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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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Discover Japan Autumn - Snow Monkeys, Nakasendo & 
Jidai Festival

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Discover Japan Autumn - Snow Monkeys, Nakasendo & Jidai Festival
Discover Japan Autumn - Snow Monkeys, Nakasendo & Jidai Festival

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $5298.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Yudanaka / Obuse / Narai / Magome / Nakasendo / Tsumago / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
The Discover Japan Tour with Jidai Festival offers a must- see look through the ages at Kyoto history and traditional culture, plus sights and activities at must-see Japan destinations to delight every traveler.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $5298.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Yudanaka / Obuse / Narai / Magome / Nakasendo / Tsumago / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
The Discover Japan Tour with Jidai Festival offers a must- see look through the ages at Kyoto history and traditional culture, plus sights and activities at must-see Japan destinations to delight every traveler.
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Tue. Oct 15, 2024 Fri. Oct 25, 2024 US $5298.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Sold Out
Wed. Oct 15, 2025 Sat. Oct 25, 2025 US $5298.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Thu. Oct 15, 2026 Sun. Oct 25, 2026 US $5298.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Japan with Japanese Alps & Koyasan: Autumn 
Leaves & Cherry Blossoms

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    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
103 reviews
103 reviews

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $5398.00

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 $5398.00

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 16, 2024 Thu. Nov 28, 2024 US $5398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 15, 2025 Thu. Nov 27, 2025 US $5398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 21, 2026 Thu. Dec 3, 2026 US $5398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Fuji 
Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor 
with Expo 2025

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 with Expo 2025
Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Fuji Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor with Expo 2025
103 reviews
103 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5598.00

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 / Osaka
Must-see sites of Tokyo, Kyoto, Mt. Fuji, and Hiroshima as well as a few seasonal specialties that you can't miss, plus Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5598.00

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 / Osaka
Must-see sites of Tokyo, Kyoto, Mt. Fuji, and Hiroshima as well as a few seasonal specialties that you can't miss, plus Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.
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Fri. May 9, 2025 Thu. May 22, 2025 US $5598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Japan In Depth: Kyoto Aoi Festival Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

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

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5898.00

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 $5898.00

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, 2024 Fri. May 24, 2024 US $5898.00 Tokyo Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. May 11, 2026 Sun. May 24, 2026 US $5898.00 Tokyo Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves & 
Cherry Blossoms

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    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 $5898.00

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 $5898.00

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 10, 2024 Sat. Nov 23, 2024 US $5898.00 Tokyo Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Nov 9, 2025 Sat. Nov 22, 2025 US $5898.00 Tokyo Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Nov 15, 2026 Sat. Nov 28, 2026 US $5898.00 Tokyo Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): 
Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms

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

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5998.00

Saga / Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / 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 $5998.00

Saga / Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / 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, 2024 Thu. Apr 18, 2024 US $5998.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Apr 5, 2025 Fri. Apr 18, 2025 US $5998.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Apr 5, 2026 Sat. Apr 18, 2026 US $5998.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): 
Takayama Autumn Festival Tour

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

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5998.00

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 $5998.00

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, 2024 Sun. Oct 13, 2024 US $5998.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Wed. Sep 30, 2026 Tue. Oct 13, 2026 US $5998.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Discover Hokkaido - Winter Festivals

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Discover Hokkaido - Winter Festivals
Discover Hokkaido - Winter Festivals

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $5998.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Lake Mashu / Mt Io / Lake Kussharo / Lake Akan / Tsurui / Obihiro / Shikaoi / Furano
Join a 12-day tour of Hokkaido and discover the seasonal beauty and cultural wonders that make the this island special - including three Hokkaido Snow Festivals.

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $5998.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Lake Mashu / Mt Io / Lake Kussharo / Lake Akan / Tsurui / Obihiro / Shikaoi / Furano
Join a 12-day tour of Hokkaido and discover the seasonal beauty and cultural wonders that make the this island special - including three Hokkaido Snow Festivals.
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Thu. Feb 6, 2025 Mon. Feb 17, 2025 US $5998.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Sapporo Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Wed. Feb 4, 2026 Sun. Feb 15, 2026 US $5998.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Sapporo Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Discover Kyushu - Karatsu Kunchi Festival & Autumn 
Leaves

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Discover Kyushu - Karatsu Kunchi Festival & Autumn Leaves
Discover Kyushu - Karatsu Kunchi Festival & Autumn Leaves

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $5998.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Fukuoka / Karatsu / Ureshino Onsen / Kashima / Nagasaki / Kumamoto / Kagoshima / Chiran / Ibusuki / Yakushima / Takachiho / Beppu / Usa / Fukuoka
Book one of AJT's Discover Kyushu tours for a 12-day experiential journey through Kyushu Island, with one day set aside to attend the thrilling Karatsu Kunchi Festival.

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $5998.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Fukuoka / Karatsu / Ureshino Onsen / Kashima / Nagasaki / Kumamoto / Kagoshima / Chiran / Ibusuki / Yakushima / Takachiho / Beppu / Usa / Fukuoka
Book one of AJT's Discover Kyushu tours for a 12-day experiential journey through Kyushu Island, with one day set aside to attend the thrilling Karatsu Kunchi Festival.
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Sat. Nov 2, 2024 Wed. Nov 13, 2024 US $5998.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Fukuoka Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Sold Out
Sun. Nov 2, 2025 Thu. Nov 13, 2025 US $5998.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Fukuoka Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Nov 2, 2026 Fri. Nov 13, 2026 US $5998.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Fukuoka Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Hokkaido & Honshu: Sapporo Autumn Fest

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

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

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $6098.00

Hokkaido (Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Nanae / Hakodate / Lake Onuma / 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 $6098.00

Hokkaido (Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Nanae / Hakodate / Lake Onuma / 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 15, 2024 Sun. Sep 29, 2024 US $6098.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Sep 20, 2026 Sun. Oct 4, 2026 US $6098.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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