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Takayama is known as the “Little Kyoto” due to its old style building structures and overall atmosphere, making it a great place to visit for those who appreciate history. This old town is located in Gifu Prefecture, and is known for its semi-annual festivities that run once in spring and once in autumn.

Takayama is one of the cities set in the mountains of Honshu’s western region, it is also often called “Hida- Takayama”. It is known for its older Japanese-style atmosphere and for its seasonal festivals. Due to its remote location, the town was able to preserve some of its traditional charm. The layout of the city dates back to the late 17th century. There are many shrines, museums, temples, and Meiji era ryokans (Japanese traditional inns). It is an area famous for its high quality timber, which was an important source during the feudal ages. This produced many skilled carpenters and the craftsmanship can be seen on the yatai (floats) during the Takayama Festivals and at the Yatai Kaikan museum.

The Takayama festivals happen semi-annually and are considered one of the most beautiful festivals in Japan; the spring festival and the autumn festival are both big attractions for most visitors who view the festivities in the city. The yatai, or floats, are big and can even support the people who ride in them while the other members of the Takayama festival assist and pull the floats throughout the city. The eleven floats that are used during each of the matsuri (“festivals”) are all different, each of the floats represents one of the gods of fortune. The parades at night are lit by lanterns that are hung throughout the city, creating a warm and interesting atmosphere as the crowds gather around the city streets. The participants of the parade also dress in traditional period clothing, making the experience all that more remarkable as many types of gowns are seen moving along with the floats. Takayama, however, is also known for its building structures, which remain in an old-fashioned design. It is known for its old style so much that it is also sometimes referred to as “Little Kyoto”. The city also has a history of admirable carpentry and building designs some of which date back even to the Edo Period. In an environment with so much history, it is no wonder that there are rickshaw rides also available for visitors and travelers who want a special experience. The Old Town of Takayama is visited by many people who like to go through the streets, which are lined up with traditional Japanese snacks like rice crackers and dried squid. For famous monuments or locations, there is also the popular red bridge that Takayama features called Nakabashi. It is a bridge that is crossed during the enchanting spring Takayama festival. If the weather is right, cherry blossoms adorn either side of the bridge as the procession is carried out. Other attractions of Takayama include the Takayama Town Market. The market is usually open every day from early morning to midday. There are crafts, vegetables, fruits, traditional Japanese snacks, and flowers sold in the market.

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Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): 
Takayama Autumn Festival Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

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Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour
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14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5998.00

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.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5998.00

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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Mon. Sep 30, 2024 Sun. Oct 13, 2024 US $5998.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Majestic Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour

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Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

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

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5998.00

Tokyo / Takasaki / Karuizawa / Yudanaka / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawago / Kanazawa / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hikone / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Explore Majestic Japan during the breathtaking cherry blossom season, on a 14-day itinerary that includes Tokyo, Yudanaka Onsen, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa, Himeji, Hiroshima, Shikoku Island, Nara, Kyoto, Hakone, Mount Fuji, and more.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5998.00

Tokyo / Takasaki / Karuizawa / Yudanaka / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawago / Kanazawa / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hikone / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Explore Majestic Japan during the breathtaking cherry blossom season, on a 14-day itinerary that includes Tokyo, Yudanaka Onsen, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa, Himeji, Hiroshima, Shikoku Island, Nara, Kyoto, Hakone, Mount Fuji, and more.
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Fri. Mar 28, 2025 Thu. Apr 10, 2025 US $5998.00 Tokyo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Majestic Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

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

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5998.00

Tokyo / Takasaki / Karuizawa / Yudanaka / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawago / Kanazawa / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Explore Majestic Japan during the capitavating autumn leaves season, on a 14-day itinerary that includes Tokyo, Yudanaka Onsen, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa, Himeji, Hiroshima, Shikoku Island, Nara, Kyoto, Hakone, Mount Fuji, and more.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5998.00

Tokyo / Takasaki / Karuizawa / Yudanaka / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawago / Kanazawa / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Explore Majestic Japan during the capitavating autumn leaves season, on a 14-day itinerary that includes Tokyo, Yudanaka Onsen, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa, Himeji, Hiroshima, Shikoku Island, Nara, Kyoto, Hakone, Mount Fuji, and more.
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Mon. Nov 3, 2025 Sun. Nov 16, 2025 US $5998.00 Tokyo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps Spring 
(Reverse) with Expo 2025 Osaka

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Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps Spring (Reverse) with Expo 2025 Osaka
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps Spring (Reverse) with Expo 2025 Osaka
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26 reviews

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $6098.00

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
See what Japan has to offer with this extensive tour to the country's three main islands: Kyushu, Honshu, and Shikoku, plus a visit to Expo 2025 Osaka!

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $6098.00

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
See what Japan has to offer with this extensive tour to the country's three main islands: Kyushu, Honshu, and Shikoku, plus a visit to Expo 2025 Osaka!
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Sun. Apr 13, 2025 Sun. Apr 27, 2025 US $6098.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Spirit of Japan Tour: Autumn Leaves

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Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

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

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $6198.00

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 $6198.00

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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Blossom Tour

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Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Highlights of Taiwan and Japan with Hiroshima: Cherry Blossom Tour
Highlights of Taiwan and Japan with Hiroshima: Cherry Blossom Tour

17 Days 16 Nights | from US $6198.00

Taiwan (Taroko National Park / Sun Moon Lake / Fenqihu / Alishan National Forest / Taichung / Taipei), Japan (Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo)
Take a special journey into the wonderful islands of Taiwan and Japan, covered with magnificent cherry blossoms, featuring the beauties of Hiroshima and Japan's less- traveled southern regions.

17 Days 16 Nights | from US $6198.00

Taiwan (Taroko National Park / Sun Moon Lake / Fenqihu / Alishan National Forest / Taichung / Taipei), Japan (Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo)
Take a special journey into the wonderful islands of Taiwan and Japan, covered with magnificent cherry blossoms, featuring the beauties of Hiroshima and Japan's less- traveled southern regions.
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Sun. Mar 24, 2024 Tue. Apr 9, 2024 US $6198.00 Taipei Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Spirit of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & 
Cherry Blossoms

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Spirit of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms
Spirit of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $6298.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Naruto / Koyasan / Kumano / Ise Shima / 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 $6298.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Naruto / Koyasan / Kumano / Ise Shima / 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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Thu. Apr 4, 2024 Thu. Apr 18, 2024 US $6298.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Sold Out
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Highlights of China and Japan with Hiroshima: Cherry 
Blossom Tour

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Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Highlights of China and Japan with Hiroshima: Cherry Blossom Tour
Highlights of China and Japan with Hiroshima: Cherry Blossom Tour

18 Days 17 Nights | from US $6298.00

China (Beijing / Xian / Shanghai), Japan (Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo)
Discover China and Japan in the gorgeous cherry blossom season, including Hiroshima and Shikoku Island, in an itinerary that includes top historic must-sees, breathtaking natural wonders, and delicious native cuisine.

18 Days 17 Nights | from US $6298.00

China (Beijing / Xian / Shanghai), Japan (Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo)
Discover China and Japan in the gorgeous cherry blossom season, including Hiroshima and Shikoku Island, in an itinerary that includes top historic must-sees, breathtaking natural wonders, and delicious native cuisine.
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Sat. Mar 23, 2024 Tue. Apr 9, 2024 US $6298.00 Beijing Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): 
Takayama Autumn Festival Tour with Expo 2025 
Osaka

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour with Expo 2025 Osaka
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour with Expo 2025 Osaka
26 reviews
26 reviews

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $6298.00

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 and Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $6298.00

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 and Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.
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Mon. Sep 29, 2025 Mon. Oct 13, 2025 US $6298.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Honshu & Hokkaido: Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido 
Winter Festival Tour

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Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Honshu & Hokkaido: Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido Winter Festival Tour
Best of Honshu & Hokkaido: Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido Winter Festival Tour

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $6398.00

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.

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $6398.00

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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