|Meeting Point||at your hotel in Takayama|
|Ending Point||JR Takayama Station|
|Departure||08:30 AM ( recommended ) Flexible|
|Tour Type||Private Tour ( only for you )|
|Number of people||1 ~ 30|
After we walk around the morning market in Takayama, we leave for Shirakawa-go from Takayama at 10 A.M. and return to Takayama at 5 P.M. using bus. On the way, we dropped in at Miboro Lake for lunch, we enjoy at Shirakawa-go for 3 hours.
In Shirakawa-go, there remain about 110 thatched houses with steep raftered roofs which look like a pair of hands held togethered in prayer.
The steep roofs, inclined at 60 degrees from the horizontal, are constructed of timber bound with neso, a kind of rope made from hammered saplings of young mansaku trees.
First I would like to take you to Wada house which is the biggest house in this village and designated as a nationally important cultutral property. When you enter the house, you can see traditional Japanese architecture. Do you know what it is ?
The wide attics have two levels and were used to rear silk worms to make silk, which was the main income source of region. It was the smoke which came out from the fireplace on the first floor and was absorbed by the pillars and beams that protected the building from humidity and insect damage.
Furthermore, if it's fine, you can see the whole image of the village from the observatory in Ogimachi Park.
I can assure you that you enjoy a wonderful view of Shirakawa-go in each season.
This tour assumes that travellers start at Takayama. Please join this tour after you enjoyed the tour of "Takayama (Little Kyoto)." !!
And next day I would recommend you join my tour of "Kanazawa Golden Tour". An hour drive take you to Kanazawa from Shirakawa-go.
|extra person (more than 30 people).||4.50 USD|
|extra hour.||9.00 USD|
We found Hideo-san as a very organised, patient and wonderful human being. We're travelling with an infant and a 3yr old and to have someone like Hideo as tour guide helps you have a peace of mind during the entire trip. From the time we booked him through TripleLights, he was constantly in touch in finalising the trip itinerary and assisting with our tour requirements. He organised a private car for our day-trip in Hiroshima and Miyajima. Reasonable price and a big car! He got in touch a week before and assisted with JR train details (for our travel from Kyoto to Hiroshima to Kyoto) for our seat reservations. He didnt have to but it was very helpful. Picked us at the Hiroshima station and had a clear itinerary of our day-trip. Never rushing and was very soft spoken (even as we're behind the schedule at times!). Took a lot of photos for us with a sincere smile. Very knowledgable guide, he is, who seems to do a lot of preparatory work about the places of interest and for the needs of his clients. Took us to a fine dining family restaurant in Hiroshima that had a great ambience and food. On our return to Hiroshima train station in car, he took efforts to find places for Kimono rentals in his mobile phone and plotted everything in a local map (Kyoto) to make things easier for us. Delighting customer service! He considerateness and care didn't stop there - he got down at Shin-Kobe station to assist us with transfer of train to Kyoto (even though he could have travelled straight to Osaka). It was a heartening surprise for us! Our day trip to Hiroshima was more than a experience to the places of interest because of our time with Hideo-San. We will highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a great guide!
He did a great job of getting us around quickly via the trains to our sights we wanted to see. He was very quiet but very efficient. There was a lot of walking, but we did ok. He took us to an extra site we didn't even know about , the bulletin train museum. It was great. !!!
We engaged Hideo to travel with us for 9 days to Hiroshima, Matsue, Nagano, Matsumoto, Takayama, Kanazawa and Toyama and nearby, satellite areas. Hideo's preplanning and travel scheduling was highly professional. He was attentive and accommodating to all our requests, making the experiences special. His knowledge of all things Japan was excellent, answering all our questions thoughtfully. We left the whole itinerary planning to Hideo and we were most happy with the total outcome. One of the highlights of the trip was a visit to the mountains along the snow covered Alpine Way at the end of our visit. Many thanks Hideo and best wishes Peter & Ann Jarman
We had Hideo as our guide on 11 April 2017 for our trip to Yoshino. He was punctual to pick us up from our hotel, organized - presented us with the itinerary and informative. Yoshino - nice place for cherry blossom viewing and walking. You get to see nice views as well as street food and souvenirs. Hideo is very helpful, he brought us to buy our Shinkansen ticket from Kyoto to Tokyo. Without his help, we might take a long to time to figure out where to buy the tickets. He also brought us to eat Okonomiyaki, showed us around Dotonbori and brought us to the shops we wanted to shop. Thank you, Hideo! We enjoyed ourselves very much.
Very energetic; knows history of interesting places very well
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