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Takayama Food and Culture Walking Day Tour

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Enjoy tasting a variety of local food and saké in Takayama on this 2.5-hour tour. Visit local shops that you can’t find on your own to taste and learn about the culture and history related to them. A local guide will explain the culinary culture and history that developed in Takayama due to its isolated location. Explore the old town with an exotic atmosphere. Soak-up the daily lives of people in Takayama and discover the special fascination of the rural Japan.
  • No need to struggle reading Japanese menus—food tastings are included
  • Get access to local places that are hard for tourists to find
  • Have a guide to act as translator, so you can ask locals questions
  • See some of Takayama’s most interesting culinary and cultural spots
What to Expect
After meeting your guide at a central location, start your action-packed culinary and cultural tour of Takayama. Learn all about the history of the city and why its isolated location led to such an interesting culture. Visit a sake brewery to find out how Japan’s signature drink is made. There’s no need to pack lunch, as you visit a variety of eateries to taste samples, including a miso maker and a local restaurant. Other highlights include a colorful morning market and a visit to the old town, which has been recognized by the Japanese government as an area with important traditional buildings. Learn about local life, food, and culture in Takayama, and also chat with locals with the help of your guide.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Meeting point at Takayama Jinya
**Please find a guide wearing a RED OR ORANGE vest. The guide is standing near the gate.
Departure Time
9:30 AM
2h 30m
  • Local guide
  • Food tasting
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • A maximum of 8 people per booking
  • Minimum age is 7 years
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We had a great tour which was great fun, very informative and with tasty food. Our guide spoke excellent English and was entirely charming.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank ButcombePete
Reviewed 4 days ago

Our tour was hosted by Miyako Nakadai. We were in a group of 8 people and all seemed to really enjoy the tour. Ms. Nakadai was very well versed in the food and culture of Takayama. As we were all English speaking, Ms. Nakadai also...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Barry D
SATOYAMA E, オーナー at Satoyama Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your lovely comment. It made me so happy that you showed a lot of interests to our culture of Hida Takayama! Hope you got to like Sake more after the tour. Enjoy it with the sake cup! Miyako from SATOYAMA EXPERIENCE

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Highly recommend this tour as you are taken through the markets and shops and sample lots of different varieties of local food and sake. Also you get to meet many shop owners.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank frankst
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a very nice tour this morning in Takayama. Our guide , a real pro, took us to markets where we could taste local products. We went to taste Saké, visites nice shops and had a nice coffee in a authentic cafetaria. Thank you...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Mnieuwpo1
SATOYAMA E, マネージャー at Satoyama Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for leaving such a lovely comment here!! On that day we were very lucky with the weather!The sky was so clear and we could see also several high mountains. We enjoyed shopping,learning about the Japanese culture and foods,and talking about various things! I...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I really enjoyed this tour more than many other tours I have taken. We walked along a street with an outdoor market tasting and learning about the foods. We also had a chance to experience old town and learn about Sake. It was a well...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Kathy245
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31 August 2019|
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Response from MariaS21979 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Chris, You cld get a copy of the walking your map from tourist Info at the train station and do a self tour. Enjoy!
David G
26 May 2018|
Response from Bev890 | Reviewed this property |
I think it was about 2hours including a stop for hot chocolate in a cafe. I believe it gives the duration of each tour on their website.
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