Shirakawago, Japan

Discover sleepy rural lifestyle in the historic villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama

For those seeking a sleepy rural vibe of Japan’s past where you see farmers, rice fields, valleys, mountains, and wooden houses, the historic villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama are exactly your place to be. Registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, these villages line the Shogawa River Valley and close to each other, but within the bounds of different prefectures: Shirakawago in Gifu and Gokayama in Toyama. The main attraction in the region is traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses with steep thatched roofs, the only examples of their kind in Japan and some of which are more than 250 years old. Several houses are still lived in, whereas others are served as guesthouses or souvenir shops, and even museums where tourists have a chance to look inside the traditional house. Ogimachi in Shirakawago is the most popular village with the most gassho-zukuri houses, while Suganuma and Ainokura villages in Gokayama are much more untouched and untouristy, perfect for intrepid explorers craving rural charm and traditional lifestyle.

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A Fusion of Japan

Tokyo → Matsumoto → Kiso valley → Takayama → Kyoto → Koyasan → Osaka
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Visit a Tokyo’s Sumo Stable in the morning training session to see the strongest guys practice from up close

Discover the different allures of Tokyo in Asakusa and Harajuku, from old temple of Sensoji to trendy streets of Omotesando

Find memories of the Edo era while visiting Matsumoto Castle and Nakamachi-dori district

Enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere and idyllic scene of Japanese countryside in Daio Wasabi Farm

Take a scenic hike through Kamikochi valley’s spectacular sightseeing spots and the surrounding Japan Alps

Get off the beaten path in Kiso valley with ancient nature trails surrounded by verdant forests and nicely preserved post towns

Savor your time in the beautiful old town vibes of Takayama with century-old streets, traditional ryokan, vibrant local markets and museums

Experience laid back rural lifestyle in the historic villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama

Be immersed in Japanese culture, exploring some of Kyoto’s 17 World Heritage Sites and awesome places

Head to the 8th-century capital of Nara to visit the deer park, Todaiji Temple and Kasuga Taisha shrine

Explore Koyasan, the sacred mountain of Shingon Buddhism with its holy temples, extraordinary cemetery and moving morning prayers

Uncover the foodie heaven in Osaka with ample chances of tasting local dishes

Tokyo → Matsumoto → Kiso valley → Takayama → Kyoto → Koyasan → Osaka
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Taste of Japan

Tokyo → Hakone → Takayama → Shirakawago → Kanazawa → Hiroshima → Kyoto
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See the strongest guys practise from up close at a Sumo Stable’s morning training session in Tokyo

Discover the different allures of Tokyo in Asakusa and Harajuku, from old temple of Sensoji to trendy streets of Omotesando

Admire the masterpiece of nature and the symbol of Japan, Mount Fuji along with its Fuji Five Lakes

Embark on Hakone adventure trip with a cruise on Lake Ashi and a ropeway ride through active sulfuric hot springs

Take your time to revel in the beautiful old town vibes of Takayama with aged streets, large hot spring baths and vibrant local markets

Experience laid back rural lifestyle in the historic villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama

Travel back in time while visiting the geisha’s district Higashi Chaya, admiring Kanazawa Castle or Kenrokuen garden

Enjoy a sightseeing tour at Nagamachi, the former living district of samurai during the Edo period

Journey to Hiroshima’s major attractions and pay a visit to the shrine island of Miyajima

Learn about the life and motivation of Geisha in the Gion district in Kyoto as well as enjoy the vibrant nightlife there

Soak up Japanese culture in Kyoto, exploring some of its 17 World Heritage Sites and awesome places

Take a pleasant walk through Sagano lush bamboo grove plus a visit to Tenryuji Temple

Tokyo → Hakone → Takayama → Shirakawago → Kanazawa → Hiroshima → Kyoto
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