Spots in Hida / Takayama Area

  • Shinhotaka Ropeway
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    4.5
    985 Reviews
    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.

    I love the area best to go to here when snow, ropeway has 2 place and get there on the top Too much to recommend and amazing

  • Takayama Jinya
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    4.0
    1096 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.

    Up to you whether to visit or not. if you have visited other castles or local houses I think there is no need to pay entrance to visit this place.

  • Maruaki Hida-Takayama Store
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    4.5
    658 Reviews
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Tenmanmachi 6-8
    This yakiniku barbecue store directly operated by a butcher shop is located in the Tenman Town, Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture. They mainly offer Hida beef, a brand of beef from Gifu Prefecture. You can not only enjoy the beef as yakiniku, but also as shabu-shabu and sukiyaki. You can also compare different cuts of meat such as diced steak, sirloin steak and boneless short rib with their large plate of select Hida beef yakiniku. In addition, the store allows you to experience Hida’s deluxe local cuisine of beef grilled on top of dried magnolia leaves topped with homemade miso.

    We loved this food. We thought it was expensive, but by the time wed had Hide, Kobe, and Wagyu in different places, we realised it was actually well priced. The food was delicious. I really enjoyed...

  • 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.

    I write expensive because it’s double the price of some of the other museums, and half the length, however Japan doesn’t really do traditional tourism yet, so when you take into account that it is...

  • 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...

  • Takayama Museum of History and Art
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    4.0
    156 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.

    It is free entrance, well mantained soetime you find volounteers guiding in english, most of the explanations are in Japanese and should translate all in proper english, but still a great place...

  • Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine
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    4.0
    161 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...

  • Rail Mountain Bike Gattan GO!!
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    4.5
    100 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Hidashi Kamiokachouazumo 1327-2
    Rail Mountain Bike Gattan GO!! Combines bicycles and abandoned train rails in a new activity where the bike frame is secured to form a rail bike, allowing you to experience a ride along the old Kamioka Railway. With many choices of bike available, anyone from kids to the elderly are bound to find some fun.

    ExceThe staff is really nice, the ride Is so easy. When you come during Fall foliage, breezing with leaves color change will be your spot. Come so easy with bus (For me from Takayama) Then get the...

  • Center4 Hamburgers
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    4.5
    635 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.

    Yummy burgers, lovely little place! The service was friendly and polite, and respectful of our privacy. Make sure you arrive early to enjoy the Hida beef burger!

  • Oku Hida Bear Park
    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.
  • Suzuya Restaurant
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    4.5
    633 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.

    We were recommended this restaurant from staff from J-Hoppers and it did not disappoint. Staff were super attentive to our allergy needs (sesame and cashews/pistachios) which made for a relaxing...

  • Hikaru Museum
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    4.5
    81 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
    92 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...

  • Funasaka Sake Brewery
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    4.0
    100 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...

  • Art & Festa Forest in TAKAYAMA
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    4.0
    75 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...

  • Roadside Station Skydome Kamioka
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    3.5
    51 Reviews
    Transportation
    Gifu Pref. Hidashi Kamiokachouyuhigaoka 6
    Roadside Station Skydome Kamioka is about 60 minutes from the center of the city of Takayama via National Routes 41 and 42. The retail shop was remodeled in 2018, and it began selling new lines of merchandise, including some from the Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, University of Tokyo. There is also a wide selection of souvenirs from the Hida region available from spring to autumn, including folk crafts and fresh local vegetables, all of which will delight family members and co-workers. The restaurant serves Tempura Manju (deep-fried buns), a dish for which Hida Kamioka is famous, Hida Chuka Soba and other noodle dishes, and the popular Hida Miso Cutlet set meal.

    Since scientific information on display but all in Japanese. Nevertheless a good place to eat before going to gattan go as had to wait for about forty five minutes before we were going to ride

  • Hirayunomori
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Okuhidaonsengouhirayu 763-1
    Hirayunomori is a large Onsen (hot springs) resort located in the Oku-Hida Onsen District of Gifu Prefecture. Covering an area of approximately 50,000 square meters, and surrounded by verdant natural forest, Hirayunomori has a total of 16 hot springs baths (with separate baths for men and women) with different levels of mineral content and with different water temperature. All of the baths are supplied using the Gensen-kakenagashi (Free-flowing) method directly from a natural hot springs source. The baths include open-air baths with great views of the surrounding natural scenery, as well as a retro-style large indoor bath. There are ski resorts and campsites in the vicinity, making this a marvelous area for leisure activities. There is plenty for children to do as well, so this is a great choice for a family outing.

    we looked for a place opened after 8 pm - since we spent our days hiking in kamikochi and then in the onsens. this place was the only place opened - until 23:00! there was a nice selection of foods...

  • 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...

  • Takayama Souvenir Shop
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    4.0
    73 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...

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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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