Takayama to Shirakawago tours

Do you like to visit Shirakawago from Takayama by car? We offer private guided tours to Shirakawago, Gokayama (Suganuma and/or Ainokura) and other destinations from Takayama. Currently, guides from Takayama are available in English only.

Standard time for a Shirakawago Tour is 4 hours by a private car. We prepare a private car only for your group. Hotel pick up is available upon request with additional transport fees. Guided half day tour by public bus is also available.

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

Typical itinerary from Takayama to Shirakawago by car

A standard Shirakawago tour takes 4 hours. You can spend about 2 hours in Shirakawago. 2 hours are usually enough for Shirakawago tour. Especially in winter, it is too cold to stay outside. However, you can stay longer with additional charge. Morning or afternoon tours can be arranged. Pick up and drop off points are Takayama Station. Hotel pick up is available with additional transportation fees.

Sample itinerary for a morning tour by car (afternoon tour is also available)

Standard duration of the tour is 4 hours. You can have a longer tour with additional charges.

08:30 Meet with our driver at Takayama Station or your hotel
08:30-09:30: Takayama - Shirakawago by car
09:30-11:30: Tour in Shirakawago (stop at a view point is available only when road condition allows)
11:30-12:30: Shirakawago - Takayama by car

Pricing of the Shirakawago tours

Prices are just rough estimates and actual price may vary depending on date, meals, guides, types of cars, car companies, and other conditions. Quotation will be prepared for each inquiry.

1. Half day (4-hour) Shirakawago Tour from Takayama by car without a guide

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

Above prices include a car with driver from Takayama (your hotel or Takayama Station) for 4 hours, highway toll, parking fees, and sales tax.

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It is also possible to combine your tour with a Takayama half day tour. For example, you take a guided walking tour in the Takayama Old Town in the morning, then visit Shirakawago in the afternoon.

We provide one day tour by car for Gokayama. Tours by public bus company are also available but they usually visit either Suganuma or Ainokura, while our tour may visit both. See this page for our Shirakawago and Gokayama tour.

Tours from other cities such as Kanazawa, Nagoya, Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, etc. please see respective pages. From other cities, please contact us.

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

If you need a car only without a guide, we can arrange a car for you. Driver may or may not speak good English, though.

You can also include guided Takayama City tour in your itinerary. Please ask us.

During Shirakawago Light up event, it is extremely difficult to get a car in the evening. We cannot guarantee the availability of a car. Therefore, a higher rate will be applied, even if it is available.

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One day Shirakawago and Onsen Tour from Takayama

This tour is a seven-hour round trip tour to Shirakawago from Takayama. Starting time is 8:30 in the morning. Hotel pick-up in Takayama City is also available.

4-hour guided Shirakawago tour from Takayama (guide only)

This tour includes the guide only. You pay for the public bus service between Takayama and Shirakawago. Inexpensive option for those who needs a guide.

Takayama and Shirakawago Private Tours