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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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Beyond Tokyo: Kawazu Cherry Blossoms & Snow 
Monkey Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Beyond Tokyo: Kawazu Cherry Blossoms & Snow Monkey Tour
Beyond Tokyo: Kawazu Cherry Blossoms & Snow Monkey Tour

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 13, 2023 Fri. Feb 17, 2023 US $1898.00 Tokyo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Feb 12, 2024 Fri. Feb 16, 2024 US $1898.00 Tokyo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Beyond Tokyo: Baby Blue Eyes, Wisteria & Fuji 
Shibazakura Festival

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Beyond Tokyo: Baby Blue Eyes, Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival
Beyond Tokyo: Baby Blue Eyes, Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival

5 Days 4 Nights | from US $1898.00

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 $1898.00

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
Tue. May 9, 2023 Sat. May 13, 2023 US $1898.00 Tokyo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Thu. May 9, 2024 Mon. May 13, 2024 US $1898.00 Tokyo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Route Japan Tour Spring: Kyoto Aoi Festival

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Route Japan Tour Spring: Kyoto Aoi Festival
The Golden Route Japan Tour Spring: Kyoto Aoi Festival
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83 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3198.00

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 $3198.00

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
Thu. May 11, 2023 Thu. May 18, 2023 US $3198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. May 11, 2024 Sat. May 18, 2024 US $3198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Route Japan Tour Summer (Reverse): Gion 
Summer Festival

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Route Japan Tour Summer (Reverse): Gion Summer Festival
The Golden Route Japan Tour Summer (Reverse): Gion Summer Festival
83 reviews
83 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3198.00

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 $3198.00

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
Sat. Jul 15, 2023 Sat. Jul 22, 2023 US $3198.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Jul 15, 2024 Mon. Jul 22, 2024 US $3198.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Triangle of Japan (Reverse): Takayama 
Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms

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
The Golden Triangle of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms
51 reviews
51 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3398.00

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 $3398.00

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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Tue. Apr 11, 2023 Tue. Apr 18, 2023 US $3398.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Thu. Apr 11, 2024 Thu. Apr 18, 2024 US $3398.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Triangle of Japan (Reverse): Takayama 
Autumn Festival Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Triangle of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour
The Golden Triangle of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour
51 reviews
51 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3398.00

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 $3398.00

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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Thu. Oct 6, 2022 Thu. Oct 13, 2022 US $3398.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Fri. Oct 6, 2023 Fri. Oct 13, 2023 US $3398.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Oct 6, 2024 Sun. Oct 13, 2024 US $3398.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Autumn Leaves & Cherry 
Blossoms

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Triangle of Japan: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms
54 reviews
54 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3398.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Explore the must see sights of Tokyo, Takayama & Kyoto...plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3398.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Explore the must see sights of Tokyo, Takayama & Kyoto...plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.
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Sun. Nov 13, 2022 Sun. Nov 20, 2022 US $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 19, 2022 Sat. Nov 26, 2022 US $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Nov 12, 2023 Sun. Nov 19, 2023 US $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 18, 2023 Sat. Nov 25, 2023 US $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Nov 10, 2024 Sun. Nov 17, 2024 US $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 16, 2024 Sat. Nov 23, 2024 US $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Kawazu 
Cherry Blossom Festival & Snow Monkeys

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
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival & Snow Monkeys
51 reviews
51 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3498.00

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 $3498.00

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.
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Sun. Feb 19, 2023 Mon. Feb 27, 2023 US $3498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Feb 18, 2024 Mon. Feb 26, 2024 US $3498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Charms of Hokkaido: Cherry Blossom Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Charms of Hokkaido: Cherry Blossom Tour
Charms of Hokkaido: Cherry Blossom Tour

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3598.00

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

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3598.00

Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Matsumae / Mori / Kuromatsunai / Niseko / Otaru / Asahikawa / Biei / Furano / Sapporo
Explore Southern & Central Hokkaido in springtime while cherry blossoms are in full bloom.
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Mon. May 1, 2023 Tue. May 9, 2023 US $3598.00 Sapporo Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Wed. May 1, 2024 Thu. May 9, 2024 US $3598.00 Sapporo Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Charms of Hokkaido Tour: Hokkaido Winter Festivals

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Charms of Hokkaido Tour: Hokkaido Winter Festivals
Charms of Hokkaido Tour: Hokkaido Winter Festivals

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3598.00

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

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3598.00

Shiraoi / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Lake Akan / Kushiro
See the Sapporo Snow Festival, as well as three other main Winter Festivals in Hokkaido.
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Sun. Feb 5, 2023 Mon. Feb 13, 2023 US $3598.00 Sapporo Kushiro Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Feb 4, 2024 Mon. Feb 12, 2024 US $3598.00 Sapporo Kushiro Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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