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Wonderful half-day experience Takayama tour

5 Hours
up to 6 people
English ( Business )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

Takayama has a lot of nature and culture. In this tour, you can experience such a wonderful time of culture and nature in Takayama. At first, I guide you to the only surviving old office building in Japan where has a beautiful Japanese garden. Next, let's enjoy local street morning market for shopping! Then, how about seeing magnificent festival floats? Passing through the old street, why don't you go to the crafts square in order to enjoy making some local products by yourself?


Feel free to personalize this offer with Yuriko.

  • 09:00 AM

    your hotel in Takayama

    pick you up at your hotel and start the half-day tour

  • 09:30 AM


    visit the only surviving old office building since 17 century

  • 10:00 AM

    Miyagawa morning market

    visit the local morning market beside the river, you can enjoy shopping and talking to local shop owners.(Some of them speak English well)

  • 10:30 AM

    Kusakabe Heritage House

    visit the rich merchant house which has "irori",or old sunken fireplace and cute "hina" dolls

  • 11:00 AM

    Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall

    visit and enjoy magnificent "yatai", or festival floats

  • 11:30 AM

    Sakurayama Hachiman Shrine

    visit the old shrine just beside the Floats Exhibition Hall

  • 12:00 PM

    Sammachi Street

    enjoy walking through the nostalgic old town street and have some local food for lunch

  • 13:00 PM

    Takayama Traditional Culture and Crafts Square

    enjoy experiencing craftsmanship. Let's try to make some lucky charm or knife by yourself!

  • 14:00 PM

    your hotel in Takayama

    return to your hotel, or if you want to go somewhere, such as "Shirakawago", I will guide you. (My hourly guide fee is 3500 yen)

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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point at your hotel in Takayama
Ending Point at your hotel in Takayama

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, hotel pick-up fee, transportation fee for guide

What‘s not included

admission fee for you, local products making experience fee for you, lunch for you and guide
admission fee for Takayama--Jinya is 440 yen, for Kusakabe Heritage House is 500 yen, Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall is 1000 yen per a person
Experience fee for making a good luck charm is 1100 yen to 1650 yen, for making paperknife is 1500 yen (you can experience some other local products, such as plaited cord(2200 yen), bamboo horse or bamboo frog(500 yen), folding paper (100 yen) and so on


I will guide you every day not only on weekend from next April. But I only guide you on weekends now because I work at junior high school on weekday now, but I will retire next March.
I can guide you around Kyoto if you pay my transportation fee.
I also dress you kimono if you want.

admission fee for Takayama--Jinya is 440 yen, for Kusakabe Heritage House is 500 yen, Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall is 1000 yen per a person
Experience fee for making a good luck charm is 1100 yen to 1650 yen, for making paperknife is 1500 yen (you can experience some other local products, such as plaited cord(2200 yen), bamboo horse or bamboo frog(500 yen), folding paper (100 yen) and so on

※ admission fee and experience fee are not included in the guide fee

Cancellation Policy

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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 ( 17 )
4.8 (17) Reviews
Very Good
Dr. Gal Dr. Israel ( Family )
Very Good
9 months ago

“ Great time at Osaka area with Yuriko ”

We (2 adults) spent two days with Yuriko in Osaka area, visiting Kyoto, Nara and Osaka. Yuriko is a knowledgeable and friendly person and we had great time. I am only sorry for allocating only two days for the area. If it is your first time to Osaka, I suggest you allocate – 2-3 days for Kyoto, 1 day for Nara and 2 days for Osaka.


Dear Gal, Thank you for your good review and nice comment. You’re also very friendly and your mom, Hana is so kind and cheerful. As you said, Kyoto, Nara and Osaka have lot of places to visit. I hope you will come to Japan again and please enjoy your stay in Japan! Yuriko

Sheharyar Sheharyar Netherlands ( Couple )
10 months ago

“ guiding in Kyoto ”

Professional, excellent information about the area and sights. A pleasant person to work with, we had great time with Yuriko and enjoyed the experience.


Dear Sheharyar, Thank you so much for such a nice review and kind words. I also had a wonderful time with you and your wife. Arashiyama was its best season for autumn leaves viewing, wasn’t it? Though it was so crowded, it was fun for me to see both of you enjoying beautiful Arashiyama. In Nijo Castle, we had a very rare chance to see imperial style tea ceremony. It was fantastic and elegant!! During a day, the weather was nice and the driver, Mr. Uchida was great. Thank you so much for giving me such a wonderful time and delicious sweet. I wish you all the best. Sincerely yours, Yuriko

Phyllis Phyllis United States ( Friends )
10 months ago

“ Such a delightful person ”

Having a rough outline for what we wanted to do, Yuriko helped make our experience really great! One of our group members was not feeling well and needed to return to the hotel. Yuriko helped get a cab due to the language barrier and the rest of the group was able to continue the tour of Kyoto.


Dear Phyllis, Thank you for such a good review and warm comments. I was so happy to see you enjoying autumn beautiful view in Arashiyama and Kinkakuji Temple. And it was fun for me to chat with you during lunch time. I hope you will have another wonderful day in Tokyo today. Please give my best wishes to Michaele. Best regards, Yuriko

YOKO YOKO Japan ( Couple )
11 months ago

“ Excellent tour in Kyoto and Nara ”

Yuriko was fantastic! Always on time, excellent knowledge of the history of Kyoto and so polite. It was a pleasure spending time with her. Thank you Yuriko. Greeting from Stella and Evris from Greece!


Hi!! Thank you for your good review, Stella and Evris. I also had a wonderful time with you. I could also learn a lot from you about your beautiful country, Greece. Chatting with you at a coffee shop and having chance to talk with a cute junior high school girl on the subway train were so pleasant time for us, weren't they? I am very sorry to cause you a lot of walking. I wish both of you luck and happiness. Thank you. Yuriko

Ben Ben United States ( Family )
Very Good
11 months ago

“ Wonderful Day! ”

Temples, Shrines and a wonderful cultural experience. Yuriko is engaging and knows the culture of Kyoto. She was flexible and able to meet our needs. I would certainly recommend her services!


Dear Ben, Thank you for your nice comment and review. I also had a very wonderful time with you and your family. You were always so smiley and so generous. And it made me so relaxed and happy. I wish a happy journey to you and your family. PS Please say hello to your cute dog, 'Lily'😍 Best regards, Lily(Yuriko)

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