Hidden in the Mountains - Hida Takayama (高山市)
Among the mountains in Gifu prefecture lies the picturesque city of Takayama. Not to be confused with another Takayama, it is often referred to as Hida Takayama.
The main draw to this city are its traditional houses.
Largely ignored by Allied bombers during World War II, the houses and temples remain the original form for hundreds of years.
Visiting Takayama in winter or early spring is ideal to enjoy the elegance of the city covered in snow.
This city lies in a region where snow-fall is the heavies or rather most consistent in Honshu.
Crossing this elegent white Torii gate will lead you to the Takayama Matsuri Yantai Kaikan.
This is a museum / gallery / temple
But the main attraction are the festival floats.
These floats are paraded across the city twice a year, in spring and autumn.
Check on the schedule and book your accommodation early for the festival!
This traditional event dates back from the samurai era highlighting the superior craftsmanship that made Takayama prosperous.
Next to the gallery is the Sakurayama Hachiman Shrine
This is an immaculate wooden Shinto shrine.
Back to town, another attraction is the Takayama Jinya.
This used to be the residence and administrative center for the Governors of Takayama.
It is now a protected heritage and a museum.
The gardens would probably be more enjoyable in spring…
Visiting small temples and shrines and crossing bridges.
Don’t forget to visit Takayama during the Matsui festivals
Takayama can be reached by buses from Tokyo or Nagoya. I would recommend taking the scenic train from Nagoya, which is included in your JR Rail Pass.