Spots in Hida / Takayama Area

  • Takayama Jinya
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    4.0
    1107 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Hachikenmachi 1-5
    Takayama Jinya was where prefectural governors and deputies exercised government since Hida was put under direct control of the Shogunate in 1692. The purpose of direct jurisdiction was access to the abundant timber and underground resources. After the Meiji Restoration, this building was also used as the Takayama prefectural government building. In order to conserve Takayama Jinya, 16 years of repair and reconstruction work were undertaken and were completed in 1996. There were 60 regional headquarters and sub-headquarters nationwide at the end of the Edo period, but the Takayama Jinya is the only building left in existence today. Takayama Jinya has been certified with two stars in the Michelin Green Guide Japan.

    One of the few places open during covid. I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. I thought itd be a quick walk through but was there over an hour. QR readers was a nice bonus plus most items have at...

  • Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall
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    4.0
    616 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Sakuramachi 178
    The Takayama Festival is one of Japan’s three great Hikiyama Festivals and registered a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. This hall has a standing exhibit of yatai, the gorgeous floats that are the festival’s main attraction. It’s on the precincts of Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, at the center of the festival action. Four of the 11 yatai used in the fall’s Takayama Festival are on display, and they change them annually in March, July, and November. They also maintain a TV room where you can watch a video of the festival, as well as a reference area with festival paraphernalia and documents. It’s a great way to learn about the festival’s history and happenings in detail.

    Amazing display of floats that go around the town twice a year. Wish we could have come during the festival season - April and October to have an even more interesting experience. Only 5 were on...

  • Takayama Museum of History and Art
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    4.0
    157 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Kamichinomachi 75
    The Takayama Museum of History and Art in Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture has a collection of around 75,000 items relating to folk traditions, of which 900 are on permanent display. There are 14 display rooms with exhibits focusing on how the castle town developed and the unique culture of its residents; topics covered by the displays include the Takayama Festival, “machiya” (traditional wooden townhouses), the creation of the castle town, famous writers and artists that had a connection to the Takayama area, and the famous monk and Buddhist statue carver Enku, who also had a close connection with the Hida area. The buildings in which the Museum is located were originally warehouses, built from Japanese Cypress wood, belonging to the Nagata family of merchants; they are highly atmospheric. There is no charge for entry to the Museum.

    One of the few attractons open for Covid. I didnt expect much but was greatly surprised at how long I stayed here. I highly recommend. Quite a bit of English.

  • Hida Kokubun-ji Temple
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    4.0
    209 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Takayama-shi Sowamachi 1-83

    You will find this deserted pagoda in Kokubunji in Takayama city, .right in front of station. There is a plenty of sign of neglect around and in ginkgo tree.

  • Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine
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    4.0
    165 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Sakuramachi 178
    The Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine is a Shinto shrine in Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture that is dedicated to the tutelary deity of the area. According to tradition, the origins of the Shrine date back to the reign of the Emperor Nintoku, when Prince Naniwa-neko Takefurukuma no Mikoto, who had come to the area to subjugate an evil monster, prayed for victory at this site. The Shrine is closely associated with the Autumn Festival that is one of the two Takayama Matsuri (Takayama Festivals), the other being the Spring Festival that is associated with the Hie Shrine; the Takayama Matsuri has been designated as a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property. Some of the “Yatai” (decorated floats) used in the Takayama Matsuri procession are on display in the Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall within the Shrine precincts (the floats on display are rotated), giving visitors the opportunity to view the magnificent decoration, which is a tribute to the skill of Hida region craftsmen, from close to.

    This is a very quiet Shinto Temple, easy walk from the station (10-15 minutes) walk. A long the lane leading to the temple are old Japanese house. The temple is free and very nice surrounding. Quiet...

  • Hida Great Limestone Cave
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    4.0
    150 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Nyukawachouhiyomo 1147
    The Hida Great Limestone Cave is located between Hida Takayama and the Okuhida Onsengo. Running a total length of about 800 meters, it is among the greatest tourist limestone caves in Japan. In the cave you can also see a rare form of stalactite known as a helictite, the only known occurrence in Japan. These bizarre looking cave deposits grow in all directions. As well as the limestone cave there is the Ohashi Collection Kan Museum which displays artworks collected by Sotokichi Ohashi, the discoverer of the Hida Great Limestone Cave. About 1,000 pieces of artworks are on display.

    The reason for the 3 stars is generally for the lack of English description. If not, I will give 4 as the lighting is great inside unlike some others, signage is good and the route is not slippery...

  • Oku Hida Bear Park
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    3.5
    95 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Okuhidaonsengouhitoegane 2535
    Oku Hida Bear Park is located in Okuhida Onsengo Hitoegane. Nearly 100 black bears and brown bears are kept here, and visitors can feed them, take photos, and see bear-themed shows. The “Forest Product Store” sells “bear oil,” “bear power drinks,” stuffed animals, and other bear-themed merchandise.

    We visited the bear ranch without reading any reviews prior. It was a vast contrast to the otherwise beautiful nature and experiences of Japan including the Shinhotaka Ropeway in Takayama. We...

  • Hirayu Onsen
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    4.5
    2 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gifu Takayama-shi Okuhida Hot spring village Hirayu
    The oldest hot spring district in the Okuhida Onsenkyo hot spring village sprawling at the foot of Mt. Norikura. According to the Hishushi written at the end of the Edo period, the area was discovered when the mighty lord Takeda Shingen invaded the Hida region and happened to follow an old, white monkey to a hot spring. There are some 40 source springs in the district, and, depending on the location, visitors can enjoy a variety of hot spring qualities, including hydrogen carbonate springs, chloride springs, sulfur springs, and simple springs. Located close to Kamikochi and Mt. Norikura, the district is also used as a base for mountain climbing activities. Hantai eggs, boiled eggs with firm yolks and soft whites, are a popular local specialty made using the area's high temperature hot spring waters, which reach up to 90 ° C.

    ツアーのトイレ休憩とバス内注文のお土産品の積み込みで立ち寄りました。レストラン、パン屋さん、土産物店に日帰り温泉もある大きな施設でした。パン屋さんでは餡の入ったクロワッサン、飛騨牛の蒸し饅頭もお勧めで購入しました。温泉は無理でしたが、入り口横の無料の足湯でしばし温泉気分を味わいました。

  • Center4 Hamburgers
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    4.5
    642 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Kamichinomachi 94
    A conspicuous Hamburger specialty restaurant located in Takayama City in an area where much atmospheric, old architecture remains. The restaurant’s long and narrow “space for eating Hamburgers” stretches away from the entrance, and the establishment’s eye-catching décor will make you forget you’re in Japan’s Hida-Takayama region. The restaurant’s signature menu selection is its Hida beef burger—made with ingredients from Hida and limited to just a few customers each day, this original recipe Hamburger is also popular with visiting international tourists. The restaurant’s large menu also includes the unshakably popular bacon cheeseburger as well as the avocado burger, particularly popular with women. The restaurant also carries beers from around the world and a wide selection of other drinks.

    I’ve lived in Japan for3 years now, and this is by far the best burger I have eaten here. The Quattro burger was huge and tasty. No side order required, although I shared a few wedges (fries) with my...

  • Suzuya Restaurant
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    4.5
    639 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Hanakawamachi 24
    This restaurant inside a kominka (old house) was established in 1966, and is located between JR Takayama Station and the old townscape. They offer dishes centered on local ingredients such as a hoba miso steak set with Hida beef grilled on magnolia leaves with miso, and a mountain vegetable set using Hida-grown vegetables and trout stewed in soy sauce and sugar. There are also ceramic plate-grilled dishes with chicken giblets and leeks cooked in a secret soy sauce-based tare (dipping sauce), a broiled dish called “suzuya-nabe” (sliced beef, vegetables, tofu and noodles boiled with sweet soy sauce) using Hida miso, and hot pot dishes. In addition, they offer a vegetarian menu with dishes that allow you to sufficiently enjoy the taste of Hida.

    The owners were so lovely and the food amazing, I highly recommend going here if your in Takayama. Great for vegetarians/vegans

  • Funasaka Sake Brewery
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    4.0
    101 Reviews
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Kamisannomachi 105
    This sake brewery is located in Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture in the middle of the old towns past the red Naka Bridge. With 200 years of history, they produce a lot of Japanese sake, including junmai ginjo (pure rice premium sake) Miyamagiku, which has umami and sweetness using Hida spring water and good quality brewer’s rice. Besides the Japanese sake shop and souvenir store, you can freely enjoy sake in the adjoining sake bar. In addition, there is also Restaurant Aji no Yohei, where you can taste Hida beef and please your mouth with juicy meat while drinking high-grade sake.

    I was walking through the old town looking for Masu for my wife; these are the cedar boxes that Coach Sushi in Oakland serves sake. The curio shop told me to go next door. Well to my surprise i...

  • Yoshijima Heritage House
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    4.0
    99 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Oushinmachi 1-51
    This old kominka house was the residence of the Yoshijima sake brewing family for generations. It has been designated a nationally Important Cultural Property. A large ball of cedar twigs hangs from the eaves above the entrance, and a noren curtain at the door has the two stripes of the family crest. The inner hall and entrance hall have a high vaulted ceiling, and the main pillar and other woodwork displays splendid craftsmanship. The interior gives you a real feel of its long history, especially in the drawing room where Toko Shinoda's work is on display.

    Almost everybody come to Takayama just for the old town lane, and you will expect the crowds especially at morning and afternoon time. Almost a long queue in the food area and the old houses there...

  • Shinhotaka Ropeway
    Travel / Tourism
    Takayama-shi, Gifu Prefecture Okuhida Onsenkyo Shin-Hotaka
    The Shinhotaka Ropeway is an aerial lift transport system linking Shin-Hotaka Onsen Station with Nishihotakaguchi Station in the Oku-Hida Onsen (Hot Springs) District of Gifu Prefecture. The Ropeway comprises two sections: the No. 1 Ropeway and No. 2 Ropeway. By traveling on both sections in succession, visitors can reach the top of the mountain. The No. 2 Ropeway is the only aerial lift system in Japan to feature double-decker gondolas; passengers can enjoy the sensation of “strolling in the air” at an altitude of over 2,000 meters above sea-level while looking out at the magnificent scenery below. The roof observation deck at the mountain-top Nishihotakaguchi Station offers an almost 360-degree panoramic view of the mountains of Japan’s Northern Alps; this view was awarded two stars in the Michelin Green Guide to Japan.
  • Art & Festa Forest in TAKAYAMA
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    4.0
    74 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Chishimamachi 1111
    This museum dedicated to the Takayama Festival is located a 20-minute drive from Takayama Nishi Interchange on the Tokai Hokuriku Expressway. The museum’s underground dome, which was created by excavating the mountain’s slope, houses a number of exhibits. These include the Heisei Yatai, eight festival floats created from scratch for the first time in 150 years, and interactive marionette exhibit, and the world’s largest taiko drum. Once a year in spring, all of the festival floats are set up in the parking lot, where visitors can enjoy marionette shows performed atop the floats, taiko drum performances, and more. The adjacent Insect Collection of the World features exhibits including specimen of insects from around the world including Japanese Luehdorfia butterflies.

    You can catch the loop bus from the main station-well worth the trip,A large bunker displaying festival floats with mechanical puppets.On the hour each float is activated in turn-really...

  • Hikaru Museum
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    4.5
    83 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Nakayamamachi 175
    This museum is in a residential area of Nakayama-machi, Takayama City, bordered by the Kawakami River and National Route 41. Its exterior really stands out. Made of stone, it’s built to look like a Mesoamerican pyramid with a temple atmosphere. It primarily exhibits ancient artifacts and works of art like Japanese paintings, ukiyoe prints, and crafts. There are lots of displays that kids will like, including realistic models of dinosaurs, fossil replicas, and fossils excavated from Hida. Plenty of other items are on display across their expansive site too, which includes a Noh theater and an outdoor exhibition area.

    Visit this place for its amazing architecture. As for what is inside the building, the opinion seems to be divided but its a little bit of everything under the sun from dinosaurs to modern art. There...

  • Alps Kaido Hirayu
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    3.5
    91 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Okuhidaonsengouhirayu 628
    This sightseeing facility containing a natural hot spring is along National Route 158 in Okuhida Onsengo Hirayu. The large bathing facility is supplied with natural spring water and offers a view of Mt. Kasa (the Northern Alps). There’s a free lounge room as well. You’ll also find a restaurant and cafe with a demonstration sales area offering Hida cuisine, a restaurant for groups that can seat 450, a specialty goods store, a convenience store corner, a shopping center with a workshop selling freshly baked bread, and more. You can use the footbath near the bus stop for free.

    A bus stop en route to the shinhotaka ropeway with a shop selling souvenirs of Takayama and a food area for people to do some shopping or have food as this is a transfer terminal up to the ropeway...

  • Takayama Souvenir Shop
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    4.0
    74 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Nishinoisshikimachi 2-180 Takayama Green Hotel
    This thoroughly entertaining shop takes the Takayama Festival as its theme. It is in Takayama Green Hotel on National Route 158 south of JR Takayama Station. Boasting more than 7,000 items, they offer the largest selection in the Hida area, and since you can taste many of their products, just browsing is fun. They also offer workshops for activities like making Hida’s famous Sarubobo talismans and preparing salted Japanese rice crackers. Apart from creating your own souvenirs, there are lots of events where kids will be sure to make memories.

    This is kind of small shopping center, located next to Takayama Green Hotel (10 min walk from JR Station), and you can find so many local products such as sweets, sake, crackers, pickles, etc. Free...

  • Coffee Don
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    4.5
    420 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Honmachi 2-52
    This long-standing coffee shop was founded in 1951.The shop's interior is well maintained and has a homey, old fashioned atmosphere. They carefully brew their drip coffee cup-by-cup as they always have, in the style of their founder. Most of the sweets available to go with their coffee are homemade, including custard, hojicha pudding, and cream puffs. Their cheesecake has been popular since they first opened.

    Enjoyed my time at Coffee Don! Staff were very friendly and they served great coffee and cheesecake. Loved the interiors as well - its a small cafe with soft jazz music playing in the...

  • Kusakabe Folk Museum
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    4.0
    76 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Oushinmachi 1-52
    The Kusakabe Folk Museum in Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture is located in a building that was originally the mansion of the Kusakabe family, merchants who were closely associated with the Bakufu (Shogunate). The mansion was rebuilt in 1879; with its impressive interlocking beams and wide spaces, it can fairly be described as a masterpiece of vernacular architecture that embodies the apogee of Edo period craftsmanship. The building’s single most impressive feature is the magnificent Butsudan (family Buddhist altar) which cost 300 Ryo (around 10 billion yen in today’s money) to construct. When the mansion burnt down in 1875, the Butsudan was saved; today, this resplendent altar is renowned in Takayama as a place of great spiritual power.

    This is a beautiful building although sparsely furnished it still gives you a sense of life back in the day. We visited in winter so appreciated how cold these places can get! Wouldnt say this was a...

  • Takumiya (Yasugawa Branch)
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    4.0
    75 Reviews
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Shimoninomachi 2
    Takumiya is a combination premium butcher's shop and restaurant located in the Yasugawa shopping district in Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture. The butcher's shop on the first floor sells superior Hida beef, while the restaurant on the second floor serves Yakiniku (grilled beef) and steak, also made from high-quality Hida beef. Hida Beef Mabushi is another popular menu option here; this is a three-course meal that involves first eating the beef plain, then with a herbal sauce, and finally with a special stock.

    I can’t say that the food is terrible, because firstly, the food looks rather appetizing in the pictures. But mainly, it is because my family and I never had the chance to get a taste. Why? Because...

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Tucked away in the very center of Japan, Gifu prefecture houses mountains, old towns, and one of Japan's greatest hot springs, Gero Onsen. A tour of the prefecture's traditional architecture will take you from the mountain-enveloped wooden streets of Takayama to the mountain village of Shirakawago, where visitors can explore 250-year-old thatched roofed houses known as gassho-zukuri.

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