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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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Beyond Tokyo: Baby Blue Eyes Flowers, Wisteria & Fuji 
Shibazakura Festival 2021 - 5/9

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Beyond Tokyo: Baby Blue Eyes Flowers, Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival 2021 - 5/9
Beyond Tokyo: Baby Blue Eyes Flowers, Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival 2021 - 5/9

5 Days 4 Nights | from US $1798.00

Hitachinaka / Mito / Ashikaga / Karuizawa / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji
Take a 5-day trip Beyond Tokyo for some of Japan's most enchanting flower scenes - featuring the flower festivals of baby blue eyes, wisteria, and shibazakura!

5 Days 4 Nights | from US $1798.00

Hitachinaka / Mito / Ashikaga / Karuizawa / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji
Take a 5-day trip Beyond Tokyo for some of Japan's most enchanting flower scenes - featuring the flower festivals of baby blue eyes, wisteria, and shibazakura!
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sun. May 9, 2021 Thu. May 13, 2021 US $1798.00 Tokyo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. May 9, 2022 Fri. May 13, 2022 US $1798.00 Tokyo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Beyond Tokyo: Kawazu Cherry Blossoms & Snow Monkey 
Tour 2021 - 2/15

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Beyond Tokyo: Kawazu Cherry Blossoms & Snow Monkey Tour 2021 - 2/15
Beyond Tokyo: Kawazu Cherry Blossoms & Snow Monkey Tour 2021 - 2/15

5 Days 4 Nights | from US $1898.00

Yokohama / Kawazu / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Obuse / Nagano
Take an exclusive 5-day trip Beyond Tokyo to experience the blooming of Japan's earliest cherry blossoms at the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival and a trip to see the adorable Snow Monkeys!

5 Days 4 Nights | from US $1898.00

Yokohama / Kawazu / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Obuse / Nagano
Take an exclusive 5-day trip Beyond Tokyo to experience the blooming of Japan's earliest cherry blossoms at the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival and a trip to see the adorable Snow Monkeys!
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Feb 15, 2021 Fri. Feb 19, 2021 US $1898.00 Tokyo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Feb 14, 2022 Fri. Feb 18, 2022 US $1898.00 Tokyo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Route Japan Tour Spring: Kyoto Aoi Festival 
2021 - 5/11

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Route Japan Tour Spring: Kyoto Aoi Festival 2021 - 5/11
The Golden Route Japan Tour Spring: Kyoto Aoi Festival 2021 - 5/11
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86 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2898.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
The must see sights of Tokyo & Kyoto...plus the Aoi Festival.

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2898.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
The must see sights of Tokyo & Kyoto...plus the Aoi Festival.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. May 11, 2020 Mon. May 18, 2020 US $2898.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Tue. May 11, 2021 Tue. May 18, 2021 US $2898.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Wed. May 11, 2022 Wed. May 18, 2022 US $2898.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Route Japan Tour Summer (Reverse): Gion 
Summer Festival 2020 - 7/15

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Route Japan Tour Summer (Reverse): Gion Summer Festival 2020 - 7/15
The Golden Route Japan Tour Summer (Reverse): Gion Summer Festival 2020 - 7/15
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86 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2898.00

Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
The must see sights of Tokyo & Kyoto...plus Gion Summer Festival.

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2898.00

Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
The must see sights of Tokyo & Kyoto...plus Gion Summer Festival.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Wed. Jul 15, 2020 Wed. Jul 22, 2020 US $2898.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Thu. Jul 15, 2021 Thu. Jul 22, 2021 US $3498.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Fri. Jul 15, 2022 Fri. Jul 22, 2022 US $2898.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Kawazu 
Cherry Blossom Festival & Snow Monkeys 2021 - 2/21

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Triangle of Japan: Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival & Snow Monkeys 2021 - 2/21
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival & Snow Monkeys 2021 - 2/21
54 reviews
54 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3098.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Kawazu / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
The must see sights of Tokyo, Takayama & Kyoto... plus the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival & Snow Monkeys.

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3098.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Kawazu / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
The must see sights of Tokyo, Takayama & Kyoto... plus the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival & Snow Monkeys.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sun. Feb 21, 2021 Mon. Mar 1, 2021 US $3098.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Feb 20, 2022 Mon. Feb 28, 2022 US $3098.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Triangle of Japan (Reverse): Takayama 
Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms 2021 - 4/11

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Triangle of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms 2021 - 4/11
The Golden Triangle of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms 2021 - 4/11
54 reviews
54 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3098.00

Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa- go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Tour the most popular attractions of Tokyo & Kyoto, explore the rural areas of Japan, and attend the Takayama Spring Festival.

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3098.00

Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa- go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Tour the most popular attractions of Tokyo & Kyoto, explore the rural areas of Japan, and attend the Takayama Spring Festival.
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Sat. Apr 11, 2020 Sat. Apr 18, 2020 US $3098.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Sold Out
Sun. Apr 11, 2021 Sun. Apr 18, 2021 US $3098.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Apr 11, 2022 Mon. Apr 18, 2022 US $3098.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Triangle of Japan (Reverse): Takayama 
Autumn Festival Tour 2020 - 10/6

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Triangle of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour 2020 - 10/6
The Golden Triangle of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour 2020 - 10/6
54 reviews
54 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3098.00

Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Tour the most popular attractions of Tokyo & Kyoto, explore the rural areas of Japan, and attend the Takayama Autumn Festival.

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3098.00

Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Tour the most popular attractions of Tokyo & Kyoto, explore the rural areas of Japan, and attend the Takayama Autumn Festival.
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Tue. Oct 6, 2020 Tue. Oct 13, 2020 US $3098.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Wed. Oct 6, 2021 Wed. Oct 13, 2021 US $3098.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Thu. Oct 6, 2022 Thu. Oct 13, 2022 US $3098.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Charms of Hokkaido: Cherry Blossom Tour 2021 - 5/1

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Charms of Hokkaido: Cherry Blossom Tour 2021 - 5/1
Charms of Hokkaido: Cherry Blossom Tour 2021 - 5/1
12 reviews
12 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3398.00

Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Matsumae / Onuma Park / Niseko / Otaru / Asahikawa / Biei / Furano / Sapporo
Explore Southern & Central Hokkaido in spring while cherry blossoms are in full bloom.

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3398.00

Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Matsumae / Onuma Park / Niseko / Otaru / Asahikawa / Biei / Furano / Sapporo
Explore Southern & Central Hokkaido in spring while cherry blossoms are in full bloom.
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Fri. May 1, 2020 Sat. May 9, 2020 US $3398.00 Sapporo Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Sold Out
Sat. May 1, 2021 Sun. May 9, 2021 US $3398.00 Sapporo Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. May 1, 2022 Mon. May 9, 2022 US $3398.00 Sapporo Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Charms of Hokkaido Tour: Hokkaido Winter Festivals 
2021 - 2/7

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Charms of Hokkaido Tour: Hokkaido Winter Festivals 2021 - 2/7
Charms of Hokkaido Tour: Hokkaido Winter Festivals 2021 - 2/7
12 reviews
12 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3398.00

Chitose / Shiraoi / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Akan National Park / Kushiro
See the Sapporo Snow Festival, as well as three other main Winter Festivals in Hokkaido.

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3398.00

Chitose / Shiraoi / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Akan National Park / Kushiro
See the Sapporo Snow Festival, as well as three other main Winter Festivals in Hokkaido.
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Sun. Feb 7, 2021 Mon. Feb 15, 2021 US $3398.00 Sapporo Kushiro Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Feb 6, 2022 Mon. Feb 14, 2022 US $3398.00 Sapporo Kushiro Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Fuji Shibazakura, Snow 
Monkeys & Snow Corridor 2021 - 5/9

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Triangle of Japan: Fuji Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor 2021 - 5/9
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Fuji Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor 2021 - 5/9
54 reviews
54 reviews

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $3598.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
The must-see sights of Tokyo and Kyoto as well as some seasonal headliners showing the unique side of Japan.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $3598.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
The must-see sights of Tokyo and Kyoto as well as some seasonal headliners showing the unique side of Japan.
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Sat. May 9, 2020 Mon. May 18, 2020 US $3598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. May 9, 2021 Tue. May 18, 2021 US $3598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. May 9, 2022 Wed. May 18, 2022 US $3598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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