How to go from Nagoya to Takayama?
Amazing scenery from the train and traditionnal villages
The Limited Express "Wide View" Hida trains ply the route from Nagoya to Takayama. Near Takayama if offers some amazing scenery.
Access to Takayama with the wide view train Hida
0 KM - Nagoya Station
30 KM - 0H18 - Gifu Station
Gifu is most famous for the cormorant fishing that takes place in the evenings from late spring through to late autumn.The river is lit by flaming torches and is a very impressive sight when combined with the fishermen in traditional dress.
Don’t be worried that your seat is backwards facing when you board, the train changes direction at Gifu Station.
58 KM - 0H39 - Minoota Station
If you would rather not go all the way into Nagoya for a connection to Matsumoto, you can change here and cross on a local line to Tajimi. Be sure to check timetables on Hyperdia before doing this.
What to see ?
This traditional Japanese building was used as government offices until 1969 and is now open to the public and is a very good way of understanding how the old traditions of Japan were easily integrated into modern life.
Open daily, Mar-Oct, 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m, Nov-Feb. 8:45 to 4:30 p.m. (closed Dec 29th, 31 st, Jan 1st), ¥430, free for high school students and under.
The Takayama Festival
Held twice a year, in April and October, this is one of the most famous festivals in Japan and is popular with visitors from all over the world. The magnificent floats are among the best in the country. If you are planning to stay in Takayama during the festival, be sure to book early.
Hida Folk Village
On the outskirts of the town, typical farmhouses with thatched roofs will plunge you into the former rural Japan. The recreated village exhibits folk objects and is also home to craft workshops.
Access: 30-minute walk from the train station, or 10 minutes by bus.There is a combined bus and museum entry pass for ¥900.
Discover also Japan Experience rental house in Takayama.
Where to Stay ?
Takayama Ouan 高山桜庵
A perfect mix of hotel comfortand charming traditional Japanese-style rooms. Located a fewminutes (3 min) on foot from JR Takayama Station.
4-126 Hanasato-machi, Takayama-shi, Gifu, 506-0026
Tel: 05-7737-2230/ www.hotespa.net/hotels/takayama
Ryokan Asunaro 旅館あすなろ
Only a six minute walk from Takayama train station, this hotel provides comfortable rooms with traditional decoration.
2-96-2 Hatsudamachi, Takayama, Gifu, 506-0008
Where to eat ?
Taste Gifu Prefecture’s famous Hida Beef and grillit right at your own table. From Takayama Station, head left and then turn right onto Kokubunji-dori. Maruaki is just before thenext traffic light.
Open daily, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Tel: 05-7735-5858/ www.hidagyu-maruaki.co.jp/
Japanese food in an intimate, laid-back setting.From the station, go down Ekimae Chuo-dori and take the 7th left onto a small street. Ebihachi is on the left.
Open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., closed Wednesdays.