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Takayama is a charming city in Japan’s mountainous Gifu Prefecture. The narrow streets of its Sanmachi Suji historic district are lined with wooden merchants’ houses dating to the Edo period, along with many small museums, restaurants and craft shops. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Japanese Alps, Takayama city is also a home to numerous high-quality sake breweries that have produced sake for over 300 years.
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1 Chome-5 Hachikenmachi, Takayama, Gifu 506-0012
from 8:45 am to 5 pm
Sanmachi Historical Houses Preserved Area
Kamiichinomachi, Takayama, Gifu 506-0000
open for 24 hours
Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine
178 Sakuramachi, Takayama, Gifu 506-0858
from 9 am to 5 pm
Hida Folk Village
1 Chome-590 Kamiokamotomachi, Takayama, Gifu 506-0055
from 8:30 am to 5 pm
Attractions For Kids
Takayama Shōwa-kan Museum
Japan, 〒506-0843 Gifu
from 10 am to 5 pm
Okuhida Bear Park
2535-309 Okuhida Onsengo Hitoegane, Takayama, Gifu 506-1432
from 8 am to 5 pm
Hida Great Limestone Cave
1147 Nyukawacho Hiyomo, Takayama, Gifu 506-2256
1 Chome-590 Kamiokamotomachi
Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan
Kusakabe Traditional House
Oshinmachi, 1 Chome−５２ 〒506-0851
from 10 am to 4 pm, Closed on Tuesday
Takayama top sights
Purpose: visiting top sights
Takayama in zoom
Purpose: visiting top sights & hidden “gems”
Let’s go a little further from the basic itinerary to off the beaten path and know more about the little pearl of Japan…
Harada Sake Brewery
10 Kamisannomachi, Takayama, Gifu 506-0846
from 8:30 to 5 pm
Higashiyama Walking Course
Hirayu-no-Yu (Okuhida Onsens)
24 Okuhida Onsengo Hirayu, Takayama, Gifu 506-1433
Winter: 8 am - 7 pm; Summer: 6 am - 9 pm
Ogimachi, Shirakawa, Ono District, Gifu 501-5627
Most of the people come here for a day trip missing the most authentic experience sometimes. Stay longer to discover that Takayama is a great destination where you can enjoy delicious food and rich history.
I encourage you to experience more authentic Japan wherever you go and in Takayama in particular. Don’t miss staying in traditional Japanese ryokan, Takayama hidden “gems” and many other truly Japanese features.
Aji-no-Yohei ($$ - moderate)
Japan, 〒506-0845 Gifu, Takayama, Kamisannomachi, 105番地 〒506-0845 岐阜県高山市上三之町 105番地
Enjoy the finest Hida beef, homemade tofu, tempura and soba together with great locally-brewed sake straight from the brewer. Highly recommended!
Le Midi ($$$ - expensive)
Japan, 〒506-0011 Gifu, Takayama, Honmachi, 2 Chome−８５ 〒506-0011 岐阜県高山市本町２丁目８５
A sassy steakhouse with the ambience of a Paris downtown. Enjoy the exquisite cuisine carefully created with complete devotion at a reasonable price.
Matsuki Sushi ($$ - moderate)
Japan, 〒506-0007 Gifu, Takayama, Sowamachi, 1 Chome−１−40 〒506-0007 岐阜県高山市総和町１丁目１−40
Enjoy fresh seafood sent straight from the ports of Kanazawa, Toyama and Nagoya lined up on the spacious counter every day. Rare seafood items attract many regular locals even from other prefectures. Private rooms and Japanese style zashiki-rooms are very popular among young couples. Highly recommended!
Hidagyu Maruaki ($$$ - expensive)
6 Chome-8 Tenmanmachi, Takayama, Gifu 506-0025, Japan 〒506-0025 岐阜県高山市天満町６丁目8
Enjoy superb quality Hida beef at a very reasonable price compared to eating at other places. One of their most expensive platters costs only ~¥7700, enough for 2-4 people. Highly recommended!
Super Center Shimaya
Japan, 〒509-4123 Gifu, Takayama, Kokufucho Kaneoke, ４１
It’s quite a nice mall with a wide range of products, mainly food. Here you can buy fresh seafood, meat, rice, seasonings and many other food items of a very good quality much cheaper than in other places.
Luvit Town Takayama
3 Chome Okamotomachi, Takayama, Gifu 506-0054, Japan 〒506-0054 岐阜県高山市岡本町３丁目
It is the largest mall in Takayama city. The first floor has a variety of specialty stores. The food court is wide, and it's child-friendly, with tatami mat seats and seats with baby chairs built into the tables. On the second floor, there is a bookstore, fashion store, and a 100-yen shop. The game center is large and lively, so your kids will not be bored.
3 Chome-1135 Nishinoisshikimachi, Takayama, Gifu 506-0031, Japan 〒506-0031 岐阜県高山市西之一色町３丁目1135
It’s an ordinary mall featuring grocery & clothing stores. It's a little old-fashioned and very crowded, especially on weekends and holidays.
Frespo Hida Takayama
1 Chome-5-8 Tenmanmachi, Takayama, Gifu 506-0025, Japan 〒506-0025 岐阜県高山市天満町１丁目5-8
It is a big shopping mall in Takayama with a drug store, supermarket, big sports store, clothing stores and a few nice restaurants.
Kamiichinomachi, Takayama, Gifu 506-0000, Japan 〒506-0000 岐阜県高山市上一之町
Lovely Edo-period street lined with traditional merchant houses, restaurants, craft & souvenir shops.
Takayama, Gifu 506-0011
Charming street with souvenir shops and restaurants.
Miyagawa Morning Market
Shimosannomachi, Takayama, Gifu 506-0841, Japan 〒506-0841 岐阜県高山市下三之町
Very nice farmers market near the river that features local farm products of high quality.
1 Chome-5 Hachikenmachi, Takayama, Gifu 506-0012, Japan 〒506-0012 岐阜県高山市八軒町１丁目５
It’s a small outdoor marketplace that is popular for local farm products & flowers. The market is open in the morning only.
Fortunately there are no dangerous areas in Takayama. Where to stay is up to you. I adore Sanmachi Historical Houses Preserved Area due to its historic heritage, charming ambiance, and a wide range of restaurants, bars, and craft shops.
Fantastic location, service and open-air bath with a stunning city and mountains view. But the most remarkable thing about the hotel is a dinner buffet with plenty of local seafood and various country dishes. The best hotel buffet in my life.
Fantastic experience. In particular, the food was extremely delicious (we always opted for Japanese style) and the service was perfect.
Hanaogi Bettei Iiyama
The highlight of our trip was this ryokan. Michiru took care of us from the start and was friendly, providing stellar service. I would highly recommend both dinner and breakfast as both were Michelin star worthy. Absolutely delicious and gave us a taste of all Japan cuisines.
For a couple in Takayama
Family of 4 in Takayama
* Traditional Japanese room with 2 futons
** Double room with 1 large bed
*** Good meal course in a restaurant
**** Mini/Compact class, 5 seats
***** Traditional Japanese room with 4 futons
****** Superior Twin room with 2 large beds
******* Toyota, Standart class, 5 seats
Breakfast at the hotel
Sanmachi Historical Houses Preserved Area (walking & shopping)
Lunch at Aji-no-Yohei
Dinner at Matsuki Sushi
Lunch at Shirakawa-go
Onyado Yuinosho stay
Onsen experience & relaxation
Dinner at the hotel
WC near Takayama Jinya
WC near Matsuri Yatai Kaikan Museum
WC near Kusakabe Traditional House
6 Chome-9 Hanasatomachi, Takayama, Gifu 506-0011, Japan 〒506-0011 岐阜県高山市花里町６丁目９
1 Chome-101 Hachikenmachi, Takayama, Gifu 506-0012, Japan 〒506-0012 岐阜県高山市八軒町１丁目101
1 Chome-22-10 Showamachi, Takayama, Gifu 506-0053, Japan 〒506-0053 岐阜県高山市昭和町１丁目２２−10
City areas closed for vehicles
Don’t bother about this point. There are plenty of parking lots where you can leave your car even very close to the most popular tourist areas like Miyagawa Morning Market or Takayama Station.
GREEN Cooking Studio
78 Shimosannomachi, Takayama, Gifu 506-0841, Japan 〒506-0841 岐阜県高山市下三之町78
Amazing cooking class with easy to understand yet detailed instructions and a brilliant insight into Japanese food. And Midori-san is a wonderful host that is always smiling.
Hida Cooking Class
61-52 Kokufucho Yamamoto, Takayama, Gifu 509-4111, Japan 〒509-4111 岐阜県高山市国府町山本61-52
It’s a very nice class with very attentive teachers that are focused on simple recipes of Japanese cuisine. You will definitely enjoy the program and the way they teach cooking.
Fresh Lab Takayama
283-1 Matsunokimachi, Takayama, Gifu 506-0802, Japan 〒506-0802 岐阜県高山市松之木町283-1
Very nice place to learn more about Japanese cuisine, local ingredients and food presentation. Recommended!
10 Kamisannomachi, Takayama, Gifu 506-0846, Japan 〒506-0846 岐阜県高山市上三之町10
Enjoy sake tasting in one of the best & oldest breweries in Takayama. Know more about sake rich history and its wide range of tastes.
When is the best time to come to Takayama & Shirakawa-go?
Traditionally there are two best seasons in Japan: Autumn and Spring. However, Takayama & Shirakawa-go are amazing even in winter. I would choose winter for fairy-tail pictures and relaxing hot springs experience.
How many days is enough for Takayama?
Usually tourists take a day tour to visit Takayama covering only Sanmachi historical houses preserved area and some temples. However, there are some remarkable places around Takayama that are worth visiting. I recommend at least 2 days staying in this lovely city.
Where to stay in Takayama?
It depends on your budget, but I would choose a lovely ryokan to make your trip unique and relaxing at the same time.
What to try in Takayama?
Do I need a car to get to Takayama & Shirakawa-go?
No, you don’t need a car. You can easily come to Takayama by JR Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Nagoya. The most popular transport to get around Takayama is the bus.
However, the city is relatively compact and you can explore most popular sights on foot.
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