Takayama Things to Do

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  • 1. Morning Markets

    Miyagawa Morning Market is the larger of two morning markets in central Takayama. While the Jinya-mae market is almost entirely a traditional farmer's market. The Miyagawa market has farm-fresh...

  • 2. Hida Folk Village

    Takayama is often used as a base to visit the near-by Shirakawa-go - or bypassed completely as people only head to the World Heritage site. However, Takayama has its own historic Hida Folk Village and...

  • 3. Old Private Houses

    The oldest part of Takayama consists of three main streets that run north to south parallel to the river Miyagawa. From west to east these are Sannomachi, Ninomachi and Ichinomachi. The northern...

  • 4. Takayama Jinya

    Takayama Jinya was the local government house in Hida Province that reported to the central government in Edo under the Tokugawa Shogunate. The building was originally constructed in the early 1600 as...

  • 5. Honmachi Shopping Street

    Honmachi is Takayama's main shopping street. Though not as historic as the streets across the Miyagawa, this area is still comforting and inviting, with its...

  • 6. Takayama's Miyagawa

    The Miya River, or Miyagawa, is the main river through Takayama. Through old Takayama, the river is spanned by several small bridges including Kajibashi,...

  • 7. Shiroyama Park

    Shiroyama Park was originally the site of Takayama Castle, which was built from 1588-1600, in use until about 1695 then dismantled. Not much of the castle...

  • 8. Takayama's Old Private Houses

    Takayama's Old Private Houses, or Furui-Machi-Nmai, is a historical preservation area east of the Miyagawa River. This was the original area of the planned...

  • 9. Old village

    There's an old village in Takayama and it gets crowded in the afternoon (students usually have cultural excursion in a weekday and even Saturday). Better go...

  • 10. Takayama old town

    Edo period preserved town and it is even more interesting than the one in Geon kyoto. I loved the souveniers I bought. it's very interesting to walk it in the...

  • 11. Great limestone cave of Hida

    It was really interesting to see this huge 800 m long cave. it takes around 20 mins walking inside and it costs 10 dollars for adults and 5 for elementry school...

  • 12. Sake tasting

    Several of the old houses in Takayama are sake breweries, as some have been for centuries. You can easily recognise these by the large white barrels outside and...

  • 13. Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan

    Takayama is famous throughout Japan for its two annual festivals, in the spring and autumn, known as matsuri – the first celebrating the planting season, and...

  • 14. Sakurayama Nikko Kan

    Next door to the impressive Yatai Kaikan museum, and included in the price of admission to it, is this smaller museum which holds a model of the World Heritage...

  • 15. Sakurayama Hachimangu

    This Shinto shrine is in a lovely setting on the northern edge of the town, just beyond the Yatai Kaikan. It is the focal point for Takayama’s autumn festival....

  • 16. Shishi-Kaikan: the Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition

    As the name suggests, the Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall has a collection of artefacts related to the famous lion dance performed at Japanese festivals....

  • 17. Yoshijima-ke

    During the Edo period Takayama was largely a merchant, rather than a samurai, town, and its architecture reflects that fact. The streets of the old town are...

  • 18. Kusakabe mingei-kan

    This house belonged to the Kusakabe family, successful Takayama merchants who thrived in the late Edo and early Meiji periods. It was built in 1879 to replace...

  • 19. Taste of Houba Miso

    Specialty of Gifu.This is technically local miso that is grilled on Houba or Japanese Magnolia leaf.The aroma of the leaf is infused in the miso as it is...

  • 20. Ogimachi, Shirakawa-go

    Gorgeous UNESCO site featuring Gassho-zukuri farmhouses that are still in use by residences as homes.The roofs of the Gassho-zukuri farmhouses are said to...

  • 21. The Five Waterwheels of Shokawa

    Japanese: 荘川の五連水車 (Shōkawa no 5-ren suisha)It's a quite impressive sight with the largest waterwheel...

  • 22. Shirakawa-go

    Shirakawa-go (Shirakawa village) is a secluded snowy mountain village retains the historic landscape with some 150 traditional vernacular farmhouse-style houses...

  • 23. Free Foot Spa

    At the Takayama Green Hotel complex they have a free foot bath that uses the hot onsen water that sprang from a spring when the hotel was being constructed. The...

  • 24. Try Hida Beef

    Very similar to the famous Kobe beef, Hida beef is quite similar in texture and taste, but is a bit less expensive. If you are intersted in trying it, there are...

  • 25. Day trip from Takayama

    With the opening of the last missing section of the Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway on July 6, 2008, travel time between Takayama and Shirakawa-go was reduced from...

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