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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.

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Kanazawa: Noto Peninsula Private Day-Tour

2. Kanazawa: Noto Peninsula Private Day-Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel in Kanazawa at 8:30 AM. Travel directly to the Wajima Morning Market with your English-speaking driver-guide. Explore the many stalls which line the streets and sell fresh fish, fresh vegetables, and a variety of traditional arts and crafts.  Then, travel to the Senmaida Rice Fields and discover a vast area of over 2,000 rice paddies set on steep slopes. Admire green rice fields of various geometric shapes that contrast with the beautiful blue ocean in the background.  Next, stop at the Okunoto Salt Farm Village in Suzu. Explore the only salt farm in Japan which continues to use the traditional "Agehama" technique for salt production. Learn about this process which has a history dating back over 500 years.  Visit Myojoji Temple, which is the main temple of the Nichiren Sect in the Hokuriku Region. Enter the Joroku-do, a hall containing an impressive wooden statue of Shakyamuni Buddha, which has recently been restored to its original form. After the temple visit, travel along the Chirihama Nagisa Driveway. This scenic beach route is 8 kilometers long and is comprised of tightly compacted fine sand making it firm enough for a pleasant drive. Finally, finish the tour with drop-off at your hotel in Kanazawa at 5:30 PM.

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What people are saying about Kanazawa

A day for beautiful scenery and culturally enriching

The program has been fulfilled. We could appreciate the villages, calmly. We were able to enter small local museums. The guide was very kind and friendly, tried to adapt to our tastes. But I had no competence or culture to guide, it was a pity. Also we thought the visit included the entrance of small museums and houses that we had to pay for. Anyway, it was a great day.