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.
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