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Takayama: Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

1. 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 Kanazawa: Shiakawago, Hida-Furukawa and Takayama Visit

2. From Kanazawa: Shiakawago, 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.

Takayama: 30-Minute Sake Brewery Tour

3. 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.

Nagoya: UNESCO Tour to Shiragawago & Takayama

4. Nagoya: UNESCO Tour to Shiragawago & Takayama

Experience Edo-period Japan in the Takayama and in the UNESCO-listed Shirakawa-go village. You will have your lunch at your own expense in Takayama first, which is filled with interesting sights and is the gate-way to the Japanese Alps. Some of the must-see spots are the Sanmachi Suji District, which consists of three streets in the heart of Takayama Edo town, which lies just to the east of the Miya-gawa River. The streets are lined with traditional houses, shops, restaurants, sake breweries and, cafes. Then, head to the famous Shirakawa-go for the old gassho-zukuri (thached-roof) style houses that are spotted around this mountain village. Surrounded by rice paddies, you can hear the sounds of insects and birds if you listen. Located in a mountainous region that was cut off from the rest of the world for a long period of time, these villages with their Gassho-style houses subsisted on the cultivation of mulberry trees and the rearing of silkworms. The large houses with their steeply pitched thatched roofs are the only examples of their kind in Japan. Despite economic upheavals, the villages of Ogimachi, Ainokura, and Suganuma are outstanding examples of a traditional way of life perfectly adapted to the environment and people's social and economic circumstances.

Takayama: Old Town Guided Walking Tour

5. Takayama: Old Town Guided Walking Tour

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.

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.

From Tokyo: Mount Fuji, Osaki & Kyoto 4-day Guided Tour

7. From Tokyo: Mount Fuji, Osaki & Kyoto 4-day Guided Tour

Start in Tokyo and visit Mt Fuji 5th station. Admire the clear waters of Lake Kawaguchi. See the historic Matsumoto Castle. Bathe your feet in the warm foot baths of Gifu. Amaze yourself at the mountain village of Shirakawa-go. Explore the shrines and temples of Kyoto. Shop on the streets of Osaka. Begin your tour with a hotel pickup. Go to Mt Fuji 5th station, weather permitting. Visit Arakurayama Sengen Park to see the Arakura Sengen Shrine, a pagoda built as a peace memorial. Continue to the eight ponds in a small village at Oshino Hakkai. Eat dinner and sleep at your hotel in Isawa-Onsen. Start day 2 with breakfast before you explore Lake Kawaguchi, the second largest of the Fuji Five Lakes. Go inside Matsumoto Castle, one of Japan's top historic castles. Continue to Okuhida Hot Springs before you visit Hirayu Folk Museum. Experience the foot baths at Hirayu Onsen Ashiyu Park. Transfer to Takayama after lunch. Eat dinner and sleep in your hotel. Wake up on day 3 to enjoy breakfast. Go to the Miyagawa Morning Market and see the local snacks, vegetables, and flowers on sale. View the old preserved streets at Takayama Sanmachi Historic District. Head to Shirakawa-go Village, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are 250 years old, as you soak up the tranquility by the mountains. Eat lunch and then depart for Osaka city. Arrive at the city and eat dinner. Check in to your hotel. Start day 4 with breakfast and then stop at either Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto's oldest temple, or Kinkakuji Golden Pavilion, a Zen Buddhist temple famous for its gold leaf top floors. Fill yourself up with lunch and head to Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto's most famous tourist attraction. Appreciate the red vermilion torii gates which make this Shinto shrine famous. Return to Osaka and visit the business and shopping district at Dotonbori Shopping Street. Enjoy dinner and return to your hotel.

Chubu Airport(NGO):Private One-Way Transfer to/from Takayama

8. Chubu Airport(NGO):Private One-Way Transfer to/from Takayama

Enjoy a safe and reliable private airport transfer with a 24-hour service between Chubu Centrair Airport and your accommodation in Takayama City Center area. Avoid long taxi lines and busy public transport. Get help with your heavy bags and skip confusion with a professional meet and greet service. Choose between a nighttime or daytime transfer options to or from the Chubu Centrair Airport. Find your driver with ease, as they will be holding a sign with your name on it. Save yourself from having to carry heavy bags all by yourself with the included luggage assistance.  Climb aboard a vehicle that is regularly maintained to high-quality standards. Travel directly with this private service. our driver will track your flight, so you won't have to worry in case of a flight delay. Transfer worry-free knowing that you get 60-minutes of free waiting time for arrivals, 30-minutes of free waiting time for departures, 120-minutes of free waiting for flight delays. Let your driver take care of local traffic for you while you admire the city. 

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4.2 / 5

based on 58 reviews

Yoko was our guide. She was very knowledgeable, pleasant and accommodating. She tailored the 6-hour tour to what we’d hoped to see and explore around Takayama (including Hida Folk Village) - she also showed us a local ramen place for lunch (her personal favourite) which was divine! Highly recommended, especially if you don’t have a lot of time in Takayama.

Really intresting tour! Lots of explanations and our guide was really knowledgeable and kind. We would recommend it to anyone visiting Takayama. In particular if you're looking for something short and sweet (about 60-80 minutes)

This four days very good. Only set back is Mount Fuji go till first Station...