Recommendation by Wabisavi
I arrived in 𝗧𝗮𝗸𝗮𝘆𝗮𝗺𝗮 sleepy and tired. I didn't expect much from this town, but ended up liking it so much I booked an extra night just to explore more of the town. Most of my time in Takayama was spent in 𝗦𝗮𝗻𝗺𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗶 𝗗𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗰𝘁, a criss-cross of small streets lined with old wooden houses now turned into shops and restaurants. You'll end up crossing this area at some point on your way to other tourist spots, and if you're anything like me you will immediately get lost browsing the souvenirs and snacks. Take a tour around 𝗧𝗮𝗸𝗮𝘆𝗮𝗺𝗮 𝗝𝗶𝗻𝘆𝗮, a restored government building and relax looking out into the Japanese garden. It's pretty nice, but I would have enjoyed it more had the rooms been less empty. Admission: 440¥ The spring and autumn matsuri (tr. local festival) is the pride of the people of Takayama. In case you can't make it to see the real thing, 4 floats are exhibited in the 𝗬𝗮𝘁𝗮𝗶 𝗞𝗮𝗶𝗸𝗮𝗻 (float exhibition hall). The free English audio guide was a nice touch, but to be honest it's way too expensive to be worth the visit. If you have no other chance to see Japanese festival floats, by all means take a look. One of the biggest attractions of this place the attached museum where you can walk through a miniature reconstruction of the Toshogu Shrine in Nikko. Admission: 900¥ 📌 Miyagawa Morning Market 📌 Fujii Folk Museum 📌 Hida Folk Village (feel free to skip this if you are going to Shirakawa) 🍙 Hida beef nigiri sushi 🍙 Mitarashi dango
Takayama, Gifu, Japan
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