Explore Hidden Facets of Hida’s History and Culture!

Experience the history and culture of Hida firsthand through tangible and intangible places as well as gustatory encounters

2-Days
Gifu

Highlights

  • The Hida Furukawa Festival Exhibition Hall, as well as the kimono experience, offers a variety of living experiences.
  • FabCafe Hida and Watanabe sake brewery provide delectable interactions
  • Biking in the heart of Japan’s beautiful countryside

Description

The tour’s ultimate goal is to immerse participants in the Hida region’s culture and history. The journey will start with wearing a kimono and strolling down Shirakabe Dozogai’s historic street. Following that, we have the Hida Furukawa Festival Exhibition Hall: which contains the discovery of The dynamic Okoshi-Daiko which has men drumming on a giant drum on the turret, and The Tranquil Yatai Parade, which features the ideal combination of Eastern and Western Japanese culture. Hida Craft Museum is another excellent means to showcase this area’s customs. It is now designated as a Japan Heritage site and is known for its inventive joinery techniques. 

Not to mention the culinary pleasure offered by this journey: visit the FabCafe Hida to try the Kuromoji herbal tea cultivated nearby. It has therapeutic powers as well as an aroma that soothes and nourishes the psyche. At the end of a day full of exciting discoveries, take time to rest your weary body at an inn in Hida Furukawa. Kick off your second day with a morning bike ride across the Japanese authentic countryside as you feel the breeze on your skin: Take advantage of this unique opportunity to admire the opulent landscape! After the memorable morning bike ride, you will go down to the historical town of Takayama. In this town overflowing with traditional charm, you will visit some of the town’s highlights such as the impressive wooden Takayama Jinya, a former administrative headquarter dating from the Edo period. Immerse yourself in the purely traditional ambiance of the town for which much effort has been made to maintain the traditional feel. Stroll through the town as you discover souvenir and craft shops, museums, galleries, cafes as well as local small sake breweries.

Details

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1 Morning

The first part of this expedition, which runs from 10:00 am to 11:00 am, begins with a beautiful kimono experience where the shop’s owner will assist you in selecting the color that best matches you and in putting on the yukata. A Yukata is supplied, as well as a pair of zori or geta. The guests must ensure that the kimono is returned by 6:30 pm (Closed on Thursdays).

Enjoy strolling in the traditional Shirakabe Dozogai street until 11:30 am while wearing the kimono. Make sure not to miss some of the best photo shooting spots, such as the Seto Canal to commemorate this moment! Then it will be time for lunch.

Day 1 Afternoon

The Hida Furukawa exhibition hall is the first destination on the afternoon tour (1:30 pm to 2.30 pm). The admission fees (700 yen per adult) are included in this tour (This can be 300 yen for children and visitors with disabilities who receive a 50% discount). Its opening hours are:

→ 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (March - November)

→ 9:00 am to 4:30 pm (December - February)

→ The hall is closed from December 30th to January 2nd.

Take a brief stop at the neighboring FabCafe for a relaxing teatime experience till 3:00 pm. As the main ingredient, they use Japanese spicebush for a voyage full of flavors! The drinks cost around 500 yen.

Its opening hours are:

→ Open until 5:00pm (weekdays), 7:00pm (weekends)

→ Closed on Wednesdays

We'll continue on to the Hida Craft Museum till 4:00 pm, which is noted for having a high percentage of individuals working in building from ancient times to the present. The entrance fees and a coaster-making experience are included in this tour.

Its opening hours are:

→ Opening hours: 9:00am - 5:00pm.

→ Closed Thursdays and New Year's holidays (from Dec. 28th to January 2nd)

→ Open until 4:30 pm between December and February.

Your journey continues with an excursion to Watanabe sake brewery that depicts traditional local sake. Feel the local culture firsthand by tasting the sake that has been cherished in Hida's life since ancient times!

It is 5:30 pm, and we are staying at the Hida Tomoe Hotel (or similar), which is conveniently located in the heart of the Hida Furukawa. Take a deep breath and rest your weary body to get ready for the next day filled with other exciting experiences!

Day 2 Morning

Kick off your second day with a morning bike ride across the Japanese authentic countryside as you feel the breeze on your skin: Take advantage of this unique opportunity to admire the opulent landscape! A bicycle, helmet, rain suit, water refill service (visitors must have their own bottle), and a local English-speaking guide are all included in the package. The activity begins at 9:00 am. and ends at 12:30 pm.

→ Available from March 20 to November 11th for 2022.

Lunch at Hida Furukawa, before heading to the old castle town of Takayama in the afternoon.

Day 2 Afternoon

You will head to Takayama station by express train (14mins non-stop, by taking the Hida Limited Express Nagoya Line.) that will take you to the town at 2:32 pm. Visit some of the town’s highlights such as the impressive wooden Takayama Jinya, a former administrative headquarter dating from the Edo period. The entrance fees are 440JPY per person (have to be paid on the spot.)

→ Closed from December 29 to January 3. 

Finally, we will conclude this excursion with a stroll around Takayama's historic district.

Important information

Included in price

  • English speaking guide
  • Guide fees for the first day
  • Kimono experience on the first day
  • Admission fees (adult) for Hida Furukawa Festival Exhibition Hall
  • Admission fees and fees for a coaster-making experience at Hida Craft Museum
  • Accommodation fees (breakfast and dinner included)
  • Fees for the morning bike tour on the second day
  • Transportation fees from Hida Furukawa Station to Takayama Station on the second day

Not included

  • Lunch (2 days)
  • Admission fees of Takayama Jinya on the second day
  • International and domestic flights
  • Transportation fees other than listed on the itinerary
  • Tippings for the guide
  • Remittance charge
  • Travel Insurance
  • Other services not indicated in the package inclusion
  • Personal expenses such as souvenirs

Price of this tour:

  • 50,495 JPY (price per person, for 2 PAX)
  • 40,638 JPY (price per person, for 4 PAX)
  • 37,351 JPY (price per person, for 6 PAX)

Other important information:

  • From March 20th to November 30th, the tour will not be available on Wednesdays and Thursdays as some places included in the tour are closed on these days.

Cancellation policy:

  • 2 days prior to the day of your trip – 40%
  • 1 day prior – 50%
  • On the day – 100%
  • No-show – 100%

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