The popular Takayama! Tour to Shirakawagō and Kanazawa.
Last year, many of the visitors to Japan flocked to the city of Hida-Takayama in Gifu prefecture for it’s “Old Japan” atmosphere. Shirakawagō with its thatched roofs and one of the greatest sight-seeing area of the Hokuriku area - the city of Kanazawa, will also be a part of this tour experience.
The Nakasendo route
But that’s not all! Tsumago and Magome are almost completely unknown to the foreign traveller as they are quite difficult to access, but as the post-station towns along the road of Nakasendō route (this route was used to travel from Tōkyō to Kyōto back in the days), even nowadays, they still have a charming atmosphere of the “Old Japan” and it would be a shame not to see them.
After the hotel check-in, we will go for a walk in
the biggest city of Japan – Tōkyō. The rows of skyscrapers,
symbol of the modern Japan, rise high above the busy city streets and
watch over everyone. At the Tōkyō Government Office in Roppongi
Hills, you will be able to enjoy the spectacular night view.
to “Koedo” city of Kawagoe in Saitama prefecture via
Japan prides itself on its historical legacy through
which the expression “Koedo” was coined. “Koedo”, or the
“The small Tōkyō”, is a term that applies to any town that has
the familiar “Old Tōkyō” atmosphere to it, one of which is the
city of Kawagoe in the neighboring Saitama. This city sustained no
damage in the Second World War, so some of its streets are left
intact, just as those of the “Old Tōkyō”.
As we stroll
around the town, you will get to see side streets selling candy, hear
the bell that chimes every hour and maybe, by experiencing that kind
of atmosphere, you will also come to feel the ghost of the “Old
After enjoying some time here, we will be
heading back to Tōkyō.
to city of Kamakura in Kanagawa prefecture via railway
the seat of the Shogunate and of the Regency; as the place of
political power in the Kamakura period, this area is filled with
The Great Buddha of Kamakura's statue with
over 10 meters in size, Japan's prominent and well visited Tsurugaoka
Hachimangū (Shintō shrine dedicated to the tutelary god of
warriors), the Houkokuji temple (also known as the „Bamboo Temple“,
due to the fact that it's hidden inside the bamboo thicket) along
with many other ancient temples in the vicinity waiting for you to
We will be heading back to Tōkyō after we’re
done exploring the area.
to city of Matsumoto in Nagano prefecture via railway
of the representative castle of the eastern Japan, one of the
National Treasures of Japan - the Matsumoto castle.
surrounding landscape harmonizes beautifully with the castle itself,
making it a true piece of art.
Then we have the Kyūkaichi
school, remnant of the times after the end of the samurai wars in
Japan. This school built about 100 years ago, felt the first influx
of the western culture and nowadays it has been turned into a museum.
from Matsumoto in the morning and heading to the city of Nakatsugawa
in Gifu prefecture via railway
Upon arrrival, we will be
heading towards the post-station town of Tsumago via a private
vehicle. As we enjoy this scenery of Kisōji (one of the roads of
Nakasendō route), you will get to witness the miraculous nature of
the Nezame No Toko gorge.
Coming to Tsumago, you will be
presented with a delightful „Old Japan“ townscape. Just like the
people in the olden days used to do, we will try to reach the
neighboring post-station town of Magome by foot (we'll hike a little
Magome is abundant with places to see and it has
the same „Old Japan“ feel to it.
After enjoying it for a
while, we'll be taking the private vehicle back to Nakatsugawa, and
soon after the railway to city of Nagoya in Aichi prefecture.
the morning hours, visit to one of the „Three Great Castles“ of
Japan – The Nagoya castle
After enjoying the castle, we will
be taking the railway and heading in the direction of Hida-Takayama
in Gifu prefecture. The city of Hida-Takayama has been quite popular
lately and a great number of visitors to Japan come to see it thanks to
its “Old Japan” townscape.
We will explore the Sanmachi
street and its vicinity, have some fine food and enjoy shopping.
stroll in the city of Takayama
There are numerous places of
interest in the city of Takayama. There is, for example, a
precious old historic landmark here - remains of an encampment from
Edo era inside the town's courthouse.
Also here, at a renowned
Sakurayama Hachimangū shrine, you can see the Takayama festival
twice a year, where a big „dashi“ (a parade float, exquisitely
decorated in vivid colors with a shrine riding on top of it) is being
pulled throughout the city by the festival goers.
transfer to Shirakawagō via a private vehicle
one of the representative farm villages of Japan, lives its daily
life surrounded by mountains. This picturesque place is unique and
its atmosphere is quite different from other places in Japan, so
we’re sure it will make a wonderful memory.
exploring Shirakawagō for a while, we will be heading towards
famed high society castle town in the Edo era, also known as the
„Town of 1,000.000 Stones“ - the city of Kanazawa in Ishikawa
One of the “Three Great Gardens of Japan” –
the Kenrokuen, is located right here in the city of Kanazawa. It will
surely captivate you with its beauties,
Also, here you can
find a street with residences that belonged to samurais, street with
tea houses and various other places that were a common scenery for
the people back in the Edo era.
Right here in Kanazawa, after
enjoying it to the fullest, we will conclude our tour.
Thank you coming with us on this trip!
We wish you a safe trip back home.
Approximate arrangement price (For one individual, excluding the price of the plane ticket)
Things to note:
This tour starts in city of Tōkyō and concludes in the city of
If you have any kind of special wishes or requirements you would like
for us to arrange before and/or after the end of the tour, please
contact us directly to arrange the details. - Due to the
fluctuation of the foreign money exchange market, the final fee of
the tour might also change, accordingly. - There is a possibility
that the hotel room might change from a standard twin to a double