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The village in Shirakawago is known for the traditional Gassho-style that looks like two hands are praying, which is why they are called the "gassho- zukuri”. This means that it looks like the structure is made of two hands praying. After generations, the villagers in this snow-prone area have developed protection against heavy snowfall with the “gassho- zukuri”. Now, visitors come from within the nation and from abroad to see the admirable structures.

In 1995, the Historic Village of Shirakawa-Go was inscribed in the World Heritage as a cultural site in Japan. Located in the mountainous regions of the Gifu and Toyama prefectures resides this village with Gassho-styled houses. The best examples of these houses are in Ogimachi. Some of the farmhouses that reside in this area are over 250 years old. In the winter time these farmhouses are illuminated on certain weekends. The best spot to view the village is from the Shiroyama viewpoint near the Shogawa River.

The Gassho architectural design refers to the way a person puts their hands together with the palms facing inward almost like a prayer. The thatched roofs, made without nails, were meant to survive heavy snow fall and provide enough space to work through the winter. The abundant attic space allowed the villagers to cultivate silkworms. Shirakawago represents a traditional way of life that has adapted to their area. Shirakawago illustrate the traditional ways of human settlement and how these complex farmhouses attested to time. Even though there were drastic changes from 1950, the area around the Gassho-style farmhouses made no significant change to the structure of roads, canals, and land use. To this day visitors have the opportunity to stay overnight in one of the Gassho styled farmhouses.

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Mon. Apr 17, 2023 Sun. Apr 30, 2023 US $5398.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Explore Japan's three main islands and experience one of Japan's most beautiful festivals: the Takayama Sanno Spring Festival.

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Explore Japan's three main islands and experience one of Japan's most beautiful festivals: the Takayama Sanno Spring Festival.
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Travel to Japan's three main islands: Kyushu, Shikoku, & Honshu as well as the Japanese Alps during cherry blossom season.

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Travel to Japan's three main islands: Kyushu, Shikoku, & Honshu as well as the Japanese Alps during cherry blossom season.
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Wed. Mar 29, 2023 Tue. Apr 11, 2023 US $5598.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Exploring Japan's three main islands: Honshu, Shikoku, & Kyushu...plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.

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Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Takamatsu / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kitsuki / Beppu / Takachiho / Nagasaki / Fukuoka
Exploring Japan's three main islands: Honshu, Shikoku, & Kyushu...plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.
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Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Explore Japan's three main islands and experience one of Japan's most beautiful festivals: the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival.

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Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Explore Japan's three main islands and experience one of Japan's most beautiful festivals: the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival.
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Winter Festival Tour

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Best of Honshu & Hokkaido: Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido Winter Festival Tour
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16 Days 15 Nights | from US $5798.00

Honshu (Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka), Hokkaido (Shiraoi / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Lake Akan / Kushiro)
Explore the two main winter attractions of Japan - Snow Monkeys and Hokkaido Winter Festivals.

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Honshu (Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka), Hokkaido (Shiraoi / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Lake Akan / Kushiro)
Explore the two main winter attractions of Japan - Snow Monkeys and Hokkaido Winter Festivals.
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Sun. Jan 29, 2023 Mon. Feb 13, 2023 US $5798.00 Tokyo Kushiro Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Spirit of Japan Tour: Autumn Leaves

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Spirit of Japan Tour: Autumn Leaves
Spirit of Japan Tour: Autumn Leaves

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5898.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Naruto / Koyasan / Kumano / Ise Shima
Journey through the spiritual side of Japan by visiting centuries-old sites and scenic trails.

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5898.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Naruto / Koyasan / Kumano / Ise Shima
Journey through the spiritual side of Japan by visiting centuries-old sites and scenic trails.
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Sat. Oct 29, 2022 Sat. Nov 12, 2022 US $5898.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Inquiry  
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Discover Japan Spring Tour

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Discover Japan Spring Tour
Discover Japan Spring Tour

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $5898.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Ina / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Katsuragi / Hiroshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
You'll discover the must-see culture, history, and natural wonders of Japan in this 12-day spring itinerary that takes you from Tokyo to Osaka through the Japanese Alps, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Nara, and Hiroshima!

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $5898.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Ina / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Katsuragi / Hiroshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
You'll discover the must-see culture, history, and natural wonders of Japan in this 12-day spring itinerary that takes you from Tokyo to Osaka through the Japanese Alps, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Nara, and Hiroshima!
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Wed. May 25, 2022 Sun. Jun 5, 2022 US $5898.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

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Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Discover Japan Autumn Tour

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Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Discover Japan Autumn Tour
Discover Japan Autumn Tour

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $5898.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Ina / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Katsuragi / Hiroshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
Japan awaits your discovery in a 12-day autumn itinerary that features immersive experiences in Tokyo, Kyoto, Mount Fuji, Nara, Hiroshima, the Japanese Alps, Kanazawa, and other must-see destinations.

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $5898.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Ina / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Katsuragi / Hiroshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
Japan awaits your discovery in a 12-day autumn itinerary that features immersive experiences in Tokyo, Kyoto, Mount Fuji, Nara, Hiroshima, the Japanese Alps, Kanazawa, and other must-see destinations.
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Wed. Oct 12, 2022 Sun. Oct 23, 2022 US $5898.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

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Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

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