Takayama

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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.

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

Country Hotel Takayama
Country Hotel Takayama
3 out of 5
6-38 Hanasatomachi, Takayama, Gifu-ken, 5060026
The price is £36 per night from 11 Jul to 12 Jul
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Takayama. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and on-site parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall value in their reviews. ...
4/5 Very Good! (993 reviews)
"Nice hotel and the breakfast was delicious"

Reviewed on 30 Dec 2021

Country Hotel Takayama
Wat Hotel& Spa Hida Takayama
Wat Hotel& Spa Hida Takayama
3.5 out of 5
3-39-1, Hanasato-cho, Takayama, Gifu-ken, 506-0026
The price is £48 per night from 4 Jul to 5 Jul
Stay at this 3.5-star hotel in Takayama. Enjoy free WiFi, hot springs on site and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in their ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (919 reviews)
"The room is clean and beauitiful."

Reviewed on 14 Mar 2022

Wat Hotel& Spa Hida Takayama
TOKYU STAY Hida-Takayama Musubi no Yu
TOKYU STAY Hida-Takayama Musubi no Yu
3.5 out of 5
4-301, Hanasatomachi, Takayama, Gifu, 506-0026
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £91 per night from 1 Jul to 2 Jul
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Takayama. Enjoy free WiFi, hot springs on site and breakfast. Popular attractions Takumikan Craft Museum and ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (108 reviews)
I would stay again when I come to Takayama
"This hotel was wonderful place to stay while visiting Takayama. It is nicely located next to the Takayama train station, walking distance from the old town. The hotel is super clean, comfortable, and has everything you need. The big bath was extra nice part since it helped me to get warm from the ..."

Reviewed on 1 Feb 2022

TOKYU STAY Hida-Takayama Musubi no Yu
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.
Fav Hotel Takayama
Fav Hotel Takayama
3.5 out of 5
Nishinoisshikimachi 2-169-1, Takayama, Gifu, 506-0031
The price is £45 per night from 4 Jul to 5 Jul
Stay at this 3.5-star condo in Takayama. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a flat-screen TV. Popular attractions Takumikan Craft Museum and Takayama Jinya ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (27 reviews)
"部屋は綺麗で静か。 パジャマがなかったのが残念でした。"

Reviewed on 11 Apr 2022

Fav Hotel Takayama
Residence Hotel Takayama Station
Residence Hotel Takayama Station
3 out of 5
6-105 Hanasatomachi, Takayama, Gifu, 506-0026
The price is £52 per night from 27 Jul to 28 Jul
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Takayama. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and on-site parking. Our guests praise the property condition in their reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (81 reviews)
Centrally Located
"Great for short visits. ! minute from station and on same side as most sightseeing activities. Very spacious room and centrally located. Will stay here again, if we have the chance!"

Reviewed on 27 Feb 2022

Residence Hotel Takayama Station
Iori Stay
Iori Stay
3 out of 5
1-91 Honmachi, Takayama, Gifu-ken, 506-0011
The price is £211 per night from 1 Jul to 2 Jul
Stay at this 3-star holiday home in Takayama. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (20 reviews)
"Beautiful area, great place to stay"

Reviewed on 2 Dec 2021

Iori Stay
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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