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  1. Japan
  2. Chubu Region
  3. Takayama
  4. Shirakawa-go

Takayama: Half-Day Tour to Shirakawa-Go

Product ID: 245052
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Embark on a half-day tour to the world heritage hamlet of Shirakawa-go. Get exclusive access and enter the inside of the houses. Explore the culture, traditions, and history of the village, before being returned back to Takayama City.
About this activity
Duration 4 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Japanese
Spanish, Thai, Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Enjoy breathtaking views from an observation deck
  • Learn about the history and culture from an expert guide
  • Receive exclusive access to the inside of a Gassho house
Full description
Explore one of the most scenic and historic regions of Japan on a tour of the northwestern Gifu Prefecture, famous for the Gassho-zukuri farmhouse that was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 and the historic village of Shirakawa-go.

Meet your guide at the JR Takayama Station and take a 50-minute ride to the village of Shirakawa-go on a comfortable bus. An English-speaking guide will tell you about the history and culture of the region along the way.

Once in the village, you will be able to take pictures from an observation deck overlooking the entire village, except from between December to March. Leisurely continue strolling till you reach the unique Gassho houses. Only a few houses are exclusively open to the public. See large houses with their steeply pitched thatched roofs from the inside and soak in the traditional way of Japanese life.

You will have between 1.5 and 2 hours to spend exploring the village. At the conclusion of your tour, your driver will take you back to Takayama City in the comfort of your private bus.
  • Round-trip bus fare from Takayama City
  • English-speaking tour guide
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance fee for Gassho style house
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with heart problems

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

The meeting point will be at west exit of Takayama Station (Hakusan gate). Your guide will be waiting for you holding a sign.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Smoking
Know before you go
• Please remove your shoes before stepping inside the Gassho house
• You will not be able to go on the observation deck during snow season, from December to March
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Product ID: 245052