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Visit Shirakawago World heritage village by private van. Half day tour starting and ending in Takayama. Viewpoint Stop is included in the tour. Additional stops at restaurants, shops, hot springs, station, etc. can be flexibly arranged without extra fee.


  •   Shirakawago Village Viewpoint
  •   Gassyo-Style House (Kanda House or Nagase House)
  •   ONSEN Hot Spring (optional) in Shirakawago
  •   Shops in Takayama (optional, depending on preferences)
  •   Recommended restaurant (for lunch/dinner, Sushi/Hida-Beef/Noodle, etc.)


City Takayama
Meeting Point At your hotel in Takayama
Ending Point At your hotel in Takayama
Departure 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Duration 4h   Flexible
Languages English (License) , Thai (Fluent) , French (Intermediate)
Tour Type Private Tour ( only for you )
Number of people 1 ~ 16


270.00 USD

total price for up to 16 people

FREE cancelation 14 days prior

per group People
1 ~ 6 people 270.00 USD
7 people 315.00 USD
8 people 360.00 USD
9 people 405.00 USD
10 people 450.00 USD
11 people 495.00 USD
12 people 540.00 USD
13 people 585.00 USD
14 people 630.00 USD
15 people 675.00 USD
16 people 720.00 USD

Extras (optional)

Extra hour (exceeding 4 hours). 45.00 USD

What to Expect

Private tour to Shirakawago world heritage villages, starting and ending in Takayama. The tour includes land transport by hired van, highway tolls, parking fee, quick stop at viewpoints. (Walking guide in Shirakawago village, not included)

Shirakawa-go is situated in northwestern Gifu Prefecture, 50 mins away from Takayama, at the foot of Mt.Hakusan, sacred mountain.
It is the region of one of the heaviest snowfalls in Japan, and yet one of the most popular destinations for tourists visiting Central Japan,
since the registration as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.
More than 2 millions people from all over the world annually visit this small village with the local population of less than 2,000 people.

These villages are well known for their houses constructed in the architectural style known as "gassho-style", meaning "prayer-hands" style. It is characterized by a thatched and steep roof resembling two hands joined in prayer. The design is exceptionally strong and, in combination with the unique properties of the thatching, allow the houses to withstand and shed the weight of the region's heavy snowfalls in winter.
More than 100 thatched-roof "Gassyo-style" Houses still remains and stand together in the village.
Local people are still living in those houses, and most of residents have tourism business such as guest house, restaurant, cafe, souvenir shops, etc.

By this tour, you can explore this small and lovely village by walking, and enjoy the unique and beautiful rural landscape with traditional Japanese sentiments.
We stop at viewpoint to see the whole village from top of the hill.
(Usually you need to either walk 20-25 mins or take a shuttle bus with extra charge, but this tour includes the trip to the wonderful viewpoint.)

After the walking tour in the village, if the guests want to try natural ONSEN (Hot Spring), we can take you to nearby ONSEN (Optional).
If requested, we can take guests to recommended restaurant (either for lunch or dinner, depending on the time schedule).
Before dropping you at your hotel, we can also take you to some shopping (Optional, such as local shopping mall, used items shop, drug store, super-markets, etc.).

What‘s included

Parking fee, Highway tolls, Hiring a van for private group with a driver, hotel pick-up and sending off, stop at shopping, restaurant or Hot spring on the way back (optional).

What‘s not included

Walking guide fee (3,000yen extra per hour, payable by cash on the tour day, if requested), Lunch/Dinner, Snacks, Entrance Fees to Gassyo-style Houses (400-500 yen / person) and any other entrance fees for other attractions/museums/hot springs in the village.


As Takayama area is quite large, we can only pick guests at hotels near Takayama station(say, within 10 mins drive from Takayama station).
If guests stay in hotels a bit away from Takayama station, we request to come to Takayama station by yourself, and we pick you at Takayama station.

Extras (optional)

Extra hour (exceeding 4 hours). 45.00 USD

Frequently Asked Questions

How many persons can a van accommodate ?

Maximum 8 guests can be accommodated in a van.
If it is more than 9, we use 2 vans (with 2 drivers, of course), to accommodate max 16 guests.

If small kids(less than 6 years-old) don't take seats and sit on a lap of adult, no fee charged,
but if kids need a seat, we charge same as adult.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email
After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.
After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.
You’ll be able to see the guide’s e-mail address and phone number. You can contact your guide directly before the tour starts, and enjoy your tour on the day!
Please check the following link. https://triplelights.com/cancel
Yes, by using our secure online payment system, your payment information is encrypted and you are secured against fraud and unauthorized transaction. Your credit card or PayPal account will be charged upon booking. However, if the guide does not accept your booking, the amount will be credited back to the account from which the charge was drawn.
No, our prices are 100% booking fee free – meaning the price you see is the amount you pay.
It depends on the location of your hotel and places you visit. But to give you an idea, it costs about 200-300yen for one place to the other, and the total is about 1,000yen for a full day tour.
Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
Yes you can, but you have to pay an extra charge per person. The price depends on which guide you choose.
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5 months ago , ( Family ) , From: United States

“ Very knowledgeable, friendly, an has excellent English language skills ”

junichi was patient and helpful. We were late in meeting him but he was very accommodating. Our tour of Shirakawa-go was great. There were 4 in our family group & his van was spacious. I would highly recommend Junichi.

Thanks for your great review! I also enjoyed the tour and time spent together with your family in shirakawago and takayama town! All the bests!

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