Takayama News & Guide

Hida Takayama

Takayama (officially called Hida Takayama) offers one among Japan’s most unique townscapes and best-loved festivals, and it is often regarded as a high priority for anyone travel in Central Honshū,

Its current layout dates from the late seventeenth century and incorporates a bunch of temples, museums and galleries for a city of its size. Meiji-era inns, hillside shrines a handsome riverside and solid infrastructures seal the deal with their and friendly, hospitable locals. Allow yourself 2 or 3 days to get enjoy it all, as Takayama is easy to explore on foot and is an excellent start or end point for trips into the Hida region and the Northern Alps.

During the eighth century, unable to contribute the necessary tax payments rice, Takayama covered them with carpenters, who were highly experienced since the region is rich in wood. Between 1682 and 1868, Takayama was considered the official source of wood, carpenters and cabinetmakers for the shogunate. Takayama City received the degree in 1936.

Takayama cherry blossom 2016

Once the snow on the mountains (which surround the basin of Takayama) melts away and solid ground appears again, Spring finally comes to Hida Takayama. People celebrate the new season and the sound of drums from festivals in nearby shrines echoes in the spring air. The largest festival, Sanno Matsuri, is held April 14th and 15this and hosted by the Hie Jinja Shrine. It is popularly known as the Takayama Spring Festival with visitors from all over Japan.

This year, opening of cherry blossoms is estimated for next weekend, April 8th, with best viewing from April 12th to April 21st.