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Japan Summer Highlights: Lavenders & Tohoku 3 Great Summer Festivals

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2024/2025/2026 JAPAN SUMMER TOURS


Tour Code: GTX1739280

Japan Summer Highlights: Lavenders & Tohoku 3 Great Summer Festivals

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21 days 20 nights

fromUSD $8798.00


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Single Supplement: USD $1800.00

This tour features Japan Summer Highlights including the summer flowers, festivals & fireworks.

Summer is the season of festivals and fireworks in Japan. Almost every weekend, communities around Japan stage lively firework displays colorfully enlivening the night skies. Summer throughout Japan culminates with large scale festivals, many with folk dancing. Many people wear Yukata (summer Kimono), and enjoy eating food, buying toys, or playing games. This is how most of Japanese people enjoy summer evening with friends, family, or lovers.

This tour features Japan Summer Highlights including the summer flowers in Hokkaido, three great summer festivals in Tohoku, fireworks, as well as the Awa Odori Folk Dance Festival in Tokushima. Summer festivals in Japan are bigger, brighter and louder, dancing to the beat of drum and flute.

This tour begins in Hokkaido, where we will visit Furano, Biei, Otaru, Sapporo, Shiraoi, Noboribetsu, Lake Toya and Hakodate. Summer is the best season to visit Hokkaido. It’s the prefecture with the mildest climate in summer. It’s not as hot and humid and it cools down at night. Furthermore, Hokkaido offers beautiful nature and flower fields which are best explored in summer.

Then we proceed to Aomori by crossing the Tsugaru Channel between the islands of Hokkaido and Honshu, via the undersea train tunnel. Explore the three great summer festivals in Tohoku; Nebuta, Kanto and Tanabata festivals, in the cities of Aomori, Akita and Sendai. Parades featuring chandelier-like lantern displays on bamboo poles, fearsome warrior floats, fireworks, and a sea of colorful origami decorations are just some of the highlights of these festivals.

In Tohoku regions, we will also visit Hiraizumi for a cultural interlude and stroll around the magnificent Japanese Cedar Trees and photogenic buildings at Chusonji Temple. Visit Matsushima, a picturesque bay full of pine tree covered small islands, where we explore ancient caves once frequented by meditating monks. Matsushima is famous for being one of the Three Most Beautiful Natural Sights in Japan. In Bandai Highlands, you will visit the Goshiki-numa (five-colored volcanic lakes). Here, mineral deposits from volcano eruption give each lake its own delicate color, ranging from reddish green to cobalt blue. Visit the old castle city of Aizuwakamatsu and the former post town of Ouchijuku. Allow yourself to also explore the wonderfully ornate temples and shrines which have been designated as World Heritage sites in Nikko.

Next we will continue our journey to one of the busiest city in the world. Let's enjoy a fully guided tour in Tokyo. Visit Tokyo's cultural landmarks, fashionable neighborhoods and diverse shopping districts. Learn how to make your own sushi with a professional sushi chef and savor your delicious creations. Then proceed to the Mt. Fuji- Hakone national park. See how impressive Mother Nature is when you are there. Overnight in a ryokan (traditional inn), where you will feast on dinner and can unwind in the hot- springs (onsen). We will then continue our journey and spend two days in the ancient city of Kyoto, where you will have exclusive access to the city's gardens, temples, shrines, and specialty shops. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy a green tea ceremony with an apprentice geisha (maiko). We will then take you visit Nara, where you will be inspired by the intricate architecture and towering monuments, including the Great Buddha statue, and you'll understand why this city is considered the birthplace of Buddhism in Japan. From Nara proceeding to Osaka, you will visit Osaka Castle and have a chance to see why Osaka is called the "night life city".

From Osaka , proceed to Kobe for some sake tasting at the Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum. Then across the Awaji Island via a chain of spectacular bridges to Shikoku Island. We will stop in at the Naruto Bridge Interpretive Centre to learn about the largest natural whirlpool in Japan and the engineering that went into the construction of these gigantic bridges. In Tokushima , visit the Awaodori Kaikan Hall to learn about the Awa Odori before enjoy the Awa Odori Festival in the evening. In Shikoku Island, we will also visit the open air museum of Shikoku Mura Village, see why Japanese gardens are famous in Takamatsu, and enjoy a relaxing boat ride, and take in the panoramic views of the Oboke Gorge.

From Shikoku Island, we will drive through the Shimanamikaido, a 60 kilometer long toll road that connects Japan's main island of Shikoku to the island of Honshu, passing over six small islands in the Seto Inland Sea, back to Honshu Island. Take in the views of the Kurushima Kaikyo Bridges standing among hundreds of islands beautifully scattered over the Seto Inland Sea at the Kirosan Observatory. Proceed to Hiroshima where you’ll visit the Peace Memorial Museum and surrounding Peace Park. On Miyajima Island, you will have a chance to view the famed 'floating' Torii Gate of Itsukushima Shrine. Visit the photogenic canal area of Kurashiki and the majestic castle at Himeji. On this tour you will also have a chance to savor the world famous Wagyu beef in Kobe.

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Mon. Jul 29, 2024 Sun. Aug 18, 2024 USD $8798.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  


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Wed. Jul 29, 2026 Tue. Aug 18, 2026 USD $8798.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  

Please Note:

All prices are per person, based on twin (double on request) or triple occupancy.
International flights are not included on our tours - this allows you the flexibility to choose your own departure and get the best value for your money!

We can arrange international flights for US customers if needed, please ask for details.


We require US$200 deposit per person to hold the space at time of booking and the final payment is due 2 month prior to departure.

What's included

  • • 17 nights Western style and 3 nights Japanese style accommodation
  • • Meet and greet upon arrival at Sapporo New Chitose Airport
  • • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • • Private coach transfers between destinations in Japan
  • • Comprehensive escorted with AJT professional English speaking tour guide

  •   Meals
  • • Breakfast everyday
  • • 12 lunches and 6 dinners

  • Admission fees and activities
  • • All entry fees to sites, activities listed in the itinerary

What's NOT included

  • • International Airfares
  • • Meals that are not included in the itinerary
  • • Travel Insurance
  • • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • • Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills

Additional Information


Travel by private coach between destinations, hassle free baggage handling.

Arrival Departure Airports

For arrivals at New Chitose Airport (CTS), this tour starts in Sapporo and ends in Osaka, with departures at Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX).

Meal Requests

Vegetarian or special meals can be arranged.

Meet and Greet

Please note that the meet and greet and airport transfer to the first hotel is ONLY available on the first day of the tour after 11 AM. If you plan to stay extra nights before the start of the tour, we will provide full instructions in advance for you to transfer to your hotel on your own.

Itinerary In Brief

  • Day1   Arrive in Sapporo
  • Day2   Furano - Biei
  • Day3   Otaru - Sapporo
  • Day4   Sapporo - Shiraoi - Noboribetsu
  • Day5   Lake Toya - Hakodate
  • Day6   Seikan Undersea Tunnel - Aomori (Aomori Nebuta Festival)
  • Day7   Akita (Akita Kanto Festival)
  • Day8   Kakunodate - Hiraizumi - Sendai (Tanabata Fireworks)
  • Day9   Matsushima - Sendai (Tanabata Festival)
  • Day10   Urabandai - Aizu Wakamatsu
  • Day11   Nikko
  • Day12   Tokyo
  • Day13   Mt. Fuji - Hakone - Bullet Train Ride
  • Day14   Koka - Kyoto
  • Day15   Kyoto
  • Day16   Kyoto - Nara - Osaka
  • Day17   Kobe - Tokushima (Awa Odori Folk Dance Festival)
  • Day18   Takamatsu - Oboke Gorge
  • Day19   Shimanamikaido - Hiroshima
  • Day20   Kurashiki - Himeji - Kobe
  • Day21   Tour ends

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Furano / Biei / Otaru / Sapporo / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / 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

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