Day Trip to Shirakawago and Hida Takayama from Nagoya

Day Trips & Excursions in Southern Higashiyama

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Explore Gifu Prefecture's two World Heritage spots Shirakawa-go and Hida Takayama on this day trip departing from Nagoya. Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and look forward to wandering around a unique village, strolling through historic streets, stunning mountain landscapes and lunch using authentic local ingredients. This tour is also available as a private charter plan. For further details, please click the link below.
Meet your tour conductor and fellow passengers at the designated meeting point and then pop onto the comfortable tour bus which will take you to Hida Takayama, around 2.5 hours away. Enjoy the city landscape gradually change to the rugged mountains as you near the first destination. At Hida Takayama, you will head to the main street and a chance to stretch your legs. There, you will be have around an hour and a half of free time to enjoy the unique streets known as "Little Kyoto" by the locals. The nickname is duly deserved as the well-preserved historic district of the castle town full of old buildings from the Edo period indeed looks like a miniature version of Kyoto. After working up a hunger, it’s time for lunch and a rest for 50 minutes. On the menu are local ingredients centered on Hida beef. During the summer/autumn departures dates (July 20 – October 17), the beef will be served shabu-shabu style accompanied by miso and soy sauce marinated Keichan chicken grilled with vegetables. For later departure dates in autumn/winter (starting from October 20), the meal will be a sukiyaki set meal.With satisfied bellies, pop onto the bus again to head to the most famous travel spot in the area, the World Heritage site of Shirakawa-go. The village is renowned for its “Gassho-zukuri” style thatched-roof farmhouses, referring to the shape of the roof that looks like a person's hands held together in prayer. You have an ample one hour and 40 minutes to fully appreciate what rural life in Japan must have been like. The unique village looks stunning all-year round from blooming flowers in the spring and summer, autumn foliage in the autumn and snow in the winter.The tour ends at this point and the coach will return to Nagoya with an estimated arrival time of 19:30. This tour is also available as a private charter plan. For further details please click the link below.

What’s included

  • Transportation by coach
  • Lunch
  • English-speaking tour conductor
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges

What’s not included

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter


  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Led by a local guide
  • Lunch included