Takayama, Japan

Find the original Japan in ancient town of Takayama

Once thrived as a wealthy town of merchants, Takayama in Gifu Prefecture now is a wonderful choice for those looking for a thoroughly authentic traditional village of old Japan. Its nicely preserved old town is lined with many buildings and whole streets of century-old merchants’ homes and sake breweries dating from the Edo Period (1600-1868), making for a pleasant exploration on foot. There you can step inside some homes opened to the public and witness what Japan looked like one or two centuries ago, marvel at some fine temples and shrines, taste the local products at a brewery or head to a food stall for a bite of the famous Hida beef sushi. Another unique experience for a quintessential taste of original Japan is to stay overnight in a ryokan, a traditional Japanese-style inn. The low tables and chairs, sliding shoji doors, and tatami flooring will absolutely make you feel like transporting back in time to the bygone era.

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Tokyo → Matsumoto → Kiso valley → Takayama → Kyoto → Koyasan → Osaka
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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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