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TakayamaJapan

Enjoy exploring the fascinating ancient buildings, bustling markets and stunning mountain views of this city located high in the Japanese Alps.

Takayama is a unique city in Japan’s Gifu Prefecture. Although this region is known as Japan’s crossroads, Takayama is located high in the Japanese Alps and the city’s relative isolation has meant that its culture has developed over the past 300 years without much influence from the outside world. Find ancient temples, heritage farmsteads and castles in this mountainous region.

The Hida-Kokubunji Temple is Takayama’s oldest structure. Explore the three-story pagoda and see a 1,200-year-old ginkgo tree. Take a step back in time at Hida Folk Village. This open-air museum consists of nearly 30 farmhouses that span the centuries. The village displays artifacts from various historical periods and features traditional Japanese handicraft demonstrations.

For spectacular views, take a bus to the summit of Mount Norikura. This dormant volcano, the third tallest in Japan, features wide plains and deep crater lakes. The road up the mountain is often closed because of heavy snowfall. For more panoramic views of the Northern Alps, visit Shinhotaka Ropeway. This aerial lift takes you up Mount Hotakadake, one of Japan’s tallest mountains. Pamper yourself at the mountain’s spa resort.

Explore the ruins of Matsukura Castle. The grounds are home to several hundred cherry trees that explode into blossom during spring. Several events, such as the Sengoku Noroshi Festival, are held here during the blooming season. Takayama Jinya is a former government outpost. The main building has been immaculately restored and is now open to the public. Stop by the farmers’ market held outside every morning.

Takayama is renowned for its exceptionally talented carpenters. See their handiwork in palaces and temples in Kyoto and Nara. As you walk through the city, take note of the buildings’ immaculately crafted decorations. Handmade wooden souvenirs, available at the local market, are very popular keepsakes.

You can easily get to Takayama by bus or by train. The city’s train station connects with most of the region’s cities and towns. You can reach Tokyo by train in just over 4 hours.

Where to stay in Takayama

Takayama Jinya showing a temple or place of worship and interior views

Hida Takayama Onsen

4.5/5Wonderful!(101 area reviews)

Hida Takayama Onsen is noteworthy for its historic sites, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Takayama Jinya and Takayama Yatai Kaikan.

Hida Takayama Onsen
Kusakabe Mingei-kan featuring autumn leaves and a park

Old Town

River views, historic sites, and restaurants are some highlights of Old Town. Make a stop by Miyagawa Morning Market or Kusakabe Mingei-kan while you're exploring.

Old Town

Top Hotels in Takayama

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Kuretakeso Takayama Ekimae
Hotel Kuretakeso Takayama Ekimae
3 out of 5
1-86-1,Showa-cho, Takayama, Gifu
¥4,945
per night
Apr 3 - Apr 4

Located in Hida Takayama Onsen, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Takumikan Craft Museum and Takayama Jinya. Takayama Tourist Information Center and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (533 reviews)

"Great location, very vonvenient. Nice room, good service. Highly recommend!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2020

Hotel Kuretakeso Takayama Ekimae
WAT HOTEL& SPA HIDA TAKAYAMA
WAT HOTEL& SPA HIDA TAKAYAMA
3.5 out of 5
3-39-1, Hanasato-cho, Takayama, Gifu-ken
¥6,818
per night
Apr 5 - Apr 6

Located in Hida Takayama Onsen, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Takayama Jinya, Kusakabe Mingei-kan, and Takayama Yatai Kaikan. Hida Minzoku Mura Folk Village ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (744 reviews)

"They offer large rooms which is unexpected in Japan and amazing facilities. Reasonably close to JR station which is helpful."…"

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2020

WAT HOTEL& SPA HIDA TAKAYAMA
Country Hotel Takayama
Country Hotel Takayama
3 out of 5
6-38 Hanasatomachi, Takayama, Gifu-ken
¥4,240
per night
Apr 9 - Apr 10

Located in Hida Takayama Onsen, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Takumikan Craft Museum and Takayama Jinya. Takayama Tourist Information Center and Miyagawa ...

3.9/5Good! (1,276 reviews)

"Directly above a convenient store and opposite the train station. Great location!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

Country Hotel Takayama

Popular things to do in Takayama

Takayama Jinya
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Takayama Jinya

4.5/5(22 reviews)

Housed in a traditional Edo Period government complex, this interesting museum tells of Takayama's significance to the Tokugawa Shogunate.

Takayama Yatai Kaikan
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Takayama Yatai Kaikan

4.5/5(14 reviews)

Admire the detailed carvings, metalwork and puppets of the floats housed in this exhibition hall. Learn why the floats were originally decorated in this way.

Shinhotaka Ropeway
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Shinhotaka Ropeway

5/5(9 reviews)

Hit the slopes in Takayama with a visit to Shinhotaka Ropeway. Discover the area's mountain views and hot springs.

Miyagawa Morning Market
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Miyagawa Morning Market

4/5(15 reviews)

Experience authentic Takayama life at this teeming morning market, where traditionally dressed farmers hawk fresh produce and local wares. 

Hida-no-Sato
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Hida-no-Sato

4.5/5(9 reviews)

You can study the exhibits at Hida-no-Sato, a museum with a storied past, during your trip to Takayama. Discover the hot springs in this quaint area.

Sanmachi-suji
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Sanmachi-suji

4.5/5(6 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Takayama when you spend time at Sanmachi-suji. Experience the festivals and museums in this quaint area.

Top activities in Takayama

Hida Takayama & Shirakawa-go Day Trip
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Hida Takayama & Shirakawa-go Day Trip

94% of travellers recommend
¥8,500
Per adult
Japanese traditional performing arts show "Dekonaru-za"
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Japanese traditional performing arts show "Dekonaru-za"

¥3,300
Per adult
Oldtownship walking tour with local guide. (20min.)
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Oldtownship walking tour with local guide. (20min.)

¥4,000
Per adult
Night tour of Takayama (About 45 min.)
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Night tour of Takayama (About 45 min.)

¥6,500
Per adult
Oldtownship walking tour with local guide. (45min.)
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Oldtownship walking tour with local guide. (45min.)

¥6,000
Per adult
Sake brewery tour in Takayama city
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Sake brewery tour in Takayama city

¥4,000
Per adult

Reviews of Takayama

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 14, 2020

Beautiful, beautiful city. I live in the states and I already know it's going to be the city I miss the most in Japan. I love the artisan feel throughout the city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 10, 2020

Takayama is like "Little Kyoto" with a lot of history mixed with modern Japan. Festival time (spring & fall) are excellent times to see the beautiful city.

4/5 - Good

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Jan 29, 2020

Takayama is great. The best village in the area.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 9, 2020

Takayama was everything I wanted Kyoto to be. It was like going back in time with all the historical buildings, and there weren't nearly as many people as any other Japanese city I've been to. Very walkable and absolutely gorgeous.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 27, 2019

Interesting old houses/tourist area; excellent gluten free restaurant

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 12, 2019

Precioso lugar, el barrio viejo es hermoso, fuimos al festival de Takayama muy recomendable.