[Request Reservation: Private Tour] UNESCO World Heritage Shirakawago: Learn the Secrets of Gassho-zukuri Architecture

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Chubu (Nagoya, Kanazawa, Takayama, etc.) Walking Tour

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¥27,000 ~

Overview :

- Japan's rural landscape is right here. Behold a scenery that will surely make you want to have your camera always at the ready!
- A 1-hour bus ride from Takayama City takes you to Shirakawago, a village where Japan's idyllic scenery remains.
Registered as a World Heritage Site in 1995 and rated 3 stars by the Michelin Guide, this area has become greatly popular among travelers today.
On this tour, look forward to seeing the highlights of spots usually missed by typical travelers as explained by an otomo Inc. guide who speaks your language!
Learn why houses at Shirakawago have thatched roofing, as well as the way of life of the people who continue to live in the village.
You might also learn about deeper historical anecdotes not found on guidebooks from local village folk!
And as long as in Shirakawago, it's only fitting to see the must-visit, popular photo spots such as an observation deck offering a view of the entire village and houses boasting the best of the village's history.
This plan is especially recommended for those who want to fully enjoy the charms of Shirakawago!
- Visit a photo spot with a panoramic view of the village.
- Customers can enter a thatched-roof house.
- A commentary on Shirakawago will be given by village folk.
- This tour promotes Eco-friendly efforts as stated under Sunrise Tours' Sustainable Development Goals.
Please check the following page for details.



08:30- Meet-up Takayama Station East Exit (in front of Tourist Information Office)
10:00-10:20 20(min) Tenshukaku Observatory This observation deck offers views of the entire village of Shirakawago. Here, visitors can clearly see the village surrounded by towering peaks, and the mountainous forests accounting for 95.7% of the village's area.
This is the spot that everyone coming to Shirakawago wants to visit.
10:40-11:20 40(min) Tajima House - Museum of Silk Culture There is a reason why the distinct thatched roof architecture is used in Shirakawago. It is related to sericulture and the making of explosives. The museum director will explain more in detail. Look forward to proper explanations along with a video.
11:30-12:00 30(min) Kanda House See what it's like inside a thatched roof house. With a history of over 160 years, this house is said to have taken 10 years to build. Feel free to enjoy tea prepared with water boiled over the hearth. Looking at displayed articles that were actually used, visitors can feel the locals' way of life in a thatched roof house.
12:10-12:30 20(min) Wada House This is the largest thatched roof house in Shirakawago. It is an important cultural property built around 300 years ago. It may be surprising to some that people still actually live in this house. Families living in the Kanda House visited earlier and the Wada House are related.
12:45-14:05 20(min) Gasshozukuri Minkaen Outdoor Museum While Shirakawago has become a World Heritage Site where people continue to live to this day, there are nearby settlements that have disappeared. This open-air museum has preserved the structures of such extinct villages. On exhibit are newspaper articles and videos about how life was like in ancient times and the declining population.
14:20-15:00 40(min) Okuzaemon House, built in 1914 While without the thatched roofing, this structure features Japanese-style architecture and was built over 100 years ago. Craftsmanship impossible to recreate today can be found throughout the building, which is one of Japan's designated traditional buildings.


Remarks:Conducting Company: otomo Inc.
3F Mitomi Building, 3-13-3 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
(This is not the meeting location.)
[Reception Method]
At reception, please show your reservation confirmation sheet, a printout of the reservation confirmation e-mail, or show the e-mail on your mobile device screen to staff.
[Operation Conditions/Tour Conditions]
- If customers do not arrive at the appointed time even when 60 minutes have passed, the tour will be considered canceled. (No Show 100%)
[Exemptions/Itinerary Guarantee: Itinerary/Destinations]
- In case a destination is temporarily closed, the tour may be guided to an alternative destination. Thank you for your understanding.
[Important Notes/Supplements: Meeting/Pick-up/Pick-up Location]
- Takayama Station East Exit (in front of Tourist Information Office)
- The otomo Inc. guide will be waiting holding a board with the otomo logo as an identification marker.
[Important Notes/Supplements: What to Wear/Bring]
Please wear clothes which are comfortable to move around in.
[Important Notes: Not Included in Tour Charge]
- Transportation expenses
- Admission fees
- Meal charges
- Souvenirs
- Experience fees
(at least JPY 6,000 in cash required for each person)