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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

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Historic Site

Old Town••

Beautifully preserved old town.
4.2 / 5
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Museum

Matsuri no Mori

Impressive museum about the Takayama Matsuri.
4.0 / 5
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Hiking

Higashiyama Walk

Passing temples and the former castle site.
3.8 / 5
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Museum

Yatai Kaikan

Festival floats exhibition hall.
3.5 / 5
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Shopping

Morning Markets

Held daily in two separate locations.
3.3 / 5
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Side Trips from Takayama
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Kamikochi••

Popular mountain resort in the Japanese Alps.
4.4 / 5
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Okuhida

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

Small town 15 minutes north of Takayama.
3.5 / 5
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Gero Onsen

Famous hot spring resort south of Takayama.
3.7 / 5
394

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Hotels around Takayama

    • Minshuku Kuwataniya
      A small inn with a full of quiet atmosphere and Japanese tradition. Onsen baths available. 6 min from Takayama Station.
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    • SOY
      Mid-range
      Located in 15-minute bus ride from JR Takayama Station, Guest House & Cafe SOY is surrounded by lush greenery. Free WIFi is provided and free private parking is available on site. The property also provides free pick-up service from JR Takayama Station. Rooms at Guest House & Cafe SOY are air conditioned and fitted with a seating area. A hairdryer and slippers are provided for your comfort. Shirakawa Village is a 50-minute drive away, while Takayama Old Town is a 20-minute away from the property. Hida Minzoku Mura Folk Village can be also reached in 12 minutes by car from Guest House & Cafe SOY.
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    • Hostel Fish in a River
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring free WiFi, Hostel Fish in a River offers an accommodation set in a renovated traditional Japanese-style house. The property is situated in a quiet neighbourhood in Takayama, an 8-minute walk from JR Takayama Station. Hida Minzoku Mura Folk Village is 2 km away. All rooms have air conditioning, and some rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) flooring and Japanese futon bedding. You will find a shared kitchen with a microwave, toaster and induction cookers. There are a shared living and dining space and a small garden at the property, and shared shower rooms have shampoo, body soap and a hairdryer. Guests can enjoy complimentary coffee, black tea and green tea. Towels and laundry facilities are available at an additional charge. Private paid parking space for 1 vehicle is available on site upon prior reservation. There are a convenience store and supermarket within a 5-minute walk from the property. Yoshijima Heritage House and Fujii Folk Museum are 15 minutes on foot from Hostel Fish in a River.
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    • Nakaodaira
      Luxury
      Offering modern-style Japanese rooms with free Wi-Fi, mood lighting and an LCD TV, Nakaodaira boasts 6 private hot-spring baths that can be reserved free of charge. The inn is located a 10-minute drive from the Shin-Hodaka Ropeway cable car. Guests at Nakaodaira Inn sleep on a traditional tatami (woven-straw) floor in Japanese futon bedding, and tea/coffee and Yukata robes are provided. Each room has a private toilet, and guests bathe at the hot-spring baths. Rooms boast views of Japan's North Alps. The 6 private hot-spring baths include 4 interior and 2 open-air baths. Advance reservation is not needed, guests can simply enter an unused bath and hang a sign on the door. Kamikochi is a 30-minute drive away, and the property is a 90-minute bus ride from JR Takayama Train Station. Free shuttles are available from Nakao Kogenguchi bus stop and to/from Shin-Hodaka Ropeway cable car. Japanese-style set meals are served at the dining area for breakfast and dinner.
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    • Auberge Hidanomori
      Mid-range
      Renovated in 2016, Auberge Hidanomori is situated in quiet hills, a 10-minute shuttle ride from JR Takayama Station. The property offers free WiFi access in rooms and in public areas including the shared TV lounge and the terrace. Each room has air-conditioning and heating facilities at Hidanomori Auberge. Bathrooms and toilets are shared. Free toiletries are provided. Guests here can enjoy outdoor activities like hiking or walking through the on-site garden, or just simply unwind at the shared lounge with some tea. Free on-site parking is also available. Breakfast is served in the dining hall starting at 07:30 daily. Freshly baked bread, salad, yogurt, tea and coffee are served, while Italian cuisine is served for dinner. Meals require advance reservations. From Auberge Hidanomori, Hida Minzoku Mura Folk Village and Takayama Jinya are within a 10-minute drive.
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    • Hidaji (Adult Only)
      Luxury
      Nestled between untouched nature in the tranquil Northern Alps area, Hidaji offers spacious Japanese-style accommodation with traditional architecture. Guests can also request for massages and relax in the public hot-spring baths. JR Takayama Station is a 60-minute bus ride away. The air-conditioned rooms have tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. Each has a heated Kotasu table, a TV, a fridge and an electric kettle with green tea bags. All rooms come with an en suite bathroom and Yukata robes are provided for all guests. Free Wi-Fi is available in the public areas and you can look out into the traditional garden. Local gifts can be purchased at the souvenir shop. A safety deposit box and luggage storage is provided at the front desk. Traditional multi-course meals featuring Hida beef and local vegetables are served at the dining room. Fukuchi Onsen Bus Stop is a minute's walk from the property, while a free shuttle is available from Fukuchi Onsenguchi Bus Stop. Hidaji is a 25-minute drive from Shinhodaka Ropeway and a 40-minute drive from Kamikochi. Norikura is a 40-minute drive away.
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    • Sumiyoshi Ryokan
      Luxury
      Located just a 1-minute walk from popular Miyagawa Morning Market in the heart of Takayama, Sumiyoshi Ryokan offers homely Japanese-style accommodation in the historic townhouse building. Free WiFi is available at the lobby and guestrooms. This hotel was selected as one of the Top 25 B&Bs and Inns in Japan by TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice Award 2015. The inn is a 12-minute walk from JR Takayama Station. Takayama Jinya, an old government building, is a 7-minute walk away, and the streets full of old merchants’ houses can be reached within a 10-minute walk from the property. Rooms are fitted with tatami (woven-straw) flooring and traditional futon bedding. A low table and a TV with satellite channels are provided. Guests can relax in the room with free green tea. Ryokan Sumiyoshi has a spacious public baths and a small Japanese garden. There are many antiques like pots and samurai armours displayed at the lobby. Carefully prepared Japanese multi-course dinner, including Hida Beef sukiyaki dish, can be enjoyed at the guest room. Guests can choose to have either Japanese or Western breakfast to satisfy their appetite in the morning.
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    • eph TAKAYAMA
      Luxury
      Ideally situated in the Hida Takayama Onsen district of Takayama, eph TAKAYAMA is situated 2.6 km from Hida Minzoku Mura Folk Village, 800 metres from Fuji Folk Museum and 1.1 km from Yoshijima Heritage House. With a restaurant, the 4-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, and luggage storage for guests. All rooms at the hotel are fitted with a seating area and a flat-screen TV. The units will provide guests with a fridge. Guests at eph TAKAYAMA can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall, Sakurayama Hachiman Shrine and Takayama Festival Float Exhibition Hall. The nearest airport is Toyama Airport, 57 km from eph TAKAYAMA.
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    • Iori Stay
      Luxury
      Renovated in 2015, Iori Stay is nestled in Takayama. This traditional Japanese-style townhouse was created in collaboration with local artists and boasts designs with both modern and traditional Japanese influence. Guests will have the entire property to themselves during their stay. Free pick-up from JR Takayama Station is available upon request. All units are entirely non-smoking and have a kitchen equipped with a microwave and fridge. A stove-top and kettle are also available.There is a private bathroom with slippers in every unit. Towels are provided. A traditional Japanese-style breakfast is served on site. Vegan and vegetarian meals are available upon request.
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    • cup of tea
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring a garden and free WiFi, cup of tea is set in Takayama. The property is close to Museum of Local History, Hirata Folk Art Museum and Fujii Museum of Folk Handicraft. The property is situated in the Hida Takayama Onsen district, 2.4 km from Hida Minzoku Mura Folk Village. With a shared bathroom equipped with a bidet and free toiletries, some units at the guest house also offer a terrace. All rooms will provide guests with a microwave. Popular points of interest near cup of tea include Yoshijima Heritage House, Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall and Sakurayama Hachiman Shrine. The nearest airport is Matsumoto Airport, 85 km from the accommodation.
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    • Oyado Yamakyu
      Mid-range
      Yamakyu features classic Japanese-style accommodations with free Wi-Fi. Indoor and outdoor public baths are available for guests to relax in. JR Takayama Train Station is a 20-minute walk away and a free shuttle service is provided from the station. The air-conditioned rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. A TV, yukata robes, safety box, towels and green tea bags are provided. Includes a private toilet but bathrooms are shared. Guests can enjoy the beautiful Japanese garden or request for relaxing massages. There are 1 computers at the lobby that guests can use. Complimentary coffee and a computer with free internet access are available as well. Local products can be purchased at the souvenir shop. There is a washing machine on site that guests can use for an additional fee. A traditional multi-course meal is served for dinner and a Japanese set menu is available for breakfast. All meals are served at the dining room. Yamakyu Inn is a 5-minute walk from Old Town, Takayama Jinya and the morning market. Hida No Sato Folk Village is a 20-minute bus ride away.
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