Takayama Local Customs

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  • Red-faced macaque, Kamikochi
    Red-faced macaque, Kamikochi
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  • Shinto Rituals
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  • Tatami in the making
    Tatami in the making
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Most Viewed Local Customs in Takayama

  • 1. Sarubobo Dolls

    I found these red-headed faceless figures a little spooky but they are very popular and you will see them all over Takayama, used as symbols in promoting shops etc. and available to buy as a souvenir...

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  • 2. Local Cuisine

    Takayama¡¯s cuisine is very different from that of Tokyo, Kyoto and southern Japan. Takayama, being a land-locked area, had to depend on the mountains and rivers for its raw materials. Due to this...

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  • 3. Shinto Rituals

    When we arrived in front of the Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine we found the steps up to the shrine blocked by a family posing for formal photos. We stopped to see what was happening and a passing guide...

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  • 4. Tatami Mats

    We saw a couple of these traditional tatami mat workshops on our travels in Japan (the other one was in Nikko), but unfortunately on neither occasion did we manage to catch anyone actually making the...

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  • 5. Rice Fields

    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...

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  • 6. Morning Markets

    In the mornings older women set up stalls along the riverbank selling local products. I'd say it's more of a curiosity for tourists to walk by and look at, rather than an opportunity to buy anything-...

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