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
  • 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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  • 18 Dec 2018
    Nice tour with English guide and lunch. Easy to redeem the bus tickets at takayama train station.

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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.

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
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  • 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 (94) 4.6
  • Chee Huei 18 Dec 2018
    Nice tour with English guide and lunch. Easy to redeem the bus tickets at takayama train station.
  • WEE CHENG 18 Dec 2018
    Great way to see Gokayama and Shirakawa-Go from Takayama. Guide was very friendly, considerate and gave helpful tips on free-time activities
  • Kim Hong 12 Dec 2018
    A wonderful experience for this day trip. We got the tickets and check out where to board the bus 1 day before our trip. It was smooth sailing and the guide was very helpful and gave us tips and information on the way there though we may not catch her accent at times.
  • MICHELE OLIVIA 3 Dec 2018
    Very punctual and well organized. Guide was very polite and explained very well. Bus was also very cleaned and comfortable
  • MARK RYAN NG 31 Oct 2018
    very good, tour guide is the best lots of options and hidden treasures
  • Fung Wa 29 Oct 2018
    There is only few participants in one trip...tourist guide can take care each of us and she is very kind to us...It also can stay longer time at Shirakawago with free bus ticket..I will choose this trip again if I go again
  • 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.
  • Sin Yu 26 Oct 2018
    The tour gal is nice and well prepared for the trip. It is also flexible to provide later shuttle bus ticket if you want to stay longer. Offer hot green tea and a snack cracker when on return route, feel so warm and pleasant hosting manner.
  • Wei Joo 2 Oct 2018
    Super attentive guide n very thoughtful arrangement
  • 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.
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