Sannomachi Historic District in Takayama (1/7)
Takayama Jinya (2/7)
Takayama Jinya (3/7)
Takayama Morning Market (4/7)
Higashiyama Temple Walk in Takayama (5/7)
Higashiyama Temple Walk in Takayama (6/7)
Sannomachi Historic District in Takayama (7/7)

IN A FEW WORDS

History and tradition preserved in rural Japan

DESCRIPTION

Takayama, also known as Hida-Takayama in order to avoid confusion with other locations of the same name, is a city located in the mountainous Hida area of Gifu prefecture, near the northern Japanese Alps. It is best known for retaining a traditional Japanese atmosphere, thanks to its well-preserved historical district, and its biannual Takayama Festival, known to be one of Japan's most important.

Sannomachi Historic District

Free

Sannomachi is a beautifully preserved historic district located in Takayama's Old Town, east of Takayama Station, and the most iconic image of the city. The district is formed by three narrow streets which retain the same aspect and atmosphere of the old Castle Town days, packed with old wooden houses, shops, tea houses and sake breweries which date from the Edo Period (1603-1868).

Sannomachi was the merchant center of Takayama and some of its businesses have been open for centuries. Nowadays most of the shops carry souvenirs and traditional crafts, while coffee houses and restaurants serve local specialities. Some of the former merchant houses are also open to the public and can be visited.

Takayama Jinya

420¥ 8:45 - 17:00

The Takayama Jinya was a branch office of the Edo Bafuku, the government that wielded power over Japan during the Tokugawa Shogunate in the Edo period (1603-1868). It was used to directly control the Hida Province from 1692 to 1868 and, after the Shogunate fell, it was converted to a prefectural office by the Meiji Government and acted as such until 1969. Nowadays it's designated as a National Historic Site and is open to the public as a museum.

Takayama Jinya is a complex formed by several structures. Its main building is a reconstruction dating from 1816 and features a collection of beautifully preserved tatami rooms, which contain historical items and explanations to illustrate how the Bafuku worked. Beside the main building is an ancient rice storehouse built in 1600, which was used to store farmer's taxes and is one of the biggest and oldest remaining in Japan.

Morning Markets

Free 6:00-12:00

Morning markets, also known as asa-ichi are among of Takayama's best known sights and are held every morning in two different locations: in front of the Takayama Jinya and along the Migawa river in the old Town, west of the bridge. These markets are formed by several stalls, where local farmers and craftsmen sell fresh vegetables, fruits, pickles and all sorts of traditional crafts.

Higashiyama Temple Walk

Free

The Higashiyama Temple walk is a pleasant 3.5Km walking route surrounded by nature, located on a hilly area in the eastern part of Takayama. The walking trail starts from an area known as Teramachi, or Temple town, which congregates over a dozen historical temples and shrines, and ends in Shiroyama Park, a public park established around the ruins of Takayama Castle, which is specially popular in springtime due to its numerous cherry trees.

HOW TO GET THERE

Takayama Station
Hida Limited Express Railpass

aroundMOVE AROUND

All of Takayama's attractions are located within a short walk from each other and can be reached within a 10 to 15 minute walk from Takayama station. Rental bicycles are also a good option.

Alternatively a sightseeing bus route is available from Takayama Station, running circularly to the Sannomachi District.

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