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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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15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5798.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Naruto / Koyasan / Kumano / Ise Shima
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Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Naruto / Koyasan / Kumano / Ise Shima
Experience the beautiful cherry blossom season at Japan's most sacred sites, picturesque trails, and historical landmarks.
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Sun. Mar 29, 2020 Sun. Apr 12, 2020 US $5798.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Blossoms & Wisteria 2020 - 4/19

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Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan Tour (Reverse): Cherry Blossoms & Wisteria 2020 - 4/19
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16 Days 15 Nights | from US $5798.00

Central Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Ashikaga / Nikko), Tohoku (Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Kitakami / Morioka / Seikan Tunnel), Hokkaido (Hakodate / Shikabecho / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Biratori / Otaru / Sapporo)
Experience Japan's famous cherry blossom trees and captivating wisteria flowers while exploring popular attractions and local gems.

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $5798.00

Central Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Ashikaga / Nikko), Tohoku (Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Kitakami / Morioka / Seikan Tunnel), Hokkaido (Hakodate / Shikabecho / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Biratori / Otaru / Sapporo)
Experience Japan's famous cherry blossom trees and captivating wisteria flowers while exploring popular attractions and local gems.
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Sun. Apr 19, 2020 Mon. May 4, 2020 US $5798.00 Osaka Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Spirit of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & 
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Spirit of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms 2020 - 4/4
Spirit of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms 2020 - 4/4

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5798.00

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

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5798.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Naruto / Koyasan / Kumano / Ise Shima / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa- go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Journey through the spiritual side of Japan by visiting centuries-old sites and scenic trails during the cherry blossom season.
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Sat. Apr 4, 2020 Sat. Apr 18, 2020 US $5798.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan (Reverse): 
Takayama Festival & Autumn Leaves 2020 - 10/6

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Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan (Reverse): Takayama Festival & Autumn Leaves 2020 - 10/6
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Central Japan (Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Nikko), Tohoku (Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Morioka / Towada / Aomori / Seikan Tunnel), Hokkaido (Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Biratori / Otaru / Sapporo)
Exploring Japan's two main islands: Honshu & Hokkaido, as well as the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival.

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $5798.00

Central Japan (Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Nikko), Tohoku (Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Morioka / Towada / Aomori / Seikan Tunnel), Hokkaido (Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Biratori / Otaru / Sapporo)
Exploring Japan's two main islands: Honshu & Hokkaido, as well as the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival.
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Tue. Oct 6, 2020 Wed. Oct 21, 2020 US $5798.00 Osaka Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan (Reverse): 
Takayama Festival & Cherry Blossoms 2020 - 4/11

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

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Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan (Reverse): Takayama Festival & Cherry Blossoms 2020 - 4/11
Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan (Reverse): Takayama Festival & Cherry Blossoms 2020 - 4/11

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $5798.00

Central Japan (Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Nikko), Tohoku (Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Kitakami / Morioka / Seikan Tunnel), Hokkaido (Hakodate / Shikabecho / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Biratori / Otaru / Sapporo)
Travel on a cherry blossom filled journey through Honshu and Hokkaido, and experience the Takayama Spring Festival.

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $5798.00

Central Japan (Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Nikko), Tohoku (Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Kitakami / Morioka / Seikan Tunnel), Hokkaido (Hakodate / Shikabecho / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Biratori / Otaru / Sapporo)
Travel on a cherry blossom filled journey through Honshu and Hokkaido, and experience the Takayama Spring Festival.
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Sat. Apr 11, 2020 Sun. Apr 26, 2020 US $5798.00 Osaka Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour 
2020 - 11/7

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour 2020 - 11/7
Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour 2020 - 11/7

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $5798.00

Sapporo / Otaru / Biratori / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Seikan Tunnel / Aomori / Towada / Morioka / Hiraizumi / Matsushima / Nikko / Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Exploring Japan's two main islands: Hokkaido & Honshu.

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $5798.00

Sapporo / Otaru / Biratori / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Seikan Tunnel / Aomori / Towada / Morioka / Hiraizumi / Matsushima / Nikko / Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Exploring Japan's two main islands: Hokkaido & Honshu.
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Sat. Nov 7, 2020 Sun. Nov 22, 2020 US $5798.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Splendours of Japan - Cherry Blossom 
Special Tour 2020 - 3/30

Group Tour | Classic          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Classic    Book Now & Save $100

Splendours of Japan - Cherry Blossom Special Tour 2020 - 3/30
Splendours of Japan - Cherry Blossom Special Tour 2020 - 3/30

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5898.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Kanazawa / Shirakawago / Takayama / Kyoto / Nara / Tokyo
Our Splendours of Japan Tour will explore deeper into Japan by traveling through the country on public transportation.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5898.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Kanazawa / Shirakawago / Takayama / Kyoto / Nara / Tokyo
Our Splendours of Japan Tour will explore deeper into Japan by traveling through the country on public transportation.
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Mon. Mar 30, 2020 Sun. Apr 12, 2020 US $5898.00

Small Group Limited to 8 passengers

Tokyo Tokyo Classic Save this tour Sold Out
Mon. Mar 29, 2021 Sun. Apr 11, 2021 US $5898.00

Small Group Limited to 8 passengers

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Essence of Japan Tour Autumn 2020 - 10/18

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Essence of Japan Tour Autumn 2020 - 10/18
Essence of Japan Tour Autumn 2020 - 10/18

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $5998.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
Take a trip to Japan's top attractions and beautiful countryside during the crisp autumn season, plus experience unique cultural activities.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $5998.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
Take a trip to Japan's top attractions and beautiful countryside during the crisp autumn season, plus experience unique cultural activities.
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Sun. Oct 18, 2020 Tue. Oct 27, 2020 US $5998.00

Small Group Limited to 18 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Oct 17, 2021 Tue. Oct 26, 2021 US $5998.00

Small Group Limited to 18 passengers

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Essence of Japan: Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival 
2021 - 5/9

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus          Book Now & Save $200

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus    Book Now & Save $200

Essence of Japan: Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival 2021 - 5/9
Essence of Japan: Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival 2021 - 5/9

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $5998.00

Tokyo / Ashikaga / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
Travel to Japan's main cities and rural regions with a chance to see the Great Wisteria Tree and captivating Shibazakura with a maximum group size 18 guests.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $5998.00

Tokyo / Ashikaga / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
Travel to Japan's main cities and rural regions with a chance to see the Great Wisteria Tree and captivating Shibazakura with a maximum group size 18 guests.
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Sun. May 9, 2021 Tue. May 18, 2021 US $5998.00

Small Group Limited to 18 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Essence of Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour 2020 - 11/16

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus          Book Now & Save $200

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus    Book Now & Save $200

Essence of Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour 2020 - 11/16
Essence of Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour 2020 - 11/16

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6198.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
See the best of Japan's autumn leaves at famous attractions and rural landscapes with opportunities for cultural experiences.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6198.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
See the best of Japan's autumn leaves at famous attractions and rural landscapes with opportunities for cultural experiences.
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Mon. Nov 16, 2020 Wed. Nov 25, 2020 US $6198.00

Small Group Limited to 18 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Sold Out
Sun. Nov 14, 2021 Tue. Nov 23, 2021 US $6198.00

Small Group Limited to 18 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
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