Your day-by-day itinerary

Tourists walking down the streets of Takayama past all the traditional buildings

Day 1

Arrival in Takayama

Arriving in Takayama, you’ll settle into your quaint hotel to check in. You can spend the afternoon walking back through the ages, admiring the 17th century architecture and wealth of museums, galleries and temples. Take a stroll along the river before dipping into a local restaurant to try some of this region’s famous Hida beef.

Sakurayama hachimangu temple takayama japan

Day 2

Half Day Highlights Tour & Free time

Today you will visit two highlights of Takayama with your local guide. You’ll start with a visit to the Takayama Festival Float Museum, where you’ll find all the magnificent floats from the famous festival are preserved. Your guide will explain the traditions and symbolism related to this festival, which is one of the most important in Japan. Your second stop is the Higashiyama Temple Area, a peaceful group of temples on a slightly elevated hill area in the eastern part of the town. Not only are all of these historical temples, but they are also an array of cultural assets. As you wander around, you’ll get to enjoy both the historical sites and beautiful nature that surrounds them.

Traditional Japanese folk village house set in a green field with lots of yellow flowers

Day 3


Sadly it’s time to leave Takayama today. You’ll head back to the station, ready continue on to the next stop on your Japanese odyssey.

Takayama is well known for its festivals: Takayama Matsuri on 14th-15th April and Hachiman Matsuri on 9th-10th October. If you’re planning to attend, we recommend booking at least 6 months in advance.

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