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Eat out like a local in Takayama

Mika S.

4.89(9) reviews
English, Japanese (Native)
2 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 3 people

Feel like eating/drinking like locals? Takayama is not just a "touristy town"! We have an endless variety of restaurants to pick from, but just these are not easy to find. Go for a drink/dinner with a local guide! Vegetarians and gluten free as well as halal foods option are also available. Please tell your food preference when you book!

Meeting Point

At your hotel lobby or at the station

Local eatery, pub or bar upon your request

Ending Point

At your hotel lobby (central part in Takayama)

What to Expect

For fish fanatics, we'll take you to some great sushi bars and pubs that offer an assortment of uniquely Japanese bar food made of a great variety of seafood. For you meat lovers well take you to some sukiyaki joints where you can enjoy, BBQ Japanese style, and of course to taste the best in Hida beef which rivals Kobe beef in it's marbled mouth watering glory.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, hotel pick up in central Takayama

What‘s not included

transportation (if needed)

lunch (you and guide)

dinner or other food expense (you and guide)

Important Information

I will guide in Ishikawa, Aichi area if you are ok to pay my transportation fee. In the case that I need to stay a night prior, please note that the hotel cost is need to be paid by customers. For Kanazawa, it is about 8,000yen for the transportation cost. For Aichi or Nagano, it costs around 6500yen depending where we go.

The expense of the your food/drink is not included.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 8 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 3 to 7 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 2 day(s) prior to meeting time



Kristy H.

Jan 25, 2020

Takayama love

Thanks so much Mika your passion for your beautiful town is very understandable, we could have stayed a week not just 2 nights. We loved spending the day with you, thanks so much for the Japanese lessons the kids have been looking at signs trying to figure out there meaning :)

Mika S.

Hi Kristy, Thank you so much for letting me accompany you! I am pleased that you love this town! Yes! When you come back (maybe for festival!?) please please stay longer! You'll discover lots of hidden beauty in the local's life that might have been lost in big cities. Enjoy finding more Japanese letters that we learned while traveling!


Abilash N.

Dec 4, 2019

Leave it to Mika-san and enjoy the beauty of rural Japan!

My family and I were on our first trip to Japan, and we wanted to see the contrast of the city life and rural life. Takayama and Shirakawa-go was on our list and since my 6 year old daughter was with us, I wanted to be sure we knew what we were doing and where we were going. Step in Mika-san, one of the nicest and friendliest persons you will ever meet. We were in touch before my trip since I had many questions, which Mika-san always happily answered. We were staying at a hotel and also moving to ryokan on the day of the tour. Mika-san was kind enough to ensure the ryokan knew of our arrivals and went out of her way to help us settle in easily. We met her at the lobby and her smile that greeted us immediately made us feel so welcomed. During the tour she was so prepared with her homework. She had pictures, videos of ceremonies we missed during other seasons, she even had physical charts showing the timeline of Japan's history, so we understand her explanations well when we visited some sites. If you love food, leave it again to Mika-san to recommend! We had an amazing local meal and for me being a foodie, the Hoba Miso Beef was a standout! All I can say is that when you come to Takayama, leave it to Mika-san, relax and enjoy your day!


Nicole G.

Mar 23, 2019

Nice walk through Takayama

It was a great experience! Mika picked us up at the hotel and after a short introduction to our tour, we went through the city of Takayama, including some tasty food and ended with a view of a sake brewery (which doesn't offer tours, but Mika booked us in and gave us a tour herself). Thank you from our whole group! We definitely recommend her to everyone looking for a good time in Takayama.

Mika S.

Thank you so much for this great comment, Nicole! Thank you very much for choosing me as your guide in Japan. I'm glad that you enjoyed the morning market and sake brewery tour with tasting! I also enjoyed talking with you!! Hopefully see you when you come back to Japan:-)


Marc S.

Oct 31, 2018

enjoyable guide

We enjoyed the company of Mika as she was always joyfull and she Always put a smile on our face.

$35/ per person