Top things to do in Takayama

Top Choice Shokudo in Takayama

Kyōya

This traditional eatery, a Takayama institution, specialises in regional dishes such as hoba-miso (sweet miso paste grilled on a magnolia leaf) and Hida-gyū (beef) soba. Seating is on tatami mats around long charcoa…
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 arti…
Top Choice Historic 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 to b…
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 10 O…
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 traditional…
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 the economic boom of the 1980s. Lose yourself amon…
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 dre…
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…
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 (marionettes) in act…
Museum in Takayama

Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall

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