The Crafty Squirrel
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The Crafty Squirrel Kyoto Tour - 13 to 22 Oct 2024


Have you always wanted to visit Japan - have a slight obsession with cute things, enjoy fossicking at flea markets and love CRAFT? Then this tour is for you!

Morgan Wills has spent years obsessed with all things Japan and spends a lot of time sourcing the cutest Japanese things for her studio shop – The Crafty Squirrel.

This tour is ideal for first time visitors or those who love getting crafty and making things. Join Morgan on her insider’s tour of the best craft and vintage finds in Kyoto. Travel for 8 nights on a fully escorted tour with a small group of up to 12 creative women. Individual travelers and friends are welcome to travel together. Morgan’s aim is to give you a taste of what is on offer “craft wise” in this fabulous city. No matter what your interest, you’re sure to find something you can’t go home without!

TOUR SNAPSHOT - 13 to 22 October 2024
Sunday ~ Fly overnight Melbourne to Osaka
Monday ~ Get your shopping shoes on in Kyoto. Think fabric, crafty goodies and more!
Tuesday ~ Visit Chion-ji Temple Handicraft Market + Furoshiki workshop & craft shopping
Wednesday ~ Goshuin book workshop + visit Kinkaku-ji & Ryoan-ji Temples
Thursday ~ Ikebana demonstration, Sumiya Cultural Museum & Sashiko workshop
Friday ~ A day in the countryside visiting the Little Indigo Museum + Kintsugi Workshop
Saturday ~ Japanese stitched thimble/brooch workshop & make your own Sewing Box Workshop
Sunday ~ Learn to cook your own Bento lunch, visit Fushimi Inari + Indigo stencil workshop
Monday ~ Antique fair/flea market treasure hunting at the Toji Flea Market
Tuesday ~ Head home or stay on for a few days.

Kyoto Craft Tour Price Includes:
• 8 nights single room hotel accommodation in central Kyoto
• 8 breakfasts + 4 lunches
• Welcome & Farewell dinners
• Coach transfer from Osaka airport to Hotel
• All tours and transfers with English speaking guides
• Shrine, Museum & Garden entry tickets
• 9 Workshops - Sashiko, Goshuin Book, Indigo wax dyeing, Sewing box, Furoshiki, Yubinuki Japanese Thimble/Brooch, Kintsugi & Bento Box
• Ikebana demonstration
• All private bus/taxi travel as required
*Return airfares flying with Qantas will be arranged at an additional cost as will appropriate travel insurance.

Total Tour cost: $9,995

Payment details:
Initial non-refundable deposit of $800 (less the $50 paid for expression of interest) to secure a place (by direct transfer).

Additional payments through MW Tours:
1st payment - $400
2nd and final payment - $8,795 per person by 1 September 2024

Depart on tour – Sunday 13 October 2024

To secure your place, a non-refundable deposit of $800 is payable to The Crafty Squirrel upon a minimum number of participants (9) expression of interest. The balance of payment is then managed by MW Tours.

MW Tours will also be able to assist you with booking your airfares if required. Return travel dates is at your discretion. Personal, adequate travel insurance is essential for all participants and can also be arranged through MW Tours.

A good level of fitness is essential, and we ask that you have no preexisting medical issues that may inhibit you from actively participating in the tour. You will need to be able to undertake walking tours of 2-4 hours duration, including using stairs, walking over cobblestones and other uneven surfaces. You may need to stand for long periods in museums and other sites. You must be able to embark/disembark coaches and other methods of transportation without assistance. You must be able to handle your own luggage. We may occasionally sit on the floor for meals and activities. If you have any dietary requirements you must discuss these with the us prior to paying your deposit. Allergies and food intolerances can not always be catered for. Prior to departure, you’ll need to register with Visit Japan Web to complete immigration and customs questionnaires. This will generate two QR codes which you will need to show on arrival in Japan. Temporary stay visas are issued when you arrive in Japan for up to 90 days, your passport must have at least 6 months validity at the time of travel to be granted entry.

Please note: Tour prices are subject to change and dependent on the exchange rate and/or unexpected local cost changes. If the variance goes above 3% difference, there may be an additional amount included in your final payment instalment. In order to travel on the tour you will need to sign a Terms & Conditions agreement and indemnity form.

For more information or any questions, please email Morgan - [email protected]

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