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Festival Tours

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

Top Festivals in Japan by Season
Cherry Blossoms Festivals

We have tours available to see the best cherry blossom festivals of Japan, such as the Cherry Blossom Festival at Tokyo Ueno Park, one of Tokyo's most popular sites to witness sakura. Additionally, travelers can visit the Cherry Blossom Festival at Matsumae Park, where you can view over 250 varieties of the 10,000 cherry trees planted around the grounds. Visitors can also enjoy a hanami (flower-viewing) party underneath a weeping cherry blossom tree at Maruyama Park.

Cherry Blossom Tours
Takayama Spring Festival

Known for its 12 lavishly-decorated antique floats (yatai), the Takayama Spring Festival is included on a list of our Japan tour packages. Held on April 14th and 15th, the festival showcases several main attractions. This includes the display of festival floats during the day, a karakuri (mechanical puppets) performance, a mikoshi (portable shrine) procession, and an evening showcase of the floats.

Tours including Takayama Spring Festival
Fuji Shibazakura Festival

See thousands of shibazakura during a tour to the Fuji Shibazakura Festival, just 3km away from Lake Motosuko. Shibazakura are pink flowers known as "moss phlox", which bloom from April to May. The month and a half long celebration highlights 6 stunning varieties of these "ground cherry blossoms". Observe McDaniel's Cushion, Mont-Blanc, Autumn Rose, Tama-no-Nagre, Little Dot, and Oakington Blue-Eyes at the Fuji Shibazakura Festival.

Tours including Fuji Shibazakura Festival
Kyoto Aoi Festival

Tour to the Aoi Festival, one of Kyoto's most elegant and famous festivals. The Aoi Festival comprises of 500 people wearing Heian Era styled clothing and traditional makeup while parading through the main streets of Kyoto. Its gracious procession illustrates the event where officials deliver the Emperor's message and offerings to the deities of the Kamo Shrines, along with other cultural highlights.

Tours including Kyoto Aoi Festival
The Shibazakura Festivals of Hokkaido

Celebrate pink shibazakura at the Shibazakura Festivals in Hokkaido, renowned for its beautiful fields of blooming flowers. The Takinoue Shibazakura Festival showcases millions of pink moss phloxes, creating a shibazakura paradise. Our tours also give you the opportunity to visit the garden of Kazuo Mishima's home. Mishima planted the tiny shibazakura flowers himself, claiming the garden will never have an entrance fee and all are welcome to relish in its beauty.

Tours including The Shibazakura Festivals of Hokkaido

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

Hitachinaka / Mito / Ashikaga / Karuizawa / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji

    2 reviews

5 Days 4 Nights | from US $1898.00

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!

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Fri. May 9, 2025 Tue. May 13, 2025 US $1898.00 Tokyo Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Beyond Tokyo: Kawazu Cherry Blossoms & Snow Monkey Tour arrow readmore icon

Kawazu / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Obuse / Nagano

    2 reviews

5 Days 4 Nights | from US $1898.00

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!

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Mon. Feb 10, 2025 Fri. Feb 14, 2025 US $1898.00 Tokyo Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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The Golden Triangle of Japan: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka

    75 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3398.00

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 10, 2024 Sun. Nov 17, 2024 US $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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The Golden Route Japan Tour Spring: Kyoto Aoi Festival arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka

    135 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3398.00

The must see sights of Tokyo & Kyoto...plus the Aoi Festival.

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Sun. May 11, 2025 Sun. May 18, 2025 US $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. May 11, 2026 Mon. May 18, 2026 US $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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The Golden Route Japan Tour Summer (Reverse): Gion Summer Festival arrow readmore icon

Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo

    135 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3398.00

The must see sights of Tokyo & Kyoto...plus Gion Summer Festival.

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Mon. Jul 15, 2024 Mon. Jul 22, 2024 US $3398.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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The Golden Triangle of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms arrow readmore icon

Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa- go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo

    75 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3498.00

Tour the most popular attractions of Tokyo & Kyoto, explore the rural areas of Japan, and attend the Takayama Spring Festival.

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Fri. Apr 11, 2025 Fri. Apr 18, 2025 US $3498.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Apr 11, 2026 Sat. Apr 18, 2026 US $3498.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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The Golden Triangle of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour arrow readmore icon

Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo

    75 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3498.00

Tour the most popular attractions of Tokyo & Kyoto, explore the rural areas of Japan, and attend the Takayama Autumn Festival.

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Sun. Oct 6, 2024 Sun. Oct 13, 2024 US $3498.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Tue. Oct 6, 2026 Tue. Oct 13, 2026 US $3498.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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The Golden Route Japan Tour Summer (Reverse): Gion Summer Festival with Expo 2025 Osaka arrow readmore icon

Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo

    135 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3698.00

The must see sights of Tokyo & Kyoto...plus Gion Summer Festival and Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.

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Mon. Jul 14, 2025 Tue. Jul 22, 2025 US $3698.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Charms of Hokkaido: Sapporo Autumn Fest arrow readmore icon

Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Nanae / Hakodate / Lake Onuma / Kuromatsunai / Niseko / Yoichi / Otaru / Sapporo

    21 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3698.00

Experience the vibrant Sapporo Autumn Fest, paired with the breathtaking nature and enchanting culture on a 9-day tour around the northern island.

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Sun. Sep 15, 2024 Mon. Sep 23, 2024 US $3698.00 Sapporo Sapporo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Sun. Sep 20, 2026 Mon. Sep 28, 2026 US $3698.00 Sapporo Sapporo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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The Golden Triangle of Japan: Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival & Snow Monkeys arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Hakone / Kawazu / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka

    75 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3698.00

The must see sights of Tokyo, Takayama & Kyoto... plus the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival & Snow Monkeys.

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Tue. Feb 11, 2025 Wed. Feb 19, 2025 US $3698.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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