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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.

Top attractions in Takayama

Historic Site

Old Town••

Beautifully preserved old town.
4.2 / 5
943
Museum

Matsuri no Mori

Impressive museum about the Takayama Matsuri.
3.8 / 5
35
Museum

Yatai Kaikan

Festival floats exhibition hall.
3.5 / 5
200
Side Trips from Takayama

Okuhida

Hot springs in the mountains above Takayama.
4.0 / 5
207

Furukawa

Small town 15 minutes north of Takayama.
3.4 / 5
133

Gero Onsen

Famous hot spring resort south of Takayama.
3.6 / 5
371

Access and Orientation

Hotels around Takayama

Recommended Hotels
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.
Book:
Agoda

Tours and Experiences

Page last updated: June 28, 2017