Takayama: Experiencing Traditional Japanese culture

09:33 05/02/2024

Located in the heart of Gifu Prefecture, Takayama City is famous for its ancient character and old towns. Surrounded by beautiful nature, green mountain ranges and clear water streams, Takayama is truly a picture of grandeur and peace.

Sanmachi-Suji Street: The most popular place in this ancient town is Sanmachisuji Street which preserves Takayama's ancient beauty, with well-preserved traditional wooden houses. Visitors can check out the  Japanese liquor stores, senbei, Hida beef barbecue shops, or korokke,... always crowded with people. .

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Takayama Jinya: At the end of the Edo period there were about 60 Jinya (government offices) but now only this location is open and has become a museum open for visitors to explore the history and culture of the area. Takayama Jinya is impressed by its traditional wooden buildings and large gardens. Inside, visitors can learn about the calendar including cubicles, meeting rooms, and document storage areas. 

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Takayama Festival: Taking place twice a year in spring and fall, this festival attracts thousands of visitors from around the world. During the festival, you can witness the splendid " palanquin procession" displayed at the museum "Hida Takayama Matsuri no Mori," which includes 8 large palanquin. This traditional festival is not only an opportunity to honor the gods but also an opportunity for the community to meet, connect, and create memorable memories.

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Hida folk village: Built to preserve the traditional civil architecture of the village, Hida no Sato is a popular destination for tourists wanting to experience the classic atmosphere of Japan. Thatched houses, cross-roofs and fields create a peaceful and beautiful picture. This is an ideal stop to explore and enjoy the beauty of the Japanese countryside.

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Okuhida Onsengo: An area famous for its natural hot springs in the high mountains of Takayama. Surrounded by mountains, forests, and a cool climate, Okuhida Onsengo is the ideal place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. Hot spring areas such as Shinhotaka Onsen and Hirayu Onsen provide peaceful spaces to soak in hot water. In addition, the area also has cable car systems such as Shinhotaka Ropeway, allowing visitors to enjoy panoramic views of mountains and waterfalls from above 

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Hida Kokubunji Temple: Hida Kokubunji Temple is  5-minute walk from JR Takayama Station and is Takayama's representative Buddhist temple. The temple's symbol is the triple pagoda built around 1820. The temple's main hall includes a Buddha statue casted during the Heian Dynasty. Another must-see attraction is the temple grounds' tall ginkgo tree, which is over 1,200  years old.

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