Home of the somewhat mystifying Hadaka Matsuri (Naked Festival), Furukawa (also called Hida-Furukawa to distinguish it from other Furukawas in Japan) is a relaxing riverside town with lovely streetscapes, peaceful temples and interesting museums, all framed against mountains. Just 15 minutes by train from Takayama, Furukawa makes a rewarding day trip: if you are in the region on 19 or 20 April, don’t miss the festival.
Last updated: Feb 17, 2009
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