APRIL 2024 prices coming soon! 2023 Japan Music Tour
Bluegrass & Country Music in Japan
"A Truly Special Adventure"
Hello there/ Konnichiwa!
In 2013, I went to Japan with my brother Tom to explore the bluegrass and country music scene which we’d heard was pretty vibrant. We made friends from Tokyo to Kumamoto, picking in small bars and Honky Tonks (yes, they exist in Japan, believe it or not!) and eventually I thought I’d like to try hosting trips there. I am half Japanese, so I already felt a connection with Nihon, but going there for music and feeling the language barrier dissolve once we started playing was very enjoyable. I speak very basic Japanese and I’m far from fluent but it’s something I continue to work on.
There’s a fair bit of walking on my trips, so if you have bad knees or joints, you might need to think it over before you commit. It’s also a “grass roots” sort of an experience. There’s no coach travel and we’re pretty much in amongst every day Japanese living the whole time.
Our hotels are three to three and half star - small rooms, but comfortable. There’s a buffet breakfast each morning with Japanese and Western options.
Japanese food is good and not expensive. Vegetarian options are available in some places however gluten free can be a bit tricky. There is gluten in a lot of Japanese food. You’ll also notice there’s food everywhere. You’re not going to go hungry in Japan!
It’s hard to explain it all - you have to see it for yourself. A trip of three hours on the Shinkansen can be very enjoyable; it's amazing to see the country whipping past your window and you can sit back in your comfortable seat and enjoy a beverage, meal or a sleep.
If you come on this little adventure, I want you to have a ball…….and if you come with an open heart and mind, I’m sure you will!
Had the best time. Pete is a great guide and musician who introduces you to a whole other music world in downtown 'Japan .' Go for it!
Yes folks, do yourself a favour, and get on one of Pete Denahy's Music Tours of Japan. Sightseeing during the day, music at night, and all by rail and Shank's pony - how good is that! I loved the tour I went on and can't wait to go back to Japan too
One of the best trips I have done—and I did it twice, once in Spring and the other in Autumn.
Pete was a fantastic tour guide—don’t think we ever stopped laughing.
“Not all those who wander are lost.”