Discover the Hidden Charm of Takayama: Top 5 Things to Do

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July 19, 2016


Takayama is a beautifully preserved Edo period castle town situated in the picturesque Hida Mountains of Gifu Prefecture. Takayama’s remote location has helped it retain its traditional atmosphere and charm, offering you the chance to feel and touch the atmosphere and spirit of old Japan. The following are my top 5 things to do in Takayama.


5. Sample Some of the Local Gourmet Food

Takayama is one of the best gourmet food destinations in Japan with an amazing diversity of fresh food. Must-try dishes include Hida Beef (high-quality marbled beef), sushi (made from fresh fish and seafood from the Sea of Japan) and Takamaya Ramen (soy sauce broth containing pork, chicken, vegetables and thin curly noodles).


4. Takayama Jinya

Takayama Jinya was established in 1692 as a local government outpost for the Tokugawa Shogunate, which took direct control of the Hida area for its valuable timber resources. Among government office buildings remaining from the Edo Period, Takayama Jinya is the only one of its kind with the main building intact.



Address: 1-5 Hachiken-machi, Takayama city, Gifu

Hours: 8:45 - 17:00


3. Sample Sake at the Local Sake Breweries

Takayama is famous for its great tasting sake made with top quality rice and pure mountain water. There are many traditional sake breweries scattered around town, which are easily recognisable with their sugidama, cedar branches hanging over the entrance and sake barrels out the front.


2. Hida Folk Village (Hida no Sato)

Hida Folk Village is an attractive open-air museum recreating a traditional Japanese mountain village. It features over 30 traditional houses and buildings from the local Hida area, including traditional thatched-roof gassho zukuri farmhouses, creating a historical look and atmosphere.



Address: 1-590 Kamiokamoto-machi, Takayama city, Gifu

Hours: 8:30-17:00


1. Sanmachi Suji

The historic district and former merchant town of Takayama is called Sanmachi Suji and is a must-see sightseeing spot. It is famous for its traditional old streets and well-preserved Edo period (1603-1868) architecture. Today, the old town is lined with ancient wooden buildings which are craft shops, restaurants, galleries, museums and even homes, offering you a fantastic experience of traditional Japan.





Access Information

To reach Takayama from Tokyo, take a Tokaido Shinkansen to Nagoya and then transfer to the Hida Wide View Express for the run to Takayama.


John Asano

John Asano is a blogger, traveler and freelance writer living in Gifu, Japan. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, he has lived in Japan now for over 12 years. John loves nothing better than picking up his camera and exploring all the amazing attractions that Japan has to offer.

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