In 2018, Shirakawago light up (illumination) events will be held on 21 Jan, 28, 4 Feb, and 12 Feb.
It seems that bus tours will be restricted to a few tour operators. Tours in English are not yet announced.
Only the option available now is to hire a car from Takayama, Nagoya, Kanazawa and other cities.
Takayama is the nearest city, though the availability of cars are limited because of high demand.
Price of the Shirakawago light up tour from Takayama by car (up to 5 persons) is from 80,000 yen for about 6 hours. Itinerary is fixed by the car company because of the traffic control on the days of events around Shirakawago.
Tour from Nagoya and Kanazawa by car (up to 4 persons) is from 100,000 yen for 10 hours. These prices include a car with driver, highway toll, parking fees and 8% tax. Meals, admissions, etc. are not included.
No tour bus is allowed to visit Shirakawago on the days of events. So we cannot offer any tour for a group over 5 persons from Takayama, and 4 persons from other places.
Guides are also limited on the days of light up events. The price of a guide is 30,000 yen from Takayama and 40,000 yen from other cities.
Please inquire us about the price and availability of cars from Nagoya, Kanazawa and other places.