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Nagoya: Shirakawa-go Village and Takayama UNESCO 1-Day Trip

1. Nagoya: Shirakawa-go Village and Takayama UNESCO 1-Day Trip

Discover the mountainous city of Takayama and the village of Shiragawa-go, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on this full-day trip from Nagoya. Explore the markets and try local specialties in Takayama, then admire the picturesque landscapes in Shiragawa-go. To begin the tour, make your way to the meeting point, meet your guide, and board your transportation. Then, drive to the mountainous Hida region in the Gifu Prefecture to reach the beautifully preserved city of Hida Takayama. Upon arrival, take a walk along Sannomachi Street, taste local delicacies like Hida beef and Takayama ramen, and see the work of local craftsmen. Head to one of the morning markets — Miyagawa Market or Jinya-Mae Market — and get a taste of local life. You will also receive recommendations for the best spots to have lunch (not included). After lunch, head to Gasyomura in Shiragawa-go and take in the scenery of mountains, paddy fields, and trickling rivers. Come to understand why Shiragawa-go is known as the kingdom of forests and streams, and see why the origin of the name Shirokawa-go means "the white river." Head to the Ogimachi Castle Site Observatory to enjoy the beautiful views of Gassho-mura village and Mount Hakusan. Have some time to pop into the Ochiudo cafe, famous for its big dogs, decorative coffee cups, and snacks. Afterward, the tour returns to Nagoya.

Nagoya: Hida Takayama & World Heritage Shirakawa-go Day Tour

2. Nagoya: Hida Takayama & World Heritage Shirakawa-go Day Tour

Experience Edo-period Japan in the Takayama and in the UNESCO-listed Shirakawa-go village. You will have your lunch at Koshiyama, where you can enjoy the top 3 Japanese beef--Hida Beef, as well as the Oden set. (Exclusive for whom choose the Meal plan) Join the tour from Nagoya VIP Liner Bus Stop and get on the way towards Takayama & Shirakawago aboard a comfortable air-conditioned bus. Upon reaching Takayama, you'll have the opportunity to explore this captivating town, known as the gateway to the Japanese Alps. At your own expense, delve into the charm of Takayama's Sanmachi Suji District, a trio of streets nestled in the heart of the Edo town. These streets boast a delightful array of traditional houses, shops, restaurants, sake breweries, and cafes. The adventure continues to the renowned Shirakawa-go, renowned for its ancient gassho-zukuri (thatched-roof) style houses nestled amidst the mountains. Surrounded by serene rice paddies.Isolated for a significant period, these villages,showcase the unique Gassho-style houses, distinguished by their steeply pitched thatched roofs.  As part of your experience, savor a delectable Japanese-style teppanyaki set lunch at the renowned Koshiyama restaurant in Shirakawa-go. Indulge in the local specialty, 'Hidagyuu' beef, or opt for the Oden lunch, both offerings showcasing the authentic flavors of the region. Stopping at the Koshiyama restaurant in Shirakawago for a Japanese-style teppanyaki set lunch made of the local specialty 'Hidagyuu' beef or chose Oden lunch. In the winter, snowfall may occasionally lead to road closures to Shirakawa-go. In the event of road closures, we will seamlessly transition to a captivating substitute journey, taking you to the picturesque town of Gujo Hachiman, known as the 'Little Kyoto of Gifu.' Immerse yourself in the charm of its historic streets adorned with traditional buildings. Alternative Itinerary 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM: Explore the historic streets of Takayama, featuring the renowned Miyagawa Morning Market, one of Japan's three great morning markets. 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM: Discover the alluring charm of Gujo Hachiman, with its beautiful castle town and pristine waters. Visit either Gujo Hachiman Castle or the Hachiman Exhibition Hall (additional cost for entry). 6:00 PM: Conclude your journey as we return to Nagoya Station. Please note that the actual departure and arrival times may vary based on the day's traffic conditions.

From Takayama: Guided Day Trip to Takayama and Shirakawa-go

3. From Takayama: Guided Day Trip to Takayama and Shirakawa-go

Discover Takayama’s well-preserved old town and jinya, and visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Shirakawa-go on a full-day trip. Take guided walking tours at both spots along with free time to explore, eat, and shop on your own. Meet your guide at Takayama Station and be escorted to the 300+ year-old Takayama Jinya, a local governor's office from the Edo period. Enter the jinya for a guided tour and learn all about the history of the building and the city of Takayama itself. See several artifacts, including art, books, and tools, from its heyday in the 17th through 19th centuries. Unlike a visit to a typical museum, the Takayama Jinya offers pieces of history in a building that is as old as the items on display. Afterward, head to the downtown of Takayama, known as the “Sanmachi”. See as your guide points out the highlights of the area. Enjoy scenic views and conclude this part of the tour at the entrance to the Miyagawa Morning Market. Next, enjoy 1 hour and 30 minutes of free time to walk around the market, return to the Sanmachi for a closer look at the shops, or savor the food of the Hida region at a local restaurant. You can treat yourself to a sake tasting, or feast on sushi made with wagyu beef from local ranches. Then, meet your tour guide to continue your journey to Shirakawa-go. Sit back and soak in the scenery on your bus ride. Then, begin the second half of your tour. Go up to the famous lookout point for a breathtaking view of the town of Shirakawa-go. Follow your guide down the road, descending into the rice paddies and quaint streets that make up the village. See the largest hamlet of gassho-zukuri-style houses in Japan. Get introduced to the highlights of Shirakawa-go, learning more about the town. After the tour, explore the town on your own, and revisit places you want a better look at. During this time, you may also grab lunch, head to a traditional mountain farmhouse, or sample snacks sold along the main street. Finally, start your trip back to Takayama to conclude the tour.

Takayama: Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

4. Takayama: Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Located in Gifu Prefecture on the main island of Honshu, Takayama (or Hida-Takayama) is filled with historic charm and is also renowned for its natural beauty. Explore this ancient city with a local guide and see the best of what it has to offer on a private walking tour. Below are some things included as part of a typical itinerary that can be customized based on your wishes. Sanmachi Street has many houses and stores that date back to the Edo period (1603-1868). The area is lined with shops carrying local specialties and has a lively atmosphere with many people stopping to shop and eat here. Hida Folk Village is an open-air museum exhibiting over 30 traditional houses from the Hida Region, the mountainous district of Gifu Prefecture around Takayama. The houses were built during the Edo period and were relocated from their original places to create the museum in 1971. The Takayama Jinya served as the local government office headed by the officials dispatched from Edo (present-day Tokyo). The building complex was in official use until 1969 and is now open to the public as a museum. Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market is held daily in Takayama between 7:00 AM (8:00 AM in winter) and 12:00 AM. The Miyagawa Market along the Miyagawa River in the old town and the Jinya-mae Market in front of the Takayama Jinya sell local crafts, snacks, and produce. Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall shows key aspects of the Takayama Festival. The festival takes place for two days each spring and autumn and, along with Kyoto's Gion Matsuri and the Chichibu Yomatsuri, is considered to be one of Japan's three most beautiful. Hida Kokubunji Temple is a Buddhist temple. Its iconic three-storied pagoda was constructed in 1820. A Buddhist statue thought to have been made in the Heian period is enshrined in the main building. Be sure to check out the huge gingko tree on the grounds. It is over 1260 years old. Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine in Takayama is the venue for the Takayama Festival in the autumn. Next to the shrine is the Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, or Yatai Kaikan, where four of the actual floats used in the festival are on display. The Kusakabe Folk Museum is a historic private residence that has been opened to the public. The building was constructed during the Meiji period in an Edo architectural style. The entire building is designated important cultural property of Japan.

From Nagoya: Takayama and Shirakawa World Heritage Day Trip

5. From Nagoya: Takayama and Shirakawa World Heritage Day Trip

See the best of Japan’s culture, history, and nature in one day with a tour from Nagoya. Explore two historic cities, Hida Takayama and Shirakawa-go, which are World Heritage Sites. Travel by bus from Nagoya, with a guide who will make the journey fun and informative. Marvel at the charm of Hida Takayama as you wander through the old streets lined with wooden merchant houses with an Edo-era vibe. You will have ampel free time to visit the Miyagawa Morning Market, one of Japan's three major morning markets, where you can find all kinds of fresh produce, pickles, spices, snacks, crafts, and more. Indulge in the flavors of regional delights such as Hida beef and Takayama ramen. Continue to Shirakawa-go, famous for its gassho-style houses. These are traditional farmhouses with steep thatched roofs that look like hands in prayer. Admire the picturesque village and the surrounding mountains from the Shiroyama Observatory. Get lots of free time to discover the attractions at your own pace and try the local delicacies.

Takayama: Food and Sake Tour

6. Takayama: Food and Sake Tour

Discover the history and culture of Takayama through its gastronomy on this walking tour with a local guide. After meeting your guide, head to the morning market. Here, smell and taste the local herbs, vegetables, and seasonal products. Next, walk to your next stop where you will sample fried tofu. Then visit a sweet shop where you can try some delicious sweets. Don't miss the cute cat-shaped sweets. Afterward, visit another morning market where you can see traditional local products. Purchase some unique souvenirs and get the chance to interact with the locals. Finally, visit a sake brewery and learn why this area is so famous for sake production. Sample 5 different types of sake and discover the process behind their production.This is normally English tour but if you need other languages like Chinese, Italy, French, etc. please let us know.

Takayama: Old Town Guided Walking Tour 45min.

7. Takayama: Old Town Guided Walking Tour 45min.

Get an insider’s view of Takayama’s most vibrant neighborhoods on a walking tour of the Old Town alongside a local guide. Begin your urban walking adventure by meeting your guide in the city center. Make your way through the Old Town and learn about the local people's lifestyle and culture from your local guide. Discover why Takayama was listed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage site. Turn the corner towards Nakabashi bridge and snap photos with this famous red bridge. Stroll to Takayama Jinya, the former government office. Witness the hustle and bustle of the Jinya morning market and grab a bargain with the help of your guide. As you stroll, your friendly local guide will tell you interesting facts and anecdotes about the city’s past and the people who have lived here.   Finally, arrive at Yamazakura shrine, your last stop, where you can learn about Japanese religion. Your guide will be happy to point you in the direction of the nearest subway station or bus stop. Or feel free to ask them for local recommendations on great places to eat or drink nearby.This is normally English tour but if you need other languages like Chinese, Italy, French, etc. please let us know.

Takayama: 30-Minute Sake Brewery Tour

8. Takayama: 30-Minute Sake Brewery Tour

Taste the best Sake in Takayama and learn all about why this area is so well known for sake production. More than 300 years ago, there were 56 sake breweries in Takayama city and today, seven sake breweries remain active. Learn all about the history and culture of the city from your local guide. Visit the oldest sake brewery in the region, a totally exclusive experience. Once there, experience the ambiance and, best of all, taste five different types of sake and see how different they are from one another. This is normally English tour but if you need other languages like Chinese, Italy, French, etc. please let us know.

From Kanazawa: Shirakawago, Hida-Furukawa and Takayama Visit

9. From Kanazawa: Shirakawago, Hida-Furukawa and Takayama Visit

Be picked up by your English-speaking guide at your accommodation in Kanazawa and head to the UNESCO village of Shirakawago. Spend 2.5-hours in Shirakawago exploring the village. Walk across the Sho River on the pedestrian bridge and take in the sights of this fairytale village. Head to the canal-lined streets of Hida-Furukawa. Spend 1-hour in Hida-Furukawa exploring the town and enjoying lunch. Hida-Furukawa is famous for its timber craftsmanship and festivals. Your last stop is Takayama. Spend 2-hours in this preserved town famous for carpentry and sake brewing. Takayama village is a preserved village, with buildings dating back to the Edo period. From Takayama, your driver will take you back to your accommodation in Kanazawa.

From Nagoya: Gujo, Hida Takayama, and Shirakawa-go Day Tour

10. From Nagoya: Gujo, Hida Takayama, and Shirakawa-go Day Tour

Depart from Nagoya to head to your stop, Gujo Hachiman. Located in the center of Japan in Gifu Prefecture, the streets of Gujo Hachiman have retained an atmosphere unchanged since the Edo period. See the rows of old houses that have been selected as a group of important traditional buildings by the national government. Explore the town known for its waterway that runs past the eaves of the houses. Your second tour stop is Hida Takayama, a castle town from the Edo period. Enjoy local gourmet food and shopping while strolling through the old streets, including traditional Hida handicraft stores and candy stores. The third and final stop of your tour is the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama Gassho-Zukuri. These villages are known for their gassho-zukuri (steep thatched-roofed) houses of various sizes. Admire the building's unique architecture surrounded by stunning mountain landscapes before returning to Nagoya.

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4.2 / 5

based on 58 reviews

We had a good time exploring Takayama and Shirakawa by ourselves. The bus stopped right by the main attractions so no time is wasted walking from and to the bus. Our guide and driver were really kind and nice, thank you!🙏 Sad that we could spend so little time at each place, but can't be helped for a one-day trip.

Day trip to the Japanese Alps with the chance to discover the authentic village of Shirakawa-go. I was lucky because it snowed and that gave an even more special atmosphere to this excursion. The guide is kind and taught me a lot. She knows her job and has great contact with people. I recommend you !!

Tour guide was fantastic, showed us local food and snacks and did a great job explaining the history. He was very friendly and funny. The tour was great to learn some history of old Japan, and the sights were beautiful

Our guide Takasan was very knowledgeable and a pleasure to tour around the city with. The locations were fantastic and his personal insights were wonderful

The tour was what we expected, got to see and learn about Hida region, and we could do everything in just one day.