【Countryside Day Trip】Shirakawa-go & Hida-Takayama: 1-Day Tour to Rural World Heritage Site & Traditional Japan (from Kanazawa)

【Countryside Day Trip】Shirakawa-go & Hida-Takayama: 1-Day Tour to Rural World Heritage Site & Traditional Japan (from Kanazawa)

  • Experience the Japanese rural countryside in a day trip from Kanazawa! The World Heritage Site, Shirakawa-go Village preserves the unchanging rural lifestyle and countryside scenery of traditional Japan. Join this day trip bus tour to see a picturesque rural Japanese village! On this tour, you will visit Shirakawa-go village as well as the traditional old-town of Hida-Takayama. Feel the atmosphere of Japan’s olden days!
  • In the town of Takayama that retains its traditional Edo era architecture, you will visit local long-standing sake breweries and morning markets. Experience local flavors that you’ll only find here!
  • The main attraction of the day-trip tour is Shirakawa-go, a rural countryside village retaining a rural lifestyle and traditional architecture. The observatory on the nearby mountain gives a dazzling panorama of the picturesque scenery!
  • At the end of the day trip tour, experience “gold leaf”, a traditional craft of Kanazawa. You’ll get the chance to see, create, and even eat gold leaf in the form of ice cream!


Area Ishikawa Kanazawa, Gifu (Hida-Takayama, Shirakawago)
Meeting place Kanazawa Station - West exit, group bus stop (1-2-26, Hirooka, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture)
Access Immediately outside Kanazawa Station’s west exit
Meeting time 7:50
Duration 9 hours 30 minutes
Activity Code ACk000709
supported language The accompanying tour guide will be proficient in English. Audio guides are also available for a number of languages. (English, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Indonesian, Thai)
Minimum number of participants 1person

Meeting place


  • ① 8:00 Departure from Kanazawa Station West Exit: group bus stop
    ② Takayama: a traditional townscape of the Edo era
    ③ Lunch
    ④ Shirakawa-go: a picturesque rural countryside village
    ⑤ Ogimachi Castle Observatory Deck: capture the rural landscape of Shirakawa-go
    ⑥ Hakukokan Museum: Gold-leaf crafts
    ⑦ 17:30 Return to Kanazawa Station - end of tour
    • 8:00 - All Aboard! Your Countryside Day-trip to Shirakawa-go and Takayama Begins!
      The Shirakawa-go & Takayama tour will depart from the group bus station at Kanazawa Station West Exit. Sit back and buckle up for a day trip to traditional towns and countryside villages! Please arrive 10 minutes before the departure time, at 7:50.
    • Slip back in time in Old-town Takayama
      The traditional town of Hida-Takayama will be the first stop of your day trip. One step into the town, and you'll already feel like you've traveled back in time!
      The central area of Takayama developed in the Edo era as a castle town with a bustling merchant culture. Much of its architecture remains from the late-Edo to mid-Meiji periods. The traditional townscape has been dubbed “Hida’s little Kyoto”, and is recommended with 3 stars by the Michelin travel guide. Take to the streets, feeling like a townsperson of the Edo era!
      The tour will stop by long-running sake breweries and morning markets. You'll catch a glimpse of the town's old and surviving traditions and lifestyles!
    • A Local Specialty: Hida Beef with Magnolia Leaf
      Just about when walking has made you hungry, it'll be lunch time! Fitting the traditional Edo era look of Hida-Takayama, lunch will be delicious Japanese food. For the main dish, you will have Roasted Hida Beef cooked on a magnolia leaf, as is the traditional style of Gifu Prefecture. Experience the long-loved local flavor of Hida-Takayama!
    • Shirakawa-go Village: A relaxing countryside scenery
      Shirakawa-go Village will greet you with a picturesque scenery of a peaceful rural countryside. Protecting the unchanging rural lifestyles of Shirakawa-go’s people in Gifu Prefecture's countryside are the houses, over 100 of which still have a traditional Gassho-zukuri construction. “Gassho-zukuri” (clapped-hand construction) is a uniquely Japanese architectural style, characterized by a tall triangular roof.
      In acknowledgement of Shirakawa-go's constant efforts to protect its traditional countryside scenery and rural lifestyle, UNESCO designated the village a world heritage site in 1995. Regardless of one’s upbringing, Shirakawa-go's rural countryside scenery is sure to arouse some nostalgia from someplace in the heart. Enjoy a moment of peace and relaxation at Shirakawa-go village.
    • A View of Shirakawa-go: a diorama of Japan's rural countryside
      Ogimachi Castle was built at the top of a steep cliff, and its ruins continue to overlook the village of Shirakawa-go. The rural countryside view seen from here is a treasure of its own. 
      The forested mountains and sprawling fields take on a new coat for every season, making a picturesque countryside scenery for every season. Witness Shirakawa-go's harmony of traditional architecture and rural Japan's nature, and the unforgettable vista that they create!
    • The Glamorous “Chamber of Gold” in Kanazawa
      After enjoying the rural countryside at Shirakawa-go village, the tour will end at Kanazawa. Here you will experience gold-leaf crafts, a traditional craft of the region. At the Hakukokan museum, virtual images and projection mapping create a unique multimedia adventure on the history and methods of gold-leaf crafts. Our highlight was the “Chamber of Gold”, whose entire walls were covered in a layer of gold. The glow of the golden walls blinded us on entrance, and was a gorgeous sight!
    • Try it Yourself! Traditional Gold-Leaf Crafts and Ice Cream
      Now that you’ve seen the beauty of gold leaf, it’s time to try crafting with it. Experience gold leaf crafts by placing them on postcards and adding patterns! This sparkling one-of-a-kind souvenir is sure to become a lasting memento of the trip.
      At the end of your experience, you will be served "gold leaf ice cream". You heard that right! You will see gold leaf is decorated boldly on top of soft-serve ice cream; it will look great on your social media!


Included in the fee
- English-speaking guide
- Bus fare
- Lunch
- Audio guide rental fee
- Wi-fi Service
- Experience fee for gold leaf crafting
Not included in the fee
- Charges and fees not listed above
- The destinations and itinerary are subject to change according to traffic, climate, and any other inevitable circumstances. In the case that a destination is not in operation, you will be guided to an alternative location.
- A multi-language audio guide is available. (English, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Indonesian, Thai)
- The Lunch menu is subject to change according to circumstances.
- Vegetarian and Halal options are available for lunch. Please inform the tour staff at least two days before the tour date.
- If Ogimachi Castle is inaccessible due to traffic, your stay in Shirakawa-go will be extended.
- There will be no mid-transit disembarkation
- There will be stretches of long walking at the destinations. Please arrive in comfortable shoes.
The bus will be equipped with Wi-fi.
Cancellation policy
If a participant cancels for personal reasons, the following charges will occur in their respective time frames.
・8 days before :none
・7-2 days before:30% of the tour price 
・1 day before:40% of the tour price
・Day of, before the tour start time:50% of the tour price
・Day of, after the tour start time, or without notice:100% of the tour price
Operating Company
Japan Panoramic Tours

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