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Yuki-Tsumugi Authentic Kimono Craft Town Tour from Tokyo

2018.10.30

Introduction

Walk around Yuki city, well known for "Yuki-Tsumugi", a fine silk and kimono craft!
This is a one day walking tour from Tokyo. Yuki city is just 90 minutes away from central Tokyo.
You can find authentic Japanese product and cultural experience in this unknown place to most tourists.

About Yuki-Tsumugi

Many people think of silk as something smooth and shiny, but Yūki-tsumugi is a little bit different and unique. Although Yūki-tsumugi is woven by silken threads, it is a luxury fabric that has rough texture.
The texture of the finest quality Yuki-tsumugi is the product of many master artisans’ extraordinary handiwork.
Carefully hand crafted through 40 different small processes by artisans,“Yuki-tsumugi, Silk fabric production technique” has been listed by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage since 2010.
They are hand woven in "Jibata"(a loom with no legs) and the designs are small crosses of splash patterns. Warm, light, tough and free from wrinkles, the fabric does not fade or discolor easily, but increases its luster the more frequently it is washed and stretched.

Tour Information

In this tour, a friendly assistant will take you to Yuki city in Ibaraki Prefecture. Get a chance to experience Japanese authentic hand-made kimono, Yuki-Tsumugi, and enjoy local town walking. If you do not feel comfortable wearing kimono, please choose "without Kimono option", although kimono made by the technique of "Yuki-Tsumugi" is very light and comfortable.
Once you start walking the town, you can enjoy town walking, where old Japanese warehouses,"Kura",built in over 200 years ago still remain. At one of the Kura, Tsumugi-no Yakata, you will also learn about Yuki-Tsumugi and experience Japanese traditional plant dyeing or weaving by a loom. One of the artisans will help you make your original coaster, or dye eco-bag, handtowel, or bandana.
As artisans do not speak English, your assistant will translate what artisans say in English.
After having lunch, proceed the town walking until 2:30PM and come back to Yuki Station.

◆Kimono Rental
If you choose to wear kimono, do not need to bring anything yourself. Everything you need for kimono is prepared at Yuki Station and all you need to do is change your clothes. A member of local Kimono Association will help you wear kimono comfortably, and you will look great in your kimono. They will keep your clothes and luggage until you finish town walking and come back to the station.

◆Okujun
Okujun was established in 1907 as Kimono maker and wholesaler and cultivated its reputation throughout a century mainly among domestic Kimono Industry.

◆Tsumugi no Yakata~Museum of Yuki-Tsumugi~
Tsumugi no Yakata is a museum of Yuki-Tsumugi. There are a museum displays a history of Yuki-Tsumugi and the process of Yuki-Tsumugi, and shops, and workshop where you can try plant dyeing and weaving.

◆Buyu Sake Brewery
Buyu is a Japanese Sake Brewery founded in 1867. The owner of the sake brewery will explain the sake making process and show you the sake brewery. Of course, you can taste some home-made sake!

◆Akibakoji Miso Brewry
Miso is a Japanese traditional seasoning made from fermented soybeans. Akibakoji Miso Chuzo Comany has inherited their traditional taste of Miso since 1832. They make and sell their miso. You will get a chance to taste miso and see the miso brewery.

Pricing per person:

Without Kimono Option
2 persons:27,300yen
3 persons:21,400yen
4 persons:18,400yen
5 persons:16,700yen
6 persons:15,500yen

◆With Kimono Option
Additional 3,000yen/person
Please request when booking.

Tour Detail

Tour Style

Private tour

Group Size

Min. 2 person
Max. 6 persons

Duration

1 Day (10 hours)

Destination

Itinerary

7:30AM Pickup at Hotel in Tokyo
Move to Yuki City by train.
9:40AM Arrival at Yuki Station
Change clothes to Kimono (◆Optional◆)
Walk to Tsumugi no Yakata
-Experience Plant dyeing or weaving
-Lunch
Town walking, including sake brewery, miso brewery, and temples
2:40PM Come back to Yuki Station (Change clothes if you choose to wear kimono.)
3:12PM Take a train back to Tokyo
5:30PM Drop-off at your hotel

What's Included

- English-speaking assistant fee
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
- Transportation fee
- Plant dyeing fee or coaster weaving fee

What's not Included

- Lunch fee
- Kimono Rental Fee (◆Optional:Available at 3,000yen/person and please request when booking.)

Required Information

- Hotel Information ( Name and Address ) for pickup/drop-off
- If you choose "With Kimono Option", please let us know your gender and height.
- Choose Japanese traditional plant dyeing or weaving a coaster by a loom.
- If you choose dyeing, please choose from, eco-bag, hand towel, or bandana.

Tour Tips

Booking process
1. Please contact us for availability through ‘BOOK IT’ button below.
2. We will check the availability and come back to you within 1 business day.
3. Payment request will be sent.
4. Reservation is done upon receiving your payment. Confirmation e-mail will be sent to you.

Payment
- Fees shall be paid through Credit Card. Currently no other payment method is accepted.

Cancellation Policy
Reservations may be cancelled without charge up to 8 days prior to the program date.
Reservations cancelled less than 7 days before the program date will incur the following charges:
- Between 7 days and 2 days: 30% of the program charge
- 1 Day before the departure day: 40% of the program charge
- The Day of departure: 50% of the program charge
- No Show or cancellation/change after departure: 100% of the program charge
*Time is in JST.