Museum in Takayama

Hida Folk Archaeological Museum

A former samurai house boasting interesting secret passageways and an old well in the courtyard.
Buddhist Temple in Takayama

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 houses…
Historic Building 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…
Museum in Takayama

Kusakabe Folk Crafts Museum

This building dating from the 1890s showcases the striking craftsmanship of traditional Takayama carpenters. Inside is a collection of folk art.
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…
Historic Building in Takayama


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 da…
Historic Building in Takayama

Yoshijima Heritage House

Design buffs shouldn't miss Yoshijima-ke, which is well covered in architectural publications. Its lack of ornamentation allows you to focus on the spare lines, soaring roof and skylight. Admission includes a cup of…
Museum in Takayama

Takayama Shōwa-kan

This nostalgia bonanza from the Shōwa period (1926–1989) 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 delightf…
Museum in Takayama

Takayama Museum of History & Art

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 relating to local history, culture, literature and the arts.
Museum in Takayama

Karakuri Museum

On display are over 800 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.