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 A street of traditional houses in Takayama

The best free activities in Takayama

Got lost in Tokyo? Templed out in Kyoto? Want to visit a rural and picturesque area? Takayama is for you.


The Oshika village was one of the seven villages listed in the first "The Most Beautiful Villages of Japan" classification, created in 2005.

Cascade d'Hirayu Otaki

Hirayu Waterfall

In Gifu Prefecture, Hirayu Waterfall (Hirayu Otaki) is nestled in the heart of the Japanese Alps . Particularly impressive, it is a beautiful excursion linked to the spa town of Takayama.

The village of Maze


Gassho-zukuri type houses, in the village of Shirakawago

6 Excursions from Takayama

Explore the Japanese Alps through the villages of Shirakawago, Magome or Tsumago... Here are six for excursions that you can make from Takayama.

Museum Hida-no-Sato

The Takayama Top Ten

Unmissable places, great restaurants and local specialties: Koba, our Angel Travel in Takayama, reveals her favorite things to do.

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Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route: read a guide to touring the beautiful mountain scenery of the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.

Murodo Plateau

Murodo Plateau: read a guide to the snow walls of Murodo in the Northern Japan Alps of Toyama Prefecture.

Village Gokayama


A UNESCO world heritage site, Shirakawa-go village is picture-perfect, rural Japan. Consisting of old thatched houses and rice paddy fields, it's true Japanese countryside.    

Takayama Jinya

Takayama Jinya

The Takayama area has always had great riches: wood, ores and precious metals; the natural resources of the site have been the envy of others for decades...

Sanmachi-Suji district

Sanmachi-Suji district

Three main streets give Takayama a timeless feel, that of quaint historic district. Go for a stroll, stop for a break, enjoy a sake, and take it all in...

Gassho Village Gero Onsen

Gero Onsen Gassho Village (Gassho Mura) comprises 10 thatched A-frame long-houses from nearby Shirakawa-go that have been re-assembled on the hill top site just outside Gero.

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Gero Onsen Travel Guide

Gero Onsen: read a guide to Gero Onsen in Gifu Prefecture including Gero Onsen hotel and ryokan accommodation, Gero museums, travel information and images.

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Hida-Furukawa Travel Guide

Hida-Furukawa guide: read a Hida-Furukawa travel guide with information on Hida-Furukawa sights, temples and things to do.

Gassho Zukuri Minka-en Shirakawa-go.

Gassho Zukuri Minka-en Shirakawa-go

The Gassho Zukuri Minka-en or Gassho-zukuri Folklore Park is a collection of historic gassho (praying hands) buildings from the Shirakawa-go area in Gifu and Toyama prefectures.