Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Hida / Takayama Area

  • Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall
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    4.0
    616 Reviews
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    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...

  • Takayama Museum of History and Art
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    4.0
    156 Reviews
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    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...

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

  • Shishi Hall (Shishi Kaikan)
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    4.5
    39 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Sakuramachi 53-1
    The Shishi Hall (Shishi Kaikan) is a museum in Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture that is dedicated to Karakuri. Karakuri are mechanically-operated moving human figures and models that are displayed on the floats that parade through Takayama during the Takayama Matsuri (Takayama Festival), one of the “Three Great Festivals of Japan”; they are controlled using strings, springs and clockwork, etc. The Shishi Hall’s “Karakuri Performance,” in which visitors are able to see how expertly the Karakuri are operated, was selected as a one-star item in the Michelin Travel Guide. There is also a display of approximately 300 ceremonial “lion heads” from all over Japan; as the only exhibition of its kind in Japan, this lion-head display has been designated as an Important Tangible Folk Cultural Property.

    Amazing exhibition of the floats used during processions which are huge and finely decorated. Well worth a visit

  • Ciao Ontake Snow Resort
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    40 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Takanemachihiwada 1739-1
    Well known for its powder snow Ciao Ontake Snow Resort affords views of Mt. Ontake. There are slopes for beginners through to advanced skiers. There are a range of activities available from ice climbing to snow shoe tours and snow rafting. The kids park open on Saturdays and holidays only lets children enjoy playing in the snow with activities like sledding and tube sliding. In the restaurant the popular Hida beef curry and other hearty size set meals are available. The shop sells souvenirs and recommends the cheesecake bar made with rich cheese.

    Never thought that i can ski in Spring, but in Ciao Ontake Snow Resort , you can. Bought 4 tickets (2 adults n 2 kids) include JR rail (from Nagoya sta to Kisofukushima) , bus fare , lift tickets...

  • Hida no Sato
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Kamiokamotomachi 1-590
    This facility is located close to the Hida no Sato bus stop, about a 10-minute ride on the Sarubobo Bus from JR Takayama Station. This open air museum consists of Hida no Sato, a removed and restored old valuable kominka (old house) with a gassho (large thatched roof) style, and its sister facility Folk Village. In the museum, there are 30 kominka, representative of Hida, and they form the landscape of an old agricultural mountain village. Each kominka exhibits old everyday tools, and there are demonstrations of straw craft and Hida quilted clothes. Sangaku Museum in the Folk Village displays historical materials of mountain climbing, and plant and animal specimens.
  • Fujii Art Museum
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    3.5
    13 Reviews
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    Gifu Takayama-shi Kamisannomachi 69
    The characteristic heavy facade of this museum of folk art is modeled after the gate of the second wall of Takayama Castle. The museum houses a collection of approximately 2,500 pieces of antiques and folk art amassed over 70 years by Takayama's resident doctor, Tadaichi Fujii. The building in which the collection is displayed is a clay structure built over five years using all cypress wood in the Edoman style. The building has walls that are nearly one meter thick. The wide-ranging collection contains, among other things, Kyoho dolls made over 270 years ago, hanging scrolls by Yokoyama Taikan and Ikkyu, and Kutani and Imari ware.

    Did not plan on visiting this small private museum because there was so much to see in Takayama and admissions is a bit stiff (like most private Japanese museums) for a small museum, but ventured...

  • Kurumijima Campground
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    2 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Asahichoukurumijima National forest 1251 is a forest small group
    This campground in Kurumishima National Forest, Asahi-cho, Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture is open from May to October. It has seven cottages and 59 tent sites. They rent gear like tents and barbecue stoves, making it accessible to those new to camping. It’s located at an elevation of about 1,850 meters with the grand peaks of Mt. Ontake rising before you. You can enjoy forest bathing and bird watching, as well as take in the colorful leaves in autumn. It’s a popular venue for overnight “forest schools too, where kids can get in touch with nature.

    キャンプ場は他にもいくつも利用しましたが、ここは最高です! 特にコテイージがいい、夏の夜でも寒いくらいです、暖房設備があります、 管理人さんも最高にイイ感じです、

  • Hiwada-kogen Lodge & Campsite
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    7 Reviews
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    Gifu Takayama-shi Takanemachi Tomenohara 1742-1
    A lodge and campground on the Hiwada Highland with a view of Mt. Norikura and other Northern Alps peaks, as well as Mt. Ontake to the south. In addition to European style cottages, they have car camping sites you can pull into, an indoor tennis court, and more. The Center Lodge in the middle of the campground has guest rooms and a public bath that those staying at the lodge or cottages can use for free. Its 1,300-meter highland location with comfortable midsummer temperatures of around 25 degrees centigrade is perfect for sports practice.

    日和田高原ロッジでのんびりとハンモックレンタルして読書。 気持ちよくて寝てしまった。御嶽山も雄大で爽快気分満喫‼️日帰りですけど、、、

  • Forest Aquarium
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    4.0
    7 Reviews
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    Gifu Takayama-shi Nyukawacho Gonbo 532
    "An aquarium that's part of the Takumi no Yakata Museum. It's in a traditional farmhouse built in 1882 by Kawajiri Jisuke, a master carpenter in the Hida lineage. Recreating a rich riparian environment, the aquarium has about 3,000 freshwater fish. These include large iwana char that are no longer found in Hida, nearly extinct kajika, and roughly one-meter long Sakhalin taimen. You can also experience garra rufa, also known as ""doctor fish,"" that eat dead skin."

    まず、中を案内され 1人/500円を徴収。JAFカードで1人/450円になります。 コーヒーor麦茶がついてきます。 中の建物を見て、昔の風景のジオラマを見て、馬のコウキくんと少しふれあい、外の水族館を案内されます。 外の水族館だけというのは、無理なようです。 馬のコウキくんは、お手? (笑)とか出来てしつけられてます。 とても可愛いです。時間的には、30分くらいで見終わってしまう感じですね。

  • Kurumi Onsen & Camp
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Asahichoukurumijima 8
    A hot spring inn and campground facing the Akigami River. The inn has four Japanese style rooms either six or 10 tatami mats in size, and here guests can relax surrounded by the great outdoors. The facility’s rock-enclosed bathing area is constantly replenished “kakenagashi” style from a hot spring source, and the inn offers non-meal overnight plans as well. The bathhouse can also be used by non-guests for a day trip bathing experience on Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and during the Golden Week and Bon Festival holidays. Campers can camp in the campground area where and when they like and enjoy a variety of leisure activities such as amago trout fishing and edible wild plants picking. For families with children, bug hunting is particularly popular here.

    スタッフの方が対応できる時間内でインアウトフリーとの事で、一泊でものんびり過ごせました。 キャンプ場のテントサイト数は少なく、その為かスタッフの方との距離が近く、サイトは一緒に歩いて各場所の良い点を教えてもらって場所決めしたり、釣り堀は子供が自分で釣れるまで根気よく付き合ってくれたり色々と親切に教えて頂けました。 2日目の朝にはオーナーさんが各テントを周って挨拶しにきてくれました。 トイレは宿のト...

  • Takayama Showa Museum
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Shimoichinomachi 6
    "Takayama Showakan is an indoor museum with displays that recreate the retro townscape of the late 1950s and early 1960s. It is located near the Yasukawa Intersection along National Route 158, which bisects the entertainment district of the city of Takayama. Aspects of the life and culture of that era are faithfully portrayed, including old-style candy stores and hostess bars. Looking at the actual advertising boards from that era, visitors feel as if they have traveled back in time. Another feature of this museum is that visitors can touch and handle actual artifacts of the period and ride vehicles that are placed along the ""street."" Of course, photography is allowed. Materials concerned with pro wrestling and World War II give visitors a full sense of what life was like back then."
  • Glass Museum Koma
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    4.0
    3 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Hidashi Furukawachousannomachi 1-17
    An art museum located a five minute walk from Hida-Furukawa Station on the Takayama Main Line. The museum displays glassware produced in Japan from the end of the Edo period to the early Showa period, and the museum’s collection spans some 800 pieces. The pieces on display are extremely diverse, and include miniature lamps, shaved ice bowls, and glass timepieces; many draw the eye with their vivid coloring. The museum also has uranium glass pieces which glow with a characteristic fluorescent luster. Be sure to note the museum’s Taisho Roman-style exterior, which blends in with the surrounding townscape. The museum is closed during the New Year’s holidays and also only opens on Saturdays and Sundays from December to February.

    明治・大正・昭和初期のガラス製品を展示しているということですが、年始に行ったので閉館してました。しかし外観がすごく素敵です。白壁に格子柵そしてドアだけ茶色とツートンカラーのレトロな感じの建物で、建築ファンには見ていただきたいです。

  • Hida Takayama Teddy Bear Eco Village
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Nishinoisshikimachi 3-829-4
    This teddy bear museum themed on the environment is about an eight-minute drive from JR Takayama Station. The museum is in a restored gassho (large thatched roof) style kominka (old house) built over 180 years ago, and has 1,000 teddy bears waiting to greet you. You can also take commemorative photos together with historic valuable bears and works by famous international and Japanese artists. In the adjacent Little Bear Cafe, you can enjoy meals, and also parfaits and handmade cakes made using local ingredients that are as organic as possible. The inside of the shop is lined with original bears, bears from around the world, and variety goods.
  • Okuhida Auto Campsite
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Okuhidaonsengoutagoroke 11-1
    This campground on the Takahara River in Okuhida Onsen is open from early April to early November. They have large natural outdoor men's and women's baths exclusively for the use of campers and you can use them as often as you like during their hours of operation. They also have AC power supplies and a coin operated laundry facility and showers. There is also a fishing pond, an athletic playground, and a children's water park. They rent camping gear, cooking utensils, mountain bikes, and more. With a supermarket and road station nearby, you'll have a comfortable time camping here.
  • Utsue Shijuhattaki Falls (Utsue Shijuhattaki Falls Prefectural Nature Park)
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Kokufuchoutsue
    The collective term for 13 waterfalls located in a nature park a 15 minute drive from JR Hida-Kokufu Station along Prefectural Route 479. The name of the falls is derived from a local tale known as the “Legend of Yosohachi.” A highly secluded area, visitors can enjoy the sight of the 18.8 meter tall Otaki falls and other waterfalls splashing down rocky walls amidst seasonal scenery. This scenery has been selected in a variety of lists of Japan’s most beautiful locations, including the 100 best examples of natural scenery to preserve in the 21st century, Gifu Prefecture’s 50 most beautiful water areas, and the 33 most beautiful locals to enjoy fall foliage in the Hida-Mino area. There is a campground and hot spring bathhouse nearby, and the stone paved path leading to the falls makes it easy even for families with children to enjoy the gorgeous views.
  • Little Village Birth
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Honmachi 4-65-3
    This is the first Hawaiian-style bar in the city of Takayama. The interior decor is basically white with a bar that suggests a corrugated metal roof and a lush array of foliage, so that patrons feel as if they are in a foreign country or in a cabin at a tropical resort.
  • Gassho-no-Mori Nakao Campground
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    Gifu Takayama-shi Okuhida Hot spring village Nakao Onsen Yumoto
    A 90-minute drive from the Matsumoto Interchange on the Nagano Expressway. Situated in the Nakao Highland 1,200 meters above sea level, this campground is comfortably cool even in summer. The campground has 90 sites of which 39 have AC electric outlets, as well as 11 camper van sites. Custodians are on staff 24 hours a day from the second Saturday in July until early November in the management building, easily identifiable due to its gassho-zukuri style architecture with a tall triangular roof. The campground notably has outdoor baths (mixed sex and women only) supplied by a natural hot spring; guests can use the baths as much as they want, and non-guests can also pay a small fee to use them.
  • Aimix Shizen Mura Minami Norikura Auto Camping Ground
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    Gifu Takayama-shi Takanemachi Atanogo 594
    A campground located a 60-kilometer drive from the Matsumoto Interchange on the Nagano Expressway via the Nomugi Pass on National Route 158. Situated 1,500 meters above sea level halfway up Mt. Norikura, the campground is cool even in summer. All of the campgrounds private camping spaces, enclosed by forest, have 100 volt AC electrical outlets. The campground also has camping trailers replete with 100 volt electricity, kitchens, beds, and refrigerators, and bungalows where you can enjoy a mountain hut-like atmosphere. The campground also rents out tents, sleeping bags, and other camping equipment. The campground is open from the latter half of April until the end of September.

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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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