Insurance is not included in the tour price. Credit cards are not accepted.
Reservation one week in advance is requested. Tour guide Takashi reconfirms
Cancellation fee is imposed 50 % of the guide fee in case the cancellation
is done within 3 days before the operation date.
Pay in cash of JPY .
Customers are requested to pay the guide fee in cash at the end of the
E-mail 1: firstname.lastname@example.org
E-mail 2: email@example.com
To make a reservation, send an email to me with (1)your name (2)name of
your country (3)number of participants (4)desired tour date (5)name of
your hotel at Takayama.
Takashi Murakami (official licensed guide)
Guide's name and language
Guide's cell phone number for emergency
Takayama Jinya Samurai Government House -Sanmachi Traditional Buildings
Preservation District- Kusakabe Folk Museum Around 4 km of walking tour
Itinerary and Distance of the Route
Tour guide's fee: a group of not more than 20 persons: \20,000JPY
Admission fees per person, Takayama Jinya: \430, Kusakabe Folk Museum:
Personal expenses are not included.
Tour price, Expenses not Included in the tour price
The tour starts at 12:00 am. and ends at 4:00pm. We will meet at your hotel
lobby in Takayama, or JR Takayama station. The tour ends at your hotel,
or wherever you want to disband.
Duration is 4 hours.
Meeting Time and Place, Duration
Hida-Takayama is located in the Takayama Basin at an altitude of about
600 meters. The city area is surrounded by mountains and forests. More
than 90 percent of the Hida region is a forest area. It is said that the
city originally developed by skilled wood-craftsmen about 1,300 years ago.
Carpenters in this region were sent to Nara and Kyoto, the old capitals
of Japan, to work for construction of Imperial Palaces and Temples. In
the Edo period of about 400 years ago, the Kanamori family, a local lord
of Takayama, built a castle and merchant districts spending 16 years. Generations
of the lord Kanamori ruled this region for 107 years. During Kanamori reign,
traditional arts and crafts such as Shunkei-Nuri Lacquer-ware , woodwork
and tea ceremony were thrived under encouragement and sponsorship of the
lord Kanamori. All of a sudden, the Tokugawa Shogunate relocated the Kanamoris
to the Tohoku region and directly controlled this region for 177 years.
The financial difficulty of the Tokugawa Shogunate is said to be one of
the reasons for the surprise relocation. Merchant houses of the Edo period
still remain today in Sanmachi and Shimoninomachi-Oshinmachi districts.
Tall white earthen walled storehouses called Yataigura are scattered along
the roads of merchant districts, which not only house floats for Takayama
festival, but also work as fire walls. These two districts are designated
as the Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings. The
lines of latticework windows painted with black ocher are impressive. Takayama
is also famous for its festival, one of the three most beautiful festivals
in Japan. It takes place twice a year, the Spring Festival and the Autumn
Festival. Spring Festival proceeds during April 14 and 15 with 12 floats
procession, and the Autumn during October 9 and 10 with 11 floats. In this
tour, Takayama jinya, morning market, Sanmachi district and Kusakabe folk
museum are the places to visit.
Takayama half day tour guide
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