Shirakawa-go

No more tours available during 22nd Dec 2019 - 5 Jan 2020

We have no more cars for the period 22nd Dec 2019 - 5 Jan 2020. So we do not conduct more tours during this period. Sorry for your inconvenience.

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, 10,000-15,000 yen per a car will be added to ordinary prices. Please also note that availability of cars and guides is alredy limited during this period.

Shirakawago light-up event 2020

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 2020 . Some group tours are available from Nagoya and Takayama (see here).

Private tour from Osaka to Takayama and Shirakawago

Shirakawago tour from Osaka: 1-day or 2-day?

TakayamaYou can make a day tour from Osaka to Takayama and Shirakawago. We recommend to take 2 days if you have time.

Shirakawago and Takayama 1-day tour from Osaka via Kanazawa

If you like to visit Shirakawago/Takayama in a day from Osaka, take express train from Osaka Station (not Shin-Osaka Station) to Kanazawa Station, then take tours from Kanazawa.

Timetable of JR Express train from Osaka Station in early morning

The return-ticket is 15,580 yen per person (adult, low season price) for a reserved seat. If you have a JR Pass, then you don't need to buy tickets but just make reservation at nearest JR station.

Train
name
Dept
Osaka
Dept
Kyoto
Arrive
Kanazawa
Thunderbird 3 07:00 07:29 09:38
Thunderbird 5 07:40 08:10 10:25
Thunderbird 9 08:40 09:09 11:14

For Osaka and Kyoto, the last train is Thunderbird 48 departing from Kanazawa at 20:48. There are express trains available every one hour. So you can choose a train for your convenience.

Day tours from Kanazawa

Several types of day-tours available from Kanazawa, or you can have an overnight stay in Kanazawa to explore Kanazawa.

Starndard (low season) prices of each tour from Kanazawa

Prices include an English-speaking driver, highway tolls, parking fees and sales tax. Meals, admissions and guide are not included.

5-hour Shirakawago tour

Size of group
(person)
Car type Estimated price
(yen)
1-3 Sedan (hired taxi)
60,000
1-6 Toyota Alphard
70,000
1-9 Toyota Hiace Wagon
70,000
up to 13 Nissan Caravan
90,000
up to 18 Mini-bus
90,000

6-hour Shirakawago and Gokayama tour

Size of group
(person)
Car type Estimated price
(yen)
1-3 Sedan (hired taxi)
68,000
1-6 Toyota Alphard
78,000
1-9 Toyota Hiace Wagon
78,000
up to 13 Nissan Caravan
98,000
up to 18 Mini-bus
98,000

9-hour Shirakawago and Takayama tour

Size of group
(person)
Car type Estimated price
(yen)
1-3 Sedan (hired taxi)
85,000
1-6 Toyota Alphard
102,000
1-9 Toyota Hiace Wagon
102,000
up to 13 Nissan Caravan
122,000
up to 18 Mini-bus
122,000

 

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Shirakawago and Takayama 1-day tour from Shin-Osaka by Shinkansen and minibus from Gifu-Hashima Station

An alternative route from Osaka to Takayama and Shirakawago is take Shinkansen bullet train from Shin-Osaka Station to Gifu-Hashima Station, and then take a 10-hour Takayama and Shirakawago tour by a minibus. Smaller cars are not available in this option, so this plan is recommended for a group of 5-17 pax. Smaller groups should consider the plans via Kanazawa.

Shinkansen return ticket from Shin-Osaka to Gifu-Hashima is about 12,000 yen per person (adult, low season price) for a reserved seat. Please note that Shinkansen Nozomi does not stop at Gifu-Hasima Station. So you have to choose Hikari or Kodama. You can use JR Pass for Hikari and Kodama.

Model itinerary for this tour

Please note that in the case of a mini-bus or larger bus, the tour time takes 1 hour longer.

7:50-8:46 Shin-Osaka Station - Gifu-Hashima Station by Shinkansen Kodama 638
9:00 Meet with our driver at Gifu-Hashima Station.
9:00-11:00 Gifu-Hasima Station - Takayama
11:00-13:30 Tour in Takayama and lunch
13:30-14:30 Takayama-Shirakawago
14:30-16:30 Visit World Heritage Shirakawa-go Village
16:30-19:00 Shirakawago - Gifu-Hashima Station
19:32-20:26 Gifu-Hashima Station - Shin-Osaka Station by Shinkansen Hikari 523

Price of the tour is fixed at 140,000 yen (18-seater minibus) including driver, highway tolls, parking fees, an English-speaking guide, and sales tax. Meals and entrance fees are not included.

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

There is only one each of van and mini-bus available a day. So please ask for the availability.

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Shirakawago and Takayama 1-day tour from Shin-Osaka by Shinkansen (Shin-Osaka-Naogya), express train (Nagoya-Takayama) and car (Takayama-Shirakawago)

Make your own trip from Shin Osaka to Nagoya by Shinkansen, and then to Takayama Station by JR express train. You need a ticket of Shin-Osaka-Nagoya-Takayama. If you have Japan Rail Pass, you can use it. If you don't, you buy tickets. If you like, we include the price of the Shinkansen and train tickets in the price of your tour. We send the tickets to your hotel.

A return ticket for Shin-Osaka - Nagoya - Takayama is 21,600 yen per person (adult, in low season).

In this itinerary, you meet with the driver at Takayama Station and take a car to Shirakawago. Do your own self-guided tours in Takayama and Shirakawago.

Prices include a private car, English-speaking driver, highway tolls, parking fees and tax. For 10 pax and over, you need a mini-bus and a guide. Please ask for the quotation.

The price of the car hiring from Takayama to Shirakawago

Size of group
(person)
Car type Estimated price
(yen)
1-3 Sedan (hired taxi)
60,000
1-6 Toyota Alphard
70,000
1-9 Toyota Hiace Wagon
70,000
up to 13 Nissan Caravan
90,000
up to 18 Mini-bus
90,000

If you are looking for an inexpensive packaged group tour from Takayama to Shirakawago, check this one.

Model itinerary

Shin-Osaka to Nagoya
07:17-08:25 Shinkansen Hikari 508
or
07:30-08:20 Shinkansen Nozomi 108

08:43-10:56 Nagoya to Takayama by Express Wideview Hida 3
11:00-13:00 Visit Takayama (including lunch)
13:00-14:00 Takayama Shirakawago by a hired car
14:00-16:00 Shirakawago tour
16:00-17:00 from Shirakawago to Takayama
17:36-20:02 Takayama to Nagoya by Express Wideview Hida 82

Nagoya to Shin-Osaka
20:13-21:03 Shinkansen Nozomi 123
or
20:09-21:16 Shinkansen Hikari 525

Note: You cannot use JR Pass for Shinkansen Nozomi. Choose Hikari instead.

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Shirakawago and Takayama 2-day tour from Osaka

For those who can spend 2 days for Takayama and Shirakawago, this itinerary is for you.

Make your own trip from Osaka to Takayama by JR Express Wide View Hida. You need a ticket from Osaka Station (not Shin-Osaka Station) to Takayama Station. If you have Japan Rail Pass, you can use it from Osaka to Takayama. If you don't, you buy tickets. If you like, we include the price of express tickets in the price of your tour. We send the tickets to your hotel.

In this itinerary, you meet with our guide at Takayama Station. This tour has 2 parts. One is self-guide walking tour of Takayama and another one is the tour of Shirakawago by a car.

The price of this tour is about 70,000 yen for a group of 4-9 pax and 60,000 yen for a group of 1-3 pax. This include a private car (Takayama-Shirakawago), highway tolls, parking fees and sales tax.

JR Express fares (Osaka-Takayama) (about 16,200 yen per person), accomodation in Takayama (10,000-30,000 yen per person), meals and admissions can be included upon request. Smaller cars are available for smaller groups and buses are also available for larger groups.

Day 1
7:58-12:22 Take Express Wide View Hida from Osaka Station to Takayama Station
12:30 Meet with our guide and take lunch near Takayama Station
13:30 Take a car to Shirakawago
14:30 Arriving at the view point of Shirakawago and tour in Shirakawago
16:30 Move from Shirakawago to Takayama
17:30 Arrive at your hotel

Day 2
9:30-12:00 Visit morning market and walking tour in Takayama.
12:00 Lunch in Takayama
13:00-15:00 Free time. Shop around in Takayama Old Town.
15:35-19:51 Leave Takayama Station for Osaka Station by Express Wide View Hida

Please note that there is only one direct train between Osaka and Takayama for both way. If you change the time for leaving from Osaka, then you have to take Shinkansen and the fare will be significantly higher.

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Other types of Shirakawago tour from Osaka

Other types of tours such as 2-day or 3-day round trip from Osaka to Takayama-Shirakawago-Kanazawa tour is also available upon request.

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Takayama and Shirakawa-go Private Tours