Top Choice Museum in Takayama

Takayama Shōwa-kan

This nostalgia bonanza from the Shōwa period (1926–89) concentrates on the years between 1955 and 1965, a time of great optimism between Japan's postwar malaise and pre-Titan boom. Lose yourself among the delightful…
Historic Building in Gokayama District


Between Suganuma and Ainokura, in the hamlet of Kaminashi, you'll find Murakami-ke, one of the oldest gasshō houses in the region (dating from 1578). It's now a small museum; the proud owner delights in showing visi…
Museum in Ogimachi

Gasshō-zukuri Folk Village

Over two dozen gasshō-zukuri buildings have been relocated here, although the arrangement feels contrived. Several houses are used for demonstrating regional crafts such as woodwork, straw handicrafts and ceramics (…
Historic Site in Hida-Furukawa

Seto-kawa & Shirakabe-dōzō

You'll find this lovely historic canal district five minutes' walk from JR Hida-Furukawa Station, boasting white-walled shops, storehouses, private homes and carp-filled waterways. Across the canal, Ichino-machi is …
Viewpoint in Ogimachi

Shiroyama Tenbōdai

This lookout on the site of a former castle provides a lovely view of the valley. It's a 15-minute walk via the road behind the east side of town. You can climb the path (five minutes) from near the intersection of …
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 sp…
Historic Building in Ogimachi


Shirakawa-gō's largest gasshō house is a designated National Treasure. It once belonged to a wealthy silk-trading family and dates back to the mid-Edo period. Upstairs you'll find silk harvesting equipment and a val…
Museum in Takayama

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 in action.
Museum in Takayama

Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall

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

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 her…