Takayama (Tanabata festival)
Takayama, Japan

About Takayama

Hida-Takayama – locally just plain Takayama – is a city near the northern Japan Alps of Gifu prefecture in the Chubu region, which has retained a traditional atmosphere like few other Japanese towns, especially in its beautifully-preserved old town.

The city is famous for its well-preserved quarter with Edo-style streets, only rivalled by those of Kanazawa. It gained importance as a source of high-quality timber and highly skilled carpenters in feudal times. The Takayama Festival, held in spring and autumn, is considered one of Japan’s best festivals.

  • Old Town
  • The Hida Folk Village open-air museum
  • Takayama Jinya, the former local government office
  • Morning Markets
  • Higashiyama Walk through the temples and the castle

The area was settled as far back as the Jōmon period. The city is best known for its inhabitants’ expertise in carpentry. It is believed carpenters from Takayama worked on the Imperial Palace in Kyoto and on many of the temples in Kyoto and Nara.

The town and its culture, as they exist today, took shape at the end of the 16th century, when the Kanamori clan built Takayama Castle. The city is small enough to cover on foot, but bicycle rental is also a good option.

Practical information:

  • From Tokyo Station to Nagoya Station by JR Tokaido Shinkansen trains and from Nagoya to Takayama Station (4h10)
  • From Shin-Osaka Station to Nagoya Station by Shinkansen trains (3h10)

Takayama on our Google map

Our packages includes Takayama

Tokyo Bay Bridge

Discover Japan 13 days

This fully-escorted tour takes you to some of the major sightseeing spots in Japan. Discover an amazing variety of places from the modern cities of Tokyo and Osaka to the peaceful countryside of Takayama. This is a GROUP tour with departure dates until May 2019.

Travel on the bullet train with the Japan Rail Pass

Explore Japan by Rail 21 days

Explore Japan in depth on this fully-escorted tour, from the southern island of Kyushu to Sapporo in the north, taking in many fascinating towns and cities on the way. Travel by train including the world-famous Bullet train with your Japan Rail Pass. This is a GROUP tour with departure dates until May 2019.

Gassho-zukuri farmhouses, Shirakawa-go


Tour Japan taking in one of the country’s most important World Heritage Sites. Takayama’s streets of old wooden houses offer a glimpse of life in Japan’s bygone days. The highlight of Shirakawago are unique structures called Gassho-Zukuri, or “joined-hands” thatched farmhouses, many of which are well preserved and still used. At Gokayama, another World Heritage […]

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