Top ChoiceShokudo in Takayama

Kyōya

This Takayama institution specialises in regional dishes such as hoba-miso (sweet miso paste grilled on a magnolia leaf) and Hida-gyū (beef) soba. Sit on tatami mats around long charcoal grills, under a...

Top ChoiceFusion in Takayama

Sakurajaya

Sakurajaya happens when you take a Japanese man to Germany, introduce him to European culinary arts, hone his craft, then return him to the quiet back lanes of Takayama. His artisanal creations draw from both...

Top ChoiceHistoric Building in Takayama

Kusakabe Folk Museum

This merchant and moneychanger's house, dating from the 1890s, showcases the striking craftsmanship of traditional Takayama carpenters. Inside is a collection of folk art. Rumour has it that a Rockefeller tried...

Parade in Takayama

Takayama Matsuri

One of Japan's great festivals, the Takayama Matsuri is in two parts. On 14 and 15 April there's the Sannō Matsuri, when a dozen decorated yatai (floats) are paraded through the town. Hachiman Matsuri, on 9 and...

Museum in Takayama

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...

Chinese in Takayama

Heianraku

Atmospheric, inexpensive, welcoming and delicious are all words that spring to mind when describing this wonderful second-generation eatery serving up Chinese delights (including transcendent gyōza) in a...

Vegetarian in Takayama

Shōjin Ryōri Kakushō

Experience the unique Japanese art of shōjin-ryōri, holistic vegetarian kaiseki dining in an atmospheric building and garden that's almost 200 years old, surrounded by ancient temples and mountains beyond. Sound...

Museum in Takayama

Hida Takayama Museum of Art

Lovers of art-nouveau and art-deco glassware and furniture will appreciate this large private gallery set back from town with a ritzy cafe, its own London Bus shuttle (ask at the Tourist Information Center) and a...

Museum in Takayama

Karakuri Museum

Karakuri Museum

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 you can see the mechanical karakuri ningyō (marionettes) in...

Museum in Takayama

Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall

Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall

A rotating selection of four of the 23 multitiered yatai (floats) used in Takayama Matsuri can be appreciated here. These spectacular creations, some dating from the 17th century, are prized for their flamboyant...

Burgers in Takayama

Center4 Hamburgers

Word has spread that this Japanese couple are living their dream and welcoming visitors from around the world, so you might have to wait for a table to enjoy their delicious comfort food. On the menu: juicy...

Museum in Takayama

Hida Folk Village

Hida Folk Village

The sprawling, open-air Hida-no-sato is a highly recommended half-day trip. It features dozens of traditional houses and buildings, which were dismantled at their original sites throughout the region and rebuilt...

Pub in Takayama

Red Hill Pub

You'll feel like you're walking into a friend's living room in this cosy, dimly lit basement bar. The hip and happy owner, Hisayo, deftly adjusts the vibe to suit the patrons present. It's sometimes soulful and...

Historic Building in Takayama

Takayama-jinya

Takayama-jinya

These sprawling grounds south of Sanmachi-suji house the only remaining prefectural office building of the Tokugawa shogunate, originally the administrative centre for the Kanamori clan. The present main building...

French in Takayama

Restaurant Le Midi

One street back from the river, this fancy restaurant serves traditional French cuisine with a Japanese twist. Mouth-watering appetisers include Hida-beef carpaccio and onion gratin soup. Lunch set meals range...

Cafe in Takayama

iCafe Takayama

Run by the inspiring crew from Satoyama Experience in neighbouring Hida-Furukawa, this new-in-2016 cafe in the slick Takayama Station is your one-stop shop for all things Hida. It's a great first port of call as...

Noodles in Takayama

Ebisu-Honten

These folks have been making teuchi (handmade) soba since 1898. Try the zaru soba, which strips it bare so you can taste the flavour of the noodles. The tororo nameko soba is also very good: noodles in a hot soup...

Buddhist Temple in Takayama

Hida Kokubun-ji

Hida Kokubun-ji

The original buildings of Takayama's oldest temple were constructed in the 8th century, but later destroyed by fire. The oldest of the present buildings dates from the 16th century. The temple's treasure hall...

Ramen in Takayama

Nanairo Ramen

This workmanlike ramen joint is a little grubby, but that kind of authenticity, where locals come to drink and dine, is part of its charm: it's smoky, beery, friendly and fun. The real appeal lies in the...

Barbecue in Takayama

Takumi-ya

Hida-gyū (Hida beef) on a burger budget. Adjacent to Takumi-ya's butcher shop is a casual restaurant specialising in ramen in beef broth and Hida gyū-don (beef and onion over rice). The upstairs restaurant serves...