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Japan Band Tours, School Music Trips, Student Performance Travel to Japan

All Japan Tours offers a wide range of music-related options when looking to plan your tour in Japan with your concert group or band. We will craft the perfect itinerary that makes your music tour of Japan unforgettable. If your ensemble would like to plan a performance in Japan, talk with our travel professionals about putting together a music exchange program, where your student group can study music together with students at a local school. Upon request, we can also arrange workshops with local music clubs or even famous conductors during your stay. If you think your musicians might like to perform together with a local Japanese school choir or orchestra, ask us about planning a shared concert. We can add cultural exchange programs featuring lessons in many traditional Japanese cultural experiences, such as playing Taiko drums or learning tea ceremony, and can even include homestays with local families. We also offer tours to all the most popular tourist spots in the country that you may want to see.
We can arrange a variety of public venues for concert performances, including schools, cultural center, concert halls and parks – even Tokyo Disneyland. If you dream of performing at a Japanese music festival, we can, depending on your travel dates, schedule your band’s appearance onstage at one of these events. We customize your music tour to fit the needs of your group, and can prepare the hotel accommodations, special transportation requirements and meal arrangements that will make your concert tour enjoyable.

Music Exchange Programs & Workshops

Enjoy a highly rewarding music exchange or workshop with a Japanese music club, school band, ensemble, or choir. Travel to a local school, or meet a Japanese band, where you will have the opportunity to trade and perform each others' musical compositions. An exchange of musical performances between concert groups offers a musical challenge and opens each group of musicians up to different methods of performance. It is also a style of communication unlike any other - a one-of-a-kind method of cross-cultural understanding using music as a universal language. Our travel professionals can connect your student ensemble or choir with Japanese schools, music clubs, or other bands to help orchestrate a safe, enjoyable and engaging music exchange. We can also arrange a workshops with local band directors, or even a performance with a famous conductor.

Concert Performance Venues

The addition of a concert performance to your tour itinerary provides your school band, choral ensemble, or orchestra with a fantastic opportunity to perform abroad and an unforgettable memory for you and your students. We can arrange for a concert performance venue to suit the experience you desire for your band or student group. Let us use our expertise to help you iron out the details - we will help you find the best locations for your performance venue, whether you are looking to perform at a school auditorium, cultural center, concert hall, public square, park, and more. We can even arrange for a performance at Tokyo Disneyland or DisneySea. Depending on your timeframe, it is also possible to perform at one of Japan's many festival events. We can go above and beyond by providing an extra advertising service for your group’s performance in the form of ads, flyers, and local announcements. Our advertising service will bring awareness of your concert to the local community, making the performance on your Japan tour more unforgettable.

Concert Performance Venues

Let us arrange your concert performances at Japan’s temples, shrines, schools, concert halls, theme parks, or other venues. Participation in festive events are also possible, depending on the specific travel dates of your group. To go above and beyond, an extra advertising service will be provided for your group’s performance in the form of ads, flyers, and local announcements. This will bring awareness to the local community, ensuring an unforgettable full house experience.

Shared Concert

Imagine your student music class, band, or concert trip to Japan including a shared concert - you and your musicians performing beside a Japanese music club or band in a school auditorium, culture center, or other public venue - and then talk to our travel professionals about adding it to your tour itinerary! We put you in contact with local Japanese schools, music clubs, orchestras - whatever complements your music style, and then plan the arrangements that will make your shared concert a success. Our company will work with you to carefully organize the details of your tour - private transportation to and from the concert venue, pleasant accommodations convenient to the location, suitable locations to rehearse, and the amenities that your music group needs to make your stay comfortable.

Perform at a Music Festival

Classical Orchestra, Rock, Pop, Jazz, Choral, Traditional - these styles of music and more are represented at Japanese music festivals. While there are music festival events to enliven every season, the largest take place during the summer months. Each year, musicians the world over come to enchant audiences in Japan with skillful demonstrations of their art. And no matter the genre, if you and your music group, be it student band, orchestra, ensemble, or concert choir are considering a tour to Japan, ask one of our travel professionals about adding an appearance onstage at a music festival to your tour itinerary! We can plan your schedule for your festival performance, rehearsal locations for your band before the festival, and arrange the time you need to network with local or international bands that may be performing.

Cultural Exchange Program

If your student band or concert tour group has the desire to learn a Japanese instrument, inquire with our travel professionals about setting up a Cultural Exchange Program for your tour itinerary. The 13-stringed koto, the long-necked shamisen, the pear-shaped biwa, taiko drums of any size - our company can arrange demonstration lessons for any Japanese instrument that may interest you. This type of cultural exchange brings a more exclusive level of local immersion to your tour, as well as opportunities for students to enjoy cross-cultural communication through music. Many other uniquely Japanese experiences can be included in your cultural exchange program. Ask us about adding lessons in tea ceremony, writing Japanese calligraphy, ikebana flower-arranging, and Zen meditation to your tour itinerary.

Sightseeing in Japan

Besides cultural exchange programs and concert performances, our company offers tours that take your school band or concert group to any place in Japan that you may want to discover. Your group will have the opportunity to visit the must-see landmarks and monuments on your personal bucket list, as well as the unforgettable experiences that Japan is famed for. But depend on our travel professionals to recommend some hidden gems for a custom itinerary that takes you off the beaten path to experience Japan in a more exclusive fashion. Exploring seasonal attractions, like the winter illuminations, cherry blossoms in spring, bright autumn leaves, or the fireworks festivals in summer will make your custom tour even more unique. In addition, you can request a fully guided tour by one of our local tour guides - seasoned professionals who will assist and educate your group every step of the way.

Homestay Experience

While we take pride in finding our tour passengers the best hotel accommodations to suit their preferences, nothing can take your Japan Custom Tour to the next level of native cultural immersion like a Homestay Experience. Your group will enjoy the homegrown hospitality or "omotenashi" that Japan is famous for as you stay with a welcoming Japanese family, while also discovering native traditions from a local's point of view. Many homestay accommodations, known as "minshuku", are usually located in rural areas, which comes with the opportunity to appreciate a more traditional Japanese lifestyle. While there, you can enjoy more homemade Japanese meals, and can have the chance to pick up more of the local language.

24/7 Guided Tours

When you travel with All Japan Tours, you have no need to worry about communication problems, lack of directions, or safety concerns while on a tour. Our tours are fully guided by professional tour guides who remain with you and your group the full length of your trip. Our bilingual guides will be on hand to smooth out any communication difficulties and help you work through emergencies and concerns. They even stay at the same hotel as your group, and we provide your group with contact numbers in case of emergency, so you are never out of touch with your guide or the company.

Private Coach Transportation

Perhaps one of the most difficult considerations when planning a trip to Japan for a large group is working out transportation, not only for the members of your concert group but also for any instruments and equipment you require. Booking with our company means you will be traveling to each location on luxurious private coaches. Relax in comfort as you are transported to each location without the hassle of carrying your luggage and instruments. Private coaches also ensure more time is spent visiting locations of interest to your group, and less time dealing with the hassle of transfers between public transportation services.

Hand-Picked Accommodation

Our travel professionals hand-pick the accommodations for your concert or band tour to suit your budget. We work to find your student group comfortable accommodations that are convenient to performance venues and other scheduled points on your trip itinerary. Possibilities include a youth hostel with 4-8 students per room, 3-star accommodations with twin occupancy, 4-star accommodations with twin occupancy, and so on, but was can prepare any hotel arrangements that fit the needs of your group.

Group Airfare

At All Japan Tours, we arrange your itinerary down to the last detail, and can even book your international flights to and from Japan. We work hard to find the airfares that fit the budget requirements for you and your group.

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Plan your trip

When you contact us through e-mail or phone, we will discuss the type of trip and services you're interested in. There are many things to consider when planning your trip to Japan, such as your travel date, length of stay, destination cities, points of interest, and budget. Based on this information, we will create an initial “sketch” itinerary that includes an outline of recommended travel routes, destinations, accommodations, transportation type, and services we can provide.

Many of our clients select one of our existing Group Tour itineraries and adjust it according to their interests, budget, and other modifications. We also have clients that have their own ideas about their intentions and plans, or even a specific itinerary in mind. However you envision your tour to Japan, you can depend on us to provide first-rate service and exceptional pricing. A minimum of 15 travelers is recommended to get the best rates. (Although we can accommodate smaller parties at higher rates).

Our Japan Custom Group Travel Inquiry Form is designed to give us a clear picture of your interests and preferences, so that we can create the ideal vacation for you. If one of our itinerary is the ideal base plan for you, please mention so in your inquiry. We will customize the plan so that the plan will meet your specific needs and desires.

Reviews for Our Custom Group Travel

  5.0 stars based on 28 REVIEWS

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Japan Custom Group Tour

10/19/2018 - 10/27/2018 / November 19, 2018   

The All Japan Tour for the Kaneda tour was a "Magical Tour"! Your preparation and organization or this tour was superb! The most impressive part of my trip was the portrait of an amazing people and culture revealed to us by Miharu who explained what we would see - took us to see it - then cemented those observations after the sightings. IT felt like a true Geisha explaining what we seeing and giving us an understanding as to why we were seeing this. For example the explanation that sky scrapers near the Imperial Palace lacked Windows on the top floor to peer into the emperor's living quarters. I felt I saw a side of Japan and Japanese culture that 98% of visitors to Japan never are privy to. I have a huge respect for the way Japanese people conduct and respect their life and other human life. Thank you for this "Magical" tour!

P.S. 1. We did great at the Kawagoe festival and back to Tokyo. 2. I only got about 2200 pictures to remember this tour- Including 1 of Fujiyama.

Leonard & Betsy from California

Japan Custom Group Tour

10/19/2018 - 10/27/2018 / November 19, 2018   

We were all extremely satisfied with our itinerary, meals, and hotels. I had been to Japan many times and had seen most of the sights; but, found that every day, I experienced something new and amazing. Our guide, Miharu was extremely organized, informative, and hysterical! She made the time between destinations, which were sometimes more than 2 hours, go by so quickly. Our driver, Mr. Nakano was excellent. He and Miharu coordinated transfers perfectly. As an example, finding our way back from the Kawagoe Festival to the hotel could have been very exhausting and confusing. However, they thought of an alternative plan and we found the coach waiting for us as soon as we exited the train station. Amazing!

Many of us are tea lovers so we especially enjoyed our visit to the Uji tea farm. It was beautiful and we found the tea farmer's guided tour to be very informative. We all agreed that the lunch we had in Uji was our favorite. Our meal was presented in a bento box with drawers filled with incredibly beautiful delicacies.

I will highly recommend AJT to all our friends and will certainly consider having you assist us with future travels to Japan.

Adele from California

Japan Custom Group Tour

10/19/2018 - 10/27/2018 / November 19, 2018   

My husband and I had an amazing time; it was the best escorted tour we have ever taken. There was a lot of attention to detail and we were very well taken care of. We couldn’t have asked for a better guide and driver than Miharu and Mr. Nakano. The hotels were excellent, the meals were amazing and the tours were well chosen. It was my fourth trip to Japan and my husband’s first time and we are ready to go back.

Thank you so much for organizing such a wonderful trip for us. We hope to be contacting you again in the near future for another memorable trip.

William & Carol from California

Japan Custom Group Tour

10/21/2017-11/3/2017 / November 7th, 2017   

Just returned from the amazing trip of Japan.
The trip was great, without any glitches.
Tour guide was Mr Ito was very good and driver Yamado was good.
Most hotels were good.
Kyoto hotel had A C issues.

Most important Japan was amazingly beautiful. People were nice, places were memorable. In spite of two Typhoons, weather was fine for most parts.

Thank you for arranging this trip.

Jay from Florida

Japan Custom Group Tour

2/10/2016 - 2/20/2016 / March 28th, 2016   

I just want to tell you what a delight Kim Kida is and how she made our trip recently the best ever. She is always happy, courteous, sensitive and aware of her guests needs, while keeping on schedule and helping everyone to keep to the schedule as well. She is very knowledgeable and if she doesn’t know the answer to a question, she researches it until she finds the answer. She goes above and beyond and we will be recommending her and All Japan Tours to everyone we meet. Fantastic trip thanks to her!!!

Donald & Frances from Hawaii

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