Price changes

We have no tour since the end of 2020 due to CORONA Virus. So we have not updated prices since then. Due to current price rise of fuel, etc., tour prices may have changed. We will confirm every time we are contacted by customers.

Contact us at least 2 weeks before your tour

Please contact us at least 2 weeks before the scheduled date of your tour. Otherwise, it is not possible to make necessary arrangement for your tour. If you plan a trip to Japan in high seasons (December-January, late March-early April, late April-early May), please contact us at least ONE MONTH before, or preferably TWO MONTHS before the tour date. The number of cars and drivers is very limited.

Year end and new year

Please note that during year-end and new-year holiday period (28 Dec - 5 Jan), high season price are to be applied. Typically, 20,000 yen per a car will be added to ordinary prices. Please also note that availability of cars and guides is limited during this period.

Shirakawago light-up event 2023

On the days of Shirakawago light-up events, only registered cars are allowed to have access to the area on the days of events. So we are not going to offer private light-up tours in 2023 . Some bus companies offer light-up tours, but information in English may not be available. Please (see here).

Nagoya to Takayama and Shirakawago Private tour

TakayamaDo you like to visit Takayama and Shirakawago from Nagoya City? We offer private tours to Takayama and Shirakawago from Nagoya.

If you need a guide, currently guides from Nagoya are available in English, Chinese, Spanish, French and Portuguese.

If you like to consult us about your itinerary, special requirements, budget, etc. please

Contact us from here

Popular tour plans from Nagoya to Takayama/Shirakawago

The table below indicate our popular plans and typical prices. Please enquire for a large group. Tour by public bus is not recommended due to inflexibility of the schedule and the difficulty to book it.

Tour No. No. of pax transport
duration price range
up to 9
train and car
without guide
12.5 hours
depends on pax
up to 8
by Toyota Alphard (max 5) or Toyota Hiace (max 8)
with a guide
11 hours
from 150,000 yen
Special offer
Most popular
good for
9-17 pax
by 18 seater minibus
with a guide
11 hours
from 160,000 yen

Overtime charge: 10,000 yen for every additional hour (NGO-3 and NGO-4 only).

Special offer (Tour NGO-4)

A bus company gives us a special offer of their 18-seater minibus from around Nagoya. This is the most recommendable tour plan for groups of 9-17 pax for Takayama and Shirakawago.

Standard duration of the tour is 11 hours. Since this is a private car hiring, departure time and place can be flexible. No additional hotel pick-up charge within the center of Nagoya City, Gifu City, Gifu-Hashima Station or nearby places. Longer tours available with additional costs (10,000 yen per every additional hour).

8:30 Meet with our driver at Nagoya Station or your hotel (free hotel pick up for the hotels in the center of Nagoya).
9:00-11:00 Nagoya-Takayama
11:00-13:30 Tour in Takayama and lunch
13:30-14:30 Takayama-Shirakawago
14:30-16:30 Visit World Heritage Shirakawago Village
16:30-19:30 Shirakawago-Nagoya

Arrangement of lunch in Shirakawago is available for a group of 5 or larger. See this page. The popular traditional set menu with Hida beef is around 1,800 yen (without tax) per person.

Price of the tour is fixed at 160,000 yen (18-seater minibus) including driver, highway tolls, parking fees, an English-speaking guide, and 10% tax. Meals and entrance fees are not included in the price.

During Christmas and New Year's holiday season, high season rate is applied.

In case you have large suitcases, 18-seater minibus may be too small and you need a larger bus.

There is only one mini-bus available a day at this price. So please ask for the availability.

Contact us from here
for this special offer

Model plans

To go from Nagoya to Takayama and Shirakawago, there are choices of transportation.

  1. By train from Nagoya to Takayama, by car from Takayama to Shirakawago - 12 hours 30 minutes
  2. By luxurious Toyota Alphard from Nagoya - 11 hours

You have to choose the best means of transport for you by considering cost, flexibility, capacity, time, etc. If you choose a tour by car, it gives you the maximum flexibility but can be more expensive. If you use a tour by bus, it's the cheapest but you cannot expect flexibility. If you are a group of four or more, and especially with children and/or elderly people, we strongly recommend to take tour by car. Tour duration is shorter and the itinerary can be more flexible.

We give you advice to choose the most suitable option for you.

Arrangement of meals is also available. In addition to popular food such as Hida beef, soba noodle and Takayama ramen, there are Muslim and vegetarian lunches available.

Packaged Tours

If you are not interested in private tours and looking for an inexpensive packaged tours from Nagoya, then visit Packaged Tours from Nagoya to Takayama/Shirakawago. This tour is operated by a large touring company.

Itineraries and prices of each tour

Our popular tours are shown below. If your group is large (over 17 people), you need more customizing, you need special arrangements, etc., please contact us from this page.

All schedules are subject to change. Prices are estimates to give you general ideas about the costs. All tours include a guide accompanying you from Nagoya. If you need booking of transport and/or accommodations without taking our guided tour, a service charge for booking is applied.

Overnight stay in Takayama/Shirakawago and tours including Gokayama, Kanazawa and/or Gujo Hachiman also available. Please inquire.

3) Tour NGO-3: from Nagoya to Shirakawago and Takayama tour by luxurious Toyota Alphard or a Toyota Hiace with a guide
about 10 hours

This is the most recommendable tour plan for small groups. Duration of tour is 10 hours and time and schedule can be flexible. Meals and admissions can be included upon request. In the case of Mini-bus or larger buses, it take more time and standard tour duration is 11 hours.

Itinerary (11 hours)
8:30 Meet with our driver at Nagoya Station or your hotel (free hotel pick up for the hotels in the center of Nagoya).
8:30-11:00 Nagoya-Takayama
11:00-13:30 Tour in Takayama and lunch
13:30-14:30 Takayama-Shirakawago
14:30-16:30 Visit World Heritage Shirakawago Village
16:30-19:30 Shirakawago-Nagoya

Prices below are just estimates. Price varies slightly depending on the types of the car available on the day of the tour.

Car type Capacity
Estimated price
Sedan (hired taxi)
from 140,000
Toyota Alphard
from 148,000
Toyota Hiace (10-seater)
from 148,000
Mini-bus (18-seater) 11 hours
from 160,000

Prices include a car with driver, highway toll, parking fees in Takayama and Shirakawago, an English-speaking guide, and 10% tax. Prices are subject to change depending on the type of the car, etc.

If you like to include Gokayama (Suganuma Village or Ainokura Village), you need additional 2-4 hours. Tour price will be higher due to the longer hours. Additional cost is 10,000 yen per every additional hour. Please inquire.

For this plan, contact us from here

Tour NGO-2: from Nagoya to Shirakawago and Takayama tour by train and car with or without guide
about 12.5 hours

We recommend early booking otherwise train seats may not be available especially in holiday seasons.

If you like to visit Gokayama (Suganuma Village or Ainokura Village), you need to leave earlier and shorten the stay in Takayama and Shirakawago. Tour price will be higher due to the longer hours.

Meeting point is Nagoya Station. Hotel pick up is available with additional fees for transportation of our guide.

8:43 Depart from Nagoya Station, JR Tokai Express Hida No.3
10:55 Arrive at Takayama Station
Looking around Takayama (morning market, old streets, sake tasting, etc.)
12:00 Lunch
14:00 Depart from Takayama by a car
14:50 Arrive at Shirakawago view point
Visit World Heritage Shirakawago Village
17:10 Depart from Shirakawago Parking area
18:00 Arrive at Takayama Station
18:45 Depart from Takayama Station by JR Tokai Express Hida No. 20
21:02 Arrive at Nagoya Station

Groups with 9 people or over need buses. Contact us from here.

Price varies according to the size of your group (car size), and the train tickets. Those who have JR Pass pay for car (and guide) only. Table below shows the price of car hiring from Takayama to Shirakawago for 4 hours (including highway tolls and parking fees) without guide (self-guided tour).

Size of group
Car type Estimated price
1-3 Sedan (hired taxi)
1-6 Toyota Alphard
1-9 Toyota Hiace Wagon
up to 18 Mini-bus
from 110,000

The price of a return ticket varies from season to season. During the low season, a special discount ticket is available at JR ticket counter. The price of this special ticket is same for children. Tickets are available at JR ticket office. We can purchase the train tickets for you and send them to your hotel. Service and posting charge is from 5,000 yen.

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from here

Takayama and Shirakawago Private Tours