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Round Trip Bus Tour of Shirakawa-go & Takayama from Nagoya

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10 hrs

Reconnect with nature as you get out of Nagoya on a comfortable bus and visit the gorgeous Takayama and legendary age-old farmhouses in Shirakawa-go. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage site and the culture of Japan.


  • Escape the bustle of Nagoya and explore nature in Shirakawa-go and Takayama with convenient pick-up and drop-off by bus.

  • Hida Takayama is famous for its mountains and sights like the Takayama Jinya, the government headquarters reflective of the Edo era.

  • Overlooking panoramas of valleys, rice fields, and forested hills, the Tenshukaku Observatory offers spectacular views.

  • Admire Japanese culture in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Shirakawa-go with centuries-old traditional Gassho-zukuri farmhouses.

  • Fun Fact: During the feudal era, Takayama became prominent as a source of high-quality timber and highly experienced carpenters.


Round-trip bus tour of Shirakawa-go & Takayama


  • Lunch

  • Guide

cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 7 days before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Set out on a journey from the industrial hub Nagoya to the history of Japan well preserved in the towns of Shirakawa-go and Takayama. Get on board a comfortable bus that will take you through a scenic route.

The Quaint Beauty of Takayama

Takayama is a city in the Gifu Prefecture's hilly Hida area with a traditional feel and is notable for its wonderfully maintained old town. Stroll through the neighborhood and observe the architecture and historical attractions, such as the Higashiyama Walk and the Takayama Jinya.

You'll be given some free time in the city to enjoy lunch, so bring along some cash and test out delicacies cooked with premium Hida Beef. This excursion is a must for everyone interested in seeing Japan's rural beauty.

Explore Heritage & Culture at Shirakawa-go

Before making your way to the magnificent Shirakawa-go, stop at the Tenshukaku Observatory to admire the gorgeous view of valleys, stretches of green forests, and rice fields. Soak in the scenes and click beautiful pictures before hopping back onboard to reach Shirakawa-go.

Shirakawa-go was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 for the traditional Gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are over 250 years old.

Gassho-zukuri means "built like praying hands" since the steep thatched farmhouse roofs mimic Buddhist monks' hands squeezed together in prayer. The architectural style evolved over generations and helped endure the region's heavy snowfall throughout the winter. Also called "Hida's little Kyoto," it is designated as a conserved area with significant traditional structures from the Edo era.


  • 8:30 am - 11am: Depart for Takayama

  • 11am - 1pm: Tour Takayama - Lunch Break

  • 1pm - 2pm: Depart for Shirakawa-go

  • 2pm - 2:20 pm: Visit Tenshukaku Observatory

  • 2:30 pm - 4pm: Tour Shirakawa-go

  • 4pm - 7pm: Back to Nagoya Station

Important Information

  • This experience requires a minimum of 6 guests to operate.

  • It is required to book your tickets a day in advance by 6pm JST.



  • Pick-up: 8:10 am - 8:20 am

  • Drop-off: 7:00 pm

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you shortly.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID/passport at the boarding point.

  • Please arrive at the boarding point 20 minutes before the scheduled time of your visit to avoid any delays.

Boarding Point

  • Meet your trip staff holding a sign with the trip name at the Yuri Fountain.

  • Address: Nagoya station Taikakutsu exit, 4 Tsubakichō, Nakamura Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 453-0015, Japan.

Get Directions to the Boarding Point

Getting There

By Bus

  • The closest bus stop is Nagoya Sta. (Taikoudori Ent.). It is a quick 1-minute walk to the boarding point.

  • Board Highway Bus - Silk Line to get you there.

By Train

  • The closest train station is Nagoya Station. It is a quick 1-minute walk to the boarding point.

  • Board trains Aonami Line, Chuo Line, Hida, or Nanki to get you there.

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