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Takayama's old town has been beautifully preserved with many buildings and whole streets of houses dating from the Edo Period (1600-1868), when the city thrived as a wealthy town of merchants.

The southern half of the old town, especially the Sannomachi Street, survives in a particularly pretty state with many old homes, shops, coffee houses and sake breweries, some of which have been in business for centuries. The shops in the area are typically open daily from 9:00 to 17:00.

Several homes in the old town open their doors to the public. They provide a glimpse behind the facade into the former living quarters of the local merchants and exhibit traditional household goods and local arts and crafts.

A pleasant alternative to exploring Takayama's old town on foot is getting pulled through the streets on a rickshaw. A 30 minute tour for two costs around 7000 yen. Shorter and longer courses are also available.

Southern Area

Takayama Jinya

Please see the Takayama Jinya page for admission details.

Old Sake Breweries

Hours: Typically 9:00 to 17:00

Fujii Art Gallery

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 700 yen
Typical Visit Duration: 20-30 minutes

Takayama Museum of History and Art

Hours: 9:00 to 19:00 (garden 7:00 to 21:00)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: Free
Typical Visit Duration: 45 minutes

Takayama Showa Museum

Hours: 9:00 to 18:00
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 800 yen
Typical Visit Duration: 45-60 minutes

Northern Area

Hachiman Shrine

Hours: Always open
Closed: No closing days
Admission: Free
Typical Visit Duration: 10 minutes

Karakuri Museum

Hours: 9:05 to 16:25 (around one show every 30 minutes)
Closed: Irregular closing days during winter
Admission: 600 yen
Typical Visit Duration: 40 minutes

Kusakabe Heritage House

Hours: 9:00 to 16:30 (until 16:00 from Dec to Feb, until 15:00 from 12/29 to 1/3)
Closed: Tuesdays from December to February, irregular closures in January
Admission: 500 yen
Typical Visit Duration: 30 minutes

Yoshijima Heritage House

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (until 16:30 from December to February)
Closed: Tuesdays from December to February
Admission: 500 yen
Typical Visit Duration: 30 minutes

Takayama Morning Markets

Hours: 6:00 to 12:00 (from 7:00 in winter)

Getting there and around

Takayama's old town can be reached in a ten minute walk from Takayama Station.

How to get to and around Takayama

Hotels around Takayama

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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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    • 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 merchantsf 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. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The property is close to popular attractions like Hida Kokubunji Temple, Takayama Jinya and Miyagawa Morning Market. The units at the hotel are fitted with a seating area. Complete with a private bathroom fitted with a bidet and slippers, all rooms at eph TAKAYAMA have a flat-screen TV and air conditioning, and some rooms are fitted with a balcony. At the accommodation the rooms include bed linen and towels. Guests at eph TAKAYAMA can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Popular points of interest near the hotel include Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall, Sakurayama Hachiman Shrine and Takayama Festival Float Exhibition Hall. The nearest airport is Toyama Airport, 80 km from eph TAKAYAMA.
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    • Ryokan Asunaro
      Luxury
      On just a 6-minute walk from Takayama Station, traditional Japanese-style Ryokan Asunaro offers comfortable rooms with a seating area and free WiFi. The hotel features a relaxing public hot-spring bath and free yukata robe rental for women. Meals provided at this ryokan features local ingredients for guests to enjoy. The traditional decor of the rooms evokes a warm atmosphere with paintings by local artists on the fusuma sliding doors. Each room includes an LCD TV, minibar and electric kettle make for a convenient stay. Rooms have tatami-mat flooring and futon bedding. Complimentary bottle of water is provided in every room. From Asunaro Ryokan it is a 7-minute walk to the morning market, and a 10-minute walk from Old Town and Takayama Jinya. Shirakawa-go Village is located a 50-minute bus ride away, and the bus stop for the village is a 5-minute walk away. Guests at the Asunaro can soak away the day's fatigue in the hot public bath, which is made of granite stone. Also, private shower booths are available for staying guests.The ryokan features a garden and drinks vending machines, and offers bicycle rentals. The property offers traditional Japanese dinner and breakfast at the banquet hall. Western breakfast can be arranged with a prior request. Complimentary coffee can be enjoyed in the lobby every morning.
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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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    • Oyado Koto No Yume
      Luxury
      Just a 2-minute walk from Takayama Station, Oyado Koto No Yume offers Japanese-style rooms with a colourful touch. The hotel features hot-spring baths, a restaurant serving breakfast and free WiFi throughout the property. This ryokan is introduced in Michelin Green Guide Japan. Rooms feature tatami-mat flooring and traditional futon bedding. They are equipped with a 40-inch flat-screen TV, fridge, coffee maker and green tea set. Attached bathrooms come with a shower, bathtub and toiletries. Japanese-style hotel Koto No Yume Oyado is only a 2-minute walk from Kokubunji Temple. The Miyagawa Morning Market and the historical Old Private Houses are less than a 10-minute stroll away. Guests at Koto No Yume Hotel can soak in an indoor or outdoor hot-spring bath, or in a semi-outdoor hot tub for private use. Massages are available. In addition, staff are readily available to help guests put on Japanese yukata robes. A Western or Japanese breakfast is available at Oyado Koto No Yume. Shirakawago can be accessed within a 50-minute bus ride; the bus terminal is located a 2-minute walk from the property.
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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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    • Honjin Hiranoya Kachoan
      Luxury
      Situated at the heart of historic Takayama Old Town and just steps away from Takayama Jinya Morning Market, the traditional Honjin Hiranoya Kachoan offers personalised hospitality, hot spring baths and carefully prepared Japanese meals using Hida Beef. Free pick-up shuttles are available from JR Takayama Station, a 3-minute ride away. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. This property is awarded with TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice Japan Top 25 in 2015. Classical guest rooms feature Japanese aesthetics and a relaxing ambiance. In-room facilities include a flat-screen TV, an electric kettle and a personal safe. The en suite bathroom comes with a bathtub and free toiletries. Guests can choose to wear one of 800 yukata robes at an additional charge. The Hiranoya Kachoan ryokan is located along the Miya River. It is a 15-minute bus ride from Hida No Sato Folk Village. The indoor hot spring bath features special toiletries for both men and women, as well as cold drinking water. The property also features bicycle rentals, a souvenir shop and free parking. Authentic Japanese set meals are served for breakfast and dinner. Guests can choose to eat in the dining room or in the comfort of their own room.
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    • Yamazatonoiori Soene
      Luxury
      Set amid a beautiful landscape in Okuhida Onsengo hot-spring area, Yamazatonoiori Soene offers beautiful rooms in a Japanese style with river or garden views. The property is 80-munite bus ride from JR Takayama Station, and Fukuchionsen Shita Bus Stop is a 3-minute walk away. Providing a peaceful escape from the city, Yamazatonoiori Soene's rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV and refrigerator. All rooms have access to a shared bathroom, while some rooms also come with a private toilet. Slippers and Yukata robes are provided. Some rooms have Japanese-style bedding on a tatami (woven-straw) floor, while others have Western-style beds. A set menu for breakfast is provided and Kaiseki (traditional multi-course meals) is available, but will need to be reserved 3 days in advance. Guests can relax in the indoor and outdoor baths with its natural hot spring water. Kashikiri (private baths) are also available and can be reserved for free. It is a 15-minute drive to Shin Hodaka Ropeway and a 30-minute drive to Kamikochi area. Mount Norikura is a 60-minute drive from the property.
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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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