Gokayama Crafts Experience

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Tour code : 004004G

From JPY 20,000

Tour Operating : Every Day Except Wednesday


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The beautiful thatched rooves of Gokayama have endured for more than 350 years – and so have some unique traditions that can only be found in this area.

Trip HighLights

  • Delicious specialty lunch made using the freshest local ingredients
  • Tour guide for World Heritage Village Gokayama
  • Washi Paper Making Experience
  • Kokiriko-bushi Folk Music Experience

Quick Itinerary

Day 1


Meet at JR Kanazwa StationA taxi driver holding a white Authentrip flag will be waiting for you at the East Exit of JR Kanazawa Station.


Zuiryuji-Temple Feel the spirit of this Soto Zen Temple with centuries of history. Those with a keen eye might notice something different about this temple. Its roof is made of lead! That must be heavy... Take in the quiet beauty of the buildings connected by corridors and the smooth lawns with their stone lanterns.


Takaoka Daibutsu Along with the statues in Nara and Kamakura, this is one of the Three Great Buddhas of Japan. As you are passing by rows of houses, this sixteen meter tall statue will appear out of nowhere! It is affectionately known by the locals as Daibuttsu-tsuan. You can even go underneath the statue’s pedestal. Let’s take a look!


Gokayama A chance to see the World Heritage Site of Gokayama! Enjoy splendid local fare in one of the iconic gasssho-zukuri thatched houses. You will feel like you have travelled back in time. After lunch, you will be joined by our tour guide who will explain Gokyama in detail. Gokayama is far removed from crowds of tourists and you will appreciate how this traditional building style melds seamlessly with the surrounding natural beauty.


Kokiriko-bushi Folk Music ExperienceThe beautiful thatched rooves of Gokayama have endured for more than 350 years – and so have some unique traditions that can only be found in this area. Among them is the folk dance called Kokiriko-bushi. You can only see the dance at festival times but you can learn about the song and see a real life performance of the dance! How lucky!


Traditional Washi Paper Making ExperienceThis is an old technique called Tesuki Washi. It’s so simple that even children can try it! It’s an out of the ordinary hands on craft with a rich history, so let’s give it a try!


Tour Ends at JR Kanazawa Station

What's Included

Taxi Fare

What's Not Included

Lunch and drinks

Access Information

Tour Start Point JR Kanazawa Station

East Entrance
Tour Start Point Map
How to get to the Tour Start Point ・From Tokyo - approx 2.5hrs by Shinkansen
・From Kyoto - approx 2hrs by Express Train
・From Osaka - approx 3hrs by Express Train
Tour End Point JR Kanazawa Station
Time Required 8 Hours
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World Heritage Village of Gokayama

World Heritage Village of Gokayama

Gokayama is a district in Toyama Prefecture that includes the villages of Suganuma and Ainokura. This district is home to gasssho-zukuri houses. These houses have a unique style of architecture with very steep thatched rooves. They can only be found in Gokayama and Shirakawago and together they were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. The name gassho-zukuri refers to the shape of the rooves. Gassho means hands clasped together in prayer. A total of 32 of these gassho-zukuri houses remain in Gokayama today. You can view these unique houses which were built between 300 and 400 years ago. Sometimes you can even enter the roof space and take a look at the roof structure up close! The contrast between the gassho-zukuri houses and the rice paddies, fields, and surrounding mountains make a beautiful picture and it will feel like you have traveled back in time.

Gokayama Village of Japanese Paper

Gokayama Village of Japanese Paper

Records exist showing that during the Edo Period 400 years ago, origami paper made on the flatlands of Gokayama was presented to Toshinaga Maeda, second head of the Kaga Domain, who was lord of this district at the time. Kaga Domain was a prosperous part of Northern Japan in those days. From that day on, Gokayama Washi Paper developed under the protection of the Kaga Domain. The area became production center of quality washi paper. Gokayama Washi Paper is designated as a national traditional craft, and is used in the repair of Japan's important cultural properties such as Kyoto Imperial Palace and Katsura Imperial Villa. You can experience making three types of postcard from your own hand-made washi paper. Try making an original, one-of-a-kind postcard from quality washi paper with your own memorable hands on experience.

Zuiryu-ji – Historic Temple of the Hokuriku Region

Zuiryu-ji – Historic Temple of the Hokuriku Region

Zuiryuji is a temple built to perform a memorial service for Toshinaga Maeda, second head of the Kaga Domain and lord of this district. It was constructed by his successor and the third head of the domain, Toshitsune Maeda. The temple took twenty years to build and was completed in 1663. The main gate, main worship hall, and Butsuden (Budda Hall) were declared as National Treasures of Japan in 1997. The Buddha Hall is made of Japanese zelkova wood and the extreme complexity of the ceiling structure is an architectural marvel. The roof is actually made of lead tiles, which is very rare for buildings in Japan. The total weight of the lead is 47 tons. It is basically the equivalent of about three trucks sitting on top of the roof. A lush lawn covers the grounds. One step into the grounds of this temple and you will be enchanted by the quiet atmosphere of this Zen temple.

Cancellations and modifications
If you would like to modify details, such as your traveling dates or the number of participants, please cancel your current reservation and make a new one. Cancellations can be made online through “My Page”. Please be aware that a cancellation fee may apply depending on the time of year.

■Cancellation period
[1)Within 60 days of receipt of payment. 2)Up to 8 days before departure]
Cancellation fee:None (free of charge)

[3 days before departure]
Cancellation fee:30% of the total tour fee

[the day before departure 1 day before departure]
Cancellation fee:40% of the total tour fee

[On the departure day On the day]
Cancellation fee:50% of the total tour fee

[After departure or in case of no-show]
Cancellation fee:100% of the total tour fee

About taxi drivers and sightseeing・Concerning your luggage
・For your convenience, we have arranged for taxis and mini-vans to allow you the comfort of traveling without being preoccupied about handling your luggage. Taxis will be available regardless of the number of participants however, due to space limitations, we ask you to inform us should you be traveling with more than 3 pieces per person (additional costs may incur). To respect your privacy, we work exclusively with experienced drivers who can only speak Japanese. For necessary information, we have prepared a separate document with useful phrases in English and other foreign languages.

・During the tour, large items such as suitcases and duffle bags will be kept in the trunk of the taxis. When getting on and off, please feel free to request access to your belongings from the driver at any time. However, we ask that you keep any valuable and fragile items as well as perishable food items with you at all times. Please acknowledge that we are not liable for any damages to your luggage in the event of an accident during transportation. We do not take responsibility for the damage, loss or theft of items due to negligence of the transportation company or its employees.

For customers joining tours during the winter period
・Over the winter season (December to March), it is not uncommon to see snow in Japan. Please understand that weather-related changes in the road conditions will also impact the tour schedule. If you need to catch a train or a flight to another city at the end of the tour, we advise you to give yourself extra time to work around any potential delays.

Itinerary Changes
・Tourist spots may sometimes need to be changed, or the length of travel time required may be different due to traffic conditions, etc. Please note that additional charges may be applicable if the arrival time is later than the end time specified in the itinerary.

Tour operation: regarding the minimum number of participants
・Tours may be canceled if the minimum number of travelers is not reached. In that case, an e-mail notifying customers to this effect will be sent up to 12 days before the start of the tour. Full refunds shall be issued for any canceled tours.

Staff at Gokayama Village of Japanese paper

Staff at Gokayama Village of Japanese paper

Roadside Station Taira Gokayama, Village of Japanese Paper is located near the Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama, a World Heritage Site, and so we see a growing number of visitors from abroad every year. We are a long-standing producing area, of which there are few in the country, doing everything from cultivating fields of kozo ('paper mulberry'), the raw material for traditional Japanese paper, to papermaking, to the production of finished goods. Our DVDs capturing a year's worth of this work (available in English) have been viewed by many with great interest. Inside, we have a hall where visitors can experience this first-hand at their leisure, as well as a Japanese paper shop, a workshop, and more, offering a fun opportunity to get in touch with the traditional culture of Japan. We hope to continue to bring Japan's traditional culture to our visitors from overseas.

Akiko Shimizu, Taxi Driver from Daiwa Kotsu Taxi Service

Akiko Shimizu, Taxi Driver from Daiwa Kotsu Taxi Service

I am a taxi driver who loves to sightsee! I lived in Peru for a long time so I can speak Spanish. In addition to myself, we have several other taxi drivers on our roster who speak English, and we are all working to improve our English-speaking abilities. I will do my best to guide you through my favorite city, Toyama, and I look forward to welcoming you and your family, your friends, and work associates to Toyama. This photo was taken at Toyama Castle, which is located in the center of Toyama City. I hope all of you will enjoy taking commemorative pictures here as well!!

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