Houses with latticed bay windows line the streets of the old townscape and give you the feeling that you have slipped back in time to the Edo period. There are many sake brewers where you can enjoy sake tasting (fee required). The cedar balls
(Sakebayashi) hung from the eaves provide the landmarks. There are also shops selling traditional crafts and antiques.
There are two morning markets in Takayama: Miyagawa and Jinya morning markets. It is a 3-minute walk to Miyagawa Morning Market from the hotel. Being such a short distance away, the market is perfect for a stroll. Why not pick up some local
Hida vegetables or pickles on the way? Say hello to the friendly ladies minding the shops.
April to December 7:00 to 12:00 January to March 8:00 to 12:00
This is Japan's only remaining local governor's office. During the Edo period, local governors and magistrates administered the local area from Takayama Jinya. It is a government office that combined the functions of the modern-day police station,
court, and administrative offices. You can also tour the buildings and the impressive garden which remain unchanged from the old days. It is great for anyone with an interest in old architecture and history.
8:45 to 17:00 * It closes earlier in winter.
Adults 430 yen / Free admission for senior high school students or younger * Discount tickets available through the hotel.
The Yatai Kaikan exhibits the festival floats which are used during the Takayama Autumn Festival. Four of the displayed floats change three times a year, in March, July and November. If you miss the Takayama Festival, you can get a taste of the
festival atmosphere at the Yatai Kaikan.
8:30 to 17:00 (March to November) * 9:00 to 16:30 from December to February
Adults 900 yen / High school students 550 yen / Junior high school and elementary school students 450 yen * Discount tickets available through the hotel.
Old folk houses in Hida were transferred to Hida no Sato to recreate the nostalgic rural scenery. There is a rice field in Hida no Sato called Kurumada (the wheel-shaped rice paddy), which is named after the way the rice plants are planted in
a wheel shape. Across Japan, such rice fields only remain on Sadoshima Island in Niigata Prefecture and in Matsunoki-machi in Takayama City, and the one in Hida no Sato is modeled on the one in Matsunoki-machi.
8:30 to 17:00 * It closes earlier in winter.
Adults 700 yen / Junior high school and elementary school students 200 yen * Discount tickets available through the hotel.
The village of Gassho-style houses in Shirakawa-go was registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 1995. Nighttime illuminations are held during the weekend in February each year. The Gassho-style houses illuminated amid the snow create
a fantastic atmosphere. Shirakawa-go is not to be missed if you are looking to enjoy the original landscape of a rural mountain area.
A fee may be required depending on the facility.
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