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TakayamaJapan

Enjoy exploring the fascinating ancient buildings, bustling markets and stunning mountain views of this city located high in the Japanese Alps.

Takayama is a unique city in Japan’s Gifu Prefecture. Although this region is known as Japan’s crossroads, Takayama is located high in the Japanese Alps and the city’s relative isolation has meant that its culture has developed over the past 300 years without much influence from the outside world. Find ancient temples, heritage farmsteads and castles in this mountainous region.

The Hida-Kokubunji Temple is Takayama’s oldest structure. Explore the three-story pagoda and see a 1,200-year-old ginkgo tree. Take a step back in time at Hida Folk Village. This open-air museum consists of nearly 30 farmhouses that span the centuries. The village displays artifacts from various historical periods and features traditional Japanese handicraft demonstrations.

For spectacular views, take a bus to the summit of Mount Norikura. This dormant volcano, the third tallest in Japan, features wide plains and deep crater lakes. The road up the mountain is often closed because of heavy snowfall. For more panoramic views of the Northern Alps, visit Shinhotaka Ropeway. This aerial lift takes you up Mount Hotakadake, one of Japan’s tallest mountains. Pamper yourself at the mountain’s spa resort.

Explore the ruins of Matsukura Castle. The grounds are home to several hundred cherry trees that explode into blossom during spring. Several events, such as the Sengoku Noroshi Festival, are held here during the blooming season. Takayama Jinya is a former government outpost. The main building has been immaculately restored and is now open to the public. Stop by the farmers’ market held outside every morning.

Takayama is renowned for its exceptionally talented carpenters. See their handiwork in palaces and temples in Kyoto and Nara. As you walk through the city, take note of the buildings’ immaculately crafted decorations. Handmade wooden souvenirs, available at the local market, are very popular keepsakes.

You can easily get to Takayama by bus or by train. The city’s train station connects with most of the region’s cities and towns. You can reach Tokyo by train in just over 4 hours.

Where to stay in Takayama

Top Hotels in Takayama

RESIDENCE HOTEL TAKAYAMA Station
RESIDENCE HOTEL TAKAYAMA Station
3 out of 5
6-105 Hanasatomachi, Takayama, Gifu
The price is $55 per night from Feb 24 to Feb 25

Located in Hida Takayama Onsen, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Takayama Tourist Information Center and Takayama Jinya. Takayama Traditional ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (28 reviews)

"全体的に綺麗で過ごしやすかったです! ですが、1日に使えるお湯の量が決められていたのが残念でした。"…"

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2021

RESIDENCE HOTEL TAKAYAMA Station
WAT HOTEL& SPA HIDA TAKAYAMA
WAT HOTEL& SPA HIDA TAKAYAMA
3.5 out of 5
3-39-1, Hanasato-cho, Takayama, Gifu-ken
The price is $62 per night from Feb 9 to Feb 10

Located in Hida Takayama Onsen, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Takayama Jinya, Kusakabe Mingei-kan, and Takayama Yatai Kaikan. Hida Minzoku Mura Folk Village ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (815 reviews)

"Clean place, close to train station. Spa area is decent but hot tubs are not super clean. Breakfast setup could be improved - limited choices for vegetarians"…"

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2020

WAT HOTEL& SPA HIDA TAKAYAMA
Hotel Ryu Resort and Spa
Hotel Ryu Resort and Spa
3.5 out of 5
892-11 Arabuchi, Shokawa, Takayama, Gifu
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Situated on the boardwalk, this hotel is 4.5 mi (7.2 km) from Bokka no Sato and 12.2 mi (19.7 km) from Dynaland Ski Area. Shirakawago Historic Village and Hida-no-Sato ...

4.2/5Very Good! (120 reviews)
A comfortable night stay

"Upon arrival to the hotel, staff were patiently waiting at the entrance building, greeting guests and go all the way to our car at the car park to help with the bags. The hotel has good English speaking staff. This makes our stay even more pleasant as the staff was able to explain the Japanese meals ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2020

Hotel Ryu Resort and Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Takayama

RESIDENCE HOTEL TAKAYAMA Station
RESIDENCE HOTEL TAKAYAMA Station
3 out of 5
6-105 Hanasatomachi, Takayama, Gifu
The price is $55 per night from Feb 24 to Feb 25

Located in Hida Takayama Onsen, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Takayama Tourist Information Center and Takayama Jinya. Takayama Traditional ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (28 reviews)

"全体的に綺麗で過ごしやすかったです! ですが、1日に使えるお湯の量が決められていたのが残念でした。"…"

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2021

RESIDENCE HOTEL TAKAYAMA Station
IORI STAY
IORI STAY
3 out of 5
1-91 Honmachi, Takayama, Gifu-ken
The price is $172 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29

Located in Hida Takayama Onsen, this vacation home is within a 5-minute walk of Takayama Jinya and Takayama Traditional Culture and Crafts Square. Miyagawa Morning ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (16 reviews)

"I loved the updates to the bathroom and kitchen area! Very warm and cozy with the hardwoods and view of the outdoor garden. Wonderful location - close to everything!"…"

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2020

IORI STAY
Thanyaporn 2
Thanyaporn 2
3 out of 5
1-78 Sowamachi, Takayama, Gifu
The price is $179 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27

Located in Hida Takayama Onsen, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Takayama Tourist Information Center and Takayama Jinya. Takayama Traditional ...

4.1/5Very Good! (7 reviews)
Perfect for family

"The apartment was close to the main station. Very accessible to the popular tourist spots. We were a family of 10 and the apartment suited us because it was complete of cookware, washer, beddings etc and they even lended us the vacuum cleaner. Junichi-san is very accommodating especially with he ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2019

Thanyaporn 2
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Takayama

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Mar 14, 2020

Beautiful, beautiful city. I live in the states and I already know it's going to be the city I miss the most in Japan. I love the artisan feel throughout the city.

5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 10, 2020

Takayama is like "Little Kyoto" with a lot of history mixed with modern Japan. Festival time (spring & fall) are excellent times to see the beautiful city.

4/5 - Good

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Jan 29, 2020

Takayama is great. The best village in the area.

5/5 - Excellent

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Jan 9, 2020

Takayama was everything I wanted Kyoto to be. It was like going back in time with all the historical buildings, and there weren't nearly as many people as any other Japanese city I've been to. Very walkable and absolutely gorgeous.

4/5 - Good

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Dec 27, 2019

Interesting old houses/tourist area; excellent gluten free restaurant

5/5 - Excellent

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Oct 12, 2019

Precioso lugar, el barrio viejo es hermoso, fuimos al festival de Takayama muy recomendable.

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