Takayama Things to Do

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  • 1. 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...

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  • 2. 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...

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  • 3. Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan and Sakurayama Hachimangu

    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 the second the harvest. Unfortunately we...

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  • 4. 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 castle town, centered on Sannomachi Street,...

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  • 5. Ogimachi, Shirakawa-go - Day Trip

    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...

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  • 6. Sanmachi District

    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 morrning when its crowded and see it once...

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  • 7. Shishi Kaikan

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    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. There are over 200 lion masks, as well as...

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  • 8. Takayama Jinya

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    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...

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  • 9. Kusakabe Mingeikan

    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 an earlier home and business lost in a...

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  • 10. Sake Breweries

    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 the distinctive spheres hanging above...

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  • 11. 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 remains, other than some walls, but the site...

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  • 12. 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, Yanagibashi, Ikadabashi and the famous red...

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  • 13. Yoshijima House

    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 lined with houses of a style that...

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  • 14. 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 covered sidewalks, small restaurants...

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  • 15. Cityscape

    The autumn leaves, drfit by my window ..... How we long to experience autumn especially folks like us who live in the tropics. We knew that Takayama would be a whole lot colder than Kyoto, so maybe...

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  • 16. Walking

    The hiking trail starts in Teramachi temple district. Around here there's dozens of temples and shrines. It is then taking you past rural suburbs and through the hills of Shiroyama Park where you'll...

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  • 17. Taste Hoba 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 grilled. Served usually with white rice...

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  • 18. Taste 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 a number of places around Takayama that...

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  • 19. Hida Takayama Museum of Art

    So you've taken the bus out to Hida Folk village and been charmed by the timeless tradition of it all. Now, walk down the hill for about five minutes - past the cheesy teddy bear centre, and take the...

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  • 20. 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 having a diameter of 13m. waterwheel no.1...

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  • 21. Shorenji Temple

    The Shorenji is on a hill overlooking the town. It originally stood in Shirakawago. (see our Gifu ken page for more on this area). It was brought to this site, in 1960 due to the construction of a...

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  • 22. Foot Spas

    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...

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  • 23. Hida Great Limestone Cave

    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 students..opens from 9a.m-4 p.m. there...

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