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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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Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan: Cherry Blossoms, 
Baby 
Blue Eyes & Aoi Festival

Group Tour |          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour |    Book Now & Save $100

Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan: Cherry Blossoms, Baby Blue Eyes & Aoi Festival
Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan: Cherry Blossoms, Baby Blue Eyes & Aoi Festival

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $6298.00

Hokkaido (Sapporo / Otaru / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate), Tohoku (Seikan Tunnel / 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 $6298.00

Hokkaido (Sapporo / Otaru / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate), Tohoku (Seikan Tunnel / 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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Wed. May 3, 2023 Thu. May 18, 2023 US $6298.00 Sapporo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Fri. May 3, 2024 Sat. May 18, 2024 US $6298.00 Sapporo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan (Reverse): 
Takayama Festival & Cherry Blossoms

Group Tour |          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour |    Book Now & Save $100

Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan (Reverse): Takayama Festival & Cherry Blossoms
Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan (Reverse): Takayama Festival & Cherry Blossoms

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 / Kitakami / Morioka / Seikan Tunnel), Hokkaido (Hakodate / Shikabecho / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / 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 $6298.00

Central Japan (Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Nikko), Tohoku (Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Kitakami / Morioka / Seikan Tunnel), Hokkaido (Hakodate / Shikabecho / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Otaru / Sapporo)
Travel on a cherry blossom filled journey through Honshu and Hokkaido, and experience the Takayama Spring Festival.
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Tue. Apr 11, 2023 Wed. Apr 26, 2023 US $6298.00 Osaka Sapporo Save this tour Book Now  
Thu. Apr 11, 2024 Fri. Apr 26, 2024 US $6298.00 Osaka Sapporo Save this tour Book Now  
Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan: Autumn Leaves & 
Cherry Blossoms

Group Tour |          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour |    Book Now & Save $100

Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms
Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $6298.00

Hokkaido (Sapporo / Otaru / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Shikabecho / Hakodate), Tohoku (Seikan Tunnel / Aomori / Towada / Morioka / Hiraizumi / Matsushima), Central Japan (Nikko / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka)
Exploring Japan's two main islands: Hokkaido & Honshu…plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $6298.00

Hokkaido (Sapporo / Otaru / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Shikabecho / Hakodate), Tohoku (Seikan Tunnel / Aomori / Towada / Morioka / Hiraizumi / Matsushima), Central Japan (Nikko / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka)
Exploring Japan's two main islands: Hokkaido & Honshu…plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.
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Sat. Nov 4, 2023 Sun. Nov 19, 2023 US $6298.00 Sapporo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 2, 2024 Sun. Nov 17, 2024 US $6298.00 Sapporo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Signature: Essence of Japan - Wisteria & Fuji 
Shibazakura 
Festival

Group Tour |          Book Now & Save $200

Group Tour |    Book Now & Save $200

Signature: Essence of Japan - Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival
Signature: Essence of Japan - Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6498.00 (Limit to 14 guests)

Tokyo / Ashikaga / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
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 14 guests.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6498.00 (Limit to 14 guests)

Tokyo / Ashikaga / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
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 14 guests.
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Sun. May 7, 2023 Tue. May 16, 2023 US $6498.00

Small Group Limited to 14 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. May 6, 2024 Wed. May 15, 2024 US $6498.00

Small Group Limited to 14 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Autumn 
Festival Tour

Group Tour |          Book Now & Save $200

Group Tour |    Book Now & Save $200

Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Autumn Festival Tour
Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Autumn Festival Tour

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6698.00 (Limit to 14 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 14 guests.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6698.00 (Limit to 14 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 14 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Fri. Oct 6, 2023 Sun. Oct 15, 2023 US $6698.00

Small Group Limited to 14 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Oct 6, 2024 Tue. Oct 15, 2024 US $6698.00

Small Group Limited to 14 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Spring Festival 
& 
Cherry Blossom Tour

Group Tour |          Book Now & Save $200

Group Tour |    Book Now & Save $200

Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom Tour
Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom Tour

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6698.00 (Limit to 14 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
Attend the beautiful Takayama Spring Festival, visit the best spots to see cherry blossoms, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 14 guests.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6698.00 (Limit to 14 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
Attend the beautiful Takayama Spring Festival, visit the best spots to see cherry blossoms, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 14 guests.
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Mon. Apr 10, 2023 Wed. Apr 19, 2023 US $6698.00

Small Group Limited to 14 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Sold Out
Wed. Apr 10, 2024 Fri. Apr 19, 2024 US $6698.00

Small Group Limited to 14 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Japan Summer Highlights: Lavenders & Tohoku 3 Great 
Summer Festivals

Group Tour |          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour |    Book Now & Save $100

Japan Summer Highlights: Lavenders & Tohoku 3 Great Summer Festivals
Japan Summer Highlights: Lavenders & Tohoku 3 Great Summer Festivals

21 Days 20 Nights | from US $8598.00

Furano / Biei / Otaru / Sapporo / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Shikabecho / 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 $8598.00

Furano / Biei / Otaru / Sapporo / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Shikabecho / 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.
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Sat. Jul 29, 2023 Fri. Aug 18, 2023 US $8598.00 Sapporo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Jul 29, 2024 Sun. Aug 18, 2024 US $8598.00 Sapporo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Japan Spring Highlights: Cherry Blossoms, 
Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor

Group Tour |          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour |    Book Now & Save $100

Japan Spring Highlights: Cherry Blossoms, Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor
Japan Spring Highlights: Cherry Blossoms, Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor

21 Days 20 Nights | from US $8598.00

Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Matsumae / Mori / Kuromatsunai / Niseko / Otaru / Asahikawa / Biei / Furano / Sapporo / 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
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 $8598.00

Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Matsumae / Mori / Kuromatsunai / Niseko / Otaru / Asahikawa / Biei / Furano / Sapporo / 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
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.
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Mon. May 1, 2023 Sun. May 21, 2023 US $8598.00 Sapporo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Wed. May 1, 2024 Tue. May 21, 2024 US $8598.00 Sapporo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Grand Tour of Japan: Cherry Blossoms, Baby Blue Eyes & 
Aoi Festival

Group Tour |          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour |    Book Now & Save $100

Grand Tour of Japan: Cherry Blossoms, Baby Blue Eyes & Aoi Festival
Grand Tour of Japan: Cherry Blossoms, Baby Blue Eyes & Aoi Festival
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22 Days 21 Nights | from US $8698.00

Sapporo / Otaru / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Seikan Tunnel / 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 $8698.00

Sapporo / Otaru / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Seikan Tunnel / 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.
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Wed. May 3, 2023 Wed. May 24, 2023 US $8698.00 Sapporo Fukuoka Save this tour Book Now  
Fri. May 3, 2024 Fri. May 24, 2024 US $8698.00 Sapporo Fukuoka Save this tour Book Now  
Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring 
Festival & Cherry Blossom Tour

Group Tour |          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour |    Book Now & Save $100

Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom Tour
Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom Tour
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22 Days 21 Nights | from US $8698.00

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 / Kitakami / Morioka / Seikan Tunnel / Hakodate / Shikabecho / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / 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 $8698.00

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 / Kitakami / Morioka / Seikan Tunnel / Hakodate / Shikabecho / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / 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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Wed. Apr 5, 2023 Wed. Apr 26, 2023 US $8698.00 Fukuoka Sapporo Save this tour Book Now  
Fri. Apr 5, 2024 Fri. Apr 26, 2024 US $8698.00 Fukuoka Sapporo Save this tour Book Now  
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