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Destination

Takayama Holidays

Tucked away amid the beautiful mountains of northern Gifu, Takayama's peaceful, historic streets and traditional Japanese atmosphere make for the perfect escape from normality.

Located just two hours from Nagoya, the town of Takayama is snowy in winter and gloriously green in spring, and the mountainous backdrop perfectly contrasts with the authentic wooden buildings and stunning temples. The Old Town is truly rural, and the Takayama Festival, held in spring and autumn, is today considered as one of Japan's best festivals, with its floats, Mikoshi procession and vibrant evening parades. Visit the morning markets to buy local crafts, snacks and flowers, and explore the Higashiyama Walk where you'll wander past temples and the town's former castle site. You'll feel miles from home in this peaceful, tranquil oasis.

Explore more of Japan during your trip and pay a visit to Tokyo where you'll find a complete contrast to Takayama: bright lights, bustling markets and iconic landmarks.

Destination Highlights
  • Snow monkeys
  • Sake breweries
  • Mountain scenery
  • Quaint old town

Top Tips from our Experts

Harriet

Destination Specialist

Due to its mountainous location it can get really chilly in Takayama in winter, take plenty of warm clothes and if all else fails head to a sake brewery - this potent liquor will definitely warm you up!

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