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Two days Exploration to Hida Takayama and Shirakawago from Tokyo

2 days
up to 5 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)

On the first day, we will take Shinkansen and JR express from Tokyo to Takayama where we will visit a shopping street with many traditional houses and stay at a hotel.
On the second day, we will take a half day bus tour for foreigners to Shirakawago and return to Tokyo by trains in the evening.
Please pay the transportation and lodging costs of you and the guide in addition to the guide fee.


Feel free to personalize this offer with Yuki.

  • 1. Walking around a shopping street with traditional houses in Takayama for about 3 hours
  • 1A. Takayama Jinya checkpoint ( optional, Ticket: 430 JPY )
  • 1B. Takayama Festival Museum ( optional, Ticket:900 JPY )
  • 2. Taking a bus tour for foreigners to Shirakawago and freely walking around there for 1.5 hour. ( Ticket: 4,400 JPY )
  • 2A. Visiting one of the Gosho style house (Optional, Ticket: 300 JPY )
  • 2B. Visiting the Doburoku ( Non filtered Japanese sake) Festival House (Optional; Ticket: 300 JPY )
  • 3. Good views from train ( Mt. Fuji, Kiso river and Japan Alps )

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What to Expect

You can explore the most popular local area in Japan which is difficult to cover in ordinary travels.
Takayama used to be an important checkpoint in Edo period and many traditional houses are restored as shops of the local products.
You can look for special souvenirs and try some Japanese sake & Hida beef.
Shirakawago is a famous world heritage where many Gasho style houses are maintained as a village.
You can look around the village efficiently by taking the bus tour from Takayama.

Departure & Return

Depart From Tokyo
Starting time 08:30 AM
Meeting Point At your hotel lobby
Ending Point AT your hotel

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, hotel pick-up at your hotel in Tokyo

What‘s not included

The following costs per adult in JPY of you and the guide: 1. Transportation fee (about 27,000) 2 Lunch (from 1,000) 3. Dinner (from 2,000 without a drink) 4. Bus tour ticket (4,400) 5. Entrance fee (see each fee at the highlights) 6. Hotel room charge (from 9,000)


Not available on Mondays.

Please ask me the availability of this tour before you book it.

You have to pay the transportation and lodging costs of you and the guide which is about 40,000 JPY per person in addition to the guide fee.
You can use JR pass for your transportation but you have to pay that of the guide.
You can not take this tour to visit Takayama festivals in spring and autumn as it will be too crowded and difficult to book a hotel.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

Frequently Asked Questions

How do we find a hote at Takayama?

I will book the same hotel for you and me near to Takayama station.

Can we use JR pass?

Yes, but please pay the transportation cost of the guide which is about 27,000 JPY.

What do we eat for lunch?

On the first day, we will eat a lunch box (Ekiben) with about 1,000 JPY in a train. On the second day, we will have a light meal near Takayama station with about 1,000 JPY.

What do we eat for dinner?

It is optional but I can take you to a local restaurant near the hotel which costs from 2,000 JPY without a drink.

Can I make changes after I book?

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

Starting and ending points of the tour.

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.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

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.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Reviews ( 252 )
4.7 (252) Reviews
Very Good
Lynne Lynne New Zealand ( Family )
4 hours ago

“ Charming and witty ”

My daughter and I did an overnight tour to Takayama and Shiragawa organised by Yuki san. Takayama is lovely but a bit touristy and he went out of his way to show us other aspects of the old town which we appreciated. We also fined very well on Hida beef at a very new and excellent restaurant he sought out. Very reasonable price and amazing food. Yuki is fluent, patient and fun. I would recommend him to any traveller. Thank you Yuki. Lynne and Stacey


Dear Lynne, Thank you for taking my tour. You were the second ones who took my tour of Takayama. I am very glad if you have enjoyed Takayama tour. Best regards, Yuki

Michelle Michelle Singapore ( Friends )
1 day ago

“ Best guide in japan ”

We thoroughly enjoyed the guided tour by Yuki to hakone. Yuki was very responsive with our enquiries prior to our trip and took initiative to provide updates for the trip. He was very attentive and flexible and provide us with different options and suggestion to ensure we have a pleasant trip. Thanks to his recommendation, we had one of the best soba in japan! We will surely recommend him to anyone who may be looking for a guide.


Dear Michelle, Thank you for taking my tour of Hakone. It was my first trip after Hakone was hit by a strong Typhoon with record breaking rainfall. We planed to visit Mt. Koma but we changed the plan as it was hazy and partly cloudy. Instead, I took you to Ubako to see Mt. Fuji and visited Gora Park. I am glad to finish our tour without serious problems except the 40 min waiting for taking photos at the Torii gate on the lake. Best regards, Yuki

Marcia Marcia United States ( Couple )
3 days ago

“ A great day in Tokyo with Yuki! ”

Yuki was a wonderful and very knowledgeable guide. He was on time, spoke great English and is very polite and fun. He was very accommodating to our schedule, showed us the ropes with public transportation; took us to a great place for lunch and even hunted down a very special item we were looking for. Thank you Yuki!


Dear Marcia, Thank you for taking my tour. Kiyosumi Garden is my favorite place with its quietness and unique setups of stones. Tower Knife is the best place to buy Japanese kitchen knives. Please give my best regards to other members, too. Yuki

Susan Susan United States ( Friends )
1 week ago

“ Gardens of Tokyo ”

Yuki worked very hard to make sure our group of 5 could visit the three gardens we had planned to see as well as the outer fish market and the Akihabara area. Yuki helped us order lunch in a restaurant and made sure we returned safely back to our hotel at the end of the day.


Dear Susan, Thank you for taking my tour. Yuki

Mickey Mickey United States ( Friends )
1 week ago

“ Excellent Tour - 2nd Time ”

I took a tour with Yuki a year ago. And, again, this October with three friends who were experiencing their first Japan visit. Friends from Cape Town commented that Tsukiji Outer Market tour with Yuki was one of their highlights and sent me a photo of their Japanese culinary equipment acquisitions, including the beautiful Japanese knife purchased with the help of Yuki. Thank you very much, Yuki, for your friendly, fun and educational 1/2-day tour. Best regards. Mickey


Dear Mickey, Thank you for taking my tour again with your friends. I always welcome your accompany, please come again. Yuki

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