I have been working on planning 3 private tours in the same time and It's almost done :) I will be in Japan from 25 August, then back in Sydney in 3 December. and I'm very excited.
For Aug/Sep tour: We will start from Tokyo to see Awa-Odori dance and Yosakoi dance which are like Rio's Carnival. Then bullet train to Echigo-Tsumari for Triennale art festival, Mt.Haguro in Tsuruoka for Yamabushi's Hassaku Festival to see mountain monks and staying at their shrine. then walking tour Nakasendo, Takayama, The world heritage Shirakawago, Kanazawa, back to Tokyo.
For Oct/Nov tour: I'm taking a sculptor artist and her friends to 3 weeks Art tour. We will go lot's of art places including Naoshima of course.
For late Nov tour: Who loves Onsen? This tour is design for the onsen lovers and it's the best time of the year for it :)
It looks like 2018 will be a great year.