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“Knowledgeable and friendly tour guide Mr Yamamoto-san.”

Isite Takayama - Day Tours
Ranked #2 of 10 Tours in Takayama
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Owner description: We offer a half-day / 1 day round-trip bus tour to Shirakawa-go, a world heritage site.Our bus tours take you there with our guide no transfer from JR Takayama station or near a hotel you stay.Fare for a round trip is the best rate compared with others.Adult ¥3800 Child ¥2000
Singapore, Singapore
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“Knowledgeable and friendly tour guide Mr Yamamoto-san.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014

Took the bus to Shirakawa-Go with ISite Takayama as it was a cheaper alternative than taking the infrequent public bus there.

Mr Yamamoto-san is a really knowledgeable guide and even though he does 2 tour a day and works every single day including the weekends, he still is very willing to share his knowledge about the area and is not tired of the village.

The first stop for the tour would be the observatory point where you will be able to take photos against the backdrop of Shirakawa-Go. It's a really nice place to look down from. You can find plenty of photos online that are taken from this setting.

In particular at shirakawa-go, you may want to visit one of the Gassho-styled house, our guide recommended Kanda House, which was pretty decent. The price of the place is at 500 yen per pax. You get to walk up 4 stories of the house and see how the building is tied together. The building is rather smokey here as they boil their tea in the middle of the hut with wooden charcoal. After viewing the house, you can watch a video of Shirakawago and drink some tea at the dining area. Unfortunately, the exhibits are in Japanese and the hosts only speak Japanese, so it’s best to do some research before coming here.

There’s also a rice sakae museum at shirakawa-go which shows the sakae brewing process and a small exhibit hall of some of the equipment use in making sakae. At the end, you will be offered rice sakae to drink and you can have unlimited servings of it. The sakae is rather raw and cloudy, with the rice grains still visible. Alcoholic content is not too strong and it’s pretty interesting and worth a try.

The time allocated for the trip to Shirakawa-Go was just appropriate to see the main attraction. Definitely recommend this tour agency for its honest service.

Visited June 2014
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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“Nice day tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014

it's nice, got explanation in English. Since there are a lot of tunnel all the way to Shirakawa-go, a tour guide is helped with his nice explanatioan. Thank you Yamamodo!

Visited April 2014
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Worth for Value & good service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2014

book the tour online & their response via email is prompt.
we join the tour on 17/4/2014.
Our tour guide Yamamoto san is a very cheerful guide & 1 hour bus ride was full of fun.
I like the Sarubobo doll he provide to us for photo shooting.
He is a good photographer too!
Thanks for the review from other traveller in TA, the trip is great.
2 hours is just nice for me to visit the Kanto house & explore the beautiful village Shirakawago.

Visited April 2014
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Singapore
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“A well worth tour!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2014

Paid Y4000 per pax for half day tour to Shirakawa-go. Certainly better than paying Y4300 for 2 a way bus ticket!

Our guide Yamamoto-San is a interesting guide providing lots of information on Shirakawa-go. He is always very helpful, offer to take pics for you and frank about visiting which house.

Visited March 2014
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Hong Kong
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“Friendly enthusiastic local tour leaders”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2014

Joined afternoon Shirakawa-go tour with Ayumi and free Takayama city walk with Akane early April. Spring weather excellent for an outdoor visit.
Both tours well organised. Appreciate most their attitudes in presenting world heritage sights with great pride, enthusiasm and fun.
I tried the local restaurants Akane recommended and love them as well.

Visited April 2014
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