Illumination Wonderland in Shirakawa-go

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Discover the beauty of this World Heritage Site during this seasonal event

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  • Experience the rustic charm of the snowcapped World Heritage Site, Shirakawa-go village
  • Discover the magic of Shirakawa-go village decorated entirely with lights on this exclusive tour
  • Travel back in time to the heart of Japan’s traditional past and witness what life in Japan was like 300 years ago
  • Choose between Takayama or Nagoya as your preferred tour starting points
  • Experience the enchanting seasonal event only on 14, 20 & 27 Jan, and 3, 11 & 17 Feb 2019!
Most Recent Review

  • 9 Feb 2018
    It was an amazing experience! I wanna go back on spring or autumn!!!

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  • Takayama Departure (KR666)

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    • Departure point: Takayama

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    • Meals

    US$ 114.79

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  • Nagoya Departure with Meals (76500)

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    • Departure point: Nagoya

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    US$ 176.59

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    • Departure point: Nagoya

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What To Expect

Turn back time and discover traditional Japanese life as it would have been 300 years ago. If you’re looking for an escape from the clamor of the city (or a break from modernity in general), the village of Gokayama and Shirakawa-go area easily a must-visit, and accessible from either Nagoya or Takayama. 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 may be closed off during bad weather.

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Itinerary

Itinerary:

  • The itinerary below is subject to change based on traffic or weather conditions of the day
From Nagoya
  • 9:10am meet at the ESCA shopping mall near Nagoya Station Taiko-Dori Exit
  • 12:30pm-1:20pm enjoy Grilled Hida beef meal for lunch at Hida Takayama Cyanoyu-no-mori in Takayama (approx. 50 minutes)
  • 1:30pm-3:00pm free time in Takayama (approx. 90 minutes)
  • 4:20pm-7:30pm enjoy beef sushi for dinner on the bus
  • Shirakawa-go Light-up (approx. 150 minutes)
  • 10:20pm return to Nagoya Station
  • Please note: Lunch can be changed to meat-free meals, to be decided by the restaurant. Dinner can be replaced with other types of sushi, please make a request at checkout
From Takayama Station
  • 3:35pm meet at Takayama Station West Exit
  • 5:00pm arrive and enjoy free time in Shirakawa-go as well as view the Light-Up (approx. 150 minutes)
  • 8:30pm return to Takayama Station
  • Please note: Arrival time at Takayama Station may be delayed by approx. 1 hour due to traffic congestion after the Light-Up
Insider Tips

Insider Tips:

  • A flashlight is recommended when you walk around Shirakawa-go at night
  • 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 it is recommended to bring gloves, a scarf, earmuffs, and other necessary cold-weather gear
Additional Information

Additional Information:

  • Children aged 0-2 are free of charge provided they do not occupy a seat or require their own meals
  • Only a bus seat is included for children aged 3-5
  • Infant ticket holders do not have inclusive meals
  • A tour conductor or staff member will provide the participant with basic information necessary for the tour (such as the meeting place, time duration at each stop, etc.) in your preferred language. Please note that information about the tour stops will not be provided
  • Please note that the Shirakawa-go Light-Up will be viewed by strolling around the World Heritage Site and not from the observation deck
  • If the tour is canceled due to snow storms or other circumstances, you will be informed by 3:00pm JST a day before your intended departure
  • The amended Act on the Protection of Personal Information came into effect in 30 May 2017. Customer information (name, age, gender etc.) may be forwarded to the hotels or necessary entities for the purpose of making tour arrangements. This condition shall be deemed to have been accepted by the customer upon completion of the reservation
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  • You can present either a printed or a mobile voucher for this activity
  • The voucher is valid only on the date and time specified

Meet Up Information:

From Nagoya
  • Time: 9:10am
  • Location: JR Nagoya Station Taiko-Dori Exit ESCA shopping mall. Please check the map for assistance
From Takayama
  • Time: 3:35pm
  • Meet up location: In front of JR Takayama (West Exit). Please check the map for assistance

Map to JR Nagoya Station Taiko-Dori Exit ESCA shopping mall

Map to JR Takayama (West Exit)

Cancelation Policy
  • Full refunds will be issued for cancelations made at least 14 days prior to the activity
  • 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
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Reviews (25) 4.1
  • DIANAROSE 9 Feb 2018
    It was an amazing experience! I wanna go back on spring or autumn!!!
  • Kanokwan 6 Feb 2018
    Tour take time ,good tour leaders ,Amazing place Very nice
  • Pui Sze 5 Feb 2018
    The tour guides are very nice , the arrangement is smooth and good :)
  • Kin Mo 25 Jan 2018
    Tourist guide is a professional one, she did a great arrangement to the trip. However, the trip was not as good as expected. 1. I didn't expect to have a compulsory visit to a "museum" 2. I expect to leave 高山 around 15:30 and arrive 白川鄉 around 16:30, so I can get ticket to 展望台
  • TAM 13 Mar 2018
    Each group is counted as more than one person to join the meeting place. It is convenient for everyone to have a plaque.
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  • CHUN TING 20 Feb 2018
    The journey is very smooth, the collection point if there is a more clear signs will be even more clear.
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  • Supatchaya 15 Feb 2018
    Tourists did not explain the entrance to the village. Make the ball go lost. And make time to travel. And because we lost money to the car of the tour. Should be taken to the point of view and take pictures at the point where everyone hopes. The staff speaks good English, delicious food, and more.
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  • JOUPING 13 Feb 2018
    Convenient, but dinner content staple food has only two small fish, the restaurant too far led to visit the lighting time is not enough ... Will feel the charge is too high ...
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  • HAO 10 Feb 2018
    The trip is very compact. It was clear when it started on Nagoya, but the first rest stop after an hour had snowed and everyone was excited to see it snowing. Ride about 2 hours after eating lunch, a lot of things, the taste OK, after all, is the lighting of Shirakawago night, a lot of people a little grateful. After lunch to the Old Street, a lot of tourists, but the scenery is beautiful, I feel a little short stay. The last Shirakawa lights, in super heavy snow, super beautiful romantic, but fortunately there are raincoats, or should be very embarrassed (wearing a raincoat a little ugly is true). Very memorable experience, worth a go!
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  • WING SUM 6 Feb 2018
    The beginning of queuing, registration procedures than the other day travel arrangements for chaos. After the car to explain and arrange clearly, the two leaders are very off.
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