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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 allow you to enjoy Japanese culture firsthand in the intimacy of a small group. The maximum group size is 12 guests, which enables you to travel by public transportation, such as by train, subway, taxi, ferry or local bus. Walking the streets and taking the local trains will allow you to interact more with the locals and appreciate what everyday life in Japan is like. Each city will feature an expert local guide who will be able to share in-depth information on the featured attractions and sites, and provide assistance or recommendations if needed prior to your free time.

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Best of Japan Tour Summer: Tokushima Awa Odori 
Dance Festival 2021 - 8/8

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan Tour Summer: Tokushima Awa Odori Dance Festival 2021 - 8/8
Best of Japan Tour Summer: Tokushima Awa Odori Dance Festival 2021 - 8/8
72 reviews
72 reviews

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $3998.00

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 $3998.00

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.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sun. Aug 8, 2021 Wed. Aug 18, 2021 US $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Aug 8, 2022 Thu. Aug 18, 2022 US $3998.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Japan Tour Spring: Kyoto Aoi Festival 2021 - 
5/11

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan Tour Spring: Kyoto Aoi Festival 2021 - 5/11
Best of Japan Tour Spring: Kyoto Aoi Festival 2021 - 5/11
72 reviews
72 reviews

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $3998.00

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 $3998.00

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.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Tue. May 11, 2021 Fri. May 21, 2021 US $3998.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Wed. May 11, 2022 Sat. May 21, 2022 US $3998.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Japan Tour Summer (Reverse): Kyoto Gion 
Summer Festival 2021 - 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 2021 - 7/11
Best of Japan Tour Summer (Reverse): Kyoto Gion Summer Festival 2021 - 7/11
72 reviews
72 reviews

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4098.00

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 $4098.00

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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Sun. Jul 11, 2021 Thu. Jul 22, 2021 US $4698.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Jul 11, 2022 Fri. Jul 22, 2022 US $4098.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Charms of Northern Japan Tour: Tohoku 3 Great Summer 
Festivals 2021 - 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 2021 - 7/29
Charms of Northern Japan Tour: Tohoku 3 Great Summer Festivals 2021 - 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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Thu. Jul 29, 2021 Mon. Aug 9, 2021 US $4398.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Fri. Jul 29, 2022 Tue. Aug 9, 2022 US $4398.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Fuji 
Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor 2021 - 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 2021 - 5/9
Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Fuji Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor 2021 - 5/9
72 reviews
72 reviews

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $4698.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / 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 / 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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Sun. May 9, 2021 Fri. May 21, 2021 US $4698.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. May 9, 2022 Sat. May 21, 2022 US $4698.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Charms of Hokkaido: Cherry Blossoms, Baby Blue Eyes, 
Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura 2021 - 5/1

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Charms of Hokkaido: Cherry Blossoms, Baby Blue Eyes, Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura 2021 - 5/1
Charms of Hokkaido: Cherry Blossoms, Baby Blue Eyes, Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura 2021 - 5/1
12 reviews
12 reviews

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $4798.00

Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Matsumae / Onuma Park / Niseko / Otaru / Asahikawa / Biei / Furano / Sapporo / Hitachinaka / Mito / Ashikaga / Karuizawa / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji
Discover Hokkaido's most beautiful cherry blossom viewing spots, then explore beyond Tokyo to find wisteria, baby blue eyes, shibazakura, and more!

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $4798.00

Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Matsumae / Onuma Park / Niseko / Otaru / Asahikawa / Biei / Furano / Sapporo / Hitachinaka / Mito / Ashikaga / Karuizawa / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji
Discover Hokkaido's most beautiful cherry blossom viewing spots, then explore beyond Tokyo to find wisteria, baby blue eyes, shibazakura, and more!
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Sat. May 1, 2021 Thu. May 13, 2021 US $4798.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. May 1, 2022 Fri. May 13, 2022 US $4798.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Charms of Hokkaido: Winter Festivals, Kawazu Cherry 
Blossoms & Snow Monkeys 2021 - 2/7

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Charms of Hokkaido: Winter Festivals, Kawazu Cherry Blossoms & Snow Monkeys 2021 - 2/7
Charms of Hokkaido: Winter Festivals, Kawazu Cherry Blossoms & Snow Monkeys 2021 - 2/7
12 reviews
12 reviews

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $4798.00

Chitose / Shiraoi / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Akan National Park / Kushiro / Yokohama / Kawazu / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Obuse / Nagano
Experience the incredible Snow Festival of Hokkaido, followed by an extension which includes Kawazu Cherry Blossoms and adorable snow monkeys!

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $4798.00

Chitose / Shiraoi / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Akan National Park / Kushiro / Yokohama / Kawazu / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Obuse / Nagano
Experience the incredible Snow Festival of Hokkaido, followed by an extension which includes Kawazu Cherry Blossoms and adorable snow monkeys!
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sun. Feb 7, 2021 Fri. Feb 19, 2021 US $4798.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Feb 6, 2022 Fri. Feb 18, 2022 US $4798.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Japan In Depth: Kyoto Aoi Festival Tour 2021 - 5/11

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Japan In Depth: Kyoto Aoi Festival Tour 2021 - 5/11
Japan In Depth: Kyoto Aoi Festival Tour 2021 - 5/11
26 reviews
26 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5098.00

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 $5098.00

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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Tue. May 11, 2021 Mon. May 24, 2021 US $5098.00 Tokyo Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Wed. May 11, 2022 Tue. May 24, 2022 US $5098.00 Tokyo Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): 
Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms 2021 - 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 2021 - 4/5
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms 2021 - 4/5
26 reviews
26 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5298.00

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 $5298.00

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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Mon. Apr 5, 2021 Sun. Apr 18, 2021 US $5298.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Tue. Apr 5, 2022 Mon. Apr 18, 2022 US $5298.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): 
Takayama Autumn Festival Tour 2021 - 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 2021 - 9/30
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour 2021 - 9/30
26 reviews
26 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5298.00

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 $5298.00

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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Wed. Sep 30, 2020 Tue. Oct 13, 2020 US $5298.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Sold Out
Thu. Sep 30, 2021 Wed. Oct 13, 2021 US $5298.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Fri. Sep 30, 2022 Thu. Oct 13, 2022 US $5298.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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