Gokayama Ainokura & Shirakawago Bus Tour


Visit picturesque farmhouses with iconic steeped roofs

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  • 7 Hrs Duration
  • English
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  • Visit historic villages including two World Heritage Sites with the utmost ease on a one day bus tour
  • Explore Ainokura, a remote farmhouse village in the Gokayama region
  • Discover the steeped-roof traditional farmhouses of Shirakawago - some over 250 years old!
  • Venture into some of the area's remotest villages, away from other tourists
  • Learn about local history from your English speaking guide
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  • 18 Feb 2018
    Tour guide tried her best to help and explain to us. The route is good and easy to finish.

US$ 62.2

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  • 1 Day Tour

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    Inclusive Of:

    • Bus transportation
    • Lunch
    • Shirakawago Village and Gasshozukuri Minkaen Outdoor Museum admission
    • English speaking guide fee

    US$ 62.2

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    Inclusive Of:

    • Bus transportation
    • Lunch
    • Shirakawago Village and Gasshozukuri Minkaen Outdoor Museum admission
    • English speaking guide fee
What To Expect

Venture deep into the Gokayama region to explore some fascinating countryside villages, known for their iconic steeped-roof gasshozukuri farmhouses. Enjoy the ease of hotel transfers and the help of an English speaking guide as you make your way into some of the region's remotest villages. This isn't your average group tour - the route is designed to aide your Japan sightseeing by taking you to some hard to reach locations, away from large tourist numbers. It's not a package tour - when you arrive at each location, you're given free time to explore by foot on your own. You'll visit the two World Heritage Sites of Shirakawago and Ainokura villages, which remain as beautiful examples of local folk culture. Dine on local cuisine for lunch overlooking the iconic steeped-roofs of Shirakawago's farmhouses and get clued up on local history with free time at the Gasshozukuri Minkaen Outdoor Museum.

This convenient bus trip is suited to any season
See these beautiful steeped roof houses dotted about the countryside
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Visit the less touristy villages of Shirakawago and Ainokura
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Enjoy the convenience of a bus tour, but explore each village independently
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Visit at any time of the year for scenic sights and explore on your own time
Activity Information


  • You will receive confirmation of your booking's availability within 1 business day. Once confirmed, we will send you the voucher via email
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  • 8:20am meet up at Takayama Nohi Bus Center Ticket Office
  • 8:30am depart Takayama Nohi Bus Center
  • Explore Gokayama Ainokura Village by yourself (50 min)
  • Lunch at Shirakawago (Countryside Cuisine)
  • Explore Shirakawago Village and Gasshozukuri Minkaen Outdoor Museum by yourself (120 min)
  • 3:10pm arrive at Takayama Nohi Bus Center
Additional Information

Additional Information:

  • There is no vegetarian menu available
  • Please note that soba (buckwheat) noodles may be included in the lunch menu and no changes to the menu can be made. This tour is not recommended for those with buckwheat allergies
  • The lunch menu is subject to change depending on the season
  • Child ticket: Age 6-12 (free for children aged 0-5)
  • For safety reasons, you must always wear your seatbelt when the bus is moving
  • Participants will move as a group, so please strictly follow the meeting times when disembarking the bus
  • Please refrain from talking on the phone while on the bus
  • Please note that the amount of time spent at destinations may be shortened or the itinerary may be altered depending on road conditions and other unavoidable circumstances. Also, even if the return time is greatly delayed due to road conditions or other factors, no compensation will be provided for accommodation costs, meal costs, taxi costs, or any other expense
  • The outdoor museum is closed on Thursdays from December to March (closed on Wednesday if the Thursday falls on a national holiday)
  • Children aged 0-5 may participate for free, but will not be provided with their own bus seats. If a seat on the bus is required for the child, please make a booking at the child rate
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  • The voucher is valid on the specified date and time

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Cancelation Policy
  • Full refunds will be issued for cancelations made at least 8 days prior to the activity
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Reviews (59) 4.6
  • Wai Kit 18 Feb 2018
    Tour guide tried her best to help and explain to us. The route is good and easy to finish.
  • Kay Buan 14 Feb 2018
    Great trip , especially the lady tour guide very friendly, informative, helpful and carrying that make the whole journey very enjoyable.
  • IKHWAN HAFIZ BIN 10 Feb 2018
    Worth it. Cheaper than travel by yourself using the route bus. The food is delicious. Besides, you also get some privilege to view shirakawago from the observatory.
  • Ying Ying 9 Feb 2018
    The map “pick up point star” is not accurate. Change to location of star And I have to pick up the ticket myself at ticket center myself first, then go to the local tour meeting point. Instruction is not clear. The tour guide English is just so so. She is nice of course but sometime I don’t understand what she’s saying.
  • Mary Geraldine 5 Feb 2018
    Loved our Gokayama Ainokura & Shirakawago Tour. Definitely value for money. The English speaking guide was very friendly & helpful. Thanks again, Klook!
  • Shih-Hsin 1 Feb 2018
    It was a great tour of visiting this historical town. The tour guide was doing her best to introduce the area and the staffs were friendly along the way. Though the lunch did not come with meat, the local food were still tasty. Personally, I liked their miso very much. The return schedule to Takayama was flexible with three other choices. Definitely, I will recommend this tour to the friends in the future.
  • Marvin 23 Jan 2018
    I really enjoyed this activity. Breathtaking views. You would really admire the Japanese. They are well organized, and really respect culture tradition. It is super cold in shirakawago. Snow non stop.
  • Zelina Ann 21 Jan 2018
    No picture can ever do justice with the beauty of Shirakawago. Very comfortable and nice tour. A must-go when you’re in Nagoya.
  • Wai Kwong 2 Jan 2018
    Wonderful experience.
  • WING NAM CRYSTAL 1 Jan 2018
    It’s a bus tour organized by the 濃飛 bus company. The stops are of sufficient time for sightseeing, the lunch is not bad, the tour guide introduced all the tourist spots worth going. And they also provided umbrella (though not enough for the whole tour) for sudden heavy snow. The tour bus is 2-2 seats per row. The seat is quite comfortable. The driver is very polite as well. Overall a good bargain!
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