Takayama is a historical city that is fun to explore in all seasons. Take a walk around the old town, rest in peaceful cafes, and try local treats. There are several national important cultural properties, as well as museums where you can learn about the fascinating history of the area.
Try to visualize a cluster of traditional wooden Japanese houses which sake breweries and merchants’ houses with latticed windows standing in a row. This image resembles a Japanese city dating back 400 years ago.
Takayama, located in north of Gifu and central Japan, is often called as Hida-Takayama. As its name of Takayama (Taka means high and Yama means mountain), it is in a highland and surrounded by mountains.
In the 16th century, Takayama Castle was built here and designed castle town under there. Unfortunately, it was demolished by the Tokugawa shogunate after approximately 100 years it was built. The castle town remain there and this strict was designed an area of important traditional buildings by the Japanese Government.
How to get to Takayama
It takes 2 hours and 20 minuets by train from Nagoya station to Takayama station. You can also take buses which is the cheapest way to go there.
For more information https://www.hida.jp/english/traveltips/practicalguide/4000220.html
Hida no Sato
Hida no Sato is a village exhibits old lifestyle of this area. There are several houses with thatched roof. The houses are naturalized and localized in this area because of its snowy weather. You can glimpse how people lived in this area.
If you are visiting with a group of 10 people or more, you can experience making Sarubobo, a folkcraft of Hida area and amulet for baby. It will be a good souvenir of the trip. You can also get it at some souvenir shops in town.
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This is the only Jinya, a manor house in Japan. It was built as a public office in the end of 17th century and later become a Jinya. You can enjoy the old atmosphere of this building by looking at traditional prints on the floor and ornaments.
For more information https://jinya.gifu.jp/en/
Hida Takayama Retro Museum
Most of Japanese people feel nostalgic when visiting here. This is what Showa era is like. You feel like you are back in 1950s. Enjoy the atmosphere and taking photos! You can even eat nostalgic school lunch here. Why don’t you try it?
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Takayama is famous for ramen. It is very simple compared to other local ramens. It is soy sauce-based soup and a few toppings on the ramen. It started from street stands and local people called it “Chuka-Soba”, Chinese soba.
Hida beef sushi
Hida beef is one of the greatest beefs in Japan. When you visit here, you should try this raw beef sushi. It melts in your mouth.
There are a lot to see and do in Takayama. Takayama is an interesting place where you can fall back in time and stroll through Japan both 400 years ago and in 1950s. If you would like to submerge yourself in the history and traditions of Japan, I recommend a trip to Takayama!
Official information about Takayama: https://www.hida.jp/english/
Author: Kaho Hayamizu