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From Kanazawa: World Heritage Shirakawa-go and Takayama Tour

Product ID: 339566
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Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Shirakwa-go and the old township of Takayama in just one day. Travel from Kanazawa on an air-conditioned coach with an English-speaking guide. Enjoy a gold leaf experience at a museum and an optional lunch.
About this activity
Duration: 9.5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Japanese
Audio guide/headphones
Spanish, Thai, Chinese, English, French, Indonesian, Italian, Russian
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Shirakawa-go, one of the most photogenic sites in Japan
  • Stroll through the old town of Takayama before savoring a sake tasting
  • Visit Hakuichi Gold Leaf Museum and enjoy a hands-on gold leaf experience
  • Benefit from an English-speaking guide, free WiFi, and audio guides on the tour bus
  • Choose to include a hida beef hoba yaki for lunch in Takayama
Full description
Explore the city of Takayama, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Shirakawa-go, and the Hakuichi Gold Leaf Museum on this day trip from Kanazawa. Enjoy the services of an English-speaking guide, and opt to include a Japanese style lunch on your tour, if you like.

After meeting your guide in Kanazawa, depart on a comfortable air-conditioned coach toward Takayama, which has a 3-star ranking in the Michelin Guide. Discover old Japanese streets and farmers' markets with your guide, and take a photo of an old government building. Then, delight in a Japanese sake tasting at the sake brewery before savoring a beef hotpot lunch, if you select the lunch option.

Continue to Shirakawa-go after lunch. Once there, marvel at this settlement of houses with steep thatched roofs in the Gassho style, which look like hands joined in prayer. Enjoy walking around this heritage site and admire a superb view from the Ogimachi Castle ruins observation deck. Make sure to bring your camera.

From Shirakawa-go, make your way to the Hakuichi Gold Leaf Museum and find out more about a traditional Kanazawa craft. Enjoy a hands-on gold leaf experience making your own original work by sticking gold foil thinly stretched to a thousandth of a millimeter. Complete your museum visit by trying gold leaf ice cream, at your own expense, before heading back to the original meeting point where the tour concludes.
  • English-speaking local guide
  • Audio headset for audio guides in other languages than English
  • Air-conditioned coach for transportation
  • Free Wi-Fi onboard the coach
  • All taxes, entrance fees, and handling charges
  • Gold leaf experience fee
  • Lunch (if option selected)
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)

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Meeting point

At the West Exit of JR Kanazawa Station in the Kanazawaekinishiguchikanko Bus Parking Lot, 1-chōme-6-802 Hirooka, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-0031, Japan. Look out for a member of staff holding a green and white flag.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
Know before you go
• The itinerary is subject to change, depending on traffic and weather conditions
• Vegetarian option available upon request when booking
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From US$ 141.24 US$ 98.87 per person

Organized by

Japan Panoramic Tours

Product ID: 339566