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Gokayama Illumination & Takayama Tour

Discover the ultimate winter wonderland (29 & 30 Jan only!)

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Explore the magical village of Gokayama on this exclusive tour to the heart of Japan’s traditional past

  • Experience the rustic charm of the snowcapped World Heritage village decorated entirely with lights!
  • Enjoy a traditional dinner under the Gassho-zukuri thatched roofs
  • Immerse yourself in the village’s traditional past with the various folk songs and dances performed on an outdoor stage
  • Choose between Takayama or Nagoya as your preferred tour start points
  • Book now for this magical seasonal event - only on 29 & 30 January 2017!
What We Love:

Turn back time and discover traditional Japanese life as it would have been 300 years ago. If you’re wanting an escape from the clamor of the city (or a break from modernity in general), the village of Gokayama is a must-visit. The Illumination Tour only takes place a handful of times per year, making it a truly magical and breath-taking event. The idyllic snowscape, punctuated by unique A-shaped homes is nestled amid an impressive mountain landscape so make sure to wrap up warm and wear comfy walking shoes. For the best vantage point and ultimate photo-taking spot, head to the Shiroyama viewpoint. Note that the viewpoint is only accessed via a walking trail that can be closed off during bad weather.

Activity Details

10 Hours


Min 15

Meet Up

24 Hours



  • You will receive a confirmation email and your e-voucher within 1 business day
  • In the event that you do not receive an email from us, please check your Spam folder or notify us via email

Inclusive Of:

  • Roundtrip bus fare
  • Event participation fees (Gokayama & Suganuma Village Illumination, mushroom soup, folk song exhibition on outdoor stage + English & Chinese explanation)
  • Tip fee for local tour guide
  • Applicable taxes

Not Inclusive Of:

  • Lunch
  • Travel costs not listed on itinerary
  • Additional food charges and drink charges during dinner

Package Option:

  • Depart from Nagoya (about 10 hours / meet up at 10:50am)
  • Depart from Takayama (about 4 hours / meet Up at 3:30pm)


  • 10:50am-11:00am meet at the Bus Reception Counter in the ESCA underground shopping mall near Nagoya Station Taiko-Dori Exit (10 min)
  • 11:00am-1:00pm the tour will travel from Nagoya to Takayama (120 min)
  • 1:00pm-3:30pm free time in Takayama (150 min)
  • 3:30pm-3:40pm reassemble in Takayama (10 min) (If you chose the tour from Takayama, please meet up at Takayama Ekimae JTB Ace desk in front of JR Takayama Station at 3:30pm)
  • 3:40pm-4:55pm travel from Takayama to Gokayama (75 min)
  • 4:55pm-5:00pm arrive at Suganuma Village in Gokayama, go to the illumination venue (5 min)
  • 5:00pm-6:00pm Gokayama Illumination venue (60 min)
  • 6:00pm-6:45pm dinner at the gassho-zukuri thatched roof restaurant (45 min)
  • 6:45pm-6:55pm move to parking lot (10 min)
  • 6:55pm-9:30pm travel directly to Nagoya (155 min) / 6:55pm-8:10pm travel directly to Takayama Station (75 min)

Additional Information:

  • Children age 0 to 2 years are free if sharing a bus seat with an accompanying adult and no dinner is included
  • Seating is arranged by staff, unfortunately we cannot accommodate any seating requests
  • Unfortunately, no special dietary requirements can be catered

Insider Tips:

  • The weather will be extremely cold, and the footing may be slippery. Please be sure to wear shoes with traction and dress appropriately for the cold. Temperatures may drop below freezing the day of the event, so we recommend bringing gloves, a scarf, earmuffs, and other necessary cold-weather gear

How To Use

  • You must present a printed voucher for this activity

Meet Up Information:

From Nagoya:

  • Meet up time and location: 10:50am at the Bus Reception Counter in the ESCA underground shopping mall near Nagoya Station Taiko-Dori Exit. The meeting location is marked with a “JTB GOKAYAMA TOUR” sticker (Please click to check the meeting up location map
  • How to get there: Nagoya: Get off at JR Nagoya Station and exit from Taiko-Dori and walk for 5 minutes

From Takayama :

  • Meet up time and location: 3:30pm at the Takayama Ekimae JTB Ace desk in front of JR Takayama Station. The meeting location is marked with a “JTB GOKAYAMA TOUR” sticker
  • How to get there: in front of JR Takayama Station, across from the Washington Hotel Plaza Takayama


  • A 70% refund will be issued for cancelations made at least 8 days prior to the tour
  • If there are delays due to weather or other factors, no compensation will be provided for accommodation costs, meal costs, taxi costs, or any other expenses. Thank you for your understanding
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