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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…
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…
Tonkatsu in Takayama

Kotarō

Expect satisfaction from this compact workman-like eatery whose chef has spent over 25 years mastering the art of tonkatsu (deep-fried pork cutlets) and other fried goodies. Generous teishoku (set meals) feature cri…
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…
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…
Japanese in Takayama

Jakuson

Pronounced 'Jackson' but having nothing to do with Michael or any of his gang, this unpretentious eatery dishes out some seriously delicious takes on Japanese curry, with a too-tempting range of options that will li…