On this 4 day tour, depart from Tokyo, enjoy Mt.Fuji and then head inland to visit the impressive Takayama and Kanazawa areas, both offering insight into old and traditional Japan.

Travel by train to Takayama retaining a traditional touch in its beautifully preserved old town. In Shirakawago explore the picturesque thatched roofed houses and in Kanazawa, visit the Nagamachi Samurai district, the beautiful Kenrokuen Gardens and the Higashi Chaya district, with its wooden-latticed teahouses and stone-paved streets. This tour ends back in Kyoto.

Destination Japan
Cities & Location Kyoto, Takayama, Shirakawago and Kanazawa
Duration 3 Days / 2 Nights

Tour Schedule

Departs: On Selected Dates - Modular Group Tour

Guaranteed Departure Applies: As soon as 2 people are booked on this tour.

NOTE: We regret we do not accept children under 15 years old on this tour.


Day 1: Kyoto – Takayama

Today you will transferred to the station to board a morning Shinkansen (bullet train) to Nagoya where you change trains to the Limited express train to Takayama.
The journey will take you through some stunning countryside during the 4 hour journey. On board there are quality toilets, a smoking room and drinks and snacks are bought through regularly by trolley. You are welcome to take a packed lunch which are available to purchase at the train station before boarding.
Takayama is a city in the mountainous Hida region of Gifu Prefecture. It retains a traditional touch like few other Japanese cities, especially in its beautifully preserved old town, which has been beautifully preserved with many buildings and whole streets of houses dating from the Edo Period (1600-1868), when the city thrived as a wealthy town of merchants. The southern half of the old town, especially the Sannomachi Street, survives in a particularly pretty state with many old homes, shops, coffee houses and sake breweries, some of which have been in business for centuries.
On arrival you will meet your local guide for a walking tour to visit Yatai Kaikan Hall and on to Kusakabe Folk Museum, one of Takayama’s oldest merchant homes and then wander through Kami Sannomachi Street, still retaining much of its original atmosphere and traditional buildings.
Overnight in Takayama.

Day 2: Takayama – Shirakawa-go - Kanazawa (L)

Today you will visit the Takayama Morning Market before a visit to the World Heritage Shirakawa-go where you can savour the taste of home-style cooking that can only be experienced in regions such as this. You will then continue to the Wada Residence (a traditional thatched- roof farmhouse).
After lunch, you will head to Kanazawa
Overnight in Kanazawa

Day 3: Kanazawa - Kyoto

Your first stop today will be the Nagamachi Samurai District and soak in the atmosphere of the days of the samurai in this area, where the earthen walls, waterways, and stone paths remain as they were when samurai of the Kaga domain resided here.
Moving on you will visit what is justifiably one of Japan’s three most beautiful landscape gardens, Kenrouku-en Gardens. This spacious garden used to be the outer garden of the Kanazawa Castle and offers amazing seasonal views all year round.

Continuing on you will visit the Higashi Chaya district, with its wooden-latticed exteriors of teahouses lining both sides of the stone-paved street, where something from the Edo period still lingers in the air. This area is an Important Traditional Building Preservation District.
After a stop at the Hakuza (gold leaf shop) you will head to Kanazawa Station where you will board you high speed train taking you to Tokyo.
Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel, where you tour will end. (approximately 6pm)

Terms & Conditions

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