The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE -

Book­ings are es­sen­tial at Ate­lier Mo­ri­moto; from Y2000 ($23) a per­son for a 90-minute demon­stra­tion and hands-on scarf dye­ing. Ky­oto Ar­ti­sans Concierge will ar­range an in­ter­preter-guide. More: ky­otoar­ti­ The Ky­oto Mu­seum of Tra­di­tional Crafts cel­e­brates the city’s clas­sic art forms and holds reg­u­lar hands-on craft classes. More: ANA flies di­rect from Syd­ney to Tokyo Haneda, the orig­i­nal in­ter­na­tional ter­mi­nal, su­per­seded by Narita in 1978. Haneda is sub­stan­tially closer to cen­tral Tokyo, with reg­u­lar mono­rail and train con­nec­tions. The air­line has re­cently ap­pointed Adam Liaw as its culinary am­bas­sador (T&I Loves, P18). More: Be armed with a pre-pur­chased Ja­pan Rail Pass (seven, 14 or 21 con­sec­u­tive days), valid for most bul­let train and limited-ex­press ser­vices; it can be ac­ti­vated upon ar­rival at Haneda or Tokyo sta­tions. More: • wa­ • foursea­ • ky­ •

Ap­pren­tice geisha in tra­di­tional cer­e­mo­nial dress in the Gion district of Ky­oto, above; master dyer Koichi Mo­ri­moto, far left; and a de­tail from one of his wed­ding fu­ton cov­ers, left

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