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Takayama Jinya

Takayama Jinya

Takayama Jinya is one of the historic sites of the nation. It was basically a government headquarter building for the province of Hida. You can know how the government at that time ran in the ancient time. The building of this place was rebuilt in around 1816, and until now the structure is strong enough to stand with no repairs. You can visit inside and see the usage of rice as the tax in the earlier times. Rice granary is set up in the compound for demonstrations.

Old Town

Old Town

The old town of Takayama takes you back to the ancient era. The beauty of the town is preserved well by the authorities. All the buildings and everything is from the Edo period. The shops and the cafes are still open for the tourists. You can enjoy your favorite food and drinks in the ancient style and environment. The shops in this area follow the old timings and open at 9 in the morning.

Hida Folk Village

Hida Folk Village

Hida Folk Village is an old museum surrounded by the beauty of nature. You can enjoy the traditional charm of Japan in the open air. The exhibition of the open air museum includes traditional Japanese houses built in the Edo period. The region holds the status of World Heritage. You get to see the household items used at that time. Utensils, Articles, Showpieces are preserved well for the exhibitions.

Miyagawa Morning Market

Miyagawa Morning Market

As the name suggests, The Miyagawa Morning Market opens at 7 in the morning. The market is set up near the Miyagawa river. The people set some tents in the line for the display. The atmosphere is so chirpy around as the shopkeepers shout for the prices they offer. They sell the local vegetables, pickles, and fruits from fresh farms. The atmosphere is delightful as you cannot see any market near the river in the mountains every day.

Hifo Takayama Traditional Private Houses

Hifo Takayama Traditional Private Houses

It is an excellent place to stay in after a beautiful, hectic day. The traditional houses offer you the experience of the Japanese Heritage at a glance. The houses are of two types, you can either choose the traditional houses or the western types. Now many companies like Airbnb has taken over at the homes to offer great amenities. You can easily book your place by the online apps.

Takayama Festival

Takayama Festival

Takayama Festival is one of the main attraction of the city. It is one of the major three festivals in Japan. The festival is celebrated only twice a year. The traditional floats or huge structures are carried by the numerous people in the streets of Takayama. The people sing Japanese songs. The remarkable Karakuri performances are performed on the floats. It looks so magnificent and is a must experience thing for everyone. It atmosphere around is very positive, and you must enjoy It once in your lifetime.

Matsuri No Mori

Matsuri No Mori

Matsuri No Mori is the museum which displays the main things of Takayama Festivals. The entrance of the museum is made in such a way that it resembles a large cave. Many traditional festival floats are decorated on the side in the exhibitions. The displays contain the significant Karakuri Dolls. Classical music is enchanted over the whole place giving it a peaceful atmosphere.

Travelling to Takayama, Japan

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Takayama is the city settled in the mountains of Gifu. The city is also popularly known as Hida- Takayama. The city is not populated much. Due to its small area, the population increase is lower than other cities of Japan. The city is on the higher altitudes in the Japanese mountains. It is blessed with the traditional Japanese Culture irrespective of modernization. It’s a simple and sober Japanese culture attracts many tourists to come and enjoy the beauty of Takayama. As the city is at high altitude, so the temperature remains a bit low. It is generally colder than the other cities in Japan. The summers are humid and hot as the sun rays directly fall on the mountainous city. The snowfalls in this region are one of the consistent and highest snowfalls. You can enjoy the enthusiasm of the largest Shinto Festivals of Japan in the city of Takayama.

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Takayama Travel Tips & Guide

How to Get Tickets?

You can easily fetch the tickets from the internet. The ticket prices are very reasonable. Several attractions over this place don’t have a ticket admission. The attractions having an admission ticket is very cheaply priced and is available at the main entrances.

How To Get Around?

You can get around by public transport which is readily available at small prices. To increase flexibility, you can also hire a few vehicles such as cars, scooters, and bikes to enjoy at the fullest.

What Should I Wear?

You can wear anything which you like. You must prefer winter clothes as it is cold at many times. The days may be hot but the nights are cold.

Takayama Tourism Facts

Best Time to Visit

Best time to visit Takayama is Autumn and Spring. During these times, you can witness the beauty of the Takayama Festival.


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Will I Need a Guide?

You may not need a guide for this city unless you have language problems. All the main places of attraction are very close to each other. You can easily find all the information on the internet. The main thing is the beauty and the cheerful atmosphere of the city.

How To Get There?

You can quickly get there by trains and buses. Many trains run from the main towns such as Tokyo, Kyoto and more. The trains are fast, and it would just take a couple of hours to reach Takayama.

Additional Info

Don’t forget to carry your raincoats and umbrellas as the rains are unpredictable.