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Craft, Cuisine & Culture Craft Walk

News: SATOYAMA EXPERIENCE: Tour Reopening Guidelines

6. June. 2020

Here at SATOYAMA EXPERIENCE we are reopening our tours. We have developed new protocols based on government regulations, expert advice and travel industry best practice. These will enable every guest to enjoy our activities in safety, together with our staff and locals in Hida, under the current COVID-19 situation.

We believe that implementation of the following measures will allow us to share special experiences safely with you in SATOYAMA:

Click here to see the measures we will be put in place.

Craft, Cuisine & Culture / Guided Tour / Regular
Craft Walk

Discover the diversity and beauty of local crafts in Takayama

The Hida region has a unique culture, forged internally by its harsh winter climate and forested mountain environment, and externally by a fusion of the cultures of Kyoto and Edo (modern Tokyo): the former spread by the Kanamori family in the 16th century, and the latter since the region became a dependent territory of the Edo Shogunate in the 17th century.

Takayama, the city in the heart of Hida, is THE place to experience the fruits of this rich heritage. A myriad of local workshops and retail outlets remain, often family businesses of long standing, with the tricks of the trade passed down faithfully through the generations. These establishments sell both folk crafts, such as Sashiko patchwork and Hanga wood block prints, and also traditional crafts borne from ‘high’ culture, including intricate wooden carving and Shunkeinuri lacquerware.

In this tour, our knowledgeable guide will accompany you on your journey through these local craft shops while offering fascinating insights into the origins, history and production techniques of the skilled Hida craftsmanship you will encounter.

Ittobori (wood carving)

Hand-painted Japanese candles

Sashiko embroidery

A Sashiko storefront

Woodblock prints

Shunkei lacquerware

Shibukusa-yaki (pottery)

A Shibukusa-yaki storefront

Reservation

Dates

Period
Jan 17, 2020Dec 30, 2020

Time

Approx. 2h30m

Private tour: 14:00 - 16:30

Number of Participants

Max8 people
Min2 people

Tour rate

6,000JPY/person Inc.Tax

Included in the price
  • Trained and experienced guide (in English/Japanese)
  • Small group tour
  • Tea break
Not included
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Meeting Point

Entrance gate of Takayama Jinya

1-15 Hachikenmachi, Takayama, Gifu, Japan

Note

Reservation

  • No charge for small children who are 5 years old or under. If you have a small child, please let us know when you make a reservation. 
  • Reservation up to 170 days in advance is possible. For reservations further ahead, please contact us via the inquiry page.
  • If a tour already has 2 people booked, you can book it as an individual. Please check our current availability via “reservation”. If your requested date is unavailable, please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Cancellation

  • If you need to cancel the tour, you will not be charged a cancellation fee up to 2 days before the tour date. Please click this link for more detail: Cancellation policy

Insurance

Please be sure to purchase appropriate travel insurance in advance.

 

Private Tours

We have private tours available upon request.

* Please note that we have no child rates for private tours.

  • 1 person :  ¥28,500
  • 2 people : ¥15,000 per person
  • 3 people : ¥10,500 per person
  • 4 people or more : ¥8,250 per person

Private tour price in high season (Apr 1st – 20th, Jul 16th – Aug 20th, Oct 1st -15th 2020)

  • 1 person :  ¥37,500
  • 2 people : ¥19,500 per person
  • 3 people : ¥13,500 per person
  • 4 people or more : ¥10,500 per person