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Sightseeing

Hida-Takayama has preserved the feeling of a castle town, apparent by its history-filled streets. With the latticed bay windows and linked eaves of merchants' houses in Sanmachi Suji, the enduring historical temples and shrines of Higashiyama, and the reproduction of Hida's traditional mountain farming villages ofsloped-roof houses at Hida Folk Village, the town itself could be called a sightseeing spot.
The Takayama festival held in spring and fall is known as one of the three most beautiful festivals of Japan (the other two are the Gion Festival of Kyoto and the Chichibu Night Festival of Saitama Prefecture). Ornate floats crafted by Hida artisans are pulled around, and Takayama becomes truly energetic. When visiting Takayama, you can certainly savor the arts and culture of traditional craftsmen while enjoying the feel of the ancient city.

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Furui-Machi-nami Old Private Houses (Nationally Recogined Important Historicial Builing Preservation Area)
urui-Machi-nami  Old Private HousesMAP
The Town Village still stands on the east side of the Miyagawa River flowing through Takayama, and in the middle of it is Sanmachi, where Edo period houses remain. The rich atmosphere of Takayama castle town still lingers, and you can see sake breweries and merchants' houses with latticed bay windows standing in a row. This district was designated an area of important traditional buildings by the Japanese Government.

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Takayama Jinya Historical Goverment House (National Historical Site)
Takayama Jinya  Historical Goverment HouseMAP
This was one of the mansions of Lord Kanamori of Takayama Castle. After the Kanamori line was transferred to another fief, it came under the direct control of the Tokugawa Shogunate, and prefectural and district governors used it as an office through which to govern Hida. This office was called Takayama Jinya, sending out official proclamations and collecting taxes. When the Meiji era began, it came to be used as area offices for the prefecture, county and local branches. Takayama Jinya is the only remaining building of this kind in the country.

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Asa-ichi Morning Markets
Asa-ichi Morning MarketsMAP
Starting in the Edo period (about 200 years ago) as markets of rice, mulberry trees, and flowers, and developed by the middle of the Meiji period (about 100 years ago) when farmers wives began to bring vegetables, these markets came to be known as Morning Markets. There are two sites; Jinyamae Morning Market and Miyagawa Morning Market. Fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, etc., can be enjoyed year round. (Summer - 6:00am-12:00pm, winter - 7:00am~12:00pm)

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Hida-no-sato Hida Folk Village
Hida-no-sato Hida Folk VillageMAP
An approximately 99,000 square meter site of sloped- and thatched-roof houses, this model of a folk village (including National Cultural Treasures) has over 30 buildings, recreating Hida's historical look. In each building, everyday articles (which we now regard as folk art) recalling the life and culture of mountain farming villages are displayed. Demonstrations of traditional crafts such as Hida lacquerwork, weaving and dyeing are held in arts and crafts centers. Plus, in folk art schools, you can make Hida folk art like straw crafts and sashiko quilting.

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Hida Kokubunji Nara-Period State-Supported Temples (National Historical Site and Important Cultural Tresure)
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There is a huge ginko tree over 1200 years old and a ,Triple Pagoda' in the precincts, as well as Bell Tower Gates, said to have been moved from Takayama Castle and the cornerstone of the pagoda built over 1200 years ago. The main temple building is the oldest structure in the city, constructed in the Muromachi era (about 500 years ago). It has a style worthy of its reputation as Hida's greatest ancient temple.

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Hida Takayaqma Matsurinomori,Chaoyunomori Hida Takayama Festival Forest and the Forese of the Tea Ceremony
Hida Takayaqma Matsurinomori,Chaoyunomori Hida Takayama Festival Forest and the Forese of the Tea CeremonyMAP
The Takayama Festival Museum, Japan's first underground structure, houses six festival stalls built in Heisei 3 (1991), together with the world's largest drum. The neighboring Forest of Nature is a natural resort where you can fully enjoy unusual butterflies and fossils collected from various parts of the world and savor many other features of nature. Particularly noteworthy is Gifucho, a type of butterfly (zoological name: Luehdorfia japonica). The newly built Forest of the Tea Ceremony exhibits fine articles created by the guardians of important intangible cultural assets who are referred to as ,Living National Treasures. Also on display are the works of potters and artists who have created numerous fine works of art. You can try to use some of these fine art objects to drink tea.

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Norikuradake Norikurasukairain Mt.Norikura & Norikura Skyline
Norikuradake NorikurasukairainMAP
This high area consisting of 23 ridges, 7 lakes, and 8 plains is collectively referred to as Mt. Norikura. The highest point is the Kengamine pinnacle, 3,026 meters above sea level. You can travel up the mountain along the Norikura Skyline, Japan's highest-altitude mountain road, to a height of 2,700 meters without stopping.

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Okuhida Onsengo Oku Hida Hot Springs village
Okuhida Onsengo  Oku Hida Hot Springs villageMAP
The Oku Hida Hot Springs Village is the collective name for five scattered hot spring resorts. Immediately below the Northern Alps, the Shin-Hodaka Hot Springs are surrounded by nature on a grand scale. The Tochio Hot Springs, which serve as a メbase pointモ of the village, have a homely atmosphere. Located in the center of Oku Hida, the Shin-Hirayu Hot Springs are flourishing. The Fukuji Hot Springs have a retrospective and nostalgic atmosphere. Having been prosperous throughout its long history, the Hirayu Hot Springs have an air of elegance. In this area, you can feel the clear air with your skin, listen to the murmurs of the rivers, and extend your arms and legs fully in a wide open-air bath, bringing a deep sense of relaxation.

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Gary Sakura Garyu Cherry Tree
Gary Sakura   Garyu Cherry TreeMAP
Being a state-designated natural monument, Garyu Cherry Tree (which literally means ,The Lying-Dragon Cherry Tree,' was so named because it resembles a dragon lying on the ground. More than 1,100 years old, with branches 30 meters long, and 20 meters high, this is a spectacular example of Edohigan Cherry Tree (botanical name: Prunus pendula form. ascendens), the symbol of Japan.

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