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Anna Kraskovska

Anna Kraskovska

Welcome travel fans! I’ve been traveling around the world for 20 years and most of my trips were to Asia. I think I have been crazy about Japan since I was a child and I will be happy to share this passion with you…

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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Must-visit places

Tourist Attractions

Takayama Jinya
Price: 440 yen

Takayama Jinya

1 Chome-5 Hachikenmachi, Takayama, Gifu 506-0012

from 8:45 am to 5 pm

Sanmachi Historical Houses Preserved Area
Price: free

Sanmachi Historical Houses Preserved Area

Kamiichinomachi, Takayama, Gifu 506-0000

open for 24 hours

Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine
Price: free

Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine

178 Sakuramachi, Takayama, Gifu 506-0858

from 9 am to 5 pm

Hida Folk Village
Price: 700 yen

Hida Folk Village

1 Chome-590 Kamiokamotomachi, Takayama, Gifu 506-0055

from 8:30 am to 5 pm

Attractions For Kids

Museums

Museums

Takayama Shōwa-kan Museum
Price: 1,000 yen

Takayama Shōwa-kan Museum

Japan, 〒506-0843 Gifu

from 10 am to 5 pm

Hida Folk Village
Price: 700 yen

Hida Folk Village

1 Chome-590 Kamiokamotomachi

from 8:30 am to 5 pm

Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan
Price: 900 yen

Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan

178 Sakuramachi, Takayama, Gifu 506-0858

from 9 am to 5 pm

Kusakabe Traditional House
Price: 1,000 yen

Kusakabe Traditional House

Oshinmachi, 1 Chome−52 〒506-0851

from 10 am to 4 pm, Closed on Tuesday

Takayama top sights

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Takayama top sights

Purpose: visiting top sights

1-2 days

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Takayama in zoom

Purpose: visiting top sights & hidden “gems”

3-4 days

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Takayama 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
Price: free

Harada Sake Brewery

10 Kamisannomachi, Takayama, Gifu 506-0846

from 8:30 to 5 pm

Higashiyama Walking Course
Price: free

Higashiyama Walking Course

152 Shimoichinomachi

open for 24 hours

Hirayu-no-Yu (Okuhida Onsens)
Price: from 300 yen

Hirayu-no-Yu (Okuhida Onsens)

24 Okuhida Onsengo Hirayu, Takayama, Gifu 506-1433

Winter: 8 am - 7 pm; Summer: 6 am - 9 pm

Shirakawa-go
Price: free

Shirakawa-go

Ogimachi, Shirakawa, Ono District, Gifu 501-5627

open for 24 hours

Hida Great Limestone Cave
Price: 1,100 yen

Hida Great Limestone Cave

1147 Nyukawacho Hiyomo, Takayama, Gifu 506-2256

from 8 am to 5 pm

Expert tips in Takayama

Anna Kraskovska

Stay longer

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.

Anna Kraskovska

Authentic experience

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.

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  • Our experts have insider knowledge of unique and off-the-beaten-path destinations that aren't typically found in guidebooks.

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  • We'll provide you with all the essential details, such as transportation options, recommended accommodations, and restaurant reservations.

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  • The cost of our service is only $190

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Great food experience

Aji-no-Yohei ($$ - moderate)

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)

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)

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)

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!

Shopping Malls

Super Center Shimaya

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

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.

Piua Takayama

Piua Takayama

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

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.

Shopping Streets

Sanmachi street

Sanmachi street

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.

Honmachi street

Honmachi street

Takayama, Gifu 506-0011

Charming street with souvenir shops and restaurants.

Markets

Miyagawa Morning Market

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.

Jinya-mae Market

Jinya-mae Market

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.

Dangerous & recommended city areas

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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.

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Best Accommodation

Price: from $180

Takayama Ouan

4 Chome-313 Hanasatomachi, Takayama, Gifu 506-0026, Japan 〒506-0026 岐阜県高山市花里町4丁目313
Anna Kraskovska

Anna Kraskovska

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.

Price: from $400

Hidatei Hanaougi

411-1 Honobumachi, Takayama, Gifu 506-0003, Japan 〒506-0003 岐阜県高山市本母町411-1
Anna Kraskovska

Anna Kraskovska

Fantastic experience. In particular, the food was extremely delicious (we always opted for Japanese style) and the service was perfect.

Price: from $372

Hanaogi Bettei Iiyama

262-2 Honobumachi, Takayama, Gifu 506-0003, Japan 〒506-0003 岐阜県高山市本母町262-2
Anna Kraskovska

Anna Kraskovska

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.

Recommended Trip Budget and how to save money

For a couple in Takayama

Budget per day Cost, $
Accommodation “Ryokan” $372 (incl. breakfast & dinner)*
Accommodation “Hotel” $180 (incl. breakfast)**
Meals from $35* per pax = $70x2 times=$140***
Entertainment from $35*x2 = $70
Car rental Toyota Rent a Car from $54 (incl. taxes)****

Family of 4 in Takayama

Budget per day Cost, $
Accommodation “Ryokan” $500 (incl. breakfast & dinner)*****
Accommodation “Hotel” $312 (incl. breakfast)******
Meals from $35* per pax = $140x2 times=$280***
Entertainment from $35*x4 = $140
Car rental Toyota Rent a Car from $90 (incl. taxes)*******

* 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

2 days Itinerary in Takayama

Day 1
Takayama top sights

09:00

Breakfast at the hotel

10:00

Sanmachi Historical Houses Preserved Area (walking & shopping)

13:00

Lunch at Aji-no-Yohei

14:00

Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine

15:30

Kusakabe Traditional House

16:30

Higashiyama Walking Course

19:00

Dinner at Matsuki Sushi

Day 2
Shirakawa-go heritage & hot springs

09:00

Breakfast at the hotel

10:00

Shirakawa-go

13:00

Lunch at Shirakawa-go

14:00

Onyado Yuinosho stay

16:00

Onsen experience & relaxation

19:00

Dinner at the hotel

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.

Cooking Classes

GREEN Cooking Studio

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

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

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!

Harada Sake Brewery

Harada Sake Brewery

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.

Frequently asked questions

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Anna Kraskovska

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Jena Hovor


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Let us create your perfect itinerary!

Contact us now and we’ll begin creating your one-of-a-kind itinerary, tailored specifically to your preferences and needs.

Our expert travel planners will craft a unique, custom route that includes all the must-see sights and hidden gems, divided by day and with a clear route from A to Z.

  • We’ll save you time by doing all the research and planning for you.

  • Our experts have insider knowledge of unique and off-the-beaten-path destinations that aren’t typically found in guidebooks.

  • Your itinerary will be fully customized to your interests, preferences, and travel style.

  • We’ll provide you with all the essential details, such as transportation options, recommended accommodations, and restaurant reservations.

  • You’ll have access to ongoing support from our team throughout your entire trip, ensuring a stress-free and unforgettable experience.

  • The cost of our service is only $190

Contact us now to start planning your dream trip and get all the details and answers to your questions.

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