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Stroll through retro Japan streets
Short trip from Kyoto to Hida Takayama

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Thomas Steinmann / I'm from Uster, Switzerland / I have lived in Japan for 30 years.

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After traveling all over the world, the place I chose to settle down is Hida Takayama, where nature, history, and culture coexist. I moved here 30 years ago. I'm active with local neighborhood associations, youth organizations, and shrines, and raise vegetables and my three kids surrounded by nature on our small family farm.
I run a restaurant located in a home in the Honmachi shopping district built about 100 years ago by a major landowner, now converted into a café, where we make and sell Swiss cereals, and serve dishes made with veggies grown at home. Some of my favorite pastimes are walking in the woods and Tai Chi.

Surrounded by the grandeur of nature, Hida Takayama still strongly holds onto traces of Japan’s Edo Period (1603-1868). That inherited history and culture is evident in the everyday life of the town today. One of Japan’s Big Three festivals, Takayama Festival is made up of the Sanno Festival in spring and the Hachiman Festival in fall. Tourists flock to the town every year to witness the parade of refined, yet dazzling festival floats. Takayama Festival was globally recognized in December 2016, being designated an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. Any visit to Takayama should include exploring its traditional architecture preservation district, with its rows of old shops and houses, where the town’s residents and artisans still live to keep the spirit of Takayama Festival alive. You can never lose your way on this popular route that allows you to leisurely experience the customs and goodwill of the town.

Kyoto Station

JR Tokaido Shinkansen Nozomi/Hikari (36min)
¥10,170

JR Tokai

Nagoya Station (JR Tokaido Shinkansen)

Transfer (7min)

Nagoya Station(JR Takayama-Line)

JR Takayama-Line limited express Hida (2hr 17min)

Takayama Station

Walk (10min)

Takayama Jinya - Jinya Morning Market

  • Estimated time:1hr
  • Estimated cost:¥420

A former government building from the shogun era

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Nakabashi Bridge

  • Estimated time:10min

Mt. Shiroyama seen from Nakabashi Bridge is a perfect photo opportunity - get there early in the morning

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Rickshaw (Gokuraku-sha)

  • Estimated time:15min
  • Estimated cost:¥4000

See the town from the comfort of a rickshaw for an even more elegant experience

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Lunch and a walk through the Old Town

  • Estimated time:1hr 40min

The ancient streets are still full of life

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Takayama Showa-kan

  • Estimated time:1hr
  • Estimated cost:¥800

A retro wonderland that takes you back to a bygone era

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Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine

  • Estimated time:1hr
  • Estimated cost:¥900

A shrine at the foot of Kitayama with sweeping views of the city and beautiful cherry blossoms

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Shishi Hall

  • Estimated time:1hr
  • Estimated cost:¥600

Experience a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage at a Takayama Festival float event

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Dinner and lodging in the Hida Takayama area

Surrounded by hot springs and quintessentially Japanese scenery

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Miyagawa Morning Market

  • Estimated time:30min
  • Estimated cost:Free

An array of local Takayama goods on sale

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Hida Kokubunji Temple

  • Estimated time:1hr
  • Estimated cost:¥300

The only three-story pagoda in Hida

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Lunch - Hida Beef

  • Estimated time:1hr

Tender beef that melts in your mouth

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Takayama Nohi Bus Center(Takayama Station Stop)

Nohi Bus Sarubobo Bus (9min)
¥210

Hidanosato Stop

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Hida Folk Village - Hida no Sato

  • Estimated time:1hr 40min
  • Estimated cost:¥700

Fun performances and events focused on rural life

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Hidanosato Stop

Nohi Bus Sarubobo Bus (9min)
¥210

Hidatakayama Museum Stop

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Hida Takayama Museum of Art

  • Estimated time:1hr
  • Estimated cost:¥1,300

A Michelin 3-star museum

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Hidatakayama Museum Stop

Nohi Bus Sarubobo Bus (9min)
¥210

Takayama Nohi Bus Center(Takayama Station Stop)

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Takayama Station

JR Takayama Line limitted Express Hida (2hr 30min)
¥9,960

Nagoya Station(JR Takayama Line)

Transfer (9min)

Nagoya Station(JR Tokaido Shinkansen)

JR Tokaido Shinkansen Nozomi/Hikari (36min)

Kyoto Station

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