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Takayama Festival Float
Takayama Morning Market
Takayama Morning Market


The following information is provided for clients of Journey to the East. Information on this page is about the city in general. Your Journey to the East Tour may only cover some of the items listed below.


Takayama is a small town with a beautifully preserved old district in the Central Alps region of Japan. Famous for its Takayama Festival held in Spring and Autumn there are a couple of museums dedicated to the amazing hand-built wooden festival floats so that they can be admired year round. The old town takes you on a time warp back to the days of when merchants thrived in this region and the morning markets allow you to enjoy a variety of goods and food from the small street stalls.



There are a number of hotels located near the main JR Takayama Station including Best Western Takayama and Takayama Green Hotel. Takayama also features a wide range of traditional ryokan (Japanese Inns) for an authentic immersive experience.



Kyoto - It is approximately three hours from Kyoto to Takayama via Nagoya, with one transfer required along the way.

Matsumoto - a bus or private vehicle can cross the mountain range to the Castle town of Matsumoto in approximately 90 minutes.

Shirakawago - the UNESCO World Heritage site can be visited as a half-day trip from Takayama with a public bus or private vehicle taking about 60 minutes each way.



The timing of the cherry blossoms can vary from year to year but the cherry blossoms in Takayama are usually at their peak in mid-April. The famous Takayama Spring Festival is held every year from April 14-15 and the Takayama Autumn Festival is held every year from Oct 9-10. The Takayama Spring Festival is featured in our Cherry Blossom Tour of Central Japan