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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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22 Days 21 Nights | from US $8698.00

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Nikko / Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Morioka / Towada / Aomori / Seikan Tunnel / Hakodate / Shikabecho / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Otaru / Sapporo
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22 Days 21 Nights | from US $8698.00

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Explore Japan's all four main islands: Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, & Kyushu...plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.

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Explore Japan's all four main islands: Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, & Kyushu...plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.
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14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8798.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

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The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 12 guests.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8798.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

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The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 12 guests.
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Sun. May 7, 2023 Sat. May 20, 2023 US $8798.00

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Signature: Classic Japan - Takayama Autumn Festival 
Tour

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Signature: Classic Japan - Takayama Autumn Festival Tour
Signature: Classic Japan - Takayama Autumn Festival Tour

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8998.00 (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 $8998.00 (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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Thu. Oct 6, 2022 Wed. Oct 19, 2022 US $8998.00

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Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

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Signature: Classic Japan Autumn Leaves Tour

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

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8998.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

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The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 12 guests.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8998.00 (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. Oct 31, 2022 Sun. Nov 13, 2022 US $8998.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

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Signature: Classic Japan - Takayama Spring Festival & 
Cherry Blossom Tour

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

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

Signature: Classic Japan - Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom Tour
Signature: Classic Japan - Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom Tour

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8998.00 (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 $8998.00 (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. Apr 10, 2023 Sun. Apr 23, 2023 US $8998.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

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