Don't restrict your historical experience to just the main sites that people visit! Go to World Heritage-listed Shirakawago and Kanazawa!
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Tours in Japan from Takayama
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Takayama, Japan is a city whose settlement is as old as Japanese prehistory, and whose current appearance is carried over from the 16th century. It has a unique culture separate from the time of the feudal states in Japan, due to its relative geographical isolation from the rest of the country. Now it is a historic site with old buildings, museums, and beautiful landscapes even for its small size. Travel to this city now and enjoy a trip through Japanese history, seen through a different cultural lens.
Go on a 3-day tour that includes Takayama World Heritage Shirakawa-Go and Kanazawa. On your first day, explore Takayama and visit Yatai Kaikan Hall, where beautiful parade floats are made in a traditional way for the seasonal Takayama Festivals, which started in the 17th century and still continue today. Go on to the Kusakabe Folkcraft Museum, which was once the house of powerful merchants who worked with the government. The building dates back to the late 19th century, and as a work of architecture and construction is a testament to the legendary carpenters of Takayama. You will also get to go down Kami Sannomachi, where well preserved Japanese wooden houses can be seen.
On your second day, start at the morning market of Takayama, before driving out of the city limits, past the beautiful scenery of Lake Miboro and the Shokawa River as backdrops to your journey. Finally stop at Shirawakawago, a historic village whose status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site is well deserved owing to their houses built in a centuries-old architectural style.
End your tour in Kanazawa, where you will experience Kenrouken, one of the three most beautiful traditional gardens in all Japan, as well as other famous and lovely sites.