Gokayama Ainokura & Shirakawago Bus Tour

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Visit picturesque farmhouses with iconic steeped roofs

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  • 7 Hrs Duration
  • English
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  • Minimum 1 Travelers
  • 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
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  • MARYLAND 1 Feb 2019
    The tour is very nice! i'm satisfied with it and the tour guide was very helpful, she tried very hard to communicate well with us . It was January 28,2019 when we went there and there is less tourist. maybe because it was weekend. i highly recommend this tour for hassle free experience. the amount of time given during our tour was just enough.

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  • 1 Day Tour

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    • Bus transportation
    • Lunch
    • Shirakawago Village and Gasshozukuri Minkaen Outdoor Museum admission
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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.

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This convenient bus trip is suited to any season
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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
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Itinerary

Itinerary:

  • 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 (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.)
  • 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 delayment or for accommodation costs, meal costs, taxi costs, or any other expense
  • 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
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Reviews (137) 4.7
  • MARYLAND 1 Feb 2019
    The tour is very nice! i'm satisfied with it and the tour guide was very helpful, she tried very hard to communicate well with us . It was January 28,2019 when we went there and there is less tourist. maybe because it was weekend. i highly recommend this tour for hassle free experience. the amount of time given during our tour was just enough.
  • Anna Louise 30 Jan 2019
    The tour is perfect for groups who are visiting the area for the first time. Saves you the hassle of taking the public buses which gets fully-booked very fast. It will also allow you to visit two villages - Ainokura and Shirakawago within a day. Our bus ride was comfortable and we got to see stunning views along the way. I thought our tour guide (Mayumi) was well-prepared and accommodating although I wish she spoke louder for everyone on the bus to hear. I also like that we were given access to a spot on the observatory with the best view of Shirakawago! If there was any downside, it is just that I wish we had more time to go around. All in all, a great tour that I would recommend to family and friends!
  • BELEN 23 Feb 2019
    Great experience! I loved the traditional lunch. Also, having lunch beside the observatory deck was a big plus. No need to take the shuttle bus or hike to the observatory deck. Our tour guide gave us the choice to go back to Takayama at a later time. She gave us free bus tickets but be aware that you need to queue for the bus.
  • 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.
  • Ya Lin Irene 22 Feb 2019
    The tour was well organized and the time management was good. The tour guide was cheerful and explain clearly when questions were asked. Money worth for the tour.
  • Purwaningtyas Permata 17 Feb 2019
    The tour was well arranged with English speaking guide. We had so much fun when in Shirakawago. We got so many advantages by joining this tour : (1) Fair price, we could see 2 Unesco world heritage villages, (2) The restaurant is just few steps away from observatory deck, (3) We had privilege to enter the observatory deck while other regular visitors couldn't enter to the observatory deck, (4) The schedule was tight so that we arrived in Takayama on time and made it to catch the last bus to Osaka, (5) Our sightseeing bus had privilege to enter Shirakawago without queeing in long line traffic. My tips : Finish your lunch as fast as possible so that you can stay a little bit longer in the observatory deck. They only gave us 40 minutes in total to eat and to enjoy the Shirakawago view from the deck.
  • 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.
  • Tiffany Cher 12 Feb 2019
    I was in doubt being with in a tour at first because of my previous experiences but was really glad about this tour! Our tour guide Kumiko (I think) is really good and she was really kind. She is also a great photographer! A really good purchase! :)
  • Carlos Hoecst 11 Feb 2019
    Ainokura and Shirakawago are just magical to see in winter! Our tour guide was cheerful and gave us a lot of information about the places we were going to. Thank you Klook and Nohi Bus Tours!
  • Margaretha Nurina 30 Jan 2019
    The tour is well-arranged. The tour guide is nice. The view is stunning.
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