Discover the Japanese Countryside
Custom Tours / Trip Idea Discover Traditional Life in Hida area 4nights/5days

Custom Tours / Trip Idea
Discover Traditional Life in Hida area 4nights/5days

If you like to touch the Japanese life dating back to the olden times, we recommend this itinerary. You will see a beautiful nostalgic landscape of Minka (old folk houses) dotted in vast rice fields and you may have a chance to talk to locals by staying small village or joining the cycling tour.



  • Okuhida: one of the most remarkable Onsen (hot spring) villages. You can enjoy open-air bath while listening to the murmur of the river. Stay in one of the best Ryokan in the area.
  • Hida Satoyama Cycling: Casual bike ride through the Japanese countryside, Satoyama, and meet locals
  • A small local village stay: You can experience making Soba noodles and relax in the REAL countryside. * small village stay may not be available from Apr.2017. Contact us for details.
  • Shirakawa-go/Gokayama : You will be inspired by traditional wooden architectures “Gassho-zukuri” which only exist in this snowy area.



This itinerary is an example to give you an idea of your journey. Please let us know your interests and preferences for your trip, (e.g. theme of the trip, place to visit, things to do, number of days), and we’ll send you a proposal of your unforgettable trip in Japan.

Day 1

Travel from Tokyo to Okuhida Onsen

Travel to Okuhida Onsen from Tokyo (4.5h)
Okuhida Onsen-go area is situated at the base of the Japan Alps, the onsen here have some of the most dramatic settings in Japan.
Stay in modern Japanese Ryokan and enjoy dinner set by irori fireplace.

(overnight in Okuhida Onsen)

Day 2

Enjoy Takayama

Enjoy morning bath and go to Takayama (1h). Hida Takayama in the northern part of Gifu Prefecture is a castle town surrounded by mountains. Takayama is best known for its carpenters, who worked on the imperial palace in Kyoto and on many of the temples in Nara. Like a few cities, Takayama has retained its full atmosphere of the Edo period thanks to its preserved old districts, temples, shrines, antique shops and sake breweries.

(overnight in Takayama)

Day 3

Shirakawa-go /Gokayama Daytrip

Shirakawa-go and Gokayama (1h from Takayama) are the only places in Japan to see traditional masterpieces called Gassho-zukuri houses.
Several thatched-roof buildings in the Village are open to the public.
* We reccommend to rent a car and to go to Gokayama which is more authentic and quieter.

(overnight in Takayama)

Day 4

Cycling through the countryside / Small village stay

The 3-hour bike trail will give you the exposure to the country life in Hida.
Get off the regular tourist route and try out our special trails!

  • Cycling details: go to Hida Satoyama Cycling

After the tour, take a private taxi to the small village to stay overnight.
Enjoy the atmosphere of the buildings and local cuisine using 100% local ingredients.

* small village stay may not be available from Apr.2017. Contact us for details.

(overnight in Small village)

Day 5

Walking in the Small village / Travel to your next destination

Enjoy walking in the beautiful small village surrounded by mountains where people maintain the traditional Japanese life for ages.

  • Guided walk (English speaking guide) available for additional fee
  • You can try local dish cooking such as Soba and Hoba-sushi (May/June).
  •  It takes 1h from Takayama