The following is a full-day model course for average-paced travelers that covers the major attractions in the town center of Takayama on foot over about seven kilometers.

Start at Takayama Station
Walk from the station to Takayama Jinya
15 minutes
Takayama Jinya
Historically important building 40 minutes
A beautiful traditional Japanese style building, the Takayama Jinya used to serve as Takayama's government office during the Edo Period, when the city stood under direct control of the shogun due to its valuable timber resources.
Walk over to Sanmachi Suji
5 minutes
Sanmachi Suji
Central street of Takayama's old town 30-90 minutes
The epicenter of Takayama's old town, this street boasts numerous beautifully preserved houses dating from the Edo Period. The buildings today contain a range of attractions including cafes, shops and sake breweries.
Walk north to the Kusakabe Heritage House
10 minutes
Kusakabe Heritage House
Heritage House 30 minutes
The Kusakabe Heritage House (Kusakabe Mingeikan) is one of Takayama's oldest merchant homes open to the public. Its former residents, the Kusakabe family, used to be successful money lenders.
Walk over to Takayama Hachiman Shrine
5 minutes
Hachiman Shrine
Shrine that hosts Takayama's autumn festival 30 minutes
Sakurayama Hachiman Shrine (Sakurayama Hachimangu) stands in the northeastern area of Takayama's old town. The shrine's festival, the Takayama Autumn Festival, is celebrated annually on October 9-10.
Walk to the beginning of the Higashiyama Walking Course
15 minutes
Higashiyama Walking Course
Hiking trail in the outskirts of town 120 minutes
A 3.5 kilometer walk through the hills on the outskirts of Takayama's town center, this route passes various shrines and temples and the ruins of the city's former castle.

Recommended Additions

Matsuri Yatai Kaikan

Located just next to Hachiman Shrine, the Takayama Yatai Kaikan (festival float exhibition hall) exhibits four of the Autumn Festival's eleven festival floats. English audio guides are available.

Karakuri Museum

Also located at Hachiman Shrine, the Karakuri Museum (mechanical doll museum) displays mechanical dolls (karakuri ningyo) which get mounted onto festival floats. The museum also shows over 200 shishimai (lion dance) masks from around Japan.

Hotels around Takayama

Recommended Hotels
Best Western Hotel Takayama
Conveniently located a short walk from Takayama Station.
Agoda Booking
Super Hotel Hida Takayama
Inexpensive, no-frills business hotel conveniently located in central Takayama.