Takayama is a city in the mountainous Gifu prefecture of Japan. It is well known for its historic district with wooden houses dating back to the Edo era (1603-1868) and its museums including the Hida Folk Village. I especially enjoyed strolling around the morning market and looking into all the shops.
Traveling to Takayama
The journey from Hakone to Takayama included several modes of transportation including bus, bullet train, regular train, and shuttle. It took about 6 hours in total so it was a full travel day.
We stayed in another traditional ryokan in Takayama called Ryokan Seiryu Oyado Muraiya. This time breakfast and dinner were included.
Hida Folk Village
This open-air museum was constructed in 1971 when original Edo-era houses from around Japan were relocated to the area for preservation.
Miyagawa Morning Market
We started day two with a visit to some of the morning markets around Takayama. The Miyagawa market had a ton of shops and food stalls with some tasty treats.
The wooden houses in the old town of Takayama make you feel like you are stepping back in time. I liked just walking around in this area.
Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan
Another main attraction is the festival float exhibit hall museum. These floats are several hundred years old and are used during the Takayama festival held annually in the fall. I’ll admit I was a little underwhelmed with this exhibit because it was just one room.