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‘Little Kyoto’ in the Japanese Alps

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Nestled in the heights of the Japanese Alps, Takayama occupies a lovely realm where tradition and heritage meet dramatic mountain landscapes. Wander down atmospheric alleys lined with traditional merchant houses, visit the local tofu maker, and indulge in beautifully presented kaiseki meals. Be completely immersed in Japanese culture with an unforgettable stay at a mountain ryokan (traditional Japanese inn), where the yukata and futon await you after a soothing dip in a steaming-hot onsen. A private Takayama tour offers a rustic mountain escape with culture to spare. Check out our sample itineraries and get invaluable insights to start planning your rustic getaway in Takayama.


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Genuine Reviews of Our Tours in Japan & Takayama

4.8 rating
4.8 out of 5 stars (based on 137 reviews)
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Holiday in Japan

5.0 rating
July 28, 2019

Highly recommended! No worries. Excellent organization

Kristel S

Holiday in Japan

4.0 rating
June 1, 2019

Fabrice Barbin was excellent on communication and responsiveness. The guides were excellent and all the hosts who met us were there as planned…no hic-ups. Thank you. The only concern, were we felt the itinerary was not unique and something we couldn’t have done ourselves or with another agency. We organized the Mario cars, a food tour on our own. We also learned our first day the boat ride on the itinerary wasn’t operating, so we had to re-arrange, which the guide paid for.

Donald L

Holiday in Japan

5.0 rating
May 28, 2019

Communicated clearly and helpfully over an extended period several months before our trip to suggest, advise and recommend places to see and how to go about it. They engaged professional local guides for one full day private tour in each major city and provided good information for how we could get about on our own the other days. They booked the hotels and provided flexible train tickets so that we could make changes if and when we desired.

Mark N

Holiday in Japan

5.0 rating
March 30, 2019

Backyard Travel’s customer service is excellent, we changed our itinerary a few times and this was accommodated without question and expediently. The self guide app includes the complete itinery along with recommended places to eat and attractions nearby we found really helpful. The local guides were informative and helpful too guiding it’s around the underground and taxis until we felt like locals.
I am hoping to book another experience with them soon.

Rana K

Holiday in Japan

5.0 rating
March 18, 2019

Excellent, thorough, with follow-up and every detail taken care of, as arranged

Maureen B

Holiday in Japan

3.0 rating
December 4, 2018

Generally things went well. We were told our documents would be waiting for us at our hotel. Someone forgot to send them, so we had to chase them. Overall though very pleased

David W

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What’s Special about Takayama?

Surrounded by beautiful mountains and accessible by scenic trains from Kyoto and Tokyo, Takayama is the ideal setting to explore centuries of Japanese history. A tailor-made tour of Takayama will bring you a little closer to the cultural pulse of Japan.


Nobody can accuse Takayama of not having character. On a private Takayama tour, you’ll get well acquainted with the unique lifestyles, customs and cuisine of this once-remote mountain enclave.


Although Takayama enjoys the distinct characters of all four seasons, the average temperature in Takayama is quite mild. Winters here are not so extreme, although the summers can get hot and humid.


Indulge in a tipple of the region’s finest sake or treat yourself to an unforgettable meal of Hida beef sushi. When you’re sated, return to your ryokan and enjoy one of Japan’s oldest pastimes: soaking in a private onsen.


Ramble through Takayama’s remarkably well-preserved old town and meander through the raucous Miyagawa Morning Market. Enjoy a hands-on cultural experience sampling local brews at a centuries-old sake brewery.


While Japanese is the predominant language spoken in Japan, your private, English-speaking guides will help you navigate your stay in Takayama with ease.


Relatively cut off from the rest of Japan, Takayama started out as a high-altitude village, gradually growing into a castle town. Over a period of 300 years, it evolved its own culture, which draws many tourists today.

Meet Our Takayama Tour Specialists

We live and work in Japan, and our local knowledge is what makes our trips unique, affordable and worry-free. Ask us questions, tell us your ideas, and we’ll design a custom private tour of Takayama just for you.


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