Leisurely pace, clean fresh air and friendly people
Can't think of any
Definitely worth the 2+ hr train trip from Nagoya
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 resemble the hands of monks in prayer, in fact it is made sloping to prevent the build up of snow that can fall heavily in these areas. Made of thick layers of straw, and are replaced once every...more
Japanese: 荘川の五連水車 (Shōkawa no 5-ren suisha)It's a quite impressive sight with the largest waterwheel having a diameter of 13m.waterwheel no.1 diametre 13m, width 1.3m, capacity 20-60 l waterwaterwheel no.2 diametre 4.5m, width 0.7m, capacity 3.07 l waterwaterwheel no.3 diametre 5.0m, width 0.7m,...more
Shirakawa-go (Shirakawa village) is a secluded snowy mountain village retains the historic landscape with some 150 traditional vernacular farmhouse-style houses called Gassho-zukuri. The Gassho-zukuri style house is 18 m length and 10 m. width.Ogimachi is the largest village and main attraction of Shirakawa-go. Declared a UNESCO world heritage site...more
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 water has medicinal benefits and is very relaxing after a day of sight-seeing.Also, in the doors to the rear of the foot onsen is the largest souvenir shop in Takayama. The hotel has a huge...more
This site has collected and restored about 30 farmhouses and other buildings in a very pictureque setting in the hills (mountains) about Takayama.The Hida region, due to its location was relatively islolated from the rest of Japan and these old buildings, which are 100 to several hundred years old. This is the only place that we ran across in Japan...more
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 a number of places around Takayama that serve it.We tried it traditional BBQ style and with the various dipping sauces, we had a delicious meal.more
The Old Private Houses are part of the Nationally Recognized Important Historical Building Preservation Area. The Town Village still stands on the east side of the Miyagawa River flowing through Takayama, and in the middle of it is Sanmachi, where Edo period houses remain. The rich atmosphere of Takayama castle town still lingers, and you can see...more
An approximately 99,000 square meter site of sloped- and thatched-roof houses, this model of a folk village (including National Cultural Treasures) has over 30 buildings, recreating Hida’s historical look. In each building, everyday articles (which we now regard as folk art) recalling the life and culture of mountain farming villages are displayed....more
Great hotel, lovely room, beautiful mountain spring water, comfy bed. Dinner in the hotel restaurant...more
You can book your room alone in the off-seasons in this hotel, which has outside and inside spas....more
Though the rooms are slightly small, but it's very clean. Very short walk from JR Takayama Stn and...more
This restaurant was located on the ground floor of the Best Western Hotel. Given that it was so freezing cold on the night of my birthday, we just didn't want to leave the building - so it was just as well we found this place. It was very quiet, but it was just perfect and the experience of cooking your own meal on the brazier was great.Shou is...more
if" coffee shop is one of the oldest coffee shops and is located in the center of Takayama. An English style cafe, serving up coffees, cakes and sandwiches - it's the perfect place to come for a chat, a bite of lunch or a hot cocoa. Open 7.30am to 4.30pm. Closed Thursdays (though we were there for the Spring Festival and they were open on that...more
Hei An Raku restaurent is best Chinese-Japanese style restaurant most popular to International tourists in town, decorated with traditional antique interior since 1963. Which is located in the main street between train station and Sanmachi traditional houses area. Main dish/600-1,200,Set menu/900/petit750(choice of main...more
Shin-Hotaka ropeway is located in Shin-Hotaka Onsen. The tramway give you the station 2156 meters high, where you can go to the mountain guest house over 2300 meters high by foot. And there is a outside spa around the station over 1300 meters high. I am sorry that when I visited there two time February 9th and 11th, I could not take a bath because...more
Good buys from Takayama town include Hoba Miso packages, Hida sake, Shirakawa green tea and handmade cloth souvenirs. And of course, Sarubobos (the gold ones are totally eccentric).The old shophouse district, the main shopping street cutting across town (perpendicular to the JR station) and morning market near the river are good places to get them....more
Takayama is the souvenir hunter's paradise. It's famous for toys, furniture, and other woodcraft, but Takayama lacquerware, papercraft and pottery are also well-known throughout Japan and make great gifts. Good spots and what to buy:Sannomachi area: Sake from one of the breweries. Handicraft. Pottery. Souvenirs*.Asaichi (morning markets): Local...more
You will see the faceless Sarubobo Doll EVERYWHERE in Takayama, as it is a special product of Hida Takayama. These dolls are a kind of charm, which Grandmothers make for grandchildren as dolls, and for daughters for good marriage, good child, and being a well-rounded couple. We noticed a lot of different types of Sarubobo dolls in Takayama - all...more
Before coming to Takayama all ricefields I had seen had been while swooshing past them seated on Shinkansen. But here I got the chance to have a closer look while walking out of town on my way to the Mahikari World Shrine and Hida Folk Village. The afternoon sun was reflected in the water. The mountains rose in the background, still covered in...more
In several guidebooks they mention the morning markets. We visited the one in front of Takayama Jinja and also the one along the banks of the Miya river from the Kaja bridge to the north.
But its not really the traditional market you are looking for. Many stalls are selling souvenirs like the little faceless Takayama doll next to their fresh vegetables.
Fun Alternatives: All this stuff is also for sale in the tourists streets.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Though I went in mid April (supposedly Spring and yes apparently unseasonally cold), it snowed in town (again apparently rare for the time of year), I was a little unprepared and would suggest taking the following - beanie, gloves, scarf, thick jacket and jumper, thick socks (I wore three pairs of thin ones and could still feel the cold coming through my shoes). I would probably recommend tights or leggings underneath your jeans. I'm not kidding it was bloody freezing!! Days were still clear though - so sunglasses are recommended. Though the snow had melted by about 9am, it was still extremely cold during the day, and because I hadn't quite the appropriate clothing, it was probably a little less enjoyable than it could have been. Thank god for all those cosy little cafes in Takayama selling hot cocoa!!
Nice waterfall located in Oku-Hida that does not require any trekking!Part of an activities park area that has a huge souvenir shop that sells fresh produce from farms in the area, restaurant, toilet facilities and ashinoyu (a foot onsen).A shuttle bus (100yen both ways) from the middle of the park takes you to the end of the road (which you could...more
Rated 2 stars by the Michelin Guide Japon, the observation deck on the top of this ropeway offers fantastic views of the mountains surrounding Oku-hida.Located in Shin-Hodaka Onsen in Oku-hida (north east of Takayama).There is a 2 stage ropeway that leads to the top where the observation deck is.The 1st stage from the base (where the carpark is) to...more
From the village you will see the sweeping golden roof of Shukyo Mahikari cult’s main World Shrine. After visiting the shrine I was told it is a Doomsday cult however this was not anything I noticed when visiting the shrine. It is free to visit and walk the grounds of the shrine. Cult or not it is a very nice place and well worth a visit.However...more
If you stay in a hostel and are on a budget and don't want to spend too much money on eating out then there is a huge place for grocery shopping not far from Takayama Station. The Tourist Info Booth outside the station got a good map and can give you directions. But it is not hard to find if you want to give it a go on your own.DIRECTIONSApprox....more
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