When many international travelers think of Japan, they call to mind visions of herd “ neon cities ” such as Tokyo. Japan, however, has a much aristocratic side, complete with rolling hills and agrestic charm. The town of Takayama and the Japanese Alps mountain range in the Hokuriku region represent one such rural destination. The Japanese Alps are the highest mountains in the Honshu island and all of Japan. The three ranges ( Hida mountains, Kiso Mountains, Akaishi Mountains ) besides firm the longest and deepest gorge in the country, six volcanoes, and two lava tableland. The natural beauty of the range has earned it the title of the “ sacred upland. ”

Why not make Takayama a stop on your following japanese vacation ? If you would like to discover the singular destinations in and around the town of Takayama and Kanazawa, consider the following locomotion tips .

Tokyo to Takayama

Takayama is easy to access using your Japan Rail Pass. If traveling from Tokyo to Takayama, beginning take the JR Tokaido Shinkansen to Nagoya with the JR Pass. Use the Hikari preferably than Nozomi trains, as the Nozomi is not covered by the JR Pass. alternatively, you may take the Hokuriku Shinkansen from Tokyo to Toyama. From either Nagoya or Toyama, you should take the JR Hida Limited Express to Takayama. The travel from Tokyo to Takayama takes about four and a half hours in entire, during which you can enjoy brilliant bird’s-eye views of the japanese countryside. Book your Japan Rail Pass now

Osaka to Takayama

If traveling from Kyoto or Osaka to Takayama, your travel will be very like. From Shin-Osaka Station or Kyoto Station, take the Hikari or Kodama trains on the Tokaido Line to Nagoya, then take the JR Hida Limited Express ( besides known as Wide View ) from Nagoya to Takayama. The travel from Osaka takes about three and a half hours or about three hours from Kyoto .The Hida Limited Express runs from Nagoya to Takayama Most attractions are within walking distance of the discipline post, but if you plan on taking a sightseeing go or visiting the Hida no Sato or Matsuri no Mori museums, the Takayama Hida Bus Center is a bare 10-minute walk from the township center .

Things to do around Takayama 

Takayama offers a taste of the Japanese culture of yesterday and today. The area holds batch of indulgences for the avid sightseer – green fields dotted with bumpkinly farmhouses, japanese gardens, shrines, temples, castle ruins, and well preserved historic buildings, such as Edo period houses and samurai dwellings. The old township can be toured by jinrikisha called jinrikisha .Downtown Takayama There are besides numerous onsen, or hot springs, available to provide rest and relaxation. Many of the onsen are of the traditional outdoor type. Locally made handcrafts and goods are available in the township ’ s good morning market. If in want of refreshment, you can visit a traditional teashop or a sake brewery.

Hida Folk Village

Besides, you can take a local busbar to Hida Folk Village : a closely 100,000 square meter ballpark including over 30 buildings ( by and large traditional sloped-and thatched-roof houses ), gardens and a beautiful lake. This model of a folk village holds recreates Hida’s historical look and traditions, and is the home to several National Cultural Treasures .Hida Folk Village

japanese Alps National Park

The nearby Japanese Alps National Park, besides called Chubu Sangaku Kokuritsu Koen, is a delight to nature lovers. There, bird watchers may catch a glimpse of the gold eagle or rock ‘n’ roll ptarmigan. Available activities include skiing, hiking, and picnicking, vitamin a well as riding the Shin-Hotaka Ropeway and relaxing at the Oku-Hida Spa Village.  

Takayama Festival

The Takayama Festival takes place each spring and fall, celebrating the city’s history from the fifteenth to nineteenth centuries. The festival is held at the Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, and begins with a parade of one thousand people in full moon costume followed by ten floats called yatai. The festivities include traditional dances, puppet creature displays, and early performances.  

Shirakawa-go greenwich village

During your stay in Takayama, you may wish to embark on a day trip to Shirakawa-go. This area, complete with thatched roof farmhouses used for the cultivation of silkworms, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can even lodge in one of the historic buildings overnight. There are no train services to Shirakawa-go, but the Nohi Bus is available from Takayama. The trip lasts approximately one hour. An data center, lockers, shops, and restaurants can be found in the historic buildings near the Shirakawa-go bus break. many travelers besides seize the opportunity to visit the neighbor village of Gokayama ( 30 minutes by bus ) and the valley of the Shogawa River. Panoramic view of Shirakawago village


Kanazawa, nestled between the mountains and the Sea of Japan, is often the next stop for many tourists to Takayama. In Kanazawa, you will find one of Japan ’ s most beautiful gardens, the Kenrokuen.

The nearby Kanazawa Castle Park, built in 1583, was once the home of the feudal Maeda family who founded the Kenrokuen garden. Because it has not experienced wars or natural disasters, the historic structures of Kanazawa are well-preserved .Kenrokuen Garden at Kanazawa The city is besides home to the twenty-first Century Museum of Contemporary Art, the Kanazawa Noh Museum, the Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art, and the Shiinoki Cultural Complex. The mild upwind of this area makes it a sublime address all year polish .