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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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Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Fuji 
Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor

Group Tour |          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour |    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Fuji Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor
Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Fuji Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor
70 reviews
70 reviews

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $5098.00

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 $5098.00

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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Tue. May 9, 2023 Sun. May 21, 2023 US $5098.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Thu. May 9, 2024 Tue. May 21, 2024 US $5098.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Japan with Japanese Alps & Koyasan: Autumn 
Leaves & Cherry Blossoms

Group Tour |          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour |    Book Now & Save $100

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

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $5198.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Kashihara / Koyasan
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.

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $5198.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Kashihara / Koyasan
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 18, 2023 Thu. Nov 30, 2023 US $5198.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 16, 2024 Thu. Nov 28, 2024 US $5198.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Japan In Depth: Kyoto Aoi Festival Tour

Group Tour |          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour |    Book Now & Save $100

Japan In Depth: Kyoto Aoi Festival Tour
Japan In Depth: Kyoto Aoi Festival Tour
23 reviews
23 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5598.00

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 $5598.00

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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Thu. May 11, 2023 Wed. May 24, 2023 US $5598.00 Tokyo Fukuoka Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. May 11, 2024 Fri. May 24, 2024 US $5598.00 Tokyo Fukuoka Save this tour Book Now  
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): 
Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms

Group Tour |          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour |    Book Now & Save $100

Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms
23 reviews
23 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5698.00

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 $5698.00

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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Wed. Apr 5, 2023 Tue. Apr 18, 2023 US $5698.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Save this tour Book Now  
Fri. Apr 5, 2024 Thu. Apr 18, 2024 US $5698.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Save this tour Book Now  
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves & 
Cherry Blossoms

Group Tour |          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour |    Book Now & Save $100

Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms
26 reviews
26 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5698.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Takamatsu / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kitsuki / Beppu / Takachiho / Nagasaki / Fukuoka
Exploring Japan's three main islands: Honshu, Shikoku, & Kyushu...plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5698.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Takamatsu / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kitsuki / Beppu / Takachiho / Nagasaki / Fukuoka
Exploring Japan's three main islands: Honshu, Shikoku, & Kyushu...plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sun. Nov 12, 2023 Sat. Nov 25, 2023 US $5698.00 Tokyo Fukuoka Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Nov 10, 2024 Sat. Nov 23, 2024 US $5698.00 Tokyo Fukuoka Save this tour Book Now  
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): 
Takayama Autumn Festival Tour

Group Tour |          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour |    Book Now & Save $100

Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour
23 reviews
23 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5698.00

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 $5698.00

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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Sat. Sep 30, 2023 Fri. Oct 13, 2023 US $5698.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Sep 30, 2024 Sun. Oct 13, 2024 US $5698.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Save this tour Book Now  
Spirit of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & 
Cherry Blossoms

Group Tour |          Book Now & Save $200

Group Tour |    Book Now & Save $200

Spirit of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms
Spirit of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5998.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Naruto / Koyasan / Kumano / Ise Shima / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa- go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Journey through the spiritual side of Japan by visiting centuries-old sites and scenic trails during the cherry blossom season.

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5998.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Naruto / Koyasan / Kumano / Ise Shima / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa- go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Journey through the spiritual side of Japan by visiting centuries-old sites and scenic trails during the cherry blossom season.
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Tue. Apr 4, 2023 Tue. Apr 18, 2023 US $5998.00 Osaka Tokyo Save this tour Book Now  
Thu. Apr 4, 2024 Thu. Apr 18, 2024 US $5998.00 Osaka Tokyo Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Hokkaido & Honshu: Sapporo Autumn Fest

Group Tour |          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour |    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Hokkaido & Honshu: Sapporo Autumn Fest
Best of Hokkaido & Honshu: Sapporo Autumn Fest

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5998.00

Hokkaido (Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Nanae / Hakodate / Lake Onuma / Shikabecho / Kuromatsunai / Niseko / Yoichi / Otaru / Sapporo), Honshu (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
This autumn tour through Japan combines the vibrant Sapporo Autumn Fest with the best sightseeing spots of Honshu.

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5998.00

Hokkaido (Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Nanae / Hakodate / Lake Onuma / Shikabecho / Kuromatsunai / Niseko / Yoichi / Otaru / Sapporo), Honshu (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
This autumn tour through Japan combines the vibrant Sapporo Autumn Fest with the best sightseeing spots of Honshu.
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Sun. Sep 17, 2023 Sun. Oct 1, 2023 US $5998.00 Sapporo Tokyo Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Sep 15, 2024 Sun. Sep 29, 2024 US $5998.00 Sapporo Tokyo Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Honshu & Hokkaido: Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido 
Winter Festival Tour

Group Tour |          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour |    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Honshu & Hokkaido: Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido Winter Festival Tour
Best of Honshu & Hokkaido: Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido Winter Festival Tour

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $6198.00

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

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $6198.00

Honshu (Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka), Hokkaido (Shiraoi / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Lake Akan / Kushiro)
Explore the two main winter attractions of Japan - Snow Monkeys and Hokkaido Winter Festivals.
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Sun. Jan 29, 2023 Mon. Feb 13, 2023 US $6198.00 Tokyo Kushiro Save this tour Sold Out
Sun. Jan 28, 2024 Mon. Feb 12, 2024 US $6198.00 Tokyo Kushiro Save this tour Book Now  
Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan (Reverse): 
Takayama Festival & Autumn Leaves

Group Tour |          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour |    Book Now & Save $100

Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan (Reverse): Takayama Festival & Autumn Leaves
Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan (Reverse): Takayama Festival & Autumn Leaves

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $6298.00

Central Japan (Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Nikko), Tohoku (Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Morioka / Towada / Aomori / Seikan Tunnel), Hokkaido (Hakodate / Shikabecho / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Otaru / Sapporo)
Exploring Japan's two main islands: Honshu & Hokkaido, as well as the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival.

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $6298.00

Central Japan (Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Nikko), Tohoku (Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Morioka / Towada / Aomori / Seikan Tunnel), Hokkaido (Hakodate / Shikabecho / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Otaru / Sapporo)
Exploring Japan's two main islands: Honshu & Hokkaido, as well as the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival.
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Fri. Oct 6, 2023 Sat. Oct 21, 2023 US $6298.00 Osaka Sapporo Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Oct 6, 2024 Mon. Oct 21, 2024 US $6298.00 Osaka Sapporo Save this tour Book Now  
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