• Location: Takayama, Japan
  • Duration: 7 hours (approx.)
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Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Shirakawa-go at your own pace during this customizable, private, full-day group trip from Takayama. Pick the sights that suit your group’s interests, selecting among attractions like Shirakawa-go village, Shiroyama Observatory, and Matsuri no Mori. Private vehicle transport and driver are included, and an optional guided tour upgrade is also available.


  • Create a customized private group trip to explore Shirakawa-go
  • Check out attractions such as Shirakawa-go village, Shiroyama Observatory, and Matsuri no Mori
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • Included private vehicle transport by taxi, van, or bus (depending on group size)
  • Included hotel pickup and drop-off in Takayama
  • Optional trip upgrade to include a bilingual guide
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a driver

What You Can Expect

Private Custom Full-Day Tour of Shirakawa-go from Takayama

Takayama city

Receive a pickup from your group’s accommodations in Takayama the morning, after which you’ll be transferred by private vehicle to Shirakawa-go to begin your personalized exploration. Depending on whether or not you’ve selected a “guided” trip, your excursion may also include a bilingual guide.

Spend the rest of your day exploring this historic area however you see fit. Your driver can bring you to any number of city highlights. You might check out the lovingly-preserved "gassho-zukuri" farmhouses in Shirakawa-go village, some of which date back more than 250 years. Another option is Shiroyama Observatory, offering great views of the entire Shirakawa-go area and an on-site restaurant. There’s also Matsuri no Mori, a site which showcases artifacts like “taiko” drums, floats, and “karakuri” dolls from the Takayama Festival.

You’ll be dropped off back in Takayama at your accommodations at the end of your adventure.

Customer Reviews

Evelyn W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

It was a great trip, great guide. Interesting and beautiful. Some recommend spending the night but I feel a full day, private tour is definitely sufficient and satisfying. The town is pretty much one of yesteryear where the younger people leave to become educated and gain employment that is not available in Shirakawa-go. Most homes belong to families for many years and remain unused but held on to, so the village is largely a peak into the past and well worth seeing.

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