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Shirakawa-go, Gokayama & Takayama Private Tour From Kanazawa

1. Shirakawa-go, Gokayama & Takayama Private Tour From Kanazawa

This exclusive package is tailored for distinguished guests who prefer the convenience of door to door service. Your driver/guide will collect you from your hotel lobby at an agreeable time.  Shirakawa-go (Shirakawa Village) registered as a World Cultural Heritage site. Shirakawa-go is part of the Hida region and is famous for the gassho-zukuri village found there. The houses were built using a traditional style of the minka (non-samurai houses), and have a thatched, peaked roof that looks like two hands in prayer (gassho). The upper floors of some of the houses were used for silk farming (sericulture), as they had a large space available to store silkworms and mulberry leaves. Shirakawa is a must-see area if one would like to grasp the rich contrast of life in this region. Gokayama, the World Heritage Site is nestled in the tranquil and rustic landscape. Gokayama is in the city of Nanto, also a drive from Kanazawa. It was an extremely secluded village, so modern times bypassed the area. While cities and towns in other parts of Japan were built new, with modern buildings, many of the wooden and thatch houses in the gassho hamlet of Gokayama are over 300 years old, and some are 400 years old. The Japanese prince, Fumihito (Prince Akishino) has said: "One of the three places I like most in the world is Gokayama".  Takayama, Located in the heart of mountainous Central Honshu, Takayama is the gateway to the Japan Alps and the storehouse of Japan's inland culture. Takayama became what it is today in the 1500s, and developed its own unique culture due to its seclusion and high altitude. It is famous for its traditional carpentry expertise, and its carpenters have worked on the Kyoto Imperial Palace, and other nationally important shrines, temples and palaces. It is known locally as Hida-Takayama, and visitors there can enjoy great food, tradition views, and a feeling of "traditional town-life in Japan". Don't forget to try the Hida Beef while you are there.

Takayama: Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

2. Takayama: Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Located in Gifu Prefecture on the main island of Honshu, Takayama (or Hida-Takayama) is filled with historic charm and is also renowned for its natural beauty. Explore this ancient city with a local guide and see the best of what it has to offer on a private walking tour. Below are some things included as part of a typical itinerary that can be customized based on your wishes. Sanmachi Street has many houses and stores that date back to the Edo period (1603-1868). The area is lined with shops carrying local specialties and has a lively atmosphere with many people stopping to shop and eat here. Hida Folk Village is an open-air museum exhibiting over 30 traditional houses from the Hida Region, the mountainous district of Gifu Prefecture around Takayama. The houses were built during the Edo period and were relocated from their original places to create the museum in 1971. The Takayama Jinya served as the local government office headed by the officials dispatched from Edo (present-day Tokyo). The building complex was in official use until 1969 and is now open to the public as a museum. Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market is held daily in Takayama between 7:00 AM (8:00 AM in winter) and 12:00 AM. The Miyagawa Market along the Miyagawa River in the old town and the Jinya-mae Market in front of the Takayama Jinya sell local crafts, snacks, and produce. Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall shows key aspects of the Takayama Festival. The festival takes place for two days each spring and autumn and, along with Kyoto's Gion Matsuri and the Chichibu Yomatsuri, is considered to be one of Japan's three most beautiful. Hida Kokubunji Temple is a Buddhist temple. Its iconic three-storied pagoda was constructed in 1820. A Buddhist statue thought to have been made in the Heian period is enshrined in the main building. Be sure to check out the huge gingko tree on the grounds. It is over 1260 years old. Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine in Takayama is the venue for the Takayama Festival in the autumn. Next to the shrine is the Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, or Yatai Kaikan, where four of the actual floats used in the festival are on display. The Kusakabe Folk Museum is a historic private residence that has been opened to the public. The building was constructed during the Meiji period in an Edo architectural style. The entire building is designated important cultural property of Japan.

Kanazawa Like a Local: Customized Guided Tour

3. Kanazawa Like a Local: Customized Guided Tour

Explore the city with a friendly local who is passionate about his/her city and eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your trip. Meet where you're staying to get familiar with the neighbourhood, find out about the best places to eat and buy groceries, the easiest ways to get around, and the hidden gems you might have missed. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable in navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay. Once the supplier has received your booking, they’ll get in touch with you to confirm all the details for the tour: meeting place and time, language and your contact information, and also ask you some questions to get to know you better. The right loca is hand-pickedl for you based on your interests. Each tour is completely customized so you can choose the meeting location, start time and length that you prefer (minimum: 2 hours).  During the walking tour you will have the option of taking public transportation or taxi to get around the city (at your expense). The local guides that we work with (Lokafyers) are locals who are passionate about their city and love to meet travellers and share what they love about their city.  They are not professional tour guides and do these tours occasionally, which provides an authentic and personal experience that is like having a friend show you around their home city.  Through conversations with your Lokafyer, you’ll learn what it’s like to live in Kanazawa, learn about cultural differences, local events and politics and also get to know each other on a personal level. With this experience, you won’t be just passing through the city, you’ll be part of it.

Japan: Pocket WiFi-Kansai International Airport

4. Japan: Pocket WiFi-Kansai International Airport

Access the internet all the time in Japan with our 4G LTE pocket WiFi! No more hassle of looking for free public WiFi spots or staying out of the internet connection. Enjoy safe access, simple to use, and easy pick-up/return by Ninja WiFi. It can connect five devices at the same time. You can share it with people you are traveling with and your multiple devices. Pick up at our counter located at Kansai International Airport, and you can access the internet as soon as you arrive in Japan. Return is also easy. You can drop it off at our counter at major international airports in Japan or mail it back. Make your experience in Japan much more convenient with WiFi on the go! Get a plan that suits you; the choices of flexible plans from 5 to 30 days.

Kanazawa: Private Tour with Local Guide

5. Kanazawa: Private Tour with Local Guide

Discover the beautiful town of Kanazawa on a fully customizable tour. Choose what you would like to experience, what time you would like to start your tour, and where you are staying, and the local partner will arrange a tour to suit you. Start your day by meeting your guide at your hotel, then choose to sites you wish to visit depending on your interests. Example 6-hour Itinerary: Meet your guide at your hotel in Kanazawa and begin your adventure. Visit Kenroku-en, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan, and stroll through the garden of a feudal lord which took years to complete. Afterward, head to Kanazawa Castle Park and visit Kanazawa Castle. Discover impressive buildings and gardens which been successfully and accurately reconstructed in recent years. Then, enjoy lunch at Omicho Market and be amazed by the selection of fresh fish and local vegetables at "Kanazawa's Kitchen". Then, proceed to the Chaya District for a leisurely walking tour. See the area of Higashi Chaya known for its architecture retaining the grace of the Edo Era with its many miso stores, rice shops, and teahouses serving wagashi confections. Visit stores that practice the traditional folkcraft of Kanazawa and the Kaga Yuzen art of dyed fabrics.

Kanazawa: Private Food Tasting Walking Tour

6. Kanazawa: Private Food Tasting Walking Tour

Taste your way through the city center of Kanazawa as a private guide leads you through its streets on foot to sample local delicacies. Head to Kanazawa Station’s iconic Tsuzumi Gate after meeting your guide, and peer into the area’s bustling shops and cafes. Make your way down the main road to Omicho Market, the “Kitchen of Kanazawa," and join locals jostling their way through the 180 stands. Sample some of the best street food in the city, such as fried squid skewers. Take a break from feasting to explore Katamachi, a vibrant downtown shopping district that has plenty of neon-lit pubs, clubs, bars, and live music venues. Savor Kanazawa-style pork curry or Hanton rice at a no-frills restaurant. Squeeze in some sightseeing at Kanazawa Castle before indulging in a decadent specialty: glittering gold leaf ice-cream. Stop off at a dimly-lit izakaya (casual Japanese pub) to taste some of Japan’s freshest sashimi with a cold beer. Conclude the tour with a peaceful stroll to Oyama Shrine, known for its Dutch-style stained glass. Take a few extra minutes if desired to explore the famous Nishi Chaya geisha district.

Kanazawa to Shirakawago: Half-Day Tour

7. Kanazawa to Shirakawago: Half-Day Tour

Explore the world heritage hamlet of Shirakawa-go on a 4-hour package tour with access to a private vehicle exclusively for you and your fellow travelers. Your English-speaking driver will take you to the World UNESCO site of Shirakawa-go. You will be collected from your hotel lobby, before being whisked off to the UNESCO village of Shirakawago. Your morning or afternoon driving tour will be designed for those looking for convenient access to this beautiful but remote mountain village You will have between 1.5 and 2 hours to spend exploring the village. At the conclusion of your tour, your driver will take you back to Kanazawa City in the comfort of your private car.

Haneda Airport: Unlimited Pocket WiFi 4G LTE Router Rental

8. Haneda Airport: Unlimited Pocket WiFi 4G LTE Router Rental

Access the internet any time in Japan with 4G LTE pocket WiFi. Avoid the hassle of looking for free public WiFi spots or staying out of the internet connection. Enjoy safe access, simple to use, and easy pick-up/return at Haneda Airport. You can connect five devices at the same time. Share it with people you are traveling with and your multiple devices. Make your experience in Japan much more convenient with WiFi on the go. Get a plan that suits you; the choices of flexible plans from 5 to 30 days. Pick up your pocket WiFi at the counter located at Haneda Airport. You can access the internet as soon as you arrive in Japan. Return is also easy. You can drop it off at a counter at major international airports in Japan.

Kanazawa: Half-Day Private Guided Tour

9. Kanazawa: Half-Day Private Guided Tour

This Kanazawa Geisha District tour will introduce you to this beautiful and intriguing quarter of Kanazawa city’s long held culture and charm. Allow your guide to take you down the enchanting back streets to visit the less commercial aspects of this charming tea district. Where untouched enclaves take you back to samurai times when this entertainment district was in its heyday.  The Kanazawa Samurai District tour takes you back in time to one of the best preserved Samurai Districts in Japan. The streets are lined with mud and straw walls encapsulating the unspoiled extravagance of the Samurai era. Let your guide take you through this romantic enclave on a trip back in time with this tour. Feel the power and influence of the Lords of Kanazawa by visiting the Kanazawa Castle grounds and park area. View the beautiful white lead roof tiles, touch the formidable Ishikawa Mon gate, and enjoy the tranquility of Lord Maeda’s personal gardens. The defenses and grounds were constructed over hundreds of years as the country changed from war to peace, making them a combination of the best craftsmanship, ingenuity and design of the Edo period. Join the tour to make sure you don’t miss anything on your trip though this historical and political center of Kanazawa.

Japan: Pocket WiFi Router 4G LTE-Delivery

10. Japan: Pocket WiFi Router 4G LTE-Delivery

Access the internet all the time in Japan with our 4G LTE pocket WiFi. No more hassle of looking for public free WiFi or staying out of the internet connection. Enjoy safe access, simple to use, and easy pick-up/return by Ninja WiFi. It can connect five devices at the same time. You can share it with people you are traveling with and your multiple devices. Have it delivered to any address in Japan! You can access the internet as soon as you arrive. Return is also easy. You can mail it using a return shipping slip included from major convenience stores across the town. Or you can also return it at major international airports in Japan.

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What people are saying about Ishikawa

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 216 reviews

Masayo is more than I’ve could have asked for. She was super supportive with all my wishes and she adapted all places which I wanted to visit. She almost knows everyone in Kanazawa, which is great as the locals recognize her and obe time we could enter a Geisha house eventhough it was closing in 5min… She also took a lit of pictures of me with my phone so i could upload them on my instagram. She loved it to support. She has a great knowledge of all the places we’ve visited. I highly recommend a Kanazawa tour with her! Much love, Sandra

Yukari was a fabulous guide - knowledgeable, flexible, patient, delightful and fun. Her English is excellent, she knows her city and shared lots of great information and stories, and had a good sense of humor. All in all, I felt like a made a new friend! Yukari is a wonderful asset to your company and I highly recommend her as a guide,

Shirai-san is a local guide that speaks English well and was very knowledgeable about her home city. We learned a lot about how the Kenrokuen gardens were created, and could easily imagine how things were like in the Samurai era. Highly recommended.

Perfect way to stay connected. Very easy and conveniant. If the could deliver to the hotel it would be perfect!

Recommended, you can have Internet to guide you where you want to go.