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Top Choice Fusion in Takayama

Sakurajaya

Sakurajaya is what you get when you take a Japanese man to Germany, introduce him to the European culinary arts, hone his craft over years then plonk him down in the quiet back lanes of Takayama. His wonderful artis…
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…
Top Choice Shokudo in Takayama

Kyōya

This traditional eatery specialises in regional dishes such as hoba-miso and Hida-gyū soba. Seating is on tatami mats around long charcoal grills, under a cathedral ceiling supported by dark timbers. It's on a corne…
Top Choice 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 smoo…
Parade in Takayama

Takayama Matsuri

One of Japan's great festivals, the Takayama Matsuri is in two parts. On 14 and 15 April is the Sannō Matsuri, when a dozen decorated yatai (floats) are paraded through the town. Hachiman Matsuri, on 9 and 10 Octobe…
Historic Building in Gokayama District

Murakami-ke

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…
Burgers in Takayama

Center4 Hamburgers

Word has spread that this Japanese couple are living their dream, 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 home-style…
Parade in Hida-Furukawa

Furukawa Matsuri

Furukawa Matsuri – informally known as Hadaka Matsuri (Naked Festival) – takes place every 19 and 20 April with parades of yatai (festival floats). The highlight is an event known as Okoshi Daiko in which, on the ni…
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 in a traditional Japanese shopfront on Kokubunj…
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 (…