Takayama is a beautiful town nestled away in the Japanese mountains, it’s popular with tourists for its small village feel and beautiful traditional houses.
I’d been attracted to Takayama based on its proximity to other smaller mountain villages, though we decided to spend all our time in Takayama because there was so much to see there.
Things To Do:
The Takayama museum of history and art was surprisingly big, entrance is free and the museum covers all sorts of topics.
The Hida Folk Village is around 30 minutes walk from the train station and costs ¥700/pp. for me it was one of the highlights of Japan. The village consists of various traditional houses and they are open for you to look around inside too. There’s a lot of information about the house’s origin etc.
I usually get a bit irritated when I see ‘go for a walk’ as something to do in a town, obviously you’re going to do that anyway but Takayama really is a special place to walk around day and night. The streets are full of traditional little treasures, with temples hidden in between old houses and at night when the lights come on, the whole town is just beautiful.
The morning market was rained off during our visit though I’ve heard some really good reviews from fellow travelers.
Where To Stay:
The Relax Hostel is less than a 1 minute from the train station, you can see it as you leave through the stations eastern exit. We paid £27 per night for a small double room, it was clean and the bathrooms were modern. Breakfast was included though it was pretty bad. Anyway for the price and location we would certainly stay again.
Getting to Takayama is part of the fun, whichever direction you’re coming from you’ll need to get to Nagoya and from there take the wide view Hida line to Takayama. The train is a tourist train and only takes half the time as the local train, and it also has special announcements when you’re passing anything interesting, so keep your camera ready, the views are amazing.