Summer Festivals Tour 2018

Simply amazing, vibrant and colourful in the extreme

Japan Holidays Tour Merits

  • This Tour allows participants to experience first-hand these nationally important folk cultural properties – to feel the heart and soul of Japan—like never before.

  • experience but also hear the stories of the legends and origins of Four of the Five most famous Festivals of Japan

  • watch the Festivals – or join in the fun,  singing or dancing in the parades..

  • Sansa Odori Festival – officially approved by the Guinness World Records as the largest drum festival in the world..

  • enjoy Tohoku’s fascinating history, rich culture,  natural beauty and fabulous food in northern Honshu.

A small-group guided tour travelling to the Summer Festivals of Japan

Trip level:    Moderate
AvailabilityThursday 2nd August 2018
Price per person: TBA | Single Supplement available

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During the short summers of the Tohoku region, which is located in the northern area of Japan, many elegant and energetic festivals are held, allowing many wishes and prayers to be made through them.

Morioka Sansa Odori

Over 33,000 residents of Morioka dress up in yukata and walk the city as they dance to the sound of 13,000 taiko drums and 2,000 flutes. Anyone can freely participate in the “Wa dance”.

Hachinohe Sansha Taisai Festival

The floats are the main attraction of this festival. The people and local businesses in each neighbourhood work together each year to build them. The scenes depicted are based on mythology, legends, fairy tales, Kabuki plays, and so on. Every year a new story or play is decided upon and a new different float is created.

Aomori Nebuta Festival

This festival representative of Japan, energizes the night time streets with “Nebuta” giant dolls of Kabuki actors, and “Haneto” giant dolls of dancing girls.

Yamagata Hanagasa Festival

During this festival symbolizing Yamagata, participants dance to the ‘Hanagasa Dance Song’ as they walk the streets of the city. Watching the float at the front of the parade is a must.

Whats Included

  • Full-time services of an English-speaking tour guide

  • 7 Nights accommodation in western-style Hotels and 1 night Japanese-style ryokan

  • Daily Breakfasts plus 6 Lunches, and 6 Dinners

  • All transportation between locations including Bullet trains

  • Entrance fees to temples, museums and other sites on the itinerary

Whats Not Included

  • Flights – international and domestic

  • Pay locally for drinks with meals

  • Entrance fees to temples, museums and other sites not mentioned on the itinerary

  • Single room supplement(s) if required

The World’s Largest Drum Parade – Sansa Odori Festival