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You can make a day trip from Tokyo to Shirakawago and Takayama, though we recommend to take 2 days. To go to Shirakawago from Tokyo, there are 3 ways.
- Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kanazawa, and a car from Kanazawa.
- Shinkansen from Tokyo to Nagoya, and a car from Nagoya.
- Shinkansen from Tokyo to Nagoya, express train from Nagoya to Takayama, and a car from Takayama.
You may take a regular bus from Tokyo to Takayama. But it takes time and not easy to make it within a day.
We find the 1st option, trip via Kanazawa is the most convenient and reasonable from Tokyo to visit Shirakawago.
There are some packaged tours departing from Kanazawa. Please check the availability of tours. Each tour is conducted on different days of a week. The most popular "[Day trip bus tour from Kanazawa Station] Shirakawago / Takayama tour platinum route tour", for example, is conducted on Wednesdays and Thursdays. This particular tour departs at 8:00 am from Kanazawa Station. So if you are coming from Tokyo, you must stay overnight in Kanazawa or take a nigh bus from Tokyo to kanazawa.
Some private tours to Shirakawago depart later hours from Kanazawa Station. So you can make a round trip to Shirakawago from Tokyo in the same day. The first Shinkansen from Tokyo arrives in Kanazawa before 9:00 am.
Private Tour of Shirakawago and Gokayama from Kanazawa" departs almost everyday. This tour accommodates up to 9 persons. This tour visits Gokayama and Shirakawago, but not Takayama. You can choose departing time from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. So it is possible to come from Tokyo on the same day, if you leave from Tokyo early in the morning. In the case of Half day tour of Shirakawago from Kanazawa, you can choose departure time from 8:00 am to 13:30 pm. So you can easily make it from Tokyo in a day.
Customized private tours are more flexible but prices are generally higher compared to ready made tours presented above. Customized tours are recommended for a group of certain size (members can share the cost) and those who have not much time.
Make your own trip from Tokyo to Nagoya or Kanazawa, you need a ticket of Shinkansen from Tokyo Station. If you have Japan Rail Pass, you can use it. If you like, we include the price of the Shinkansen tickets in the price of your tour and send your tickets to your hotel with additional service and delivery charge.
From Kanazawa we can arrange a car of various seat-numbers. Please inquire. Since we are facing the shortage of bus and bus driver, please contact us at least one-month prior to your touring date.
You take Shinkansen bullet train from Tokyo to Nagoya. We prepare a private car and guide to visit Shirakawago/Takayama from Nagoya. Price varies depending on the size and type of the car.
We recommend you to take one of these trains departing from Tokyo Station so that you can make a day trip from Tokyo to Shirakawago.
To visit Shirakawago via Kanazawa, there are 3 options available. Please follow the links.
|KNZ-1||Shirakawago only||4 hours|
|KNZ-2||Shirakawago and Gokayama||6 hours|
|KNZ-3||Shirakawago and Takayama||9 hours|