Takayama Shōwa-kan


This nostalgia bonanza from the Shōwa period (1926–89) focuses on 1955 to 1965, a time of great optimism between Japan's postwar malaise and the 1980s economic boom. Lose yourself in the delightful mishmash, from movie posters to cars and everything in between, lovingly presented in a series of themed rooms.

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2. Takayama Museum of History & Art

0.15 MILES

Not to be confused with the Hida Takayama Museum of Art, this free museum is situated around pretty gardens and features 14 themed exhibition rooms…

3. Kusakabe Folk Museum


This merchant and moneychanger's house, dating from the 1890s, showcases the striking craftsmanship of traditional Takayama carpenters. Inside is a…

4. Yoshijima Heritage House

0.23 MILES

Design buffs shouldn't miss Yoshijima-ke, well documented in architectural publications. Lack of ornamentation allows you to focus on the spare lines,…

5. Karakuri Museum

0.24 MILES

On display here are over 300 shishi (lion) masks, instruments and drums related to festival dances. The main draw is the twice-hourly puppet show where…

6. Sakurayama Hachiman-gū


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7. Takayama-jinya

0.31 MILES

These sprawling grounds south of Sanmachi-suji house the only remaining prefectural office building of the Tokugawa shogunate, originally the…