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From Kanazawa: UNESCO Sites Gokayama and Shirakawa-gō Tour

Product ID: 286560
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Explore two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in one day on a trip to the villages of Gokayama and Shirakawa-gō. Visit the old township of Hida Takayama and enjoy the history of traditional residential areas that date back 4,000 years.
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Duration: 9.5 hours
Starting time 8:20 AM
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Live tour guide
English, Japanese
Wheelchair accessible

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  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites at Gokayama and Shirakawa-gō
  • Learn about the ancient residential history in Japan
  • Enjoy panoramic views of from Ogimachi Castle Observation Deck
Full description
Departing from the bus parking lot next to Kanazawa Station at 8:20 AM, the tour takes you first to Gokayama’s UNESCO World Heritage Site at Suganuma village. Arriving at 9:20 AM, enjoy 1 hour of free time to explore the village’s distinct thatched houses with A-frame roofs.

At 10:20 AM, the bus leaves for the next stop of Takayama in the mountainous Hida region of Gifu Prefecture. At 11:30 AM, arrive at Takayama Station from where you’ll have ample time of around 2 hours to explore the historic sites such as Sanmachi Street where well-preserved, Edo-period houses stand. In your free time, you may also have your lunch at a local café or restaurant. 

At 1:40 PM, the bus leaves Takayama Station for the third stop of the day at Shirakawa, a village located in Ōno District, Gifu Prefecture. The bus will take you to Ogimachi Castle Observation Deck from where you can take in a panoramic view of Shirakawa-gō, the small, traditional village and UNESCO World Heritage Site showcasing a building style known as gasshō-zukuri. Enjoy around 2 hours to explore before the bus departs at 4:40 PM and returns to Kanazawa Station at around 5:45 PM.
  • Tour conductor (not a tour guide)
  • Transportation by bus
  • Wi-Fi on the bus
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

Sightseeing Bus Parking Lot, 1-chōme-6-802 Hirooka, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-0031, Japan. Take the west exit at Kanazawa Station and head to the sightseeing bus parking lot. Look for the tour conductor with the “LIMON” logo.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Food and drinks
  • Food
  • Drinks
  • Water
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Smoking
Know before you go
• Your tour conductor is not a guide and will accompany the group with minimal guidance
• Children must be accompanied by an adult
• Infants 0-2 years old can participate for free, however, no seat will be provided
• This tour includes about 3.5km of walking in total
• Tour does not include lunch. Please bring your own food onto the bus or have lunch during free time
• Schedule and times are subject to change depending on the conditions on the day. You may not be able to take as much free time as scheduled
• Eating and drinking is allowed on the bus
• The cut-off time for booking this tour is at 3 PM the day before the tour date