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Shirakawago Tours

Shirakawago Tours

The village in Shirakawago is known for the traditional Gassho-style that looks like two hands are praying, which is why they are called the "gassho- zukuri”. This means that it looks like the structure is made of two hands praying. After generations, the villagers in this snow-prone area have developed protection against heavy snowfall with the “gassho- zukuri”. Now, visitors come from within the nation and from abroad to see the admirable structures.

In 1995, the Historic Village of Shirakawa-Go was inscribed in the World Heritage as a cultural site in Japan. Located in the mountainous regions of the Gifu and Toyama prefectures resides this village with Gassho-styled houses. The best examples of these houses are in Ogimachi. Some of the farmhouses that reside in this area are over 250 years old. In the winter time these farmhouses are illuminated on certain weekends. The best spot to view the village is from the Shiroyama viewpoint near the Shogawa River.

The Gassho architectural design refers to the way a person puts their hands together with the palms facing inward almost like a prayer. The thatched roofs, made without nails, were meant to survive heavy snow fall and provide enough space to work through the winter. The abundant attic space allowed the villagers to cultivate silkworms. Shirakawago represents a traditional way of life that has adapted to their area. Shirakawago illustrate the traditional ways of human settlement and how these complex farmhouses attested to time. Even though there were drastic changes from 1950, the area around the Gassho-style farmhouses made no significant change to the structure of roads, canals, and land use. To this day visitors have the opportunity to stay overnight in one of the Gassho styled farmhouses.

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Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Leaves Tour arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto

    3 reviews

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6898.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 16 guests.

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Mon. Nov 4, 2024 Wed. Nov 13, 2024 US $6898.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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Mon. Nov 3, 2025 Wed. Nov 12, 2025 US $6898.00

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Mon. Nov 2, 2026 Wed. Nov 11, 2026 US $6898.00

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Tokyo / Ashikaga / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto

    3 reviews

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6898.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

Travel to Japan's main cities and rural regions with a chance to see the Great Wisteria Tree and captivating Shibazakura with a maximum group size 16 guests.

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Mon. May 5, 2025 Wed. May 14, 2025 US $6898.00

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Mon. May 4, 2026 Wed. May 13, 2026 US $6898.00

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Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto

    3 reviews

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $7098.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

Attend the beautiful Takayama Spring Festival, visit the best spots to see cherry blossoms, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 16 guests.

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Fri. Apr 11, 2025 Sun. Apr 20, 2025 US $7098.00

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Sat. Apr 11, 2026 Mon. Apr 20, 2026 US $7098.00

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Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto

    3 reviews

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $7098.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 16 guests.

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Sun. Oct 6, 2024 Tue. Oct 15, 2024 US $7098.00

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Mon. Oct 6, 2025 Wed. Oct 15, 2025 US $7098.00

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Tue. Oct 6, 2026 Thu. Oct 15, 2026 US $7098.00

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Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto

    3 reviews

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $7098.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 16 guests.

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Mon. Mar 24, 2025 Wed. Apr 2, 2025 US $7098.00

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Mon. Mar 30, 2026 Wed. Apr 8, 2026 US $7098.00

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    question mark icon         Tour#: GTC4566054

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Shiraoi / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Lake Akan / Kushiro / Tokyo / Hakone / Kawazu / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Takamatsu / Kobe

    3 reviews

21 Days 20 Nights | from US $8698.00

Discover the unmissable Winter Highlights of Japan on a 21-day itinerary, with exciting Hokkaido Winter Festivals, the Snow Monkeys of Yudanaka, and the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival.

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Sun. Feb 2, 2025 Sat. Feb 22, 2025 US $8698.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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    3 reviews

21 Days 20 Nights | from US $8798.00

This tour is designed to give you an in-depth understanding of Japan's most important and famous locations as well as its hidden gems and rural locations.

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Thu. May 1, 2025 Wed. May 21, 2025 US $8798.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Hiroshima / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe

    6 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8898.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 16 guests.

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Mon. Sep 2, 2024 Sun. Sep 15, 2024 US $8898.00

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Mon. Sep 7, 2026 Sun. Sep 20, 2026 US $8898.00

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    9 reviews

22 Days 21 Nights | from US $8898.00

Explore Japan's all four main islands: Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, & Kyushu...plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.

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Sat. Nov 2, 2024 Sat. Nov 23, 2024 US $8898.00 Sapporo Fukuoka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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    9 reviews

22 Days 21 Nights | from US $8998.00

Exploring Japan's all four main islands: Kyushu, Shikoku, Honshu, & Hokkaido, as well as the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival.

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Mon. Sep 30, 2024 Mon. Oct 21, 2024 US $8998.00 Fukuoka Sapporo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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