Takayama Travel Guide 飛騨高山
The subtle charm of a traditional village
A small town in the mountains, Takayama and its old wooden houses, craft shops, antique shops, art galleries and sake breweries retains an old world charm. A place to discover away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities.
Crossed by the rushing waters of Miyagawa river and surrounded by protective mountains, Takayama, an old fortified town situated practically in the center of Japan in Gifu Prefecture, is nestled in a beautiful valley. Called the "Little Kyoto of the Japanese Alps" because of its grid-like streets modelled in the image of the old imperial capital. Takayama was built in the sixteenth century by the Kanamori clan. Carpenters in this province were known for their skill, and their expertise can be seen in the most beautiful Buddhist buildings and mansions erected in the capitals of Nara and Kyoto.
Takayama Jinya, the former residence of the provincial governor, hints at the richness of the place. In spring and autumn, the Takayama Matsuri attracts visitors from throughout Japan, and from all around the world too, for a spectacular celebration. For a day trip, the village of Hida (Hida-no-Sato) is definitely worth a visit.