Takayama

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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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Old Town

Beautifully preserved old town.

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Yatai Kaikan

Festival floats exhibition hall.

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Side Trips from Takayama

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Shirakawa-go

Mountainous region, known for its farmhouses.

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Kamikochi

Popular mountain resort in the Japanese Alps.

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Okuhida

Hot springs in the mountains above Takayama.

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Gujo-Hachiman

Small town in rural Japan with castle.

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Furukawa

Small town 15 minutes north of Takayama.

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Gero Onsen

Famous hot spring resort south of Takayama.

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Last updated: March 22, 2015
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