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Takayama
Travel Guide

Takayama Yatai Kaikan

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

RESIDENCE HOTEL TAKAYAMA Station
RESIDENCE HOTEL TAKAYAMA Station
3 out of 5
6-105 Hanasatomachi, Takayama, Gifu
The price is £43 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
Located in Hida Takayama Onsen, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Takayama Tourist Information Center and Takayama Jinya. Takayama Traditional Buildings ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (41 reviews)
"A great place!! Very spacious, clean, comfortable, quiet, close to shops and restaurants and right next to the JR station! The staff were very friendly and helpful. Lots of great amenities. Laundry with detergent, kitchen was well stocked, access to a spa onsen at another hotel for free. We were ..."

Reviewed on 3 Apr 2021

RESIDENCE HOTEL TAKAYAMA Station
eph TAKAYAMA
eph TAKAYAMA
3 out of 5
5-13-17 Hanasatomachi, Takayama, Gifu
The price is £89 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
Located in Hida Takayama Onsen, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Takayama Tourist Information Center and Takayama Jinya. Miyagawa Morning Market and ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (34 reviews)
Excellent boutique hotel!!!
"The hotel is located right across the train station. Very convenient. Staff and service is superb! The breakfast is delicious and plenty! Great quality. The room is very clean, new and has great design! We wish we stayed longer in Takayama!"

Reviewed on 25 Mar 2020

eph TAKAYAMA
Ichii no Niwa
Ichii no Niwa
3 out of 5
4-70-1 Honmachi, Takayama, Gifu
The price is £6,507 per night from 23 Jun to 23 Jun
Located in Hida Takayama Onsen, this holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Kusakabe Folk Museum and Takayama Jinya. Hidasoja and Miyagawa Morning Market ...
Ichii no Niwa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
RESIDENCE HOTEL TAKAYAMA Station
RESIDENCE HOTEL TAKAYAMA Station
3 out of 5
6-105 Hanasatomachi, Takayama, Gifu
The price is £43 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
Located in Hida Takayama Onsen, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Takayama Tourist Information Center and Takayama Jinya. Takayama Traditional Buildings ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (41 reviews)
"A great place!! Very spacious, clean, comfortable, quiet, close to shops and restaurants and right next to the JR station! The staff were very friendly and helpful. Lots of great amenities. Laundry with detergent, kitchen was well stocked, access to a spa onsen at another hotel for free. We were ..."

Reviewed on 3 Apr 2021

RESIDENCE HOTEL TAKAYAMA Station
IORI STAY
IORI STAY
3 out of 5
1-91 Honmachi, Takayama, Gifu-ken
The price is £170 per night from 26 Jun to 26 Jun
Located in Hida Takayama Onsen, this holiday home is within a 5-minute walk of Takayama Jinya and Takayama Traditional Culture and Crafts Square. Miyagawa Morning ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (16 reviews)
"I loved the updates to the bathroom and kitchen area! Very warm and cozy with the hardwoods and view of the outdoor garden. Wonderful location - close to everything!"

Reviewed on 28 Dec 2020

IORI STAY
Itomori
Itomori
3 out of 5
Sowamachi 1-15, \N, Takayama, Gifu
The price is £95 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
Located in Hida Takayama Onsen, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Hidasoja and Takayama Jinya. Takayama Traditional Buildings Preservation ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Hotel is nice, clean and comfortable.
"Hotel is nice, clean and comfortable."

Reviewed on 9 Nov 2019

Itomori
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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