Please note that we are no longer providing tours to Shirakawago Light-up events in 2018.
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. Bus tours are not available.
Only the option available now is to hire a car from Takayama or Kanazawa.
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 4 persons) is from 74,000 yen and 89,000 yen for 5-9 persons. Itinerary is fixed by the car company because of the traffic control on the days of events around Shirakawago.
These prices include a car with driver, highway toll, parking fees and 8% tax. Meals, admissions, etc. are not included.
No bus is allowed on the days of light-up, so if you are 10 persons or more, you need to hire 2 or more cars.
You are required to pay full amount upon booking. Cancellation fee is 100%. That means there won't be any refund even in the case of tour cancellation.
14:00 Leave from Takayama for Shirakawago
15:00 Arrive at Shirakawago temporary parking and move to the village by
15:30 Arrive at Ogimachi Village in Shirakawago
17:30-19:00 Light up event (take dinner in Shirakawago)
19:00 Leave from Ogimachi Village to temporary parking by shuttle bus
19:30 Leave from temporary parking area to Takayama
21:30 Arrive at Takayama
Due to the traffic control, no other itinerary is available for the event.
Guides are also limited on the days of light up events. The price of a guide is from 30,000 yen from Takayama and from 40,000 yen from other cities.
Please inquire us about the price and availability of cars from Nagoya, Kanazawa and other places.