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Walk in the traditional Streets of Old Town Takayama

Takayama was established by the family of Kanamuri; we are a town of 90000 people located between Tokyo and Osaka but host a lot of guests; last year we hosted 4.7 million visitors. We will start our tour down the old town; I will explain why we have open water drains and heated chimneys.

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From Takayama
Online Experience
45 min
Japan
Upto 10 people
English
Highlights
  • Explore the traditional Old Town of Takayama in this real-time walking tour
  • See quaint wooden houses and the shrines to protect them
  • Understand unique traditions of this town through its floats and Shinto Shrines
Description

Takayama was established by the family of Kanamuri. We are a town of 90000 people located between Tokyo and Osaka but host a lot of guests; last year we hosted 4.7 million visitors!

We will start our Online tour from the Old Town that feels like a step back in time. I will explain why we have open water drains and heated chimneys. I will show you unique sights such as wooden houses with low second floors, and floats that revere Ebisu San and the god of fisheries over a 300 year old tradition. This tradition is unique to our town and you will hear all about it. 

Take a stroll over a picturesque red bridge to see the remnants of our castle that was once made of wood. You will see more than 60 tiny shrines around the city to pray against fire; our city is prone to a lot of fires since all our houses are made of wood. We will pass by the town museum and the place where we have our morning markets. I will show you dumpling shops and warehouses storing the floats before moving into the modern part of town, features unique to our city. We will end our tour at the Shinto Shrine and offer our prayers.

About this experience
Instructions
  • Please have a good internet connection and zoom app installed on your phone or laptop
  • The instructions to join the meeting will be sent via email shortly after the booking
Know before you go
  • This tour involves walking and travelling to different places, at times the mobile network may be intermittent, and the picture may not be clear. However, we will attempt to minimize such disruptions
  • You can book this tour for 2200 JPY per person per screen or as a private tour for 12000 JPY and invite up to 10 friends and family to join this activity with you from all over the world. You will see the option to book this experience as a private tour on the checkout page if it is available for that time slot
  • Since these are live tours, they may be subject to last minute cancellation due to inclement weather, Internet disruptions or other unforeseen circumstances.
Meet your Host
Yama

I was born in Takayama and have been working as a tour guide since the past 5 years. I have a team of more than 5 guides who support our tour; they can speak French, Italian and Spanish, and English. Let me introduce the history and culture of this area and some very interesting facts about us as well! Did you know that that seven sake breweries are densely packed in this area? Even if there are 7 sake breweries within 200m, and each brewery has the same ingredients, each one has distinct different tastes! I am happy to be born in this area because I can drink a lot of delicious sake every day. 

Tour Reviews
  • Kelvin Wong

    Fantastic! We had a great time. The tour guide, Yama, was very patient and informative. He was very professional. It certainly does not feel like a YouTube live video. Definitely feel like as if traveling with a professional tour guide. We enjoyed a lot and look forward to visit Takayama physically and meet Yama san in person.

    Would like to kindly suggest of considering to provide more online touring options of souvenir shopping and shipping to travellers at travellers cost or perhaps a surprise box to purchase and receive before the tour starts that is related to part of the tour or receive half of a key chain or something that we could physically bring it and come back to put together back or hang on a tree etc. to "complete" the experience after pandemic. Might be hard to arrange perhaps. :)

From USD 21 / Screen
Important Information
  • Fully refundable in case of any cancellation upto 2 days before the tour.