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Enjoying the Winter in Osaka, Kyoto, and Gifu (5 days)

From the lively city of Osaka to the quieter, old capital of Kyoto, and finally on to the heart of snow country in Gifu! This course abounds with pleasures unique to the winter season.

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

gassho-zukuri house

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).

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 skewers 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

A tender, juicy delicacy that merits being called a work of art!

Hida Beef

This brand-name beef is highly regarded because of its tenderness、smoothness, and tendency to almost melt in your mouth. Try it as a steak, in a hot pot, grilled on a skewer, and even as sushi!

At "Kitchen Hida," a Hida beef specialty shop, you can savor some of this top-class beef that has been ripened and grilled in a unique way to bring out the absolute best in its taste. If you want to have some of the most delicious beef on the planet, Kitchen Hida should be a destination in your itinerary!

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Name Hida Beef
Address 1-66 Hon-machi, Takayama City, Gifu
Telephone Number 0577-36-2911
Business Hours 11:30am - 3:30pm (Last orders at 2:45pm)
5:00pm - 8:30pm (Last orders at 7:45pm)
Days Closed for Business Wednesdays (except national holidays)
Access 10-minute walk from JR Takayama Station

Stay in Hida Takayama