1. Japan
  2. Takayama
  3. Shirakawa-go

Nagoya: UNESCO Tour to Shiragawago & Takayama

Product ID: 186246
See gallery
On this tour you'll be transported by coach from Nagoya to see the UNESCO world heritage village of Shirakawago, stroll through the historical town of Takayama.
About this activity
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Mobile ticketing
Duration: 11 hours
Starting time 8:00 AM
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Chinese, English

Select participants, date, and language:



  • Marvel at the signature UNESCO world heritage of Shirakawa-go
  • Be transported back to the Edo period (1600s) and stroll through Takayama town
  • See the last remaining Gassho houses built over 100 years ago
Full description
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.
  • Live guide
  • Air-conditioned bus
What’s Not Included
  • Food and beverages
  • Lunch

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information
Know before you go
• The tour schedule may change due to weather or traffic
• Commentary on the bus may be given in English and Chinese simultaneously
Customer reviews
Overall rating
3.6 / 5
based on 23 reviews
Review summary
Value for money

Organized by

VIP Japan Tours

Product ID: 186246