Hida Takayama

I was eager to explore another side of Japan, since I was arriving from Nagoya, I decided to head to Takayama. I didn't have much of a plan of things to do other than making it a stop to get to Shirakawago, so I kept an open mind and just decide what to do when I got there.


Walking Through a Time Warp

The trip from Nagoya to Takayama was a highlight because of the scenic route the express train took to get to the quaint city. We passed around a labyrinthine railway that hugged the mountains, showcasing verdant, rolling hills, and towering pine trees as far as the eyes could see. This display of nature would've been more spectacular with the colors of autumn or the wonder of snow. I didn't mind the long trip because of the view.

Unlike the train stations in bigger cities, Takayama's was very rustic and small. It was raining when I arrived; the skies dark and the wind a bit chilly. I found the hostel after getting lost for a few minutes and left my things to explore the city immediately.

My first stop was the old town.



Takayama's old town is well-preserved with some structures dating back to the Edo period. Takayama was a rich town filled with many merchants during its heyday. Some establishments have been in business for centuries, giving the town an authentic lost-in-time atmosphere.




I couldn't help but imagine the town's prominence, when samurais, merchants and official of the shogunate used to walk these old trips for leisure or business. Despite its small size, walking around the old town is an important remnant of the country's rich past, history and culture.




To add to the ambiance, some locals walk around wearing kimonos.


A trip to Takayama would be incomplete wtihout trying the famous Hida beef, although not as prominent as its Kobe counterpart, the meal I had was superb. I must admit it was quite pricey, if I remember correctly, I paid more than P1,000 for this set. I thought that I was already there and unsure of when I'll be returning, so why not splurge every once in a while?



Takayama is a quiet city with not much going on at night, maybe it was the season I went, but that was my impression. A lot of establishments were already closed by 7PM, with some cafes and restaurants open till late. However, it was also a good time to walk around and take some night photos.




Takayama is a charming, quaint and idyllic city for those who want to getaway from the hustle and bustle of Japan's bigger cities. It's my kind of place because its near nature, the air is fresh and the streets aren't so busy.

How to Get to Takayama

Takayama is accessible by bus or train from Nagoya, I took the express train which costs Y5,510 one way. Despite the hefty ticket price, the views to the city were worth it.

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