Discover the historic treasures of Takayama and Shirakawago on a captivating one-day private charter tour. With flexible customization and an English-speaking driver, you’ll enjoy a personalized journey through these charming destinations. Enjoy the cultural wonders of the Wada House and Hida no Sato, while savoring a delectable local lunch. This exclusive tour, limited to a maximum of 13 travelers, promises an unforgettable experience. Unlock the secrets of these Japanese gems and prepare to be enchanted by the natural beauty and rich heritage that await.

Key Points

1 Day Private Charter Tour to Takayama & Shirakawago - Key Points

  • One-day private charter tour that offers a flexible itinerary to visit the historic towns of Takayama and Shirakawago.
  • Tour includes private air-conditioned transportation, an English-speaking driver, admission fees, bottled water, and lunch.
  • Maximum group size of 13 for a personalized experience.
  • Pickup and drop-off from hotels, airports, or other locations within the specified radius.
  • Cancellation policy allows for a full refund up to 24 hours before the tour start time.

Tour Description

1 Day Private Charter Tour to Takayama & Shirakawago - Tour Description

This private charter tour offers a one-day excursion to the historic towns of Takayama and Shirakawago.

It’s a great way to explore these charming destinations with a private, air-conditioned vehicle and an English-speaking driver.

During the tour, you’ll have the flexibility to customize your itinerary to suit your interests.

The tour includes pickup and drop-off from your hotel or airport, as well as entrance fees to key attractions like the Wada House and Hida no Sato.

You’ll also enjoy a delicious lunch and refreshing bottled water throughout the day.

With a maximum group size of 13 people, this tour provides a personalized and hassle-free experience to discover the beauty of Japan’s rural heartland.

Included in the Tour

1 Day Private Charter Tour to Takayama & Shirakawago - Included in the Tour

The tour consistently includes private transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle, along with an English-speaking driver to guide participants throughout the day. Travelers also receive bottled water and a delicious lunch as part of the package.

In addition, the tour provides access to popular local attractions like the Wada House, Takayama Jiniya, and Hida no Sato. Adult admission to the Wada House is 400 yen, while children and groups of 20 or more, as well as those with disabilities, pay a discounted rate of 200 yen.

With a customizable itinerary and all necessary fees covered, this tour offers a seamless and enjoyable experience for visitors exploring Takayama and Shirakawago.

Pickup and Drop-off

1 Day Private Charter Tour to Takayama & Shirakawago - Pickup and Drop-off

Travelers can be picked up from hotels, airports, and other locations within the highlighted pickup radius, and they’ll be dropped off back at their original departure point at the end of the tour.

This private charter tour offers a convenient and personalized experience, with:

  1. Pick-up from hotels, airports, or any other location within the specified radius.
  2. Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle with an English-speaking driver.
  3. Flexible itinerary, allowing you to customize the tour to your preferences.
  4. Drop-off at the original departure point, ensuring a seamless start and end to your day.

The tour’s pickup and drop-off options, combined with the customizable itinerary, make it an excellent choice for a hassle-free exploration of Takayama and Shirakawago.

Tour Schedule

1 Day Private Charter Tour to Takayama & Shirakawago - Tour Schedule

The tour starts promptly at 9:00 am, offering travelers an early start to their day of exploration. This allows ample time to visit the historic villages of Takayama and Shirakawago without feeling rushed. The schedule is designed to maximize sightseeing while accounting for travel time between destinations.

Time Activity
9:00 am Depart from pickup location
11:00 am Arrive in Takayama, explore the old town and visit Takayama Jinya
1:00 pm Enjoy a local lunch
2:30 pm Depart for Shirakawago, wander through the picturesque village
5:00 pm Depart Shirakawago, return to original pickup location

The tour schedule is carefully crafted to provide a seamless and enriching experience for all participants.

Cancellation Policy

1 Day Private Charter Tour to Takayama & Shirakawago - Cancellation Policy

Canceling or changing the tour can be done up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund, but any requests made less than 24 hours before the start time won’t be accepted. This ensures the tour operator can properly prepare and accommodate everyone.

The cancellation policy is based on the local time, so guests need to be mindful of time zone differences if traveling from afar.

Full refund available for cancellations up to 24 hours prior to the start time.

Changes less than 24 hours before departure aren’t accepted.

Cancellation cut-off times are based on the local time where the tour takes place.

Adhering to the policy helps the tour run smoothly for all participants.

Takayama Jiniya

1 Day Private Charter Tour to Takayama & Shirakawago - Takayama Jiniya

One of the highlights of the Takayama & Shirakawago tour is stopping by the Takayama Jiniya, a historic merchant house that offers visitors a glimpse into the daily lives of affluent families during the Edo period.

Guests can explore the well-preserved interiors and admire the traditional architecture, including the distinctive latticed windows and ornate wooden carvings.

The Takayama Jiniya provides a unique opportunity to learn about the region’s rich history and culture, as knowledgeable guides share stories about the building’s former occupants and their way of life.

Whether you’re interested in history, architecture, or just soaking up the atmosphere of a bygone era, a visit to the Takayama Jiniya is sure to be a memorable part of your tour experience.

Hida No Sato

1 Day Private Charter Tour to Takayama & Shirakawago - Hida No Sato

Another highlight on the Takayama & Shirakawago tour is Hida no Sato, an open-air museum that showcases traditional farmhouses and provides visitors with a glimpse into rural life in the Hida region.

Guests can wander through the well-preserved historical structures, which include gassho-zukuri style thatched-roof houses, and learn about the architectural techniques and daily activities that were central to the local culture.

Some of the key features of Hida no Sato include:

  • Authentic farmhouses that date back to the Edo period
  • Demonstrations of traditional crafts and skills, such as silk-making and woodworking
  • Opportunities to sample local cuisine and try on traditional clothing
  • Scenic landscapes and hiking trails that offer stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

Wada House

1 Day Private Charter Tour to Takayama & Shirakawago - Wada House

The Wada House, one of the key attractions within the Hida no Sato open-air museum, offers visitors a chance to step back in time and experience the traditional architecture and lifestyle of the region. This well-preserved gassho-zukuri style farmhouse, dating back to the Edo period, showcases the unique tilted-roof design that was essential for withstanding the heavy snowfall in the Hida mountains.

Admission Fees
Adults 400 yen
Children 200 yen
Groups (20+) 200 yen
Disabled 200 yen

Visitors can explore the meticulously maintained interiors, admire the intricate woodwork, and gain insights into the daily life and traditions of the Hida people. The Wada House stands as a testament to the ingenuity and resilience of the region’s rural communities, making it a must-visit destination on this private tour.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Customize the Tour Itinerary?

Yes, the tour is customizable. Customers can work with the tour provider to personalize the itinerary and activities based on their preferences and interests within the tour’s scope and schedule.

What if I Have Special Dietary Requirements?

The tour operator is happy to accommodate special dietary requirements. Just let them know your needs ahead of time, and they’ll ensure appropriate meals or snacks are provided during the tour.

Is It Possible to Add Extra Stops Along the Way?

Yes, the tour is customizable, so it’s possible to add extra stops along the way. The customer can discuss this with the tour provider and they’ll try to accommodate any additional requests within the tour schedule.

Can I Request a Female Driver for the Tour?

Yes, you can request a female driver for the tour. The tour operator typically tries to accommodate specific requests like this, as long as it’s made in advance. Just let them know your preference when booking the tour.

How Many Luggage Items Can I Bring on the Tour?

The tour does not have an explicit limit on the number of luggage items allowed. However, it’s recommended to bring only what is necessary, as space in the vehicle may be limited. Guests should check with the tour operator for any specific guidelines.


This private tour offers an immersive experience in the historic towns of Takayama and Shirakawago.

Travelers can explore cultural attractions like the Wada House and Hida no Sato, enjoy a local lunch, and benefit from private transportation and a flexible itinerary.

With a small group size, the tour provides a personalized way to discover the natural and cultural wonders of these Japanese destinations.

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