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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.


Matsuri Festival Tour Packages and Travel Planning

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Japan Festival Tours

Land Tour Trips to Japan for The Festivals 2021, 2022 & 2023

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.

Budget Group Tours

Our Budget Tours are designed for our guests who are on a limited budget.

Explore the must-see sights and enjoy the hassle-free trip to Japan at an affordable price. Our most cost-effective way to see the highlights of Japan while staying in budget-friendly accommodations. If you would like to have a quick stop to sample the must-see sights of Japan, or plan to explore Japan on your own but would like to take a short trip to learn about Japan before your self-guided journeys. These are the tours for you.

Active Small Group Tours

Travel Japan more flexibly in groups of 6 to 13 people using public transportation.

Explore Japan off the beaten path via Japanese public transportation, walking, hiking, cycling and more. Take more time to enjoy local experiences and picturesque landscape. Our Active Small Group Tours combine the best of cultural destinations with off-the-beaten-path via Japanese public transportation, Discover the country of Japan the way the locals do and see Japan from a different angle. A focus on getting away from the crowds and into the real Japan, see the diversity of Japan’s countryside unfold before your eyes.

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Charms of Hokkaido: Cherry Blossom Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Charms of Hokkaido: Cherry Blossom Tour
Charms of Hokkaido: Cherry Blossom Tour
21 reviews
21 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3798.00

Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Matsumae / Mori / Kuromatsunai / Niseko / Otaru / Asahikawa / Biei / Furano / Sapporo
Explore Southern & Central Hokkaido in springtime while cherry blossoms are in full bloom.

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3798.00

Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Matsumae / Mori / Kuromatsunai / Niseko / Otaru / Asahikawa / Biei / Furano / Sapporo
Explore Southern & Central Hokkaido in springtime while cherry blossoms are in full bloom.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Wed. May 1, 2024 Thu. May 9, 2024 US $3798.00 Sapporo Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Thu. May 1, 2025 Fri. May 9, 2025 US $3798.00 Sapporo Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Fri. May 1, 2026 Sat. May 9, 2026 US $3798.00 Sapporo Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Charms of Hokkaido Tour: Hokkaido Winter Festivals

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Charms of Hokkaido Tour: Hokkaido Winter Festivals
Charms of Hokkaido Tour: Hokkaido Winter Festivals
21 reviews
21 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3798.00

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

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3798.00

Shiraoi / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Lake Akan / Kushiro
See the Sapporo Snow Festival, as well as three other main Winter Festivals in Hokkaido.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sun. Feb 2, 2025 Mon. Feb 10, 2025 US $3798.00 Sapporo Kushiro Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Tue. Feb 3, 2026 Wed. Feb 11, 2026 US $3798.00 Sapporo Kushiro Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Charms of Hokkaido: Summer Flowers & Nature

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Charms of Hokkaido: Summer Flowers & Nature
Charms of Hokkaido: Summer Flowers & Nature
21 reviews
21 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3798.00

Sapporo / Otaru / Furano / Biei / Asahikawa / Hokuryu / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Lake Mashu / Lake Akan / Kushiro
This delightful itinerary brings our guests through fields of cheerful summer flowers to explore the incredible nature of Furano, Biei, the Shiretoko Peninsula, and Kushiro on this relaxing Charms of Hokkaido summer tour.

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3798.00

Sapporo / Otaru / Furano / Biei / Asahikawa / Hokuryu / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Lake Mashu / Lake Akan / Kushiro
This delightful itinerary brings our guests through fields of cheerful summer flowers to explore the incredible nature of Furano, Biei, the Shiretoko Peninsula, and Kushiro on this relaxing Charms of Hokkaido summer tour.
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Sun. Aug 18, 2024 Mon. Aug 26, 2024 US $3798.00 Sapporo Kushiro Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Aug 16, 2025 Sun. Aug 24, 2025 US $3798.00 Sapporo Kushiro Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Aug 16, 2026 Mon. Aug 24, 2026 US $3798.00 Sapporo Kushiro Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Triangle of Japan (Reverse): 
Takayama 
Autumn Festival Tour with Expo 2025 Osaka

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Triangle of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour with Expo 2025 Osaka
The Golden Triangle of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour with Expo 2025 Osaka
73 reviews
73 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3798.00

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, plus Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3798.00

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, plus Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.
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Sun. Oct 5, 2025 Mon. Oct 13, 2025 US $3798.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Fuji Shibazakura, Snow 
Monkeys & Snow Corridor

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
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Fuji Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor
73 reviews
73 reviews

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $4098.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / 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 $4098.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / 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, 2024 Sat. May 18, 2024 US $4098.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Fri. May 9, 2025 Sun. May 18, 2025 US $4098.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. May 9, 2026 Mon. May 18, 2026 US $4098.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Shibazakura, 
Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor with Expo 2025 
Osaka

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Triangle of Japan: Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor with Expo 2025 Osaka
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor with Expo 2025 Osaka
70 reviews
70 reviews

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4398.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
The must-see sights of Tokyo and Kyoto as well as some seasonal headliners showing the unique side of Japan, plus Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4398.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
The must-see sights of Tokyo and Kyoto as well as some seasonal headliners showing the unique side of Japan, plus Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.
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Fri. May 9, 2025 Mon. May 19, 2025 US $4398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Japan Tour Summer: Tokushima Awa Odori 
Dance Festival

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan Tour Summer: Tokushima Awa Odori Dance Festival
Best of Japan Tour Summer: Tokushima Awa Odori Dance Festival
104 reviews
104 reviews

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4598.00

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 $4598.00

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 8, 2024 Sun. Aug 18, 2024 US $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Fri. Aug 8, 2025 Mon. Aug 18, 2025 US $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Aug 8, 2026 Tue. Aug 18, 2026 US $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Japan Tour Spring: Kyoto Aoi Festival

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan Tour Spring: Kyoto Aoi Festival
Best of Japan Tour Spring: Kyoto Aoi Festival
104 reviews
104 reviews

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4598.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
Visit the most popular regions of Japan, sightsee the country's main cities, and observe the elegant Kyoto Aoi Festival.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4598.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
Visit the most popular regions of Japan, sightsee the country's main cities, and observe the elegant Kyoto Aoi Festival.
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Sat. May 11, 2024 Tue. May 21, 2024 US $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. May 11, 2025 Wed. May 21, 2025 US $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. May 11, 2026 Thu. May 21, 2026 US $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves & 
Cherry 
Blossoms

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms
Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms
104 reviews
104 reviews

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4598.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
This is a perfect tour for travelers who want to visit the well- known regions of Japan…plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4598.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
This is a perfect tour for travelers who want to visit the well- known regions of Japan…plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.
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Sat. Nov 16, 2024 Tue. Nov 26, 2024 US $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 15, 2025 Tue. Nov 25, 2025 US $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Nov 15, 2026 Wed. Nov 25, 2026 US $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 21, 2026 Tue. Dec 1, 2026 US $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Japan Tour Summer (Reverse): Kyoto Gion 
Summer Festival

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan Tour Summer (Reverse): Kyoto Gion Summer Festival
Best of Japan Tour Summer (Reverse): Kyoto Gion Summer Festival
104 reviews
104 reviews

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4798.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan...plus Gion Summer Festival.

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4798.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan...plus Gion Summer Festival.
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Thu. Jul 11, 2024 Mon. Jul 22, 2024 US $4798.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Jul 11, 2026 Wed. Jul 22, 2026 US $4798.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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