Shirakawago & Takayama Tour Kanazawa DEP: Driver Only, No Guide

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Kanazawa, JP
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Kanazawa, JP
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Embark on a captivating adventure to the remote mountain settlement of Shirakawa-go and Takayama on this chartered vehicle tour. With an English-speaking driver guiding your journey, you'll explore the World Heritage Site of Shirakawa-go, known for its fairy-tale village and unique architecture designed to withstand heavy snowfall. Wander through historic streets, immerse yourself in stunning mountain landscapes, and savor a delicious lunch made with authentic local ingredients. Visit Takayama, where you can discover the fascinating Takayama Jinya, a former government office turned museum, and stroll through the Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, where you can enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and local crafts. Lastly, explore Sanmachi Street, a charming area lined with shops offering regional specialties like Hida beef. With a fully customizable itinerary, this tour promises an unforgettable and efficient full-day experience tailored to your interests and requests. Don't miss your chance to discover the beauty and culture of these extraordinary destinations.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 8 hours
  • Suitable for 1-8 Participants
  • Private Tour, Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Explore the beautiful mountain settlement of Shirakawa-go
  • Stroll through historic streets of Takayama
  • Enjoy stunning mountain landscapes
  • Customize your tour according to your interests
  • Experience the unique architecture of gassho-zukuri farmhouses
  • Private transportation
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Parking fees
  • English Speaking Driver
  • Highway Fees
  • Hotel Pick up and Drop-off
  • Lunch
  • Other personal expenses
  • Entrance fee (for yourself)

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Immerse yourself in the fascinating charm of the traditional Japanese villages of Shirakawa-go and Takayama on this captivating tour. Departing from Kanazawa, you will delve into the enchanting mountain settlement of Shirakawa-go, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its fairy-tale village and unique architecture. With an English-speaking driver as your guide, you will not only explore the picturesque streets but also discover the stunning mountain landscapes that surround these remote, snow-covered farmhouses.

What to expect?

During this 480-minute adventure, you can anticipate a truly unforgettable experience. From the moment your driver picks you up at your requested location in Kanazawa, you will embark on a journey through time, discovering the rich history and cultural treasures of the Hida Region. Marvel at the beautifully preserved Takayama Jinya, a former government office turned museum, and shop for local crafts, snacks, and fresh produce at the lively Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market. Delight your senses as you explore the nostalgic Sanmachi Street, lined with charming shops offering traditional delicacies such as Hida beef and sake. Finally, the crown jewel of the tour awaits as you arrive at Shirakawa-go, renowned worldwide for its serene gassho-zukuri farmhouses, which feature unique thatched roofs perfectly suited for the region's heavy snowfall.

Who is this for?

This tour is perfect for adventure-seeking travelers eager to experience the rich cultural heritage of Japan. Whether you are a history enthusiast, a photography lover, or simply seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, this tour promises to captivate and charm you. The visit to Shirakawa-go and Takayama offers a unique insight into traditional Japanese village life, making it an ideal option for those who wish to immerse themselves in local customs and heritage.

Why book this?

Embark on this extraordinary tour to indulge your wanderlust and discover the hidden gems of Shirakawa-go and Takayama. With a personalized itinerary tailored to your interests and requests, this private tour grants you the freedom to explore at your own pace. Enjoy the convenience of a private chartered vehicle and the expertise of an English-speaking driver, ensuring a seamless and enriching experience. From admiring historic buildings to sampling local cuisine, this tour will create lasting memories of Japan's rural beauty.

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It is worth noting that the journey to Shirakawa-go and Takayama involves scenic mountain roads, adding an element of adventure to your experience. As you travel through Gifu Prefecture, bask in the breathtaking vistas of this picturesque region. Be sure to dress comfortably and wear appropriate footwear, as you may find yourself strolling through historic streets or exploring the snow-covered landscapes. Marvel at the unique architectural style of the gassho-zukuri farmhouses, ingeniously designed to withstand heavy snowfall. With this tour, you can savor a delicious lunch made using authentic local ingredients, further immersing yourself in the region's culinary delights.


Travelers who have embarked on this tour rave about the once-in-a-lifetime experience of visiting Shirakawa-go and Takayama. They praise the picturesque beauty of the villages and the warm hospitality of the locals. Many were captivated by the architectural marvels of the gassho-zukuri farmhouses, which transported them back in time. The freedom to customize the itinerary and the wealth of knowledge shared by the English-speaking driver were also highly praised. Travelers felt that this tour offered them a unique glimpse into the authentic cultural heritage of Japan, leaving them with cherished memories and a deep appreciation for the country's traditions.

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  • You can book at any time before the event

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  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Kanazawa Station

(Pass by)

Your driver will picks you up at anywhere else as per your request around Kanazawa.


Because of its valuable timber resources, the Hida Region around Takayama was put under direct control of the Tokugawa Shogunate in 1692. The Takayama Jinya (高山陣屋) 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. It includes various nicely maintained tatami mat rooms that once served as offices, conference rooms, guest rooms and residential space. There is also an interesting interrogation room. Beside the main building stands a large storehouse built in the 1600s. Known as the biggest traditional rice storehouse in Japan, it now functions as a museum, showcasing belongings and official documents of past feudal lords, old maps of the Hida Region and historic town plans.

Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market

Two morning markets (朝市, Asaichi) are held in Takayama on a daily basis from around 7:00 (8:00 in winter) to noon: the Miyagawa Market along the Miyagawa River in the old town, and the Jinya-mae Market in front of the Takayama Jinya. The stands sell local crafts, snacks and farm products such as vegetables, pickles and flowers. There is typically a pleasant atmosphere around the markets, as tourists and locals alike saunter from stall to stall purchasing goods and food and talking. Read more about Takayama Full-Day Private Tour with Government Licensed Guide 2021 - https://www.viator.com/tours/Takayama/Takayama-Full-Day-Private-Tour-with-Government-Licensed-Guide/d25943-92136P110?mcid=56757

Sanmachi Suji

Sanmachi Street is a popular sightseeing area in Hida-Takayama. As an old town, the area has houses and stores from the Edo period (1603 - 1868). The area is lined with shops carrying local specialties such as Japanese sake, senbei (rice crackers), barbecue yakiniku Hida beef, and croquettes. The area has a lively atmosphere with people shopping and eating. Sanmachi Street is a five-minute walk from JR Takayama Station. Be sure to stop by when you visit Takayama. Read more about Takayama Full-Day Private Tour with Government Licensed Guide 2021 - https://www.viator.com/tours/Takayama/Takayama-Full-Day-Private-Tour-with-Government-Licensed-Guide/d25943-92136P110?mcid=56757


The Shirakawa-go (白川郷, Shirakawagō) and neighboring Gokayama (五箇山) regions line the Shogawa River Valley in the remote mountains that span from Gifu to Toyama Prefectures. Declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995, they are famous for their traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old. Gassho-zukuri means "constructed like hands in prayer", as the farmhouses' steep thatched roofs resemble the hands of Buddhist monks pressed together in prayer. The architectural style developed over many generations and is designed to withstand the large amounts of heavy snow that falls in the region during winter. The roofs, made without nails, provided a large attic space used for cultivating silkworms.



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I was hiring Japan Guide Agency because of a licensed guide tour but instead I had a taxi only. This Travel Agency just hired an external taxi company instead of giving us a tour guide properly. If I had knew this I could hire a taxi for less money than this “tour”.


The driver that picked me up was not Koshida. It was Yuta. I'm not sure if he was the same person, but anyway. He picked me up from the hotel. He explained to me the itinerary. He told me that we would first visit morning market in Takayama. Since I've just been to other markets in Tokyo and Kanazawa, I asked if instead we went on Hakusan White Road, since I read reviews online that it's got beautiful scenery. He was okay with it. The Hakusan White Road lived up to its promise. It was marvelous! It's got beautiful scenery of valleys, mountains, waterfalls. We stopped several times to enjoy the view and take pictures. Yuta was always gracious and hospitable and really tried to explain things (in English!). He always made sure I was comfortable. He drove well. The car was clean and comfortable. Then we went to Takayama for a nice lunch. We headed back to Shirakawa-go to visit the UNESCO World Heritage village. In the village we walked around which was delightful. Again, Yuta explained things that I wouldn't have known otherwise. All in all, I definitely truly recommended this tour.
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-05-20 22:06