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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 Yatai Kaikan featuring a temple or place of worship

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 Takayama Traditional Culture and Crafts Square while you're exploring.

Old Town

Top Hotels in Takayama

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Best Western Hotel Takayama
Best Western Hotel Takayama
3.5 out of 5
6-6 Hanasato-cho, Takayama, Gifu-ken
The price is ¥9,752 per night

Located in Hida Takayama Onsen, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Takumikan Craft Museum and Takayama Jinya. Takayama Tourist Information Center and Miyagawa ...

4.2/5Excellent! (468 reviews)
Pleasant stay!

"Room is small but clean. Location was pretty good about 2mins walk to JR shinkansen and bus terminal. Walkable to old town & jinya too. Thumb up!"…"

Reviewed on Dec 26, 2019

Best Western Hotel Takayama
Takayama Green Hotel
Takayama Green Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2-180 Nishinoisshiki-machi, Takayama, Gifu-ken
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥11,454 per night

Located in Hida Takayama Onsen, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Takayama Jinya, Miyagawa Morning Market, and Hida-no-Sato. Takayama Yatai Kaikan is 1.3 mi ...

4.2/5Very Good! (515 reviews)

"Is a good hotel"…"

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2020

Takayama Green Hotel
RESIDENCE HOTEL TAKAYAMA Station
RESIDENCE HOTEL TAKAYAMA Station
3 out of 5
6-105 Hanasatomachi, Takayama, Gifu
The price is ¥6,273 per night

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (8 reviews)

"とても設備が綺麗でキッチンや洗濯機も付いていて非常に良かったです。 中々外で食事もしにくいですが、地元食材をホテルで調理して食べるのは楽しかったです。"…"

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2020

RESIDENCE HOTEL TAKAYAMA Station

Popular places to visit in Takayama

Shinhotaka Ropeway
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Shinhotaka Ropeway

5/5(9 reviews)

Hit the slopes at Shinhotaka Ropeway, a top ski area in Takayama. Discover the area's mountain views and hot springs.

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.

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. 

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.

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 culturally rich area.

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.

Top things to do in Takayama

Nagoya, Takayama, Gujo Hachiman Bus Transfer
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Nagoya, Takayama, Gujo Hachiman Bus Transfer

¥3,125
Per adult
Special Food Tour
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Special Food Tour

¥7,777
Per adult
Shirakawago and Takayama Day Tour [From Nagoya]
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Shirakawago and Takayama Day Tour [From Nagoya]

¥12,286
Per adult
Higashiyama walking course in Takayama city guide (70 min)
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Higashiyama walking course in Takayama city guide (70 min)

¥9,000
Per adult
Kanazawa to Shirakawago,Hida-Furukawa and Takayama(Private)
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Kanazawa to Shirakawago,Hida-Furukawa and Takayama(Private)

¥89,950
Per adult
Skip the Line: Hida Folk Village Admission Ticket
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Skip the Line: Hida Folk Village Admission Ticket

¥713
Per adult

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