This tour is designed for our many guests who wish to base themselves in Kanazawa for a few days and also enjoy the beautiful scenery of nearby Takayama. Shirakawa-go, and Gokayama without the hassle of train timetables, hotels, restaurant guides, new tours etc.
The Tour Provides
- Collection from your hotel
- Private Car
- English Speaking Driver
- Customized Itinerary
- Return to your Hotel
Leaving from Kanazawa in the morning, you will be collected from your hotel and brought to these beautiful, traditional areas. Read below for variations of this tour.
1. Private car from Kanazawa to Gokayama and Shirakawa-go. This is a 7~8 hour tour, and is for a group of 1~3 people. Prices are 60,000 yen for your group (not per person)
2. Private car from Kanazawa to Gokayama, Shirakawa-go, and Takayama. This is a 9 hour tour, and is for a group of 1~3 people. Prices are 70,000 yen for your group (not per person)
3. Private guide (without car), who will pick you up at your hotel in Kanazawa, then take your group to Gokayama and Shirakawa-go by public transport. This is an 8-hour tour, and is for a group of 1~6 people. Prices are 40,000 yen for your group (not per person), with public transport fees paid separately.
4. The above, with larger groups are also available. Please inquire for details.
5. For groups of more than 10 people, we offer the above for 15,000 yen per person. (Please feel free to contact us and put your name down to join such a group - once we have ten people the tour is on!)
We also offer tours that start and finish in Takayama. These are 4-hour tours, and are for a group of 1~6 people. Group prices are 25,000 yen.
We are looking forward to showing you the beauty of this area of Japan. Please do not hesitate to contact us via our contact form.
Takayama / Shirakawago / Gokayama Details
Those exploring outside of Kanazawa will find more UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Shirakawa-go is part of the Hida region, and is famous for the gassho-zukuri village found there. The houses were built using a traditional style of the minka (non-samurai houses), and have a thatched, peaked roof that looks like two hands in prayer (gassho). The upper floors of some of the houses were used for silk farming (sericulture), as they had a large space available to store silkworms and mulberry leaves. Shirakawa is a must-see area if one would like to grasp the rich contrast of life in this region.
Why not let us take care of your group with a private car to Shirakawa-go?
Gokayama is in the city of Nanto, also a drive from Kanazawa. It was an extremely secluded village, so modern times bypassed the area. While cities and towns in other parts of Japan built new, modern buildings, many of the wooden and thatch houses in the gassho hamlet of Gokayama are over 300 years old, and some are 400 years old. The Japanese prince, Fumihito (Prince Akishino) has said "One of the three places I like most in the world is Gokayama".
Takayama became what it is today in the 1500s, and developed its own unique culture due to its seclusion and high altitude. It is famous for its traditional carpentry expertise, and its carpenters have worked on the Kyoto Imperial Palace, and other nationally important shrines, temples and palaces. It is known locally as Hida-Takayama, and visitors there can enjoy great food, tradition views, and a feeling of "traditional town-life in Japan". Don't forget to try the Hida Beef while you are there!
Kanazawa tours ...and beyond ... can take you to one, two or all three of the above areas. Leave your traditional Japan experience to us, and your trip will be full of pleasurable memories.