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.
Side Trips from Takayama
Hotels around Takayama
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.
Quality Hostel - K's House Takayama
3 min walk from JR Takayama Station. Beds from 2,900 yen. Free Wi-Fi, common kitchen and bicycle rental. English spoken.
A small inn with a full of quiet atmosphere and Japanese tradition. Onsen baths available. 6 min from Takayama Station.
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.
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Super Hotel Hida Takayama
Inexpensive, no-frills business hotel conveniently located in central Takayama.Agoda
Tours and Packages
Takayama and Shirakawa-go Tours
Various tours and travel packages for Takayama and surroundings.