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Takayama 
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Takayama during the Spring Festival

 
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Takayama (高山) is a city in the mountainous Hida region of Gifu Prefecture. To differentiate it from other places named Takayama, the city is also commonly referred to as Hida-Takayama. Takayama retains a traditional touch like few other Japanese cities, especially in its beautifully preserved old town. It now ranks as one of the prime candidates among travelers wishing to add a rural element into their itineraries.

Takayama gained importance as a source of high quality timber and highly skilled carpenters during the feudal ages. The city was consequently put under direct control of the shogun and enjoyed quite a bit of prosperity considering its remote mountain location. The Takayama Festival, held in spring and autumn, is considered one of Japan's best festivals.

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Attractions
 1  Takayama Festival
Held on two days in spring and autumn.
User rating: 94/100 (80 votes)
Visited by: 149 users
 2  Old Town
Beautifully preserved old town.
User rating: 87/100 (434 votes)
Visited by: 754 users
 3  Hida Folk Village
Wonderful open air museum.
User rating: 86/100 (276 votes)
Visited by: 512 users
 4  Takayama Jinya
The former local government office.
User rating: 77/100 (171 votes)
Visited by: 320 users
 5  Higashiyama Walk
Passing temples and the former castle site.
User rating: 81/100 (170 votes)
Visited by: 311 users
 6  Yatai Kaikan
Festival floats exhibition hall.
User rating: 76/100 (77 votes)
Visited by: 162 users
 7  Morning Markets
Held daily in two separate locations.
User rating: 72/100 (266 votes)
Visited by: 484 users
 8  Matsuri no Mori
Impressive museum about the Takayama Matsuri.
User rating: insufficient data
Visited by: 14 users
 
Special Interest Guides
  Takayama Cherry Blossom Spots
  A list of popular cherry blossom spots in Takayama.
Side Trips from Takayama
 1  Shirakawa-go
Mountainous region, known for its farmhouses.
User rating: 93/100 (304 votes)
Visited by: 619 users
 2  Kamikochi
Popular mountain resort in the Japanese Alps.
User rating: 91/100 (152 votes)
Visited by: 359 users
 3  Okuhida
Hot springs in the mountains above Takayama.
User rating: 84/100 (58 votes)
Visited by: 167 users
 4  Gujo-Hachiman
Small town in rural Japan with castle.
User rating: 80/100 (64 votes)
Visited by: 180 users
 5  Furukawa
Small town 15 minutes north of Takayama.
User rating: 76/100 (44 votes)
Visited by: 118 users
 6  Gero Onsen
Famous hot spring resort south of Takayama.
User rating: 77/100 (126 votes)
Visited by: 302 users

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Quality Hostel - K's House Takayama
3 min walk from JR Takayama Station. Beds from 2,800 yen. Free Wi-Fi, common kitchen and bicycle rental. English spoken.
Minshuku Kuwataniya
A small inn with a full of quiet atmosphere and Japanese tradition. Onsen baths available. 6 min from Takayama Station.
Mutsumikan
A reasonable ryokan in Gero Onsen, 45min to Takayama. Ideal location for touring Hida. 2min walk from JR Gero Station. Savor Hida Beef & Hooba Miso specialties.
Yasuda Pension
Cozy, family-run inn nestled by a quiet forest. Free Wi-Fi & shuttle to/from JR Takayama Sta. Some English & Spanish spoken. Nice walking trails nearby.
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Best Western Hotel Takayama
Conveniently located a short walk from Takayama Station.
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Super Hotel Hida Takayama
Inexpensive, no-frills business hotel conveniently located in central Takayama.
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Tours and Packages
Takayama and Shirakawa-go Tours
Various tours and travel packages for Takayama and surroundings.

User Ratings
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User Rating (by 585 users):
87/100
  recommended

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English Links
Hida Takayama
Official city website.
Takayama Minshuku Group Association
Introducing Japanese style inns (minshuku) and pensions in Takayama.

Japanese Links
Hida Takayama
Official city website.

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