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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
965
5
Museum

Matsuri no Mori

Impressive museum about the Takayama Matsuri.
3.8 / 5
36
6
Hiking

Higashiyama Walk

Passing temples and the former castle site.
3.8 / 5
391
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Museum

Yatai Kaikan

Festival floats exhibition hall.
3.4 / 5
204
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Shopping

Morning Markets

Held daily in two separate locations.
3.2 / 5
588
Side Trips from Takayama
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Kamikochi••

Popular mountain resort in the Japanese Alps.
4.4 / 5
458
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Okuhida

Hot springs in the mountains above Takayama.
3.9 / 5
217
5

Furukawa

Small town 15 minutes north of Takayama.
3.4 / 5
136
6

Gero Onsen

Famous hot spring resort south of Takayama.
3.6 / 5
378

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

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Page last updated: June 28, 2017