Amazing place, Hida-Takayama

hida2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         We go again to Gifu prefecture, to the city of Takayama, popularly known as Hida-Takayama to differentiate it from other cities with the same name.

Hida-Takayama is a very popular tourist spot. It is visited by more than 2 million people every year. It ranks as one of the top rural and traditional style destinations in Japan.


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The city was formed on November 1, 1936 by a merger of the towns of Takayama and Onada. On February, 2005, the town of Kuguno, the villages of Asahi, Kiyomi, Miya, Nyūkawa, Shōkawa and Takane (all from Ōno District), the town of Kokufu, and the village of Kamitakara (both from Yoshiki District) were merged into Takayama. Takayama is the largest city in Japan with respect to surface area.


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The most important event and tourist attraction is held in spring and autumn –  the Takayama Festival. It is considered as one of the best festivals of its kind in all of Japan. We will make a special article about this festival in the future. Also, you cannot visit Takayama without tasting the incredible hamburgers at Center4 Hamburgers, also to be reviewed soon.

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Here’s a list of the most important places to visit in addition to the old town center streets:

•Mount Norikura

A dormant volcano that is 3,026 meters (9,928 ft.) tall and is located just east of Takayama. A bus takes visitors to a point near the summit.


•Sake Breweries

Sake is one of Takayama’s local specialties. Several old sake breweries can be found in Takayama’s old town. Small samples of sake can be purchased at some breweries.

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•Kusakabe Folk Museum

It is a local museum in an old merchant’s home.


•Hida-Kokubunji Temple

It is the oldest structure in Takayama. It has a 3-level pagoda and stands beside a ginkgo tree that is over 1,200 years old.


•Matsukura Castle

The ruins of Matsukura Castle can be found in the city.


Directions Details

Tokyo (Tokyo Station)→Nagoya→Takayama
Tokyo – Takayama 4 hours 2 minutes 14,500 yen

Tokaido Shinkansen Nozomi

Wide View Hida-Takayama Train

Osaka (Shin-Osaka Station)→Nagoya→Takayama
Tokyo – Takayama 3 hours 16 minutes 10,510 yen

Tokaido Shinkansen Nozomi

Wide View Hida-Takayama Train

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