Shirakawago and Gokayama bus tour

Shirakawago and Gokayama Bus Tour

Duration approx. 7 hours
Price Adult $132     Child (6 – 12 years old) $88

Visit the historic World Heritage listed villages of Gokayama and Shirakawago. These villages are famous for their farmhouses constructed in the traditional “Gassho-zukuri” style. This style is characterised by a steeply slanting thatched roof resembling two hands joined in prayer. The remaining farmhouses have been well preserved along with a unique way of life untouched for centuries. Its serene picturesque scenery will linger in your mind.


08:20 Takayama Nohi Bus Centre Ticket Office

08:30 Takayama Nohi Bus Centre

Gokayama Ainokura Village (50 min)
Enjoy a guided tour in Ainokura. Located in the Gokayama region, this World Heritage site has just under 20 gassho-zukuri style, thatched roof farmhouses – most of them 100 to 200 years old. Ainokura is quieter and has less tourist traffic than Shirakawago allowing you to savour the tranquil, idyllic scenery.

Lunch at Shirakawago Gassho Shuraku Shiroyama Observatory
Enjoy a Japanese style soba lunch (buckwheat noodles) and one of the most stunning views in Japan from the observation area.

Shirakawago Village and Open-air Museum of Gassho-Zukuri Minka-en (120 min)

Learn more about the structure of gassho-zukuri and the lifestyles of the people living here, both past and present, with a guided tour. Then stroll around Shirakawago and be part of a fairy-tale within the picturesque village.

15:10 The tour will end at Takayama Nohi Bus Centre.


– Ainokura, Gokayama
– Shirakawago Gassho Shuraku
– Gassho-zukuri Folklore Park

Tour Inclusions:

– English-speaking guide
– All transportation
– Admission fees
– Lunch

Tour Details:

Pick up service Not available
Guide service English-speaking guide included
Drop off service Not Available
Meals Lunch
Participants Minimum 1 guest
Price Adult $132     Child (6 – 12 years old) $88
1. This tour is available to those who book at least 1 night accommodation.
2. The tour is a regular sightseeing bus sponsored by Nohi Bus.
3. Buckwheat noodles will be served for lunch. No changes to the menu can be made. People with buckwheat allergies are not recommended to participate in lunch.
4. Vegetarian meal is not available.
5. The lunch menu may change depending on the season.
6. Please be on time at each destination as the tour will be moving as a group.
7. The itinerary may change, and certain visits may become shorter than scheduled due to traffic conditions or other unavoidable situations..
8. We will send the Nohi bus voucher to you to your accommodation in Japan. This will be needed on the day of the tour.
Please exchange the voucher for the original Nohi Bus ticket 15 minutes before the tour at Takayama Bus Terminal – Nohi bus ticket center (open from 07:30).