【Countryside Day Trip】Afternoon Bus Tour to World Heritage Site Shirakawa-go: Traditional Rural Landscapes & Gold Craft Tour (From Takayama)

【Countryside Day Trip】Afternoon Bus Tour to World Heritage Site Shirakawa-go: Traditional Rural Landscapes & Gold Craft Tour (From Takayama)

  • Experience the Japanese Rural Countryside in a short afternoon day trip from Takayama! The World Heritage Site, Shirakawa-go Village preserves the unchanging rural lifestyle and scenery of traditional Japan. Join this day trip bus tour to see a picturesque rural Japanese village, and feel the atmosphere of the country’s olden days!
  • At Shirakawa-go, a peaceful countryside village preserves rural lifestyles and traditional architecture. The observatory on the nearby mountain gives a dazzling panorama of the 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 Shirakawago
Meeting place Takayama Station West Exit - bus terminal (1-22-10, Showamachi, Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture)
Access Immediately outside Takayama Station West Exit
Meeting time 12:30
Duration 4 hours 50 minutes
Activity Code ACk000710
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 12:40 Departure from Takayama Station West Exit Group bus stop
    ② Shirakawa-go: a picturesque rural countryside village
    ③ Ogimachi Castle Observatory Deck: capture the countryside landscape of rural Shirakawa-go
    ④ Hakukokan Museum: Gold-leaf crafts
    ⑤ 17:30 Kanazawa Station - end of tour
    • 12:40 - All Aboard! Your Countryside Day-trip to Shirakawa-go Begins!
      Your day-trip to Gifu Prefecture's rural countryside, Shirakawa-go village will depart from Takayama Station West Exit bus terminal. Sit back and buckle up for a relaxing afternoon in a rural Japanese countryside! Please arrive 10 minutes before the departure time, at 12:30.
    • 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 and rural 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 glamor of the golden walls was a dazzling contrast to the relaxing rural countryside! 
    • 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
- Audio guide rental fee
- Wi-fi Service
- Experience fee for gold leaf crafting
Not included in the fee
- All costs and charges 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)
- 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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