Seen as Gifu’s hidden gem, the old city of Takayama still retains its traditional touch, being very popular among international visitors. The houses in the Old Town are dating back to the Edo period (1600-1868), Sannomachi Street in particular being worth the visit. Here you will find old houses, shops and sake breweries, some of which have been in business for centuries. Hida Folk Open-Air Museum is a must-see, as well as Shirakawago and Gokayama. Both are Unesco World Heritage villages.
The best solution would be to stay in Kanazawa and take a day tour to Takayama and Shirakawago.
Served by local trains and buses.
The busiest times to visit:
Cherry Blossom, Golden week (Japanese holiday in the beginning of May), Obon (Japanese national holiday in mid-August), Momiji season (when the leaves start changing colours). During these days, the streets will be overcrowded and the hotels fully-booked. Summers are hot, but it gets cooler in the evenings. Winters are cold, with lots of snow, this adding up to the beauty of the city.
Local food specialities:
Goheimochi - mashed rice is grilled on a skewer
Hida Beef Nigiri