Nestled in the heart of Japan’s mountainous Hida region, Takayama is a charming city in Gifu Prefecture that offers a rich taste of traditional Japan. Known as ‘Little Kyoto,’ Takayama is famous for its beautifully preserved old town, filled with Edo-period streets, merchant houses, and sake breweries. The city’s biannual Takayama Festival, one of Japan’s most beautiful festivals, is a must-see event. Explore the morning markets, visit the Hida Folk Village, or take a day trip to the nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site of Shirakawa-go. Takayama is a delightful destination that promises a memorable journey into Japan’s cultural heartland.
You can take the JR Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Nagoya Station, then transfer to the JR Hida Limited Express to Takayama Station. The total train journey takes about 4.5 hours.