Takayama Express, Shirakawago and Kanazawa 3-Day Round Trip Tour

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Takayama Express, Shirakawago and Kanazawa 3-Day Round Trip Tour - Picture 1
Nomura Family Samurai Residence, Nagamachi  - ©Kanazawa City/©JNTO
©Kanazawa City/©JNTONomura Family Samurai Residence, Nagamachi
Takayama Express, Shirakawago and Kanazawa 3-Day Round Trip Tour - Picture 3
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Takayama morning market - ©Y.Shimizu/©JNTO
©Y.Shimizu/©JNTOTakayama morning market
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Shirakawa-go Gassho-zukuri Houses
Shirakawa-go Gassho-zukuri Houses
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Takayama Express, Shirakawago and Kanazawa 3-Day Round Trip Tour - Picture 9

What To Expect

Take a trip that gives you a little peace and quiet in the Japanese countryside. Travel from Kyoto to Takayama and visit Shirakawago and Kanazawa.


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This tour will give you an opportunity to experience historical Japan. Our adventure starts with a ride on a shinkansen for Nagoya where we will be transferred to a limited express for the ancient and tranquil city of Takayama.

We will take an afternoon stroll through Takayama, also known as "Little Kyoto" and see its historical structures and environment. We will visit the Yatai Kaikan Hall, where colorfully decorated traditional festival floats are displayed and the Kusakabe Folkcraft Museum, formerly the residence of powerful merchants under government patronage. Wander through the streets of Kami Sannomachi where the traditional Japanese wooden houses have been preserved.

We will also visit the famous morning market of Takayama before going on a scenic drive to Shirakawa-go and pass by Lake Miboro and Shokawa River, designated in 1995 as part of World Heritage. See the unique structures called Gassho-Zukuri.

There will also be a sightseeing tour in Kanazawa where we will have an opportunity to visit the Kenrokuen, one of Japan's three most beautiful traditional gardens. We will also see Kutaniyaki Pottery Kiln and visit the former guest house "Shima."


Day 1: Kyoto - Takayama

  • 09:10 - 10:00 Depart the hotel by motorcoach and assemble with other participants at Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto.

  • From there, walk to Kyoto Station and board a Shinkansen to Nagoya.

  • From Nagoya, take the limited express Hida to Takayama (150 minutes).

  • Visit Yatai Kaikan Hall (30 minutes)

  • Kusakabe Folk Museum (20 minutes)

  • Kami Sannomachi Street in the old quarter (30 minutes) on foot before continuing to the hotel.

  • 17:30 - 18:30 Arrive at the hotel in Takayama, check in, and stay overnight.

Day 2: Takayama - Shirakawa-go - Gokoyama - Kanazawa

  • 08:30 Depart the hotel and take a local bus from Takayama station

  • Visit the Wada Residence and Gassho-zukuri Folk Village, World Heritage Site Shirakawa-go with its gassho-zukuri houses (180 minutes)

  • Proceed to Kanazawa by bus.

  • 17:30 - 18:30 Arrive at the hotel in Kanazawa, check in, and stay overnight.

Day 3: Kanazawa - Kyoto

  • 08:30 Depart the hotel by motorcoach

  • Higashichaya street (30 min.)

  • Tentokuin Temple (40min.)

  • Old samurai residence (Nomura Family Residence, 30 minutes)

  • Kenrokuen Garden (60 minutes)

  • Proceed to Kanazawa Station and board a limited express Thunderbird to Kyoto.

  • 19:30 - 20:30 Arrive in Kyoto. Drop-off service available to major hotels in Kyoto.


  • Services of an English-speaking guide (except on board shinkansen)


  • Meals and drinks

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Personal expenses

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • Pick ups are available from selected Kyoto hotels.

  • Drop-off is available to the same hotels as pick-up.

  • Hotels are subject to availability and may be substituted with similar accommodations if not available. This will be confirmed on your voucher.

  • A holiday surcharge is applicable for days before holidays and the following 2016 departure dates: 10 January, 10 February, 20 March, 28 April to 04 May, 17 July, 10 August, 18 and 21 September, 09 October, 02 and 22 November and 22 December. Please inquire.

  • Rates quoted are subject to change depending on hotel availability.

  • Children 5 years old and below are free of charge, provided they sit on an adult's lap. If they need a seat, they will be charged (child rates).

  • We recommend that you prepare casual clothes and comfortable shoes for the walking tour on the first day. You are advised to bring an overcoat or any warm clothes during the months of October to February.

  • Kindly inform us of your accommodation details before/after this tour upon booking.

  • This tour is offered only for travelers from overseas.

  • When "Former Toyama Family Residence" is closed, or when snow is heavy in winter, visit "Gassho-zukuri Folklore Park" instead.

  • Lake Miboro may be skipped due to heavy snow in winter.

  • Depending on traffic/weather condition or other operational reasons, motorcoach will be used for transfer from Nagoya station to Takayama station.

  • When booking 3 people in one room, Japanese-Western style rooms will be arranged for deluxe room in Hida Hotel Plaza. Enjoy sleeping on tatami mats.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 9 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 30% Cancellation Fee (70% reimbursement): between 3 to 8 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 2 days or less prior to date of activity.

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