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World Heritage Site Tour in Shirakawago & Gokayama


Toyama
8 hours
up to 6 people
Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)

Why not visit the old villages with A-shaped houses by World Heritage Bus and get relaxed in the rustic mood of those villages? Those villages were developed in Edo period (during 17-19 century) and registered as one of UNESCO's World Heritage sites in 1995.

Itinerary

Feel free to personalize this offer with Yuichi.

  • Fine view of Ogimachi Village from observation hill
  • Visit (optionally) to A-shaped houses such as Wada-ke, Iwase-ke, Murakami-ke
  • Doburoku Festival Museum to try special sake called Doburoku (Shirakawago only)
  • Occasional events of Kokiriko folk dance festival (Gokayama only) *Please ask for the detail

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What to Expect

-You can travel to A-shaped (gassho-style) house village by World Heritage Bus operated between Shirakawago and Takaoka.
-You will have a great opportunity to get relaxed in rustic mood of those villages,
and find a charming doll known as sarubobo (monkey baby doll)
as well as small paper craft items made from traditional Japanese paper (washi) at souvenir shops in those villages.
-You can have opportunity to eat local specialties such as Hida-gyu beef, Tofu, soba noodles and skewered & charcoal-grilled river fish (iwana).

Departure & Return

Starting time 08:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point Takaoka station
Ending Point Takaoka station

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee only

What‘s not included

Free Pass Ticket of World Heritage Bus (3,500JPY /adult), Entrance fee for Museums (300-500JPY /adult), Lunch, Transportation Allowance for Guide (4,220JPY)

Important

* Doburoku-Festival Museum is only open from April to November.
* If you think to visit those villages in winter, it is advisable to be dressed warmly.
* This tour is not beneficial for travelers only to visit only Shirakawago. If you are such a traveler, other tour can be recommended.

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

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 ( 11 )
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Steven D. Steven United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Shirakawgo Visit ”

Yuichi was very communicative and responsive. We would recommend Yuichi for your personal guide services.

Yuichi:

Dear Steven-san, I appreciate your kind compliment! I was really honored to have such a nice family as yours. You made me feel like joining you to travel somewhere as your 3rd son :) Thank you again and best wishes for all!

Lois Lois United States ( Family )
Excellent
5 months ago

“ Trip to Takaoka ”

Yuichi was an amazing addition to our trip. Yuichi spent two days with our party of six and helped us navigate our trip to Takaoka which included a funeral service on Saturday. Yuichi was extremely helpful and informative. He readily became a part of our family. Yuichi was very flexible with his time and was so easy to work for several months before the actual trip. I highly recommend Yuichi for any services that you may need in Takaoka or Toyoma. When we return, we will definitely reconnect with Yuichi!

Yuichi:

Hi Lois, so nice to hear from you again! I was absolutely happy to help you to communicate with your precious relatives in Takaoka and bring you to wonderful sight-seeing place such as Amaharashi and Zuiryuji temple. Thank you all for your patronage to our prefecture. If you still miss the taste of Masuzushi, please do not hesitate to visit me in Toyama next time! Finally, Best Wishes for your family members and your precious friend, Valerie.

daniel Daniel Israel ( Family )
Excellent
7 months ago

“ 3 days in kanazawa ”

Yuichi organized everything for us in a perfect manner , travelling to shirakawa go and showing us Kanazawa in details and always keeping the time in a accordance the schedule.he was very kind ,helpful and with good trip advices all the way.we recommend to use his service of guide to every one coming to this area Thank you Yuichi

Yuichi:

Hi Daniel. I'm delighted to hear from you again and appreciate your warmest compliment. I was so pleased that I could introduce traditional Japanese culture in Kanazawa and Takayama. And I also enjoyed learning your culture and customs from you, which was great opportunity to me. I hope to see you again in your country. Best Wishes, Daniel and please say hello to jennie and solly.

Dipika Dipika United States ( Friends )
Poor
7 months ago

“ Not informative ”

We very much liked the tutorial on how to behave in a Shinto shrine. But after that visit, there was very little exchange of information about the places we visited. Nothing said about the Higashiyama Higashi Chaya District. Our guide was more there to help us find the places than tell us about them. The choice of restaurant and the location was very poor. The restaurant was not researched and no reservation was made. We were surprised that the guide did not pick Higashiyama Higashi Chaya District for lunch instead of a fast food place downtown. Poor planning of itinerary.

Yuichi:

Dear Dipika, First of all, I would like thank you for joining my tour and for your warm compliment to my tutorial in Shinto shrine. But after that, unfortunately the oden restaurant I scheduled to go with your group was not open though it said it was on the internet. I had to seriously think about your preferences and special requests on meal. So I really apologize for the inconvenience that happend near Nagamachi area and I will make the most of your review into future good services. Thank you again for your indication.

Thomas Thomas United States ( Family )
Very Good
7 months ago

“ Driving Day ”

Yuichi helped us navigate a driving trip through the Gifu Perfecture visiting the historic towns of Nanto, Takayama and Hida. Yuichi our a lot of effort into the day and made it special for us.

Yuichi:

Thank you for joining my tour. Driving all the way from Kanazawa to Hida region must've been a fantastic experience for you. From the World Heritage site of Suganuma (Nanto) village to Hida Furukawa, there are a variety of historical aspects of Japanese village to learn. Hokuriku and Hida region has more for you to explore, so if you have a chance to visit this area again, do not hesitate to contact me again for more nature wonders and adventures!!

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