1-Day Tour from Takayama: Delve into Hida-Furukawa's Cultural Treasures
All Year Round
09:30 - 15:30
1-Day Tour from Takayama: Delve into Hida-Furukawa's Cultural Treasures
Embark on a captivating journey to Hida-Furukawa, a hidden treasure nestled high in the Japanese mountains, far from the bustling metropolises of Tokyo and Osaka. This enchanting town transports you to a bygone era with its beautifully preserved Edo-period architecture, rich history, and artisanal traditions. Led by a knowledgeable local guide, this immersive experience offers a glimpse into the heart of traditional Japan transporting you to a bygone era. Visit the Hida-Furukawa Festival Exhibition Hall to unravel its cultural tapestry, wander through the charming streets steeped in history, and discover the cultural gems of Hida-Furukawa in a single day.
- Explore the picturesque Shirakabe Dozogai Street, showcasing Edo-period architecture and the tranquil canal inhabited by friendly carp.
- Dive deep into Hida-Furukawa’s history and vibrant festivals at the Hida-Furukawa Festival Exhibition Hall, where artifacts and exhibits narrate tales of the town’s traditions.
- Journey through the Santera pilgrimage, visiting revered temples and uncovering the significance of the town’s diverse festivals. Along the way, encounter charming artisanal shops that echo Hida-Furukawa’s rich craftsmanship traditions
- Immerse yourself in a traditional weaving session and craft a unique keepsake that encapsulates the essence of your journey through Hida-Furukawa’s rich traditions and culture.
Begin a day of deep cultural immersion at Takayama Station. Your guide will greet you promptly at 9:30 A.M. in front of the ticket gates, setting the stage for your journey to the enchanting world of Hida-Furukawa, where a rich tapestry of heritage awaits. The journey commences with a scenic train ride, and by 10:00 A.M., you’ll find yourself at Furukawa Station, ready to step into a day filled with history and tradition.
Your first footprints will mark the historic Shirakabe Dozogai Street. Named after its iconic white plaster walls — a stark contrast to the dark wooden beams — the street translates to “White Wall Warehouse District.” Once a bustling commercial heart of Furukawa, these streets saw warehouses brimming with goods like rice, sake, and miso. Today, the well-preserved Edo-period architecture stands testament to its rich past.
As you venture through, admire these well-preserved Edo-period architecture and the serene canal. The friendly carp playfully navigating the waters add a touch of nature’s whimsy to the town’s historical charm.
Transitioning from streets to museums, you’ll venture into the Hida-Furukawa Festival Exhibition Hall. Dive deep into the heart of Hida-Furukawa’s festive legacy, echoing with tales of festivals and traditions that paint a vibrant picture of the town’s cultural journey through the ages.
The Hida Furukawa Festival is a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage festival that takes place in Hida-Furukawa once a year, in April. The festival is known for its elaborate floats, colorful costumes, and traditional music and dance. While the actual festival is a once-a-year spectacle, the Hida-Furukawa Festival Exhibition Hall offers year-round insights into its grandeur. Through detailed exhibits and artifacts, the hall immortalizes the festival’s essence, allowing visitors to experience the magic and allure of this renowned event regardless of the season.
The afternoon’s adventures are carefully woven with both the spiritual and the artisanal. Embarking on the revered Santera pilgrimage, you’ll traverse paths trodden by countless before, each step a connection to the ages gone by. The pilgrimage offers more than just spiritual insights; it’s also a gateway to the town’s artisanal heart. En route, quaint shops beckon, showcasing crafts that have defined Hida-Furukawa’s identity for centuries.
Your artistic journey unfolds as you delve into the intricate world of traditional weaving. Under the guidance of skilled artisans, you’ll have the opportunity to appreciate the craftsmanship up close. This hands-on experience not only lets you appreciate the craftsmanship but also allows you to craft a piece of art yourself, a tangible keepsake that intertwines your memories with the town’s rich traditions.
Your guide, having illuminated the soul of Hida-Furukawa for you, will lead you back to Furukawa Station. For those wishing to return to Takayama, the guide is available to accompany you all the way to Takayama Station. With a heart full of memories and newfound appreciation for Hida-Furukawa’s unique cultural heritage, you’ll depart with a sense of fulfillment and wonder.
*See our FAQs below for details. Or please inform your guide, and they will offer any additional help you may need.
|09:30||Meet at Takayama Station. Prepare to embark on an enriching journey to Furukawa Station.|
The meeting point will be immediately outside the ticket gates in the station, near the walkway to the left.
|10:00||Arrival at Furukawa Station. If your meeting point is Furukawa Station, there will be a brief orientation might take place here before moving on with the tour.|
|10:10||Your first stop is Shirakabe Dozogai Street. Walk through lanes echoing with history, where the well-preserved Edo-period architecture and the tranquil canal graced by playful carp.|
|10:30||Dive deep into Hida-Furukawa's traditions at the Festival Exhibition Hall. Get acquainted with the town's vibrant festival culture, its historical significance, and the role it plays in the community's spirit.|
|11:30||Visit the Hida no Takumi Museum and immerse yourself in the craftsmanship and artistic wonders that define the region.|
|12:00||Lunch at a local restaurant, handpicked by your guide. Savour the flavours of regional cuisine and recharge for the afternoon. If you have different culinary preferences, feel free to explore other dining options in the area; your guide can offer recommendations to suit your tastes.|
|13:00||Embark on the Santera pilgrimage, visiting the three significant temples associated with one of Furukawa's grand festivals. Delve into the stories and meanings that underpin this cherished tradition.|
|14:00||Dive into the art of traditional Japanese weaving. With skilled artisans as your guide, immerse yourself in a hands-on weaving experience, crafting a unique keepsake that captures the essence of your time in Japan.|
|15:00||As the day concludes, your knowledgeable guide will escort you to Furukawa Station. For those heading to Takayama, the journey continues to Takayama Station. Thus concluding your journey, you'll depart with treasured memories and a heightened appreciation for Hida-Furukawa's cultural and historical significance.|
TOUR MEETUP POINT
1 / TAKAYAMA STATION @ 9:30 A.M.
The meetup point is outside of the ticket gates at JR Takayama Station. Once you have left the gates, look to your left to see a walkway and a carving depicting an ornate wagon. You may wait nearby there until the tour begins at 9:30 A.M. Be sure to look for the guide wearing a SNOW MONKEY RESORTS tour tag. There is also a waiting room with benches nearby for guests who have arrived early and would like to sit down; however, please make sure that you have left the waiting room and are in place at the meetup point at 9:30.
2 / FURUKAWA STATION @ 10:00 A.M.
If your meetup point is Furukawa Station: The rendezvous is located inside JR Furukawa Station, near the main entrance. Your guide will be arriving by train to meet you and is easily identifiable with a SNOW MONKEY RESORTS tour tag. For those arriving a bit early, there are seating areas inside the station where you can comfortably wait. Nonetheless, please ensure you are at the designated meetup point by 10:00 AM.
- Admission to the Hida-Furukawa Festival Exhibition Hall and Hida Crafts Museum
- Hands-on Experience: Traditional weaving session
- Travel between Takayama and Furukawa
- Guided walk through Hida-Furukawa
- English speaking guide
- This tour involves several hours of walking in the outdoors. We recommend that you wear shoes and clothes which are easy to walk in. Please check the weather forecast before you head to the meetup point and prepare an umbrella or rain coat if necessary.
- In winter the temperatures may drop below freezing, and even during the daytime temperatures may not exceed 1-2 ℃ on some days. Please wear warm clothing and footwear appropriate for snowy and cold conditions. There may also be snow and ice on the road/sidewalk, and so you should take care to not slip by preparing the correct shoes for such conditions.
- Q. I’d like to join this tour from Tokyo/Nagoya. Is that possible?
- Unfortunately, it is not possible to reach the meetup point for this tour on time if leaving from Tokyo/Nagoya on the same day as the tour. We recommend guests to spend the night in Takayama or a nearby area on the day before the tour in order to be able to reach the meetup point by the starting time.
By participating in our 1 Day tour from Nagano and Matsumoto: Kamikochi and Matsumoto Castle, you will be able to start at Nagano Station/Matsumoto Station, view the historic Matsumoto Castle, and hike in scenic Kamikochi, from where you can take a short 1-hour bus ride to Takayama and spend the night - ready to participate in the Takayama and Shirakawa-go tour on the next day. Guests who take the early morning Shinkansen from Tokyo to Nagano - those departing at 6:16 or 6:28 - in order to arrive at Nagano Station for the 8:15 meet up time (or the Azusa Express leaving Shinjuku at 7:00 heading for Matsumoto) will be able to string together these two tours for an unforgettable two day experience in the heartland of Japan.
Please feel free to contact us if you would like more information.
- What should I wear/bring?
- Please wear clothing appropriate to the season in which you are taking the tour, and check the weather forecast ahead of time. Guests may wish to bring rain coats or umbrellas on rainy days, or sunscreen to avoid sunburn during the summer months. In the winter months, the air temperatures will be cold (5 to -5 ℃ on average), and so gloves, winter boots, warm hats, and hand warmers are recommended. Otherwise, please feel free to bring any other items, such as water or a snack, which you would normally carry when walking in the outdoors.
- Can I add accommodation to my tour booking?
- Yes. We can help book accommodation for guests who will be spending the night in Takayama. Please contact us for more information!
- Is this tour wheelchair accessible/appropriate for guests with limited mobility?
- The nature of this tour means it is not wheelchair accessible and may not be appropriate for guests with limited mobility, given the amount of walking involved. Should this be of concern, contact us prior to booking to discuss options.
- Is lunch included on this tour?
- No. This tour does not include lunch however there will be opportunities to purchase food and drinks during the tour. If you prefer to, please also feel free to bring snacks and drinks with you.
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Snow Monkey Resorts Tours
Nagano City Kurita 1015-7, NK Copo 202, Nagano, 380-0921 Japan
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Travel Service Supervisor: Tomoko Kasahara
All Year Round
09:30 - 15:30