From Tokyo and Mt. Fuji to Gifu (6 days)

Centered around the Kanto and Chubu regions of Japan, this course offers the opportunity to fully take-in and enjoy traditional Japanese culture and the magnificence of Mother Nature.

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The center of politics in the Hida region during the Edo period remains preserved to this day

morning market

"Jinya" is the collective name of government office buildings including administrative offices, offcials' living quarters, warehouses, etc. The Takayama Historical Government House (or the Takayama Jinya) is the only remaining facility of its kind in all of Japan.

The morning market in front of the Takayama Historical Government House is usually filled with around 50 different stalls and stands, in which you'll find a variety of produce as well as local crafts.

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Name Takayama Historical Government House
Address 1-5 Hachiken-machi, Takayama City, Gifu
Telephone Number 0577-32-0643 (Takayama Jinya Management Office)
Business Hours From March to October (not including August): 8:45am - 5:00pm
During August: 8:45am - 6:00pm
From November to February: 8:45am - 4:30pm
Days Closed for Business December 29, 31, January 1
Price 420 yen (High school students and younger enter for free)
Access 10-minute walk from JR Takayama Station

An old merchant town that overflows with a traditional Japanese atmosphere and that is perfect for taking a stroll!


Located at the center of the castle town, the three main streets that make up the most popular part of Takayama's Historic District served as a bustling merchant town in times past. This area is referred to as "Sanmachi-dori," and it is distinguishable by the distinctive, old architecture and old shops that remain to this day. This area, bustling with shops and stalls of all kinds, is the heart of Takayamka tourism, and it is a place not to be missed!

Among these stores are old-fashioned Japanese sweet shops, stores selling traditional crafts, and places selling local specialties such as mitarashi dango rice ball snacks and skewered Hida beef etc. You can buy a popular "sarubobo" amulet or, especially recommended during the winter, taste some sake at one of the many breweries in town.

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Name Takayama Historic District
Address Kamiichino-machi, Takayama City, Gifu
Telephone Number 0577-32-3333 (Takayama City Tourism Department)
Access 12-minute walk from JR Takayama Station

Leap into an old, fairy tale-like world and experience the picturesque harmony between the village and nature!


Hidden away deep in the mountains is this quaint settlement in Shirakawa Village that is famous for its gassho-zukuri houses whose grand roofs resemble hands clasped in prayer. Many of these houses are still inhabited to this day, and together with their adjacent rice paddies, they paint an incredibly picturesque landscape that is a joy to behold and to take a stroll through. The Shiroyama Viewpoint offers a great panoramic view of the settlement in its entirety.

The oldest and largest remaining gassho-zukuri house in the village, the Wada House, is still used as a private residence, but part of it is also open to the public for viewing. There, you will find many tools used in everyday life a long time ago displayed throughout the house.

Some gassho-zukuri houses also offer accommodation. Be sure to book in advance if considering this memorable option!

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Name UNESCO World Heritage Site Shirakawa-go
Address Ogimachi, Shirakawa-mura, Ono District, Gifu
Business Hours 9:00am - 5:00pm (Wada House)
Days Closed for Business Irregular Closing Days (Wada House)
Price Adults: 300 yen, Children: 150 yen (Wada House)
Access Accessible by Nohi Bus and Hokuriku Railway Bus either from JR Takayama Station on the Takayama Line (about 60 minutes away) or from JR Kanazawa Station on the Hokuriku Main Line (around 75 minutes away).

Stay in World Heritage Site Shirakawa-go