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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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Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan: Kyoto Aoi Festival & 
Cherry Blossoms 2020 - 5/3

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan: Kyoto Aoi Festival & Cherry Blossoms 2020 - 5/3
Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan: Kyoto Aoi Festival & Cherry Blossoms 2020 - 5/3

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $5698.00

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.

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $5698.00

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.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sun. May 3, 2020 Mon. May 18, 2020 US $5798.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. May 3, 2021 Tue. May 18, 2021 US $5698.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan (Reverse): 
Takayama Festival & Cherry Blossoms 2020 - 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 2020 - 4/11
Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan (Reverse): Takayama Festival & Cherry Blossoms 2020 - 4/11

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $5698.00

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.

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $5698.00

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.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sat. Apr 11, 2020 Sun. Apr 26, 2020 US $5798.00 Osaka Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Apr 11, 2021 Mon. Apr 26, 2021 US $5698.00 Osaka Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Essence of Japan: Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry 
Blossom Tour 2020 - 4/10

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus          Book Now & Save $200

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus    Book Now & Save $200

Essence of Japan: Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom Tour 2020 - 4/10
Essence of Japan: Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom Tour 2020 - 4/10

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $6298.00

Nikko / Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Attend the beautiful Takayama Spring Festival, visit the best spots to see cherry blossoms, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 18 guests.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $6298.00

Nikko / Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Attend the beautiful Takayama Spring Festival, visit the best spots to see cherry blossoms, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 18 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Fri. Apr 10, 2020 Mon. Apr 20, 2020 US $6898.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Apr 10, 2021 Tue. Apr 20, 2021 US $6698.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Essence of Japan: Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival 
2020 - 5/11

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus          Book Now & Save $200

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus    Book Now & Save $200

Essence of Japan: Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival 2020 - 5/11
Essence of Japan: Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival 2020 - 5/11

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $6398.00

Ashikaga / Omiya / Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Travel to Japan's main cities and rural regions with a chance to see the Great Wisteria Tree and captivating Shibazakura with a maximum group size 12 guests.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $6398.00

Ashikaga / Omiya / Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Travel to Japan's main cities and rural regions with a chance to see the Great Wisteria Tree and captivating Shibazakura with a maximum group size 12 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. May 11, 2020 Thu. May 21, 2020 US $6598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. May 9, 2021 Wed. May 19, 2021 US $6398.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Signature: Classic Japan - Takayama Spring Festival & 
Cherry Blossom Tour 2020 - 4/10

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus          Book Now & Save $200

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus    Book Now & Save $200

Signature: Classic Japan - Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom Tour 2020 - 4/10
Signature: Classic Japan - Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom Tour 2020 - 4/10

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $7898.00

Nikko / Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Hiroshima / Miyajima Island / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 18 guests.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $7898.00

Nikko / Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Hiroshima / Miyajima Island / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 18 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Fri. Apr 10, 2020 Thu. Apr 23, 2020 US $8598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Apr 10, 2021 Fri. Apr 23, 2021 US $8398.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Signature: Classic Japan Tour - Wisteria & Fuji 
Shibazakura 
Festival 2020 - 5/11

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus          Book Now & Save $200

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus    Book Now & Save $200

Signature: Classic Japan Tour - Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival 2020 - 5/11
Signature: Classic Japan Tour - Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival 2020 - 5/11

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $7998.00

Ashikaga / Omiya / Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Hiroshima / Miyajima Island / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 12 guests.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $7998.00

Ashikaga / Omiya / Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Hiroshima / Miyajima Island / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 12 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. May 11, 2020 Sun. May 24, 2020 US $8198.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. May 9, 2021 Sat. May 22, 2021 US $7998.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Japan Summer Highlights: Lavenders & Tohoku 3 Great 
Summer Festivals 2019 - 7/29

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Japan Summer Highlights: Lavenders & Tohoku 3 Great Summer Festivals 2019 - 7/29
Japan Summer Highlights: Lavenders & Tohoku 3 Great Summer Festivals 2019 - 7/29

21 Days 20 Nights | from US $7998.00

Furano / Biei / Otaru / Sapporo / Biratori / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Seikan Tunnel / Aomori / Akita / Kakunodate / Hiraizumi / Sendai / Matsushima / Urabandai / Aizu Wakamatsu / Nikko / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Tokushima / Takamatsu / Oboke Gorge / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
This tour features Japan Summer Highlights including the summer flowers, festivals & fireworks.

21 Days 20 Nights | from US $7998.00

Furano / Biei / Otaru / Sapporo / Biratori / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Seikan Tunnel / Aomori / Akita / Kakunodate / Hiraizumi / Sendai / Matsushima / Urabandai / Aizu Wakamatsu / Nikko / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Tokushima / Takamatsu / Oboke Gorge / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
This tour features Japan Summer Highlights including the summer flowers, festivals & fireworks.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Jul 29, 2019 Sun. Aug 18, 2019 US $7998.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Japan Spring Highlights: Cherry Blossoms, 
Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor 2020 - 5/1

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Japan Spring Highlights: Cherry Blossoms, Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor 2020 - 5/1
Japan Spring Highlights: Cherry Blossoms, Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor 2020 - 5/1

21 Days 20 Nights | from US $7998.00

Biratori / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Matsumae / Shikabecho / Onuma Park / Niseko / Otaru / Asahikawa / Biei / Furano / Sapporo / 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
This tour is designed to give you an in-depth understanding of Japan's most important and famous locations as well as its hidden gems and rural locations.

21 Days 20 Nights | from US $7998.00

Biratori / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Matsumae / Shikabecho / Onuma Park / Niseko / Otaru / Asahikawa / Biei / Furano / Sapporo / 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
This tour is designed to give you an in-depth understanding of Japan's most important and famous locations as well as its hidden gems and rural locations.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Fri. May 1, 2020 Thu. May 21, 2020 US $8098.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. May 1, 2021 Fri. May 21, 2021 US $7998.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Grand Tour of Japan: Cherry Blossoms, Baby Blue Eyes 
Flowers & Aoi Festival 2020 - 5/3

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Grand Tour of Japan: Cherry Blossoms, Baby Blue Eyes Flowers & Aoi Festival 2020 - 5/3
Grand Tour of Japan: Cherry Blossoms, Baby Blue Eyes Flowers & Aoi Festival 2020 - 5/3

22 Days 21 Nights | from US $8098.00

Sapporo / Otaru / Biratori / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Seikan Tunnel / Towada / Morioka / Hiraizumi / Matsushima / Nikko / Hitachi Seaside Park / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Takamatsu / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kitsuki / Beppu / Takachiho / Nagasaki
Take the ultimate journey to Japan during cherry blossom season, see the baby blue eye flowers, and view the elegant Aoi Festival.

22 Days 21 Nights | from US $8098.00

Sapporo / Otaru / Biratori / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Seikan Tunnel / Towada / Morioka / Hiraizumi / Matsushima / Nikko / Hitachi Seaside Park / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Takamatsu / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kitsuki / Beppu / Takachiho / Nagasaki
Take the ultimate journey to Japan during cherry blossom season, see the baby blue eye flowers, and view the elegant Aoi Festival.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sun. May 3, 2020 Sun. May 24, 2020 US $8198.00 Sapporo Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. May 3, 2021 Mon. May 24, 2021 US $8098.00 Sapporo Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring 
Festival & Cherry Blossom Tour 2020 - 4/5

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom Tour 2020 - 4/5
Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom Tour 2020 - 4/5

22 Days 21 Nights | from US $8098.00

Saga / Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa- go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Omiya / Nikko / Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Morioka / Towada / Seikan Tunnel / Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Biratori / Otaru / Sapporo
Celebrate the cherry blossom season by traveling to all four of Japan's main islands plus the Takayama Spring Festival.

22 Days 21 Nights | from US $8098.00

Saga / Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa- go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Omiya / Nikko / Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Morioka / Towada / Seikan Tunnel / Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Biratori / Otaru / Sapporo
Celebrate the cherry blossom season by traveling to all four of Japan's main islands plus the Takayama Spring Festival.
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Sun. Apr 5, 2020 Sun. Apr 26, 2020 US $8198.00 Fukuoka Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Apr 5, 2021 Mon. Apr 26, 2021 US $8098.00 Fukuoka Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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