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Heritage Houses and Crafts of Hida Alps

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Overview

The day will be spent touring the delightful, tranquil Hida region of Japan. Shirakawago and Gokayama offer a magnificent experience for any traveller charmed by quaint, historic buildings and dramatic mountains looming in the distance.

Itinerary

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Heritage Houses and Crafts of Hida Alps
- Full Day
Today, meet the guide in the lobby for hotel pick-up in Kanazawa, and drive to the nearby Hida region to discover the splendid sights of the charming, historic villages of Gokayama and Shirakawago, which are tucked away in the scenic Japan Alps. The houses in this region are built in a very particular way, in gassho-zukuri style. Gassho-zukuri means "constructed like hands in prayer," which is represented by the shape of the farmhouses' steep, thatched roofs. This architectural style was developed over many generations – the roofs were constructed without the use of any nails, and are intricately designed to withstand large amounts of snow.

The first stop will be a Japanese papermaker’s atelier in Gokayama. Take some time to browse the products on display, and take a crash course in making traditional Japanese washi paper, which is made using local fibre and handcrafted using traditional artisanal techniques.

Next, learn about the local silk industry, which flourished during the Edo Period, and village life over a cup of tea at the irori, or sunken hearth – a key element of any gassho-zukuri farmhouse. Bask in the warmth of the hearth before enjoying the breathtaking views of the village framed by the mountains in the distance.

Take a break for a delightful meal before travelling to Shirakawago for one of the most iconic and most photogenic views in Japan. After taking plenty of photos at the viewpoint overlooking the village, visit one of the local homes. These houses are the private homes of the locals, but some are open to the public, such as Wada House - a legacy bequeathed by the Wada Family - who used to be the richest family in, and village leaders of, Ogimachi.

The guide will drive back to Kanazawa at the end of the tour for hotel drop-off. (L)


Important Information


Our services include:
– English
-speaking driving guide
– Private vehicle
– Lunch
Our services do not include:
– International and domestic flights (quoted separately)
– Meals and/or drinks other than mentioned above
– Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone, and other expenditures of a personal nature)
– Travel insurance
– Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above

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