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May 13 - 22, 2022
(Sorry, our October Tour is sold out.)

CLICK ABOVE to see a short slide show of our November 2022 trip.

OVERVIEW: This tour is held entirely in Kyoto, where you'll learn about Japanese textiles and culture, shop at the temple markets, meet several traditional artisans, and tour one of the most beautiful and exotic cities in the world. We meet in Kyoto (airfare and transportation to/from the airport is on your own but we can help with recommendations). And yes, we spend the entire time in and around Kyoto! Is it enough? Nope. Most group members arrive a day early and extend their stay to explore other parts of Japan.

Itinerary activities:
Three textile workshops - try your hand at a traditional technique
Five artisan studio visits - an intimate glimpse
One handicraft market - inspiring up-cycling
One temple flea market – Toji Temple Kobo-San Market
Two free days
Selected heritage sites


9 nights in a western-style hotel

single occupancy room with private bath

all workshop, tour activities, and entrance fees

breakfast every day

lunch on tour days

Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner

transportation during the tour

professional Japanese guides

prep materials and other goodies

memory book after the tour


CLICK HERE for the itinerary from November 2022. The activities, pace and schedule for May 2023 will be similar but are still being finalized.

CAUTION! This trip is not for everyone. If you're flexible, healthy, eager to visit Japan, and normally not inclined to travel in groups (but welcome the chance to meet like-minded others) - this trip could be what you've been waiting for. We provide a great framework from which you can create your own unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience, but hand-holding is at a minimum. You'll have free days to explore in and around Kyoto on your own, so if you're a hesitant traveler, this is not the trip for you. Also, if you have dietary restrictions, physical limitations, or a low tolerance for the unfamiliar, this is really not the trip for you. We can't emphasize enough the need for everyone to be sufficiently physically fit to do the daily walking!

Tour members will be asked to prepare for the trip and to conduct themselves in ways that may sometimes be a challenge:

-- physical requirements: be able to walk unassisted at a standard 3-mile/hour pace for up to an hour at a time, several days in a row
-- balance requirements: get up and down for floor seating (required at some meals and studio visits)
-- meal requirements: be able to eat with chopsticks and have no strict dietary or allergy issues
-- cultural awareness: be knowledgeable about Japanese customs and etiquette, able to master basic greetings, counting, and polite speech
-- group participation: be punctual, flexible, compassionate, attentive, and respectful of group dynamics

: The hotel is not luxury-level accommodations but it is clean, convenient and comfortable. You'll have a private room with bath, but the rooms are small. The meals will be authentic, local, and plentiful, but you'll need to be able to eat with chopsticks and be open to trying new foods. You'll get to know Kyoto from an ex-pat's and textile-lover's perspective, and we'll do whatever we can to help you feel comfortable heading out on your free days to pursue your own adventures. The focus of the trip will be to enjoy Kyoto at a reasonable pace -- we can't possibly see it all, so lets be in good spirits and well-rested to enjoy what we can see in the time we have.

: A $500 deposit reserves your spot, which would only be confirmed after a phone chat with Nancy to discuss the trip and share expectations or concerns. The balance is due by check (no online payments) in two installments (February 15th and March 15th).

If you cancel, you'll get 75% back for cancellations made at least six months in advance, 50% for cancellations made at least three months in advance, and 25% for cancellations made at least one month in advance. If Kyoto Kimono has to cancel (under unsafe or travel ban circumstances), refund amounts would be issued minus any unrecoverable expenses already paid (up to 5% of your payment). More likely, we would reschedule the tour rather than cancel altogether. Participants are required to purchase travel insurance, and we highly recommend getting coverage not only for your flight and medical treatment but also to cover a full refund in case of cancellation. This is the only way you would recover all of your payment if you or Kyoto Kimono had to cancel.

Questions? Email Nancy.

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