• Location: Takayama, Japan
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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Enjoy a 2.5-hour walking and food tour in Takayama with an expert local guide who introduces you to the rich culinary traditions of the charming city. Learn about the distinctive culture that developed in Takayama due to its isolated location, and taste a variety of delicious food and sake at local shops. Meet the proprietors and gain insight into the culture and history of the region on this fun and fascinating tour.


  • 2.5-hour Takayama food and walking tour
  • Chat with local business owners with assistance from the guide
  • Find hidden gems tucked away on the side streets
  • Learn about the history, culture and food specialties of Takayama
  • Sample a range of foods and sake at small local businesses

What You Can Expect

Takayama Food and Culture Walking Day Tour

Tasty and beautiful local Sake from Takayama

Customer Reviews

jenl18 Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

The walking tour around the old town of Takayama was very enjoyable due mainly to our guide, Hiro Ogawa from Satoyama Experience. He was friendly, chatty, and paced the walk in a relaxed fashion, so that it didn't ever feel scheduled or rushed. We visited a good number of shops and stalls, as well as the local morning market along the river. Hiro knew most of the staff and encouraged us to try anything we wanted. We also made our way up to the Sakurayama Hachiman Shrine, a comfortable walk through three Shinto gates to the north-east of the old town with a great view and forested setting. A break for morning tea with the local ladies in a traditional cafe was also welcomed on the cold January morning we were there. Hiro had a wealth of knowledge about Takayama, and Japan in general, and was happy to answer our myriad of social, cultural and food-related questions. Overall, I felt the tour was well worth it, and allowed us to learn and see far more of Takayama than my previous day's solo wanderings.

Paul L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Hiro, our tour guide reminds me of Shokoshi Ceddie. Whenever we go he is being greeted happily by the people in the neighborhood. He is fluent in English and is very knowledgeable. He had an answer and an explanantion to almost any spontaneous question any of us would ask. Highly recommended!!!

EKT United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This was a delightful experience and our tour guides, Masayo and her tour partner were extremely engaging, thoughtful and knowledgeable, and made sure that everyone's unique needs and interests were accommodated. It was one of our favorite days on our 3 week tour of Japan. We had a nice small group of about 8 people, and it was so nice meeting travelers from other counties. The walking was nicely paced and we made several stops. We visited the morning market and several shops to sample unique foods of the area, including:

Furukawaya Tofu
Funasaka Sake brewery
Kojiya Shibata miso
Bunrindo Japanese confectionery
Fukutaro café

Our tour guides sent us a follow up email including photos of our group on the tour. I highly recommend this food and culture tour of Takayama, which in itself is such a charming old mountain town.

Paula Avril B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

We enjoyed this tour immensely. Our guide Hiro, was extremely knowledgeable and spoke good English. The content was just what we wanted, and it gave us a good insight into the food and culture of Japan. Lots of food tasting along the way, a visit to a sake brewery and morning tea included. Highly recommended.

Mark S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

Hiro was a delightful guide- really fun and easy going. He was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. It was nice to see and hear him talk to the locals and get on so well with them.

Ian C Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

This was the perfect introduction to the foods and culture that make Takakyama a special heritage place. Our outstanding tour guide was knowledgeable, patient and friendly ... he introduced us to local merchants, answered all our questions, and even pointed us to other attractions to visit independently after our tour. Priceless!

Dave E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Really great tour, should be the first thing you do in Takayama, Masayo was super friendly and knowledgeable, you get to try so many different types of food and go to some pretty unique spots.

Emily G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Awesome tour. We learned so much about the food and Matsuo went out of his way to help us find specific foods we were looking for. We had lots of fun and would recommend this tour to anyone in Takayama!

Ari j

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A great opportunity to learn about Takayama's food culture with a native. We got to the see the market and a number of specialty shops. Had the opportunity to find out about and taste more things than we would likely to have on our own, because guide was able to explain what things were to us and ask questions on our behalf.

Catharine B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A great, personal tour with a knowledgeable guide who was more than fluent in English. The start location tour office was easy to find. Only my daughter and I were booked on the tour so it was lovely not having a crowd to contend with. Our guide appeared to know everyone in the town and was patient with our foodie questions. Would thoroughly recommend this tour.

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