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Japanese Festival - Matsuri (祭)

Thousands of Japanese festivals (matsuri) can be found all over Japan. Japan holds various matsuri that annually celebrate seasonal occurrences, historical events, or to honor a shrine's deity.

Japanese festivals (matsuri) are an integral part of Japanese culture. Some matsuri even date back to over a thousand years ago. One of the most significant characteristics in a Japanese festival is when a local shrine's kami (Shinto god) is carried out on mikoshi (palanquins) to parade the town. Many Japanese festivals highlight decorative floats, accompanied with musicians who play traditional instruments and performers in special costumes. There are also matsuri that revolve around a particular season, such as a cherry blossom festival or snow festival, some lasting for several days.

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Japan Festival Tours

Experience an intergral part of Japanese culture by visiting Japan's most renowned festivals on one of our tour packages. Some significant festivals include the Takayama Spring Festival, the Kyoto Aoi Festival, and the Fuji Shibazakura Festival. Whether it's a time of celebration for a season, or to show respect for a momentous event in history, a tour to Japan should include exposure to the magnificent matsuri the country has to offer. Select a Japan Festival Tour from one of our itineraries for a festive, enlightened trip to Japan.

At All Japan Tours, we offer a variety of tour packages that include experiencing Japanese festivals. Our Festival Tours feature the best matsuri, as well as the major highlights of Japan.

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Japan Deluxe Tours

Visit the must see sites of Japan with group sizes ranging from 12 to 35 people.

These tours are great for first time visitors to Japan looking for comfortable accommodation with all entrance fees and most meals included. Our Japan Deluxe Tours are accomodated with professional tour guides, fluent in both Japanese and English, to ensure an educational and valuable visit. Air-conditoned, private coaches are also included, so you can enjoy a comfortable and hassle-free time in Japan. Our tours range from 7 to 21 days, to various regions of Japan.

Deluxe-Plus Small Group Tours

Experience the culture of Japan at a slower pace with groups of 10 to 18 people.
(Smaller group departure available)

These tours combine enrichment, enjoyment, and education with time to truly absorb and appreciate your surroundings. Our Deluxe-Plus small group tours are created to cater to those who are interested in having a deeper understanding of Japan's culture. You will have the opportunity to participate in culturally rich activities and visit destinations only locals may know. Experience luxurious hotels and travel at a leisurely pace when you book a Deluxe-Plus small group tour.

Ultra-Deluxe Small Group Tours

Tour Japan with the finest accommodations and experiences in groups of 2 to 6 people.

Enjoy more than just sightseeing. These tours will allow you to eat in small local restaurants, visit hidden gems, stay at hotels with limited occupancy, take part in activities available only to small groups, and enjoy more interaction with your tour guides. Ultra-Deluxe small group tours are the ultimate way to visit Japan with hand-picked, top hotels and ryokans (traditional inns) to relax in. Select from a unique range of luxurious cultural experiences that are limited to smaller groups, which is why the maximum group size is 6 guests.

Japan Walking Tours

Travel Japan more flexibly in groups of 10 to 16 people using public transportation.

These tours are ideal for travelers who want more free time to explore their own interests in Japan with the balance of having an escorted tour guide. Go without private coach transportation and opt for using public trains and local buses. Travelers usually stay for at least 2 nights at a destination on a Japan Walking Tour, allowing for a more relaxed and in-depth visit. Your tour guide will give you local advice and tips for things to see and do in your spare time. Experience Japanese culture firsthand with a more flexible itinerary.

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The Golden Route Japan Tour Spring: Kyoto Aoi Festival 
2019 - 5/11

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Route Japan Tour Spring: Kyoto Aoi Festival 2019 - 5/11
The Golden Route Japan Tour Spring: Kyoto Aoi Festival 2019 - 5/11
47 reviews
47 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2798.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
The must see sights of Tokyo & Kyoto...plus the Aoi Festival.

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2798.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
The must see sights of Tokyo & Kyoto...plus the Aoi Festival.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sat. May 11, 2019 Sat. May 18, 2019 US $2798.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. May 11, 2020 Mon. May 18, 2020 US $2798.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Route Japan Tour Summer (Reverse): Gion 
Summer Festival 2018 - 7/15

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Route Japan Tour Summer (Reverse): Gion Summer Festival 2018 - 7/15
The Golden Route Japan Tour Summer (Reverse): Gion Summer Festival 2018 - 7/15
47 reviews
47 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2798.00

Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Toyota / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
The must see sights of Tokyo & Kyoto...plus Gion Summer Festival.

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2798.00

Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Toyota / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
The must see sights of Tokyo & Kyoto...plus Gion Summer Festival.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sun. Jul 15, 2018 Sun. Jul 22, 2018 US $2798.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Jul 15, 2019 Mon. Jul 22, 2019 US $2798.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Triangle of Japan (Reverse): Takayama 
Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms 2019 - 4/11

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Triangle of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms 2019 - 4/11
The Golden Triangle of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms 2019 - 4/11
14 reviews
14 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2898.00

Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa- go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Tour the most popular attractions of Tokyo & Kyoto, explore the rural areas of Japan, and attend the Takayama Spring Festival.

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2898.00

Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa- go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Tour the most popular attractions of Tokyo & Kyoto, explore the rural areas of Japan, and attend the Takayama Spring Festival.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Thu. Apr 11, 2019 Thu. Apr 18, 2019 US $2898.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Apr 11, 2020 Sat. Apr 18, 2020 US $2898.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Triangle of Japan (Reverse): Takayama 
Autumn Festival Tour 2018 - 10/6

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Triangle of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour 2018 - 10/6
The Golden Triangle of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour 2018 - 10/6
14 reviews
14 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2898.00

Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Tour the most popular attractions of Tokyo & Kyoto, explore the rural areas of Japan, and attend the Takayama Autumn Festival.

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2898.00

Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Tour the most popular attractions of Tokyo & Kyoto, explore the rural areas of Japan, and attend the Takayama Autumn Festival.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sat. Oct 6, 2018 Sat. Oct 13, 2018 US $2898.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Oct 6, 2019 Sun. Oct 13, 2019 US $2898.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Kawazu 
Cherry Blossom Festival & Snow Monkeys 2019 - 2/17

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Triangle of Japan: Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival & Snow Monkeys 2019 - 2/17
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival & Snow Monkeys 2019 - 2/17
14 reviews
14 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3098.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Kawazu / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Uji / Nara / Osaka
The must see sights of Tokyo, Takayama & Kyoto... plus the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival & Snow Monkeys.

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3098.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Kawazu / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Uji / Nara / Osaka
The must see sights of Tokyo, Takayama & Kyoto... plus the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival & Snow Monkeys.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sun. Feb 17, 2019 Mon. Feb 25, 2019 US $3098.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Feb 16, 2020 Mon. Feb 24, 2020 US $3098.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Charms of Hokkaido Tour: Takinoue Park Shibazakura 
Festival 2019 - 5/20

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Charms of Hokkaido Tour: Takinoue Park Shibazakura Festival 2019 - 5/20
Charms of Hokkaido Tour: Takinoue Park Shibazakura Festival 2019 - 5/20

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3198.00

Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Kutchan / Otaru / Sapporo / Furano / Biei / Sounkyo / Takinoue / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Lake Mashu / Kushiro
Explore Hokkaido in spring shibazakura season; featuring Natural World Heritage sites, nature, gourmet, culture, and rural villages.

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3198.00

Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Kutchan / Otaru / Sapporo / Furano / Biei / Sounkyo / Takinoue / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Lake Mashu / Kushiro
Explore Hokkaido in spring shibazakura season; featuring Natural World Heritage sites, nature, gourmet, culture, and rural villages.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. May 20, 2019 Tue. May 28, 2019 US $3198.00 Sapporo Kushiro Deluxe Save this tour Sold Out
Charms of Hokkaido: Cherry Blossom Tour 2019 - 5/1

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Charms of Hokkaido: Cherry Blossom Tour 2019 - 5/1
Charms of Hokkaido: Cherry Blossom Tour 2019 - 5/1

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3298.00

Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Matsumae / Shikabecho / Onuma Park / Niseko / Otaru / Asahikawa / Biei / Furano / Sapporo
Explore Southern & Central Hokkaido in spring while cherry blossoms are in full bloom.

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3298.00

Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Matsumae / Shikabecho / Onuma Park / Niseko / Otaru / Asahikawa / Biei / Furano / Sapporo
Explore Southern & Central Hokkaido in spring while cherry blossoms are in full bloom.
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Wed. May 1, 2019 Thu. May 9, 2019 US $3298.00 Sapporo Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Fri. May 1, 2020 Sat. May 9, 2020 US $3298.00 Sapporo Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Charms of Hokkaido Tour: Hokkaido Winter Festivals 
2019 - 2/4

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Charms of Hokkaido Tour: Hokkaido Winter Festivals 2019 - 2/4
Charms of Hokkaido Tour: Hokkaido Winter Festivals 2019 - 2/4

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3298.00

Chitose / Shiraoi / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Akan National Park / Kushiro
See the Sapporo Snow Festival, as well as three other main Winter Festivals in Hokkaido.

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3298.00

Chitose / Shiraoi / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Akan National Park / Kushiro
See the Sapporo Snow Festival, as well as three other main Winter Festivals in Hokkaido.
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Mon. Feb 4, 2019 Tue. Feb 12, 2019 US $3298.00 Sapporo Kushiro Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Feb 3, 2020 Tue. Feb 11, 2020 US $3298.00 Sapporo Kushiro Deluxe Save this tour Inquiry  
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Fuji Shibazakura, Snow 
Monkeys & Snow Corridor 2019 - 5/9

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Triangle of Japan: Fuji Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor 2019 - 5/9
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Fuji Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor 2019 - 5/9
14 reviews
14 reviews

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $3598.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Uji / Nara / Osaka
The must-see sights of Tokyo and Kyoto as well as some seasonal headliners showing the unique side of Japan.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $3598.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Uji / Nara / Osaka
The must-see sights of Tokyo and Kyoto as well as some seasonal headliners showing the unique side of Japan.
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Thu. May 9, 2019 Sat. May 18, 2019 US $3598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Apr 19, 2020 Tue. Apr 28, 2020 US $3598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. May 9, 2020 Mon. May 18, 2020 US $3598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Japan Tour Summer: Tokushima Awa Odori 
Dance Festival 2018 - 8/9

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan Tour Summer: Tokushima Awa Odori Dance Festival 2018 - 8/9
Best of Japan Tour Summer: Tokushima Awa Odori Dance Festival 2018 - 8/9
22 reviews
22 reviews

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $3898.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Tokushima / Takamatsu / Oboke Gorge / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $3898.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Tokushima / Takamatsu / Oboke Gorge / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan.
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Thu. Aug 9, 2018 Sun. Aug 19, 2018 US $3898.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Thu. Aug 8, 2019 Sun. Aug 18, 2019 US $3898.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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