What to Expect
Takayama is a small city surrounded by mountains. It takes about two hours by train from Nagoya. However, it has a variety of tourist attractions throughout the year that is difficult for you to find in big cities. You will be able to visit the best spots in the Takayama area in a one-day tour.
First, you will be strolling through Miyagawa Morning Market, where many stalls stand on the riverside, selling fresh farm-products, foods and local crafts etc.You will enjoy not only tasting or buying them but also chatting with local people.
Next, you will visit Kusakabe Heritage House,which is one of the traditional merchant houses featuring many characteristic designs and materials of the Edo period. Walking around the house freely, you will feel and realize the atmosphere of life in those days.
Then, I will lead you to Higashiyama Temple Area which includes many temples and shrines. Since this area is located at the foothills looking down on the center of the city, you can enjoy scenic hiking while visiting all the historical sites.
After lunch, you will stroll around the Old Town Area to your heart's content. Many shops and museums are located along the street, including 'Takayama Museum of History and Art' and Takayama Jinya. You can also enjoy tasting Sake in some breweries, if you like.
Finally, If you aren't tired, you will move to the cozy town Hida-Furukawa and become relaxed by strolling through the town and watching carp in the river
*The approximate itinerary is as follows:
10:00 JR Takayama station (starting point)
10:20 Miyagawa Morning Market
11:00 Kusakabe Heritage House
11:30 Higashiyama Temple Area
(hiking to visit shrines and temples)
12:30 Old Town Area
: (lunch & strolling)
14:30 Takayama Jinya or Takayama Museum of History and Art
15:30 JR Takayama station
16:00 JR Hida-Furukawa
18:00 JR Takayama station