3-Day Kaga Embroidery Studio Visit and Kanazawa City Tour
Kaga embroidery studio
Kaga embroidery studio
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Kenroku-en garden
Kanazawa castle
Higashi chaya district
Ohmicho market
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Description
 

This tour is recommended for people who are interested in Japanese embroidery and would like a comprehensive look into Kanazawa at a time. The highlight of the tour is visiting private studio of the renowned Master of Traditional Crafts "Kaga Embroidery" Hitomi Miyakoshi for an exclusive opportunity to see how the skilled artisan creates her beautiful works. Master Miyakoshi is among the most skilled artisan in Japan, whose works have been featured around the world in places such as the United Nations Head quarters, NY. You will have a unique interactive experience with Master Miyakoshi discovering the insides of the exquisite world of embroidery. And also, there are a lot of places, foods and culture you can't miss in Kanazawa. With a local expert guide you'll explorer the samurai city of Kanazawa with all its amazing sites such as Kenroku-en garden, Kanazawa castle, Nagamachi samurai district and more. Two nights' accommodation at a traditional Japanese "Ryokan" hotel in Kanazawa is also included.

Inclusions
  • Kaga embroidery studio visit and Kanazawa city tour

  • 2 nights of accommodation at a traditional Japanese "Ryokan" hotel in Kanazawa with complimentary breakfast

  • Full course "Kaiseki" dinner for 2 nights (drink not included)

  • English speaking private guide and transport by private vehicle

  • Entrance fees

Exclusions
  • Food and drinks except the breakfast and dinner mentioned above

  • Gratuities (optional)

 
Accommodation
  • 2 nights of accommodation at "Ryokan" hotel in Kanazawa city. 

  • We can also offer you an accommodation option at a sophisticated city hotel with western style rooms and another accommodation option at a luxury "Ryokan" hotel in the suburbs of Kanazawa with "Onsen" spa experience and "Kaiseki" dinner, which are priced individually. Please contact us for more details.

  • If the designated accommodation is not available, we will contact you to discuss alternative options. 

Price

Please contact us

 
Max # of people

up to 4

 
Additional information
  • If a child under 13 years old is accompanying you, please contact us in advance.

Tour itinerary
Day1

10am-5pm

 
Welcome

Our guide and driver will meet you at Kanazawa station, Komatsu airport or your staying hotel in Kanazawa.

 

Kenroku-en garden

 

Kanazawa castle  
 
Hotel drop off

Please enjoy "Kaiseki" dinner at the traditional Japanese "Ryokan".

Day2

10am-5pm

 
Hotel pick up
 
Ohmicho market
 
Nagamachi Samurai district
 
Higashi chaya district
Hotel drop off

Please enjoy "Kaiseki" dinner at the traditional Japanese "Ryokan".

Day3

10am-5pm

 
Hotel pick up
 
Kaga embroidery studio visit  
 
Your selection

If time permitted, we will bring you to either of the following experiences.

  • 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art

  • D.T. Suzuki Museum(Zen)

  • Miso brewery visit  

 
Farewell

We will see you off at Kanazawa station, Komatsu airport or your staying hotel in Kanazawa.

  • The above starting/ending time are approximate. We can modify them according to your schedule, if they are in the daytime. Please contact us.

  • Please note that the itineraries and transportations may be subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances or events.

 

Optional tours

 

Following optional tours are offered to guests interested in additional experience or sightseeing to supplement the included components of our tours. You may choose to participate in some, all or none of the optional tours which are priced individually. Please contact us for more details.

  • "Geisha" entertainment with traditional "Kaiseki" dinner

  • Sake brewery tour (open from November to April)

 

 
Kaga embroidery

 

The name of Japanese Embroidery, or nihon shishu in Japanese, varies from place to place, so the embroidery produced in Kyoto is called Kyoshu (Kyoto Embroidery), in Edo (the modern-day Tokyo) it is called Edo shishu (Edo Embroidery), and in Kaga (the modern-day Kanazawa City) it is called Kaga nui (Kaga Embroidery). Today, Kyoshu and Kaga Embroidery are designated as "Traditional Crafts (government-designated traditional crafts)" by the Ministry for Economy, Trade and Industry. Japanese embroidery originated from the technique of expressing the figure of Buddha in embroidery that had been introduced from China.  Thereafter, Japanese Embroidery developed, being applied to the decoration of the clothes of the nobility and the stage costumes of the Japanese court musicians (Gagaku). In the Edo period (1603–1868), various uses of Japanese embroidery were enhanced, such as the Kosode (the kimono), the Uchikake (the outer kimono robe), and the Buddhist altar cloths. From the Meiji period (1868–1912) to early in the Showa period (1926–1989), embroidery work was one of Japan's means of acquiring foreign currency, and a large number of needlepainting embroideries of high quality were produced.  This trip will offer you the opportunity to visit the workshop of the famous artist.

 
Artisan : Hitomi Miyakoshi

 

"In pursuit of delicate beauty, I integrate not only traditional techniques of Japanese embroidery but also new techniques of dyeing or applying gold and silver leaf. The works are the result of my imagination, design, coordinating the most relevant techniques and beautiful colors, twisting thread and doing hand embroidery stitch by stitch, wishing they will bring special pleasure to your life."

Japanese Master of Traditional Crafts (“Kaga Embroidery”)

Executive board member of the Cooperative Association of Kaga Embroidery, Ishikawa

Lecturer at Kanazawa College of Art, Department of CraftsCrafts major, Textile course

Lecturer at Joshibi University of Art and Design, Department of Design and Crafts, Concentration on Textile Embroidery

 

2015

  • "RED that Colored the World" Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico & Bowers Museum

 

2013

  • "Assortment and Play" at the event of Kanazawa Toryoe, Asanogawa-kogeikairou, in the former Tsukuda house, Ishikawa

  • Presentation at the exhibition "SNOOPY JAPANESQUE - SNOOPY x Japanese Craftsmanship" in Tokyo and other locations

 

2012

  • Completion of the training course of "Successors of Embroidery" as an important intangible cultural property authorized by government

  • "Splash" at Japan Kogei Association as a project of the training course

 

2006

  • Presentation and performance at the United Nations Headquarters, NY

  • Authorized as a Japanese Master of Traditional Crafts for "Kaga Embroidery"

 

2004

  • Set up the Embroidery Atelier of Miyakoshi Hitomi as chairperson

 

1986

  • Started learning Kaga Embroidery

 

1985

  • Graduated from Joshibi Junior College of Art and Design, Field of Fashion, Embroidery Department