Time Travel - Central Japan

Points of the tour

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.

Itinerary Time Travel - Central Japan

Gathering in Tōkyō

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.

Transfer to “Koedo” city of Kawagoe in Saitama prefecture via railway

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 Tōkyō”! ♪

After enjoying some time here, we will be heading back to Tōkyō.

Transfer to city of Kamakura in Kanagawa prefecture via railway

Originally the seat of the Shogunate and of the Regency; as the place of political power in the Kamakura period, this area is filled with cultural assets.

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 discover.

We will be heading back to Tōkyō after we’re done exploring the area.


Transfer to city of Matsumoto in Nagano prefecture via railway

A tour of the representative castle of the eastern Japan, one of the National Treasures of Japan - the Matsumoto castle.

It’s 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.


Departing 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 bit too!).

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.

In 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.

A 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.


Morning transfer to Shirakawagō via a private vehicle

Shirakawagō, 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.

After exploring Shirakawagō for a while, we will be heading towards Kanazawa.


The 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 prefecture

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.

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Time Travel - Central Japan


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