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  • Takayama Station Sign

  • Takayama Temple Hida Kokubunji

  • Takayama Hida Kokubunji Stone Latern

  • Takayama Street Scene

  • Takayama Sanno-machi Historic District

  • Takayama Sanno-machi Historic District

  • Takayama Sanno-machi Historic District

  • Takayama Samurai Armor

  • Takayama Sanno-machi Historic District

  • Takayama Ramen Restaurant

  • Takayama Miyagawa River

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Facts & Figures

The city Takayama with its beautiful preserved old town (rarley seen in other cities in Japan), has an estimated population in July 2011 of 92.369. The city is the region's administrative and transport hub.

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Takayama was established in the late 16th century during the Jomon period. The city inhabitants are famous for their knowledge in carpentry.


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The city Takayama is located in the northern part of the Gifu Prefecture.

How to get to Takayama?

  • 2hrs from Tokyo to Nagoya Station by JR Tokaido Shinkansen
  • 140min from Nagoya to Takayama by JR Hida limited express train
  • 1hr from Shin-Osaka to Nagoya Station by JR Tokaido Shinkansen
  • 5,5hrs from Tokyo Shinjuku to Takayama by Keio and Nohi Bus

Sightseeing spots


Sanno Machi Historic District - a beautiful old and preserved town

Takayama Jinya - only remaining prefectural office building of the Tokugawa shogunate

Hida Folk Village - a nice open air museum

Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)


Takayama Festival in Spring (14th - 15th)
This festival belongs to the the top three festivals in Japan.


Takayama Festival in Autumn (9th - 10th)
Like the Spring festival and an must-see on your list.

Where to stay in Takayama?

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My 100 Best Moments in Japan

Yokohama Street Scene

I have visited Japan nearly every year since 2004. This is my collection of the 100 best moments in my favorite country. Enjoy the pictures and I hope you will start your own journey soon.
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My recommended books about Japan

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