Festivals and Folklore Where All Roads Cross In Japan
An exquisite, ancient domain in the middle of Japan, Gifu Prefecture, with its bounty of mountain villages, traditional thatched farmhouses and onsen, also offers unrivaled festivals and delectable eats.
Take a step back in time with a saunter through the historic villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama. This World Heritage Site is a delightful anthology of mountainous villages made famous for their quint, thatched-roofed farmhouses, while Takayama’s old town not only sees tradition frozen in time, but its spring and autumn festivals are considered to be among Japan’s best. High in the Alps in lesser known Okuhida, are an abundance of outdoor onsen to sooth and relax, before scoffing your face with a steaming bowl of Takayama ramen or some the region’s famous Hida beef. Just watch out for the “Satori” — little supernatural monsters that run around these parts reading minds. Which is odd…
Hida Folk Village
Hida Folk Village (also known as Hida no Sato) is an open air museum in the Takayama area of Gifu prefecture. It is filled with preserved traditional gassho-style houses, which are known for their steep thatched roofs.
Magome is an old post town in Gifu prefecture, and is considered part of the Kiso District which stretches across the border into Nagano prefecture.
Gero Onsen Hot Spring
This hot spring town is considered one of the top three in all of Japan, alongside Kusatsu in Gunma prefecture and Arima in Hyogo prefecture. It has been well known for its high-quality water since the Edo period (ca. 1600-1868). Even the Confucian scholar Hay
Gujo Hachiman Castle
This castle was built by warlord Morikazu Endo during the Sengoku period in the year 1559 and is said to be the most beautiful mountain castle in Japan. After a fire, the main tower was recreated in 1933, making it the oldest wooden reconstruction of any build
Iwamura Castle Remains
Iwamura Castle was the Iwamura Clan's center of power during the Edo period. The castle is also called Kirigajo Castle (Fog Castle) due to the considerable amount of fog appearing in the area.
Hida Takayama, located in Gifu prefecture, is renowned for its traditional wooden buildings and temples. Red lacquered bridges cross the Miyagawa River that flows through this small town, offering a magnificent view of the mountains of Hida in the distance.
Zenkoji Temple Guesthouse
Located in the historic and scenic city of Hida-Takayama, Buddhist temple Zenkoji also functions as a guest house that runs on donations.
Just a 5-minute walk from JR Takayama Train Station, Minshuku Kuwataniya offers cosy Western- and Japanese-style rooms with a flat-screen TV. It features Japanese-style hot-spring baths and free bicycle rental.
K's House Takayama - Quality Hostel
Located only a 3-minute walk from JR Takayama Station, K's House Takayama features affordable accommodation, a free-use kitchen and a lounge with free Wi-Fi, as well as free tea and coffee. It offers a launderette and bicycle rent
Hotel Route-Inn Tajimi Inter
Hotel Route-Inn Tajimi Inter offers modern accommodations with free wired internet and an LCD TV. Guests can rent laptops at the front desk and relax in the spacious public baths. JR Tajimi Train Station is a 7-minute drive away.
Loisir Hotel Ogaki
A 5-minute walk from JR Ogaki Station, Hotel Loisir offers bright rooms with free wired internet, massage services and 2 restaurants. Bicycle rentals are available.
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Pension Kinoshita is set in Takayama, 40 km from Hida Minzoku Mura Folk Village. Free private parking is available on site. All rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV.
Takayama Kanko Hotel
About 7 minutes from JR Takayama Train Station on the hotel’s free shuttle, Takayama Kanko Hotel features spacious public hot spring baths and 5 cosy family baths that can be reserved free of charge.
Set between the Hida River and Japanese Alps, Suimeikan offers spacious rooms with a cedar-wood bathtub and mountain views. It has a Japanese tearoom, 3 hot-spring baths and a pool.
Takayama Matsuri - one of Japan's best Festivals! Check it out all year long!
Takayama - Source: insidekyoto.comTakayama is a city in the Gifu prefecture, located about 4,5 hours from Tokyo and can be done for free when using the Japan Rail Pass. The city is celebrated for its traditional preserved city center and is gaining popularity