Fancy joining the festivities of the cherry blossom season in spring, the changing of the leaves and the Takayama Festival in autumn, or the snow-covered wilderness of Japan’s northern island come winter at the Sapporo Snow Festival? Well now you can with our brand new selection of festival tours in Japan!
There is no better way to experience the rich cultural heritage of a nation, than by joining the revelry of one of its many vibrant festivals or events. Nor is there any better way to appreciate the true beauty of a land than during one of its most beautiful seasons – and Japan it turns out, has many! Travelling as part of a small group, our brand new festival tours allow travellers to experience another side of Japan against the stunning backdrop of winter, spring or fall.
Winter: The Sapporo Snow Festival – Departs: February
While Japan is perhaps most famous for its pink hue of springtime, winter offers something slightly different, but just as special. Kicking off in Japan’s buzzing capital city, this special departure takes in the highlights of Tokyo before heading to the snowy wilds of Hokkaido, Japan’s northern island, to join in the revelry of the Sapporo Snow Festival. Held within the Odori Koen Park in the heart of the city, the Sapporo Snow Festival one of Japan’s largest winter events attracting two million people every year from at home and abroad . During the seven day festival Odori Koen Park is transformed into a winter wonderland, with larger-than-life snow sculptures and ice statues dotting in the park grounds.
Spring: Cherry Blossom Festival – Departs: April
Springtime is possibly one of the best times to visit Japan, when cherry blossom trees come out in full bloom across the nation. This special departure takes in the highlights of Japan, from buzzing Tokyo through the verdant Hida Mountains and on to Kyoto – Japan’s ancient and cultural capital, whilst taking in some of Japan’s most beautiful parks and gardens en route. In Kyoto there will also be the chance to witness the famous Spring Geisha Dances – a traditional annual dance carried out by Geisha and Maiko (apprentice Geisha) during the height of the Cherry Blossom Season.
Autumn: Takayama Autumn Festival – Departs: October
Autumn in Japan is simply spectacular, as the country transforms into stunning hues of yellow, orange and red. This special departure takes in the highlights of Tokyo and Kyoto, as well as joining in the festivities of the Takayama Autumn Festival in the heart of the Hida Mountains. Here you can witness a huge procession of festival floats passing through the streets, accompanied by hundreds of locals in colourful traditional dress. These ornately decorated floats will feature intricate mechanical dolls, which move and dance to the rhythm of music under the control of skilled puppeteers hidden within the floats. This popular autumn festival sees locals and travellers alike flock to this procession, creating a exciting festive atmosphere throughout the town.
With special departure dates, accommodation in quality 3-4 star hotels, daily breakfast, included arrival and departure transfers and led by an English speaking local guide, we’ve got Japan well and truly covered. To find out more, visit our website.