Gokayama Ainokura & Shirakawago Bus Tour


Visit picturesque farmhouses with iconic steeped roofs

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  • 7 Hrs Duration
  • English
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  • Minimum 1 Travelers To Book
  • Meet Up With Guide
  • 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
Most Recent Review

  • Wongsakorn 20 Apr 2019
    Very good tour and good place although in Winter or Autum. I have been there by my self at first time. But with this tour I get more information and history about the village. It good experience with my family

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  • 1 Day Tour (From 1 Apr 2019)

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    Inclusive Of:

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

    US$ 60.85

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    • Bus transportation
    • Lunch
    • Shirakawago Village and Gasshozukuri Minkaen Outdoor Museum admission
    • English speaking guide fee
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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
  • In the event that you do not receive an email from us, please check your Spam folder or notify us via email


  • 8:00am-8:15am pick up service (optional)
  • 8:20am meet up at Takayama Nohi Bus Center Ticket Office
  • 8:30am depart from Takayama Nohi Bus Center
  • Explore Gokayama Ainokura Village by yourself (60 min)
  • Lunch at Shirakawago/Suganuma (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:

  • Child ticket: Age 6-12
  • Infants aged 0-5 may participate for free, but will not be provided with their own bus seats. If a child requires a seat on the bus, please book the child ticket
  • This tour will not be able to accommodate dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian, allergies, etc.)
  • Due to a special event or other reason, the lunch venue may be changed to a different venue located near Shirakawago or Suganuma. Please understand that there is no vegetarian option available
  • Please note that soba (buckwheat) noodles may be included in the lunch menu. If you are allergic to buckwheat, this tour is not recommended for you
  • The lunch menu is subject to change depending on the season
  • 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. No refunds or compensations will be provided regardless of the tour's delay or for accommodation costs, meal costs, taxi costs, or any other expenses
  • The tour uses a regular sightseeing bus that departs on schedule from each departure location. Please be aware that in the case that you board the wrong vehicle, no tour booking charge refunds or compensation for accommodation or other expenses during your stay in Japan will be provided
  • The outdoor museum is closed on Thursdays from Dec to Mar. It will also be closed on a Wednesday if the Thursday falls on a national holiday
How To Use
  • You must present a printed voucher for this activity
  • The voucher is valid on the specified date and time

Meet Up Information:

  • Meeting locations for this tour will be available at Takayama Green Hotel, Takayama Jinyamae Bus Stop (Honjin Hiranoya), Asahimachi Bus Stop (Ryokan Tanabe), and Hida Hotel Plaza, prior to the departure from Takayama Nohi Bus Center. Please select your preferred boarding location at the time of booking. If nothing is selected, reception will be conducted at the Takayama Nohi Bus Center meeting location
  • Please show the reservation confirmation sheet to the staff when boarding the bus. For customers boarding from the Takayama Nohi Bus Center, please present the boarding reception at the ticket window
Takayama Green Hotel
  • Time: 8:00am
  • Address: 2-180, Nishinoisshikimachi, Takayama, Gifu Prefecture 506-0031, Japan. Please check the map for reference
Takayama Jinyamae Bus Stop (Honjin Hiranoya)
  • Time: 8:05am
  • Address: 〒506-0012 Gifu-ken, Takayama-shi, Hachikenmachi, 1 Chome. Please check the map for reference
Asahimachi Bus Stop (Ryokan Tanabe)
  • Time: 8:10am
  • Address: 14 Saijōshōwamachi, Higashihiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 739-0014, Japan. Please check the map for reference
Hida Hotel Plaza
  • Time: 8:15am
  • Address: 2 Chome-60番地 Hanaokamachi, Takayama-shi, Gifu-ken 506-0009, Japan. Please check the map for reference
Takayama Nohi Bus Center Ticket Office
  • Tme: 8:20am
  • Address: 6-65, Hanasatomachi, Takayama-shi, Gifu, 506-0026, Japan. Please check the map for reference
Cancelation Policy
  • Full refunds will be issued for cancelations made at least 8 days prior to the activity
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Reviews (153) 4.7
  • Wongsakorn 20 Apr 2019
    Very good tour and good place although in Winter or Autum. I have been there by my self at first time. But with this tour I get more information and history about the village. It good experience with my family
  • MARLON 26 Feb 2019
    Very organized and affordable tour. Guide speaks good English and is equipped with valued information about Takayama and Gokayama. Lunch is good and Shirakawago observatory is just at the front of restaurant. Nohi always provide good tour and service.
  • Dachelyn 12 Feb 2019
    we had so much fun, our guide was very helpful to everyone, shes ready to give us the information we needed. the two hours tour at the Shirakawago was enough if you will not go inside the museums or shops. you also have an option if you want to stay longer and take the bus by yourself to go back. just tell them ur plans and they will give you your own return bus ticket and schedules. the vegetable and fish lunch was also great. we were also lucky enough to go to the viewing deck before the large group of tourists came.
  • Wilhelmus Hendrikus Jacobus 27 Oct 2018
    A very nice day with lots to see. The tour guide was great. Sometimes hard to understand because of the accent, but she always offered to explain again. A very positive and energetic guide. The lunch was good and there is plenty of time to see the sights.
  • SUHANA 24 Sep 2018
    our trip was in january. the tour guides (japanese & english-speaking) were friendly and very good at explaining the history of the village. the food (lunch) was delicious. the view of both ainakura and shirakawago villages were breathtaking and mesmerizing.
  • Natthawat 14 Mar 2019
    Very convenient for us to get to Shirakawa-go. Lunch is included and delicious!! English speaking guide is available.
  • Paul Kenneth 23 Feb 2019
    Charming and not to be missed when you are in Gifu. Best package as Gokayama trips are hard to come by. Comes with lunch.
  • Jennifer Yuen Wang 26 Sep 2018
    The tour guides were friendly and eager to show us the place. The lunch had exceeded my expectation and was nice.
  • Mun Chong 12 Feb 2019
    Nice experience. Operating bus is on time. Tour guide can converse in English. Time is sufficient to visit the area. Pick up point is accessible.
  • LayKoon 9 Apr 2019
    good trip! A Japanese English speaking guide in the bus. very helpful guide, she went round to make sure u understand what she said. and even help to bring my shopping bag back to the bus when we wanted to go roam around the area! lunch provided was tasty too!
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