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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 Triangle of Japan: Snow Monkeys & Sapporo 
Snow Festival Tour 2019 - 1/28

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Triangle of Japan: Snow Monkeys & Sapporo Snow Festival Tour 2019 - 1/28
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Snow Monkeys & Sapporo Snow Festival Tour 2019 - 1/28
20 reviews
20 reviews

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $3998.00

Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Uji / Nara / Osaka / Otaru / Sapporo
Explore the two main winter attractions of Japan - Snow Monkeys and Sapporo Snow Festival.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $3998.00

Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Uji / Nara / Osaka / Otaru / Sapporo
Explore the two main winter attractions of Japan - Snow Monkeys and Sapporo Snow Festival.
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Mon. Jan 28, 2019 Thu. Feb 7, 2019 US $3998.00 Tokyo Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Sold Out
Mon. Jan 27, 2020 Thu. Feb 6, 2020 US $3998.00 Tokyo Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Inquiry  
Best of Japan Tour Summer (Reverse): Kyoto Gion 
Summer Festival 2019 - 7/11

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan Tour Summer (Reverse): Kyoto Gion Summer Festival 2019 - 7/11
Best of Japan Tour Summer (Reverse): Kyoto Gion Summer Festival 2019 - 7/11
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36 reviews

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4098.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Toyota / 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 $4098.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Toyota / 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, 2019 Mon. Jul 22, 2019 US $4098.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Charms of Northern Japan Tour: Tohoku 3 Great Summer 
Festivals 2019 - 7/29

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Charms of Northern Japan Tour: Tohoku 3 Great Summer Festivals 2019 - 7/29
Charms of Northern Japan Tour: Tohoku 3 Great Summer Festivals 2019 - 7/29

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4398.00

Furano / Biei / Otaru / Sapporo / Biratori / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Seikan Tunnel / Aomori / Akita / Kakunodate / Hiraizumi / Sendai / Matsushima / Urabandai / Aizu Wakamatsu / Nikko
The must see sights of Hokkaido & Tohoku...plus Tohoku 3 Great Summer Festivals.

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4398.00

Furano / Biei / Otaru / Sapporo / Biratori / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Seikan Tunnel / Aomori / Akita / Kakunodate / Hiraizumi / Sendai / Matsushima / Urabandai / Aizu Wakamatsu / Nikko
The must see sights of Hokkaido & Tohoku...plus Tohoku 3 Great Summer Festivals.
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Mon. Jul 29, 2019 Fri. Aug 9, 2019 US $4398.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Fuji 
Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor 2019 - 5/9

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Fuji Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor 2019 - 5/9
Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Fuji Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor 2019 - 5/9
36 reviews
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13 Days 12 Nights | from US $4698.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Uji / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
Must-see sites of Tokyo, Kyoto, Mt. Fuji, and Hiroshima as well as a few seasonal specialties that you can't miss.

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $4698.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Uji / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
Must-see sites of Tokyo, Kyoto, Mt. Fuji, and Hiroshima as well as a few seasonal specialties that you can't miss.
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Thu. May 9, 2019 Tue. May 21, 2019 US $4698.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. May 9, 2020 Thu. May 21, 2020 US $4698.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Japan In Depth: Kyoto Aoi Festival Tour 2019 - 5/11

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Japan In Depth: Kyoto Aoi Festival Tour 2019 - 5/11
Japan In Depth: Kyoto Aoi Festival Tour 2019 - 5/11
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16 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $4998.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Takamatsu / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kitsuki / Beppu / Takachiho / Nagasaki
Observe the graceful Kyoto Aoi Festival and travel deeper into Japan by exploring the country's three main islands.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $4998.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Takamatsu / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kitsuki / Beppu / Takachiho / Nagasaki
Observe the graceful Kyoto Aoi Festival and travel deeper into Japan by exploring the country's three main islands.
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Sat. May 11, 2019 Fri. May 24, 2019 US $4998.00 Tokyo Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. May 11, 2020 Sun. May 24, 2020 US $4998.00 Tokyo Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): 
Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms 2019 - 4/5

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms 2019 - 4/5
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms 2019 - 4/5
16 reviews
16 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5198.00

Saga / Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Explore Japan's three main islands and experience one of Japan's most beautiful festivals: the Takayama Sanno Spring Festival.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5198.00

Saga / Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Explore Japan's three main islands and experience one of Japan's most beautiful festivals: the Takayama Sanno Spring Festival.
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Fri. Apr 5, 2019 Thu. Apr 18, 2019 US $5198.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Apr 5, 2020 Sat. Apr 18, 2020 US $5198.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): 
Takayama Autumn Festival Tour 2019 - 9/30

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour 2019 - 9/30
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour 2019 - 9/30
16 reviews
16 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5198.00

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Explore Japan's three main islands and experience one of Japan's most beautiful festivals: the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5198.00

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Explore Japan's three main islands and experience one of Japan's most beautiful festivals: the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival.
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Mon. Sep 30, 2019 Sun. Oct 13, 2019 US $5198.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan (Reverse): 
Takayama Festival & Cherry Blossoms 2019 - 4/11

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan (Reverse): Takayama Festival & Cherry Blossoms 2019 - 4/11
Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan (Reverse): Takayama Festival & Cherry Blossoms 2019 - 4/11

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5498.00

Central Japan (Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Nikko), Tohoku (Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Morioka / Towada / Aomori / Seikan Tunnel), Hokkaido (Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Biratori / Otaru / Sapporo)
Travel on a cherry blossom filled journey through Honshu and Hokkaido, and experience the Takayama Spring Festival.

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5498.00

Central Japan (Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Nikko), Tohoku (Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Morioka / Towada / Aomori / Seikan Tunnel), Hokkaido (Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Biratori / Otaru / Sapporo)
Travel on a cherry blossom filled journey through Honshu and Hokkaido, and experience the Takayama Spring Festival.
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Thu. Apr 11, 2019 Thu. Apr 25, 2019 US $5498.00 Osaka Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan: Kyoto Aoi Festival & 
Cherry Blossoms 2019 - 5/4

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan: Kyoto Aoi Festival & Cherry Blossoms 2019 - 5/4
Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan: Kyoto Aoi Festival & Cherry Blossoms 2019 - 5/4

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5498.00

Hokkaido (Sapporo / Otaru / Biratori / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate), Tohoku (Seikan Tunnel / Towada / Morioka / Hiraizumi / Matsushima), Central Japan (Nikko / Hitachi Seaside Park / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka)
Experience one of Kyoto's largest festivals, visit Japan's main cities, see the baby blue eye flowers, and catch sight of cherry blossoms in Northern Japan.

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5498.00

Hokkaido (Sapporo / Otaru / Biratori / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate), Tohoku (Seikan Tunnel / Towada / Morioka / Hiraizumi / Matsushima), Central Japan (Nikko / Hitachi Seaside Park / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka)
Experience one of Kyoto's largest festivals, visit Japan's main cities, see the baby blue eye flowers, and catch sight of cherry blossoms in Northern Japan.
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Sat. May 4, 2019 Sat. May 18, 2019 US $5498.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Honshu & Hokkaido: Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido 
Winter Festival Tour 2019 - 1/28

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Honshu & Hokkaido: Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido Winter Festival Tour 2019 - 1/28
Best of Honshu & Hokkaido: Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido Winter Festival Tour 2019 - 1/28

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $5598.00

Honshu (Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Uji / Nara / Osaka), Hokkaido (Chitose / Biratori / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Akan National Park / Kushiro)
Explore the two main winter attractions of Japan - Snow Monkeys and Hokkaido Winter Festivals.

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $5598.00

Honshu (Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Uji / Nara / Osaka), Hokkaido (Chitose / Biratori / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Akan National Park / Kushiro)
Explore the two main winter attractions of Japan - Snow Monkeys and Hokkaido Winter Festivals.
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Mon. Jan 28, 2019 Tue. Feb 12, 2019 US $5598.00 Tokyo Kushiro Deluxe Save this tour Sold Out
Mon. Jan 27, 2020 Tue. Feb 11, 2020 US $5598.00 Tokyo Kushiro Deluxe Save this tour Inquiry  
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