Takayama City, Gifu Pref.

Takayama City has many Edo-period buildings that remain to this day, and is a popular place for visitors from abroad to enjoy scenes of traditional Japan. In particular, the city center is home to six remaining sake breweries where visitors can enjoy many types of rice wine.

Recommended Spots

Old Private Houses and Impressive Festival

Ranked among the top three most beautiful in Japan, Hida Takayama's Spring and Fall festivals attract visitors who admire the ornate floats displayed throughout the town. Year-round town museums display some floats, fascinating mechanical puppets and more. There's no need for a car; a leisurely stroll through this historic town reveals hidden delights at every turn.

The Open Air Baths of Okuhida Onsen

Okuhida Onsen is said to be home to more open air hot spring baths than any other place in Japan and many hotels have private open air baths. Even guests from abroad, who may be hesitant regarding Japanese style public bathing, can enjoy a private bath with family, friends or lovers.

Recommended Foods

Hida Beef

In a beef quality competition, similar to the Olympics in that it is held once every 5 years, this Japanese beef has now won the gold medal two times consecutively.

Access from Japan Alps Cities

From Hida City, Gifu Pref. Hida-Furukawa - JR Takayama Line (15 min) - Takayama
Hida - R41 (25 min) - Takayama
From Toyama City, Toyama Pref. Toyama - JR Takayama Line (1 hr 35 min) - Takayama
Toyama - R41 (2 hrs) - Takayama
From Matsumoto City, Nagano Pref. 2 hrs 20 min by express bus on the Tateyama-Matsumoto line
Matsumoto - R158 (2 hrs) - Takayama
From Azumino City, Nagano Pref. Azumino - R158 (1 hr 40 min) - Takayama
From Shiojiri City, Nagano Pref. Shiojiri - R158 (1 hr 50) - Takayama
From Omachi City, Nagano Pref. Omachi - R158 (2 hrs 30 min) - Takayama