Hida Takayama, Shomyo Falls and Shirakawago Trip

2020 November 7-8 (Saturday-Sunday)


An outdoor and culture adventure for all ages!

This Trip Features;

  • Hida Takayama Old Town; beautifully preserved old buildings and streets of houses dating back from the Edo Period when the city thrived as a wealthy town of merchants.
  • Hida Folk Village; an open air museum exhibiting over 30 traditional houses built during the Edo Period including some 'Gassho-Zukuri' farmhouses.
  • Shirakawago; traditional houses with thatched and steep roofs called 'Gassho-Zukuri' and it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Shomyo Falls; tumbling 350m amidst a cloud of mist is Japan’s tallest waterfall
  • Breathtaking mountain views surrounded by gorgeous red and yellow autumn leaves

Join us for this absolutely awesome autumn adventure exploring Japanese outdoors and culture at its best!

Trip Itinerary

Saturday (Nov 7)

  • Meet the group in Shinjuku at 7am
  • Get on the bus
  • Catch up on your sleep or chat with other members and get excited
  • Short stops for food/snacks on the way
  • Arrive in Hida Takayama around 1pm
  • Walk around, see and explore the famous Red Bridge, Sanmachi Suji (old town) and Takayama shrine
  • Get on the bus at 3:15pm
  • Arrive at Hida Folk Village around 3:30pm
  • Explore the open air museum
  • Get on the bus at 5pm
  • Arrive in Toyama City around 7pm
  • Check-in at the hotel
  • Enjoy a hot shower/bath
  • Have dinner at one of the restaurants in town (not included)
  • Group drinks

Sunday (Nov 8)

  • Buffet breakfast at 7:30am
  • Get on the bus at 8:15am
  • Arrive at Shomyo Falls parking lot around 9:30am
  • Short walk to the Shomyo Falls observation deck (20mins)
  • Enjoy Japan's tallest waterfall
  • Walk back to Shomyo Falls parking lot
  • Get on the bus at 11am
  • Arrive in Ogimachi Village around 12:15pm
  • Walk around, see and explore the famous and traditional Gassho Zukuri Farmhouses
  • Get on the bus at 3pm
  • Short stops for food/snacks on the way
  • Arrive back in Shinjuku around 8:45pm

Trip Inclusion - Extras - Discounts

Price includes;

  • Private bus transportation (for the entire duration)
  • One (1) night 'twin or double' shared hotel accommodation
  • Bufffet breakfast for Sunday
  • Entry fee to Hida Folk Village
  • Fun and cute (English/Japanese speaking) tour guides ;p
  • Travel insurance
  • Consumption tax


  • Single room (3,000yen)


  • Birthday on Nov 7-8 (3,000yen)
  • Kids under 12 (3,000yen)
  • Early-bird (1,000yen) *Pay before 3pm on Oct 7
  • Group of 4 or more (1,000yen/person) *Group leader or name required
  • Regular member (1,000yen) *Joined more than 5 TG trips/Cannot combine with the group discount
    *** Check Discount Policies ***
Price: 29,900Yen
Space left: 2 out of 34


    Hida Takayama Old Town

  • An old town in Japan's mountainous region of Gifu Prefecture. The narrow streets of its Sanmachi Suji historic district are lined with wooden merchants’ houses dating back to the Edo Period, along with many small museums and shrines.
  • Hida Folk Village

  • An open air museum exhibiting over 30 traditional houses built during the Edo Period including some 'Gassho-Zukuri' farmhouses.
  • Shomyo Falls

  • Tumbling 350m amidst a cloud of mist, Shomyo Falls is Japan’s tallest waterfall. After a heavy rainfall, a twin waterfall called Hannoki Falls can flow beside it. Sometimes if you get really lucky, the Somen Falls can also appear on the right side of the Hannoki Falls creating an extremely rare sight of three waterfalls flowing majestically next to each other.
  • Shirakawago

  • You cannot see the combination of majestic nature and serene historical village anywhere else in Japan, except Shirakawago. The village consists of traditional houses with thatched and steep roofs called Gassho-Zukuri. Shirakawago has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1995. The style of houses is estimated to be built in the late 17th century.

Important Notes

  • Itinerary may vary due to the weather, traffic conditions, and other unavoidable circumstances.
  • You MUST have your own insurance (health, social, company, etc.) to be able join.
  • You can leave some of your belongings in the bus during the walks. All you need is a small backpack, raincoat, picnic lunch, snacks, drinks, camera, smartphone and cash.
  • All rooms are twin shared.
  • Double rooms are available for couples.
  • Single room are available at extra cost.
  • Breakfast is buffet style.
  • This trip involves a long bus jorney so make sure to bring a book, videos, battery back, neck pillow, etc..
  • Final details will be sent to the participants by email two days before the event.

What to wear/bring

  • Windbreaker/waterproof jacket and pants
  • Warm clothes (fleece/thermals)
  • Clothes appropriate for trekking and weather
  • Hiking/trekking shoes or trainers with ankle protection
  • Soft/thick socks
  • Trekking poles
  • Big and small backpack
  • Small towel
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Snacks
  • Mineral water or sports drinks (2L)
  • Eye masks
  • Ear plugs
  • Book
  • Camera
  • Smartphone
  • Cash

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