Takayama - Traditional Architecture & Colorful Festivals

Takayama is famous as the heart of the inland mountain culture of Japan which is filled with many interesting sights. If you do not know yet, this city is the gateway to the and Japan Alps’s hiking paradise & Shirakawa-go which is the Unesco World Heritage Site. Our best Takayama Tours will offer you a chance to stroll around Takayama Old Town, visit Yoshijima Heritage House, discover Hida no Sato (Hida Minzoku Mura Folk Village) and see the floats at Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan.

Takayama travel guide information

Takayama Quick Facts

It takes around 2 hours and 10 minutes by express train from Nagoya to Takayama. This is a historic and easy-going city in Japan.

This city is a perfect destination for travellers gaining an insightful view into the history and culture of Japan. Takayama is also known as a “little Kyoto” for its well-preserved, historic and wooden buildings.

Takayama offers snow in winter, colourful rural markets, hiking trails and many hot springs for you to relax and enjoy a traditional Japanese atmosphere.

Takayama rests in the impressive mountains of northern Gifu prefecture and this is a lovely combination of traditional temples, peaceful rivers, excellent museums and historic streets.

In 2019, Takayama has a population of 88,473 people in a total area of approximately 2,177.61 square kilometres (840.78 sq mi).

Best time to visit Takayama, japan

Due to its temperate climate, Takayama is a year-round destination for travellers. However, it is said that the best time to visit Takayama is from May to October when the weather is rather comfortable and have a warm temperature and limited until little rainfall. The average temperatures in this city range from 6°C to 30°C.

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A Fusion of Japan

Tokyo→Matsumoto→Kiso valley→Takayama→Kyoto→Koyasan→Osaka
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Visit a Tokyo’s Sumo Stable in the morning training session to see the strongest guys practice from up close

Discover the different allures of Tokyo in Asakusa and Harajuku, from old temple of Sensoji to trendy streets of Omotesando

Find memories of the Edo era while visiting Matsumoto Castle and Nakamachi-dori district

Enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere and idyllic scene of Japanese countryside in Daio Wasabi Farm

Take a scenic hike through Kamikochi valley’s spectacular sightseeing spots and the surrounding Japan Alps

Get off the beaten path in Kiso valley with ancient nature trails surrounded by verdant forests and nicely preserved post towns

Savor your time in the beautiful old town vibes of Takayama with century-old streets, traditional ryokan, vibrant local markets and museums

Experience laid back rural lifestyle in the historic villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama

Be immersed in Japanese culture, exploring some of Kyoto’s 17 World Heritage Sites and awesome places

Head to the 8th-century capital of Nara to visit the deer park, Todaiji Temple and Kasuga Taisha shrine

Explore Koyasan, the sacred mountain of Shingon Buddhism with its holy temples, extraordinary cemetery and moving morning prayers

Uncover the foodie heaven in Osaka with ample chances of tasting local dishes

Tokyo→Matsumoto→Kiso valley→Takayama→Kyoto→Koyasan→Osaka
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Taste of Japan

Tokyo→Hakone→Takayama→Shirakawago→Kanazawa→Hiroshima→Kyoto
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See the strongest guys practise from up close at a Sumo Stable’s morning training session in Tokyo

Discover the different allures of Tokyo in Asakusa and Harajuku, from old temple of Sensoji to trendy streets of Omotesando

Admire the masterpiece of nature and the symbol of Japan, Mount Fuji along with its Fuji Five Lakes

Embark on Hakone adventure trip with a cruise on Lake Ashi and a ropeway ride through active sulfuric hot springs

Take your time to revel in the beautiful old town vibes of Takayama with aged streets, large hot spring baths and vibrant local markets

Experience laid back rural lifestyle in the historic villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama

Travel back in time while visiting the geisha’s district Higashi Chaya, admiring Kanazawa Castle or Kenrokuen garden

Enjoy a sightseeing tour at Nagamachi, the former living district of samurai during the Edo period

Journey to Hiroshima’s major attractions and pay a visit to the shrine island of Miyajima

Learn about the life and motivation of Geisha in the Gion district in Kyoto as well as enjoy the vibrant nightlife there

Soak up Japanese culture in Kyoto, exploring some of its 17 World Heritage Sites and awesome places

Take a pleasant walk through Sagano lush bamboo grove plus a visit to Tenryuji Temple

Tokyo→Hakone→Takayama→Shirakawago→Kanazawa→Hiroshima→Kyoto
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