Perfect place to relax in Takayama , with onsens and sight seeing in spring time . Weather was cool and nice even to hike up the Takayama castle ruins and the Shiroyama park, which you cannot go in winter as it is dangerous, slippery and steep climb up !
Takayama is such a small city that you might almost think it's not worthwhile to go there.However the city is so relaxed and amazingly beautiful with all the Japanese character that we never felt bored while we stayed there.
We stayed there for 5 days and we felt we didn't have enough stomach to try all the food.The food there is not like other places - it's mountain food ,Japanese mountain food :not much sugar,not much cream.It's the food with the original taste.It's the food we had hundreds of years ago.All the shops close at 6pm,yet we thought it's not big deal since there are a lot of places to walk around. People are friendly and relaxed - a truly authentic city!
Sanmachi area is great for shopping. The Miyagawa morning market is fantastic - look for the craft beer and Hida beef skewers there, as well as the pudding man who will take and print out pictures of you eating his pudding!
Worth to visit if you look to a place for you to relax. This is a very quiet city especially at nite, but you could always choose to stay at ryokan when you can have full course dinner and onsen to spend your night.
Takayama in winter was very cold with December snow and it was good that we moved to a Ryokan next door after the first nite from a modern hotel to a ryokan with the natural onsen bath.
The onsen provided heat and warmth for tired aching legs and bones after a whole day out in the cold ! Best western hotel was clean, but with the unfriendly receptionist encountered , we did not bother to use their so called spas! The "chino-Japanese" girl just did not looked at me when I asked regarding the spas and restaurants. Breakfast was mediocre as it was more of preserved Japanese food than fresh western bread and fruits which we missed!
I would say is a very nature and historical place to learn about the traditional Japanese life style, and this is the place i visit this time and i found the pace and Yummy beef there
Takayama is a city with lots of historical history buildings to visit. You may visit their old house, museum but also a nice place for visiting by bicycle / local tourist bus.
You can try the best Hida beef, pudding, noodle and many many good foods to choose. The morning market is also worth to go and shop. The people here are very friendly, they will always smile to you but also give way to you if you are walking on the street or cycling.
This is a laid back city where if your idea of a holiday is for sights, sounds and sipping coffee by the bistro than this is an ideal quite and clean place.
Shops closes very early. However it is deep in culture and has many natural and historic sights to visit. A bicycle ride in the inner city is a MUST.
Quaint town with old street area and plenty of onsens (spas). If you're going between Nagoya and Kanazawa you should make a one to two day stop here.
You should spend at least two days here. First day, go to Shirakawago by bus. Better not to drive, because not much sightseeing places on the way.
And many tunnels and turn to go which can make you have car-sick. Catch the last bus at 17.20 is the best choice on the way back. Going up to observatory point is a must but do not forget to go by walking route (not car route, the sign is mentioned the same but walking route attached at the end) Second day, wake up a little early, have BF and go to morning market and old town. Spend about 4 hrs. there and then move to other cities.
The Shirakawa-go and neighboring Gokayama regions line the Shogawa River Valley in the remote mountains that span from Gifu to Toyama Prefectures.
Declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995, they are famous for their traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old.
What a clean, friendly town this is! The food offering is superb, with quality local ingredients easily available at restaurants for all budgets.
The crafts are top-notch, genuine and support a thriving local economy. The surrounding scenery is gorgeous. We saw only summer scenery but can easily imagine the beauty of autumn, winter and cherry-blossom spring.
Nice little town with Japanese history and culture , all you wanted to see Japanese cultures , crafts lacquer ware , taste miso and sake.
Near sight-seeing areas eg Shirokawago, Hida no sato with easy access, good walking and climbing course up mountains , castle ruins and parks ! And lots of onsens to try too!
Takayama is very nice, quiet and relaxing, very good to enjoy the onsens. is very nice to walk around and visit the villages nearby.
i highly recommend it for couples and to go there in winter, the best time to enjoy onsen and watch a nice snowy landscape
Really enjoyed it. The city has a lovely relaxed energy. We spent two nights and would have had enough to do with double that time.
Tourism is well organised although the town map is a little confusing compared to others we used on our trip in other places. People really friendly and helpful. Loop buses are easy to use.
It is very easy to follow the walking maps provided. People are friendly. Places of interest are very accessible from the station.
It is really a small city but is the transfer point to other nearby area such as Shirakaga-wo, Shinhotaka, Hirayu hot spring etc.
...BUS is the main transport here is cost effective and not too long transit time compare to JR. Think of staying here several days and go to the nearby area on daily basis is really relaxing & have fun.
Picturesque city in a beautiful area. Good onsen with free transport to and from. Lots of onsens and spas in the surrounding area
The old town is fascinating and it would be well worth going at festival time to see the procession of historic floats.
It is a good stop over place for a few days if you enjoy clean mountain air and peaceful surroundings and Hot springs.
Not very much night life around except the bars.
Very quiet and pleasant area with locally made produce and food. Many areas still have the historical look and feel.
It is a great stopping area to travel out to onsen, historical villages and shirakawa-go.
Wonderful, quaint town. Historic consturction. Friendly people. Great shopping. Nice museums. Lovely town.
it is a very quite town but surrounded with beautiful scenery.Felt relaxing in this town and i really love it
Stayed for 2 nights only, a bit short, next time to come, at least to stay 3 nights, 1 full day at the centre.
we have short time to stay here but i still get some culture from that moment. So i will come there next time
Remember to try the local sake! Try to bring some home as well if possible. You won't get the same elsewhere.
I like the city. It was peaceful and quiet not like the other touristic city in Japan like Tokyo and Osaka.
It was perfect if you want to find relaxation but still with Japanese culture
A beautiful little village in the mountain. Best time to go is during autumn and winter! Especially Winter.
Lovely place especially in winter. The scenery along the bridges looking at the mountain is very nice.
Lots of sake brewery to visit, things to eat, things to buy. Hida beef is top notch and the morning markets are good to visit. If you want a bit of walk around the forest and hill side, go for the template walk.
Shirakawa-ko if you wanna go must prepare, because the train from Gifu to Takayama was stop very early