31 Aug 2017

Doburoku Festival Tour - Sake-drinking festival

Doburoku festival is a Shinto event held in Shirakawa-go every Autumn. Doburoku is a milky white, unrefined sake made by rice, rice malt, and water.  It is brewed from January through to October; the festival is the first day that we can drink the NEW doburoku!! Once you buy the sake cup from the festival, you can drink as much as you want!!!  Except drinking, there are also traditional dance such as lion dance, folk song performance and local food stalls.  The tour will also bring you to the observation point of Shirakawa-go to capture the excellent view of village (Ogimachi). No matter whether you are a sake lover or not, it is a valuable chance to experience a traditional Japanese sake festival by drinking, tasting the Japanese snacks and enjoying the cultural performances. Let's join us to enjoy the memorable sake festival in a world-heritage village- Shirakawag Bus tour will be organized for the festival, details are as follows: 

Date: 14th –15th October, 2017(Saturday and Sunday)
Departure time: 13:20 p.m.
Meeting point: bus stop in front of JR Takayama Station
(NOT Nohi public Bus Terminal)
Tour Fee: 4,400 yen per person / 3,900 yen per person(J-hopper Takayama Guesthouse Guests only)
Fee includes: - Round-trip bus tickets between Takayama and Shirakawago (50 mintues by bus) - English-speaking tour conductor


Itinerary at a glance(Times may be subject to change)
Depart Takayama station
Arrive Shirakawa-go
Observation point
Walk around the village
Duburoku Festival
Depart Shirakawa-go
Arrive Takayama station

Enrollment and inquiries: email to tour@j-hoppers.com or call 0577-62-9545.

31 Jul 2017

Let's enjoy the summer festivals!!!  

If you are feeling bored at home, why not come over to enjoy numerous summer festivals here? In August, time to enjoy local events with locals by seeing the firework, dancing, drinking local sake and beer, checking out the local performance etc…


Starting from tomorrow, a lot of events will be held in Takayama and nearby towns.


Gero Hotspring Summer Festival

Date: 1 -3 August

Time:  18:30-22:30

Place: Gero (1 hour by train from Takayama)

Content: Fire Dragon, Firework, Bon Dance

Info: http://www.city.gero.lg.jp/kankou/data/language/e/event.html


Takayama Tanabata Festival (let’s make a wish together!)

Date: 6-7 August

Time: from 18:30

Place: 10 minutes walk from Takayama station

Takayama Tezustu (Hand Held) Firework (Exciting firework ever!!)

Date: 9 August

Time: 19:30

Place: Near to Yayoibashi Bridge

Info: http://www.hida.jp/english/



Takayama Night Market  (enjoying local snack, drink and the local performances with locals)
Date: 11-13 August
Time: 19:00-21:00
Place: In front of Takayama Jinya
Info: http://www.hida.jp/english/

Hida Furukawa Firework Festival
Date: 12 August
Time: 20:00
Place: 10 mins walk from Hida Furukawa
Access: 15-20 mins by train from Takayama

Takayama Bon Dance I (Let's try Japanese traditional bon dance with locals!)
Date: 14-15 August
Time: 18:00-20:00
Place: In front of Takayama Jinya

Takayama Bon Dance II
Date: 20 August
Time: 18:00-20:00
Place: 5 minutes walk from JR Takayama Station

Please feel free to ask our staff at the reception for more information!
Looking forward to seeing you !!! :)

24 Apr 2017

Touring Spanish group to Shirakawago

Hola!!! This is the third time that that we conduct the tour for the private groups from Spain. Customers are from different parts of Spain, e.g. Madrid, Barcelona, Zaragoza etc. In recent years, Shirakawago is getting famous among European customers. Last summer, the majority of the customers are from Spain and Italy. `How do they know Shirakawago? `I could not help but wondered. Then, I chatted with a lady from Spain and she told me she found a lot of useful information in japonismo.com. This website contains updated information related to travel spots, tips, transport information and most importantly, they are all written in Spanish. This website is getting popular among travelers in Spain that they plan their trips by reviewing all the blogs up there. I guess Shirakawago can be one of the hottest topic on the website.

2 weeks ago, we conducted the half day tour to a group of guests from Spain again!!! I met the tour leader, Antonio for the third time. We are very lucky that the weather is prefect and there were snow left in Shirakawago. Antionio said, `this is the most beautiful scenery that I have seen when compared with my previous visits!!’. Everyone looked extremely excited with the stunning scenery on the observation point. Then, we walked together to Kanda house which serve home-made tea to guests. Guests enjoy so much sitting on the traditional tatami mat while drinking hot tea prepared by the Kanda family. The gassho-style house was built at least 200 years ago and guests treasure this valuable chance to walk around in the house. Starting from April, Doburoku (sake) festival museum opens from 9:00-17:00 which is good news for sake-lovers. Doburoku is specially made for appreciating God while Doburoku is only sold in the festival but not in any shops or restaurants in Shirakawago. Therefore, guests in this group also enjoy tasting Doburoku and putting the museum’s chops on papers to bring home! We have a wonderful time together!!

We offer Shirakawago tour or tailor-made tours to private groups. Please feel free to contact us by email tour@j-hoppers.com or phone +81 577 52 9545.