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Takayama's Old Town is a beautifully preserved district filled with many buildings and streets from the Edo Period (1600-1868). Takayama was once a thriving town filled with wealthy merchants. The southern half of the old town, especially Sannomachi Streets, retains the traditional atmosphere of the days from Edo. There are many old homes, shops, coffee houses, and sake breweries scattered throughout the Old Town, including some that have been in operating for centuries. The traditional atmosphere is enhanced by the beauty of purple wisteria flowers hanging from the roof of old Japanese houses. Similar to Kyoto's Gion Geisha District, the rustic atmosphere at Takayama's Old Town makes it a great place to stop for tea or to appreciate traditional Japanese culture.
Walk among centuries of history in the Old Town district during any of our fully-escorted Takayama Festival Japan Tours or Takayama Hidden Villages Japan Tour packages available in the Spring & Autumn. You can also visit Takayama and the rest of Gifu during a Private Japan Tour, available year-round!
Takayama Festival-One of the Most Beautiful Festivals in Japan
Served as the local government office in Edo era
Find local fresh vegetables, fruits, mountain vegetables of Takayama
Japanese confectionery made from kuzu starch and red bean paste
Skewered Grilled Rice Cakes
Decorated Floats Yatai and Portable Shrine Mikoshi
Healing Waters - One of the Best Onsen in Japan
UNESCO World Heritage Gassho-zukuri farmhouses