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Japan Sawara Festival

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The only thing better than attending an authentic Japanese village festival is actively joining in the dancing, songs and celebrations with the locals, and that’s what our lucky participants will do! Each traveler will become a Matsuri-festival performer in the annual Grand Festival of Sawara, a UNESCO-recognized intangible cultural assets of Japan. The festival is going to be a blast but so ...

The only thing better than attending an authentic Japanese village festival is actively joining in the dancing, songs and celebrations with the locals, and that’s what our lucky participants will do! Each traveler will become a Matsuri-festival performer in the annual Grand Festival of Sawara, a UNESCO-recognized intangible cultural assets of Japan. The festival is going to be a blast but so is exploring narrow lanes of Tokyo during a nighttime food tour, participating in a bizarre dining experience at a ninja restaurant, a boat excursion and cycling

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Tour itinerary includes
  • City
    City
  • Local culture
    Local culture
  • Sightseeing
    Sightseeing
  • Local population
    Local population
  • Food and drink
    Food and drink

Customizable tour itinerary

This tour idea is fully customizable

This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Nighttime Tokyo Foodie Tour!

• Kick off the festivities with a guided tour through Omoide Yokocho
• Salivate at dozens of tiny restaurants and bars in the narrow landmark street
• Visit several local restaurants to taste Japanese cuisine

Visited:
ShinjukuTokyo
Accommodation
The Knot Tokyo (Tokyo)

Day 2: Walking Tour in Yanesen

• Begin the day by exploring the Yanesen area
• Get your caffeine fix at a 100 year old cafe
• Stroll through the quiet and calm Yanaka cemetery and the old market street

Visited:
TokyoYanaka
Accommodation
The Knot Tokyo (Tokyo)

Day 3: Sawara Tour + Cycling

• Depart Tokyo for Sawara, an old wealthy merchant town is in Eastern Chiba Prefecture
• Embark on a river cruise to enter the town
• Walking tour in the old Edo style town
• Cycle through paddy fields, on the bridge over Kitaura lake to one of the oldest shrines, Kashima

Visited:
Accommodation
Nipponia Sawara ()

Day 4: Dance Lesson​ + Arts & Crafts!

• Participate in a dance lesson led by locals!
Learn old festival songs and dances while socializing with the local people
• Practice handling one of the great festival carts for the Grand Matsuri event
• Make a Japanese bandana for your festival uniform

Visited:
Accommodation
Nipponia Sawara ()

Day 5: Participate in the Sawara Festival

• Today you will have a chance to participate in the Grand Festival of Sawara! 
Traditional songs and dances will be performed with the help of our participants
• Local cultural masters will guide you in steering one of the great floats

Visited:
Accommodation
Nipponia Sawara ()

Day 6: Sawara festival - ​Ninja restaurant

• Join the festival until lunch time and leave for Tokyo
• Take part in a bizarre dining experience in a ninja restaurant!

Visited:
Tokyo
Accommodation
The Knot Tokyo (Tokyo)

Day 7: Shopping in Tokyo

• Until the time of your flight, enjoy shopping in Tokyo
• Our tour guide will be happy to provide you with recommendations to best suit your interests

Visited:
Tokyo

Shinjuku Tokyo Yanaka

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. $2,080 / 7 days
Excluding international flights
2 Pax4 PaxSingle Supplement
Price per person in High Season$2,190$2,010

Included in price:

  • Transportation (Between Tokyo and Sawara by local bus)
  • River cruise in Sawara
  • Dance lesson from locals
  • Cycling tour
  • Walking tour in Sawara
  • Accommodation
  • English speaking guide (Day 3 to 6)
  • Private vehicle in Sawara
  • Breakfasts (Day 2 to Day 7)
  • Lunches (Day 5 and 6)
  • Dinners (Day 6)

Not included in price:

  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals not specified in the Itinerary
  • Gratuities for Guides and Drivers

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