Trip to Takayama: Japan’s mountain village

Secluded in the mountainous Hida region of central Japan, Takayama is a place where Japanese history and tradition flourish in the 21st century. Atmospherically preserved neighbourhoods, a festival parade dating from the 1600s, busy morning markets, and a folk village all tell a tale of bygone times.

Add in museums, handicraft shopping, and local specialities to try (from beef to miso on magnolia leaves), and a trip to Takayama is well worth the journey from Tokyo.

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