Japan Tour

Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

10th SAORI Worcester

Study & Friendship Japan Tour

(Tokyo and Northeast)

June 2-15th, 2020

Cost: $3,400 

Deposit of $1,000 due on Wednesday, April 15th

           Balance Due Date is on Friday, May 8th

($100 off if you pay cash or a check) 

 The price includes lodging (double/multi occupancy), all breakfast, group transportation within Japan, group cultural activities including two dinners & experienced translator/guide/coordinator individual & group agendas

 Tour price does not include cost of airfare or lunches/dinners, since these vary so greatly according to each tour member. We will meet at Narita airport in Tokyo area.


The tour’s focus is to deepen your understanding about SAORI by visiting SAORI studios, meeting weavers and experiencing cultural activities. However, it includes explorations of Tokyo and near by cities and country side. We will visit Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, Japanese gardens, hot springs, sushi restaurants, and craft shops/ museum and more. Mihoko has been planning and guiding the tour since 2005. Several people had been back to her tour. She will conduct a group check-in meeting almost everyday to share tour members’ needs and experiences, which makes this tour unique. She believes that traveling is a great opportunity for people to grow. Also, she is open to change/add/making options to pursue your personal Japan-related interests. Mihoko does not want the relationship of tour members and her become a mere a service provider and customers. Instead, she wants to invite tour members to contribute to plan/shape the tour experience together.

You will take an adventure into the deep cultural experiences that most visitors without  a Japanese guide can’t have such as hot springs bathing or shopping Kimono at recycling stores. 

The tour had been every other year to visit Osaka and Southwest in the past, however, it becomes once in a year with alternating two different routes.

In 2020 tour we will visit and explore Tokyo, Nagano, and Akita. We will visit SAORI studios, Buddhist temples, Shinto Shrines, hot springs, ninjya house, and more. We will stay at airbnb, Zen Buddhist temple, a homestay(tentative), and a simple hotel. 

We will use mostly public transportation including  bullet trains and subways. We will fix meal at airbnb by shopping at a local supermarket, have meals at a casual restaurants and street vendors. Maybe we will visit Mihoko’s uncle& aunt in Nagano.

More details are coming.

If you are interested in the tour, please let Mihoko knows through the email at saoriworcester@gmail.com