Jane MacDonald leads wonderful tours around Japan showing the home, origins and highlights of Japanese textiles and stitching.

Delve into the world of Japanese textiles with your experienced host Jane and the many knowledgable textile artists you will meet along the way from Tokyo and back. Visit workshops, gardens, temples and enjoy authentic Japanese cuisine with other textile enthusiasts.

 2025 Tours

Japanese Textiles & Stitching Tour in May

6 May - 20 May 2025

A textile and stitching tour of Japan designed and led by Jane MacDonald, focusing on sashiko, kogin, chiku-chiku, and indigo dyeing including workshops from the masters with visits to cities, towns, villages and textile establishments throughout the main island of Honshu.
  • Kogin-zashi workshop in Hirosaki, home of kogin
  • Shibori – indigo dyeing – workshop using tools from the Edo period
  • Learn traditional sashiko techniques from Reiko Domon
  • Attend weaving workshop and learn about Isesaki kasuri
  • Learn chiku-chiku from master stitcher Akiko Ike
  • Shop for antique sashiko and boro treasures
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site Shirakawa Village
  • Shop in the iconic Nomura Tailor textile store
  • Visit 400-year-old needle shop
  • Stroll through Nishiki Market
  • View the world’s largest bronze Buddha
  • Craft a temari ball
  • Visit Yoko Saito’s shop Quilt Party
  • Explore Mother’s Dream shop by Reiko Kato

For more information, view the Opulent Journeys website here.

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2024 Tours 

Japanese Textiles & Stitching Tour in May

21st May - 4th June 2024 *fully booked, wait list only


Japan Textile & Stitching Tour with Yokahama Quilt Show

27 October - 10 November 2024 *fully booked, wait list only


Japanese Textiles, Crafts & Sashiko Tour

8-21 November 2024 *fully booked, wait list only


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More information? 

Visit the Opulent Journeys website for detailed information and availabilities.

Hosted by Opulent Journeys and Jane MacDonald
Phone: 1300 219 885