to see the current show and permanent showcase gallery
  • Late afternoon free time
  • Farewell dinner

Accommodations: Royal Park THE Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Transfer by reserved van shuttle, per individual flight times, for your pre-arranged return flight from Osaka Kansai Airport

Meals: Breakfast

Note 1: The itinerary will be finalized approximately 30 days prior to departure.  Artist visits are subject to availability and the schedules of our Japanese colleagues.  A final itinerary will be sent to you about two weeks prior to departure.   The itinerary and visits are subject to change at any time.
Note 2: The Japan Textiles Tour is not scheduled at this time, for more information please inquire below.

Pricing, Sample Video, and Materials

Tour price: To be announced, is based on a group of 14 and includes the following:

  • Nine nights accommodations in Royal Park Hotel Kyoto, sharing a room
  • Daily breakfast and additional meals as indicated
  • Round-trip airport transfers by reserved, shared van shuttle or airport limousine bus
  • Informative commentary by an Esprit tour leader who is fluent in Japanese, using our unique radio headset system
  • Daily touring, including admissions and local transportation
  • Single supplement $675 – Singles are limited.
The tour is based on a group of at least 14. A surcharge may be levied for a smaller group.
Maximum group size is 16. The price may be adjusted at the time of final payment for exchange rate fluctuation.

For registration information and Terms and Conditions, call 800-377-7481 – ext. 1, or email nancy@esprittravel.com.

Note: Actual visits and events will be finalized approximately 30 days prior to departure to allow for the inclusion of special exhibitions, visits and events, and are dependent on the schedules of our Japanese colleagues. A final itinerary will be sent to you about two weeks prior to tour departure. The itinerary is subject to change at any time.

Inquiry Form

If you’re curious about the Japan Textile Tour, don’t hesitate to contact us. Please let us know if you would like to be put on our contact list for future Textile Tours.
Looking forward to working together!

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