Duration: 5 hours
Start/End: Toyama port/ Toyama port
Highlights: Historic Village of Gokayama, Ainokura architecture settlement village, Tonami Tulip Gallery
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
After pickup from the Toyama port by your private guide and driver, head to Historic Village of Gokayama that was recognized as a UNESCO world heritage. Spend your time here to explore the traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which existed more than 250 years old. These were named “gassho-zukuri” (constructed like hands in prayer) as the farmhouses’ steep thatched roofs resemble the hands of Buddhist monks pressed together in prayer. Their firm structure can withstand large amounts of heavy snow that falls in the region during winter. Under the roofs is a large attic space used for cultivating silkworms.
Then continue your journey to another world heritage – Ainokura architecture settlement village – the most remote village in the Gokayama region. Its significant feature lies in folk dances and music, which use a number of traditional instruments unique to the area, especially the sasara (an instrument made of over a hundred wooden clappers strung together). Also, this is where you can try on making washi paper yourself under the instructions of local artists.
Later, head to Tonami Tulip Gallery where tulips bloom all year round. Take a step to this Wonderland with various colors of idyllic little tulip fairies surrounded. Then, pass by the adjacent museum where you can find a lot of information about tulips and tulip cultivation as well as taste the lovely pink tulip ice cream while admiring the beauty of flower garden inside. Afterward, complete the tour with return transport to the port for next departure.