Takayama Japan

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Takayama is famous for its well-preserved quarter with Edo-style streets, only rivalled by those of Kanazawa.

From Tokyo Station, you can reach Takayama by taking a Tokaido Shinkansen train (Nozomi or Hikari ) to Nagoya and then transfer to the Wide View Hida (ワイドビューひだ) Limited Express train for the run to Takayama. The ride takes just over 4 hours via Nozomi with a good connection, and costs ¥14800. By Hikari it takes 4 1/2 hours, but the ride is fully included in the Japan Rail Pass. From Kyoto or Osaka. you can take the Shinkansen to Nagoya, then the Wide View Hida, but there is also a morning Wide View direct from Osaka and Kyoto, slightly slower but more convenient.

Another option is to travel from Shinjuku in Tokyo to Matsumoto on the Azusa/Super Azusa limited express train, then walk to Nohi Bus at the Matsumoto Bus Terminal and travel by express bus to Takayama. Holders of the JR East Rail Pass can use the Azusa at no charge and are eligible to purchase a round trip bus ticket between Matsumoto and Takayama at the discounted charge of ¥2500 (normally ¥5500). The trip takes approximately 5 1/2 hours each way depending on connections in Matsumoto. The downside is that you can only buy these tickets at the JR East Travel Service Centers at Narita or Haneda Airports, or in Takayama at the Nohi Bus Center. Those with a JR East Pass that are already in Tokyo will need to take the Tokyo Monorail to Haneda Airport (free with the pass) and visit the JR East counter during business hours to purchase this bus ticket.

Buses to and from the Oku-Hida Onsen Villages leave from the bus station adjacent to JR Takayama station.

If you go the mountain route, there is a bus from Matsumoto (with some mountain village like Kamikochi on the way).

From Kamikochi you can take the bus to Hiruyu-Onsen (30 mins), and change there for a corresponding bus to Takayama (60 mins), total price ¥2500.

Even though the festivals' origin is unknown, it is said that they were first celebrated between 1586 and 1692 when the Kanamori family governed the Hida Takayama area. The spring festival is associated with Hie Shrine (日枝神社) and the autumn with Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine (桜山八幡宮). Both are much alike and feature a parade of large floats (屋台 yatai ) decorated with thick curtains, lacquer ware, and mechanical dolls (karakuri ). Twelve floats appear in the spring festival and eleven in autumn. The procession carrying the portable shrine (mikoshi ) is unique to the autumn. During both festivals, this usually quiet town is lively filled with visitors, so it is best to book accommodation and tickets early.

  • Sarubobo (lit. "baby monkey") amulets, shaped like faceless humans and available in a variety of sizes, are the most popular souvenir from Takayama.
  • Shunkei lacquerware. beautiful wooden boxes, trays and utensils, with a lusterous transparent lacquer that lets the grain of the wood show through.
  • Wood Block Prints. Takayama is known for it's wood block prints, with many well known artists spending time each year in Takayama. Many shops sell original modern works at reasonable prices.
  • Hida Sashiko [5]. All hand-made, beautiful stitching goods are displayed as if gallery. All of the arts and goods are purchasable. Media often report Hida-Sashiko as Japanese traditional art with the beauty of goods and its skills.

Takayama is famous for its ramen noodles. cooked in miso stock with thin noodles. As elsewhere in Gifu, you are also likely to encounter hōba miso (ほうば味噌), a version of the ubiquitous Japanese bean paste grilled on a hōba leaf and served as a dip or for eating with rice as is. Sounds pretty simple, but the taste is exquisite.

  • Sakaguchiya ( Japanese ), 90 Kami-sannomachi. ☎ 0577-32-0244. Traditional japanese restaurant located on the main sannomachi street. The menu has local soba and miso dishes. They have excellent hōba miso steak. You get a large piece of beef which is of high quality. Good value for money. This place is popular among Japanese tourists.  edit
  • Agura. An excellent restaurant in Takayama built out of an old warehouse, Agura serves Western-style pizza and a variety of other Japanese and vegetarian friendly fare. A good place to go if you need "something for everyone". Hours are a little odd, dinner only: Tues-Sun 6pm-midnight. Address: 4-7 Shinmeicho. Directions: On the road that runs to the south of Takayama City Memorial Hall, on the right side (look for the green sign with the yellow seated Buddha; 12 min.). Prices are moderate, ranging from ¥800-¥1,500. They do accept credit cards. GPS coordinates: Lat. 36.139088 Lon. 137.259842
  • Yakisoba. A restaurant specializing in Yakisoba, a dish made from fried soba noodles. English menu available. Can be found by crossing the street North of the station, walking West, and taking the first right. GPS coordinates: Lat. 36.142761 Lon. 137.252197
  • Center4 Hamburgers. A true jewel for anyone looking for authentic American-style hamburgers in Gifu. Extremely popular among the local foreign population, Center4 offers not only delicious fare, but a warm and inviting atmosphere decorated in 1920's & 30's American memorabilia with classic rock playing in the background to complete the experience. The adored owner, Gaku, also offers an excellent selection of imported and domestic beers. The locals here in Takayama cannot find enough good things to say about this 'hole-in-the-wall' hamburger shop. Located at 94 Kamiichinomachi St. approximately 1.5 blocks south of Kokubunji St. If you're walking down Kokubunji from the station, simply cross the river and turn right at the first traffic signal and walk south until you see Center4 on your left. http://www.tiger-center4.com

Takayama is also famous for its steak (飛騨牛 hidagyu ). You can find it at many restaurants throughout the city.

  • Chapala. 1 Hanakawamachi, Takayama, Gifu Prefecture 506-0015. ☎ +81 577-34-9800. Great litte Mexican restaurant.  edit
  • Tulips (Snack Bar). 11-3 Asahimachi (朝日町). ☎ 0577-32-9041. The owner is Emiko Maruta. There is no English menu and she doesn't speak much English, but she is receptive to sign language. Drinks are cheap and the place is cozy. There is a pink sign out front with a drawing of a tulip and the word "snack". It is located on the 2nd floor above a place named "Passion."  edit
  • Bagus (Reggae Bar), 1-31-3 Hatsuda 0577-36-4341. From City Hall go one block east and two streets south and then turn left onto the east-west street and it is about 50m ahead on the left (north) side of the street, on the second floor. English version of a varied menu a bonus! Seats about six at the bar and possibly 10 at tables on a small platform which also doubles as a stage. Huge variety of drinks including a very nice pot of Chai tea. No herb here, but good fun! (A reggae bar in Takayama is definitely worth having a look, even for just one drink!  !!CLOSE!!
  • Doya. No phone number. No menu. No actual name (locals simply know it as 'Doya'. About 50m due south of Red Hill Bar, also on the ground floor on the east side of the street, the fifth shop in from the corner that has a restaurant called ワン ポンド ('Wan Pondo' or 'One Pound'). Cool urban jazz and a very earthy, hip atmosphere. The proprieter speaks decent English. Despite the lack of menu, drinks are varied and priced reasonably up to ¥700. Light food is also available. Room for only about 12 at the bar only, but worth coming back later if it's full. No sign out front, just a blue and white curtain with two big cirles on it. The bottled Bintang Beer from Bali served here is a rare find in Japan.
  • RUM DANCE HALL a lot of different shochu and Rum of course. Owner speaks english; perfect place to finish after Doya. Best to ask your way from Doya the Rum dance hall is very close.
  • Red Hill Bar. 1-4 Sowa-cho 0577-33-8139 Open 7-12. Closed Mondays. Approximately two blocks east and one block south of city hall on the ground floor, on the west side of the street. Stocks imported beer as well as serving the usual cocktails and liqueurs. Light food such as pasta, salads, snacks, etc available. The proprietress, Hisayo, speaks fairly good English. Expect to pay ¥600-¥800 for drinks. Popular with local foreigners.

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