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Takayama

Japan

Why Takayama?

Takayama enjoys a scenic setting and has well-preserved Edo-style streets

With its riverside setting, Takayama, commonly referred to as Hida-Takayama, is surrounded by nature and scenic panoramas with the Hida mountain range providing a picturesque backdrop. The city of Takayama is located in the mountainous Japanese Alps area of Gifu Prefecture in the eastern part of Japan. The beautifully preserved old town is a popular attraction with its Edo-style streets, wooden merchants’ houses, historic buildings, coffee houses, sake breweries and craft shops. Perhaps try Hida Beef during your stay, a local speciality, or planning your trip to coincide with the Takayama Festival, held in spring and autumn.

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Takayama Highlights

Here we have selected a few of the sights and experiences that you really should see on a visit to Takayama.

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Kusakabe Folk Museum

This merchant and money changer's house, dating from the 1890s, showcases the striking craftsmanship of traditional Takayama carpenters. Inside is a collection of household objects & folk art from the Edo period, plus a Buddhist altar & a lounge.

Takayama, Japan

Try Hida Beef

Hida beef is a variety of wagyu beef, from a breed of Japanese black cattle that have been raised in Gigu Prefecture (where Takayama is located) for at least 14 months. What sets Hida beef apart from other beef is its muscle and marbling. Some say that this comes from the fresh, clean air and pristine waters of the Gifu region. Whatever the reason, it results in beautifully tender meat.

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Takayama Matsuri

One of Japan's great festivals, the Takayama Matsuri is in two parts. On 14 and 15 April there's the Sannō Matsuri, when a dozen decorated yatai (floats) are paraded through the town. Hachiman Matsuri, on 9 and 10 October, is a slightly smaller version. In the evenings, the floats, with their carvings, dolls, colourful curtains and blinds, are decked out with lanterns and the procession is accompanied by sacred music.

A selection of tours to Takayama

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    Japan Group Tour Rail

    Amazing Japan

    14 day tour from £4,699

    A tour that explores the very best of Japan’s cultural, natural and UNESCO locations. Journey on the famous bullet train.

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    Japan Group Tour Nature

    Cherry Blossom Tour

    13 day tour from £4,299

    A 13 day tour that explores the very best of Japan’s culture and nature, during the popular cherry blossom season.

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    Japan Semi-Escorted Culture

    Japan Heritage

    15 day tour from £3,899

    Explore Japan’s classic sights, starting in the exciting capital city of Tokyo, famous for its fresh sushi.

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  • Rice Farm Shirakawago Japan
    Japan Tailor Made Culture

    Takayama, Shirakawago and Kanazawa

    6 day tour from £627

    Enjoy a tour of the Japanese Alps, exploring Takayama’s historic Edo-period streets, discovering the traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses of Shirakawago, and admiring the exquisite gardens in Kanazawa.

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