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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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Signature: Essence of Japan - Wisteria & Fuji 
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Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Autumn 
Festival Tour

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Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Autumn Festival Tour
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See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 12 guests.

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Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Leaves Tour

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Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Leaves Tour
Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Leaves Tour

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6698.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

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See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 12 guests.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6698.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 12 guests.
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Mon. Oct 31, 2022 Wed. Nov 9, 2022 US $6698.00

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Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Spring Festival 
& 
Cherry Blossom Tour

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Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom Tour
Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom Tour

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Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
Attend the beautiful Takayama Spring Festival, visit the best spots to see cherry blossoms, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 12 guests.

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Attend the beautiful Takayama Spring Festival, visit the best spots to see cherry blossoms, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 12 guests.
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Monkeys & Kawazu Cherry Blossoms

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Majestic Japan - Snow Festivals, Snow Monkeys & Kawazu Cherry Blossoms
Majestic Japan - Snow Festivals, Snow Monkeys & Kawazu Cherry Blossoms

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $6898.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

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See majestic Japan in the pretty winter season, finding wonderful views bursting with white color.

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See majestic Japan in the pretty winter season, finding wonderful views bursting with white color.
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Mon. Feb 6, 2023 Sun. Feb 19, 2023 US $6898.00

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Majestic Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour

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Majestic Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour
Majestic Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $6998.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Sapporo / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Niseko / Yoichi / Otaru / Yudanaka / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Nara / Mt Yoshino / Kyoto / Hakone / Tokyo
See majestic Japan during the season of cherry blossoms - one of its most stunning and inspired seasons.

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Sapporo / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Niseko / Yoichi / Otaru / Yudanaka / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Nara / Mt Yoshino / Kyoto / Hakone / Tokyo
See majestic Japan during the season of cherry blossoms - one of its most stunning and inspired seasons.
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Mon. Mar 27, 2023 Sun. Apr 9, 2023 US $6998.00

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Majestic Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour

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Majestic Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour
Majestic Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $6998.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Sapporo / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Jozankei Onsen / Yoichi / Otaru / Yudanaka / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Nara / Katsuragi / Kyoto / Hakone / Tokyo
Discover Majestic Japan during it's stunning autumn season, finding wonderful views bursting with autumn color.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $6998.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Sapporo / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Jozankei Onsen / Yoichi / Otaru / Yudanaka / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Nara / Katsuragi / Kyoto / Hakone / Tokyo
Discover Majestic Japan during it's stunning autumn season, finding wonderful views bursting with autumn color.
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Mon. Oct 3, 2022 Sun. Oct 16, 2022 US $6998.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

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Mon. Oct 2, 2023 Sun. Oct 15, 2023 US $6998.00

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Signature: Classic Japan Autumn Tour

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Signature: Classic Japan Autumn Tour
Signature: Classic Japan Autumn Tour

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8598.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Hiroshima / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 12 guests.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8598.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Hiroshima / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 12 guests.
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Mon. Sep 5, 2022 Sun. Sep 18, 2022 US $8598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

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Japan Spring Highlights: Cherry Blossoms, 
Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Japan Spring Highlights: Cherry Blossoms, Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor
Japan Spring Highlights: Cherry Blossoms, Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor

21 Days 20 Nights | from US $8598.00

Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Matsumae / Mori / Kuromatsunai / Niseko / Otaru / Asahikawa / Biei / Furano / Sapporo / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
This tour is designed to give you an in-depth understanding of Japan's most important and famous locations as well as its hidden gems and rural locations.

21 Days 20 Nights | from US $8598.00

Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Matsumae / Mori / Kuromatsunai / Niseko / Otaru / Asahikawa / Biei / Furano / Sapporo / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
This tour is designed to give you an in-depth understanding of Japan's most important and famous locations as well as its hidden gems and rural locations.
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Mon. May 1, 2023 Sun. May 21, 2023 US $8598.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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