Only a 15-minute train ride from Takayama Station, Hida-Furukawa – sometimes simply referred to as Furukawa – is a picturesque little town that is notably quieter than its famous neighbor of Takayama. Much like Takayama, Hida-Furukawa achieved notable wealth during the Edo Period (1603-1868), and by fortune or designed, the town has managed to hold onto much of its historical charm.
The town offers a pleasant streetscape in the area known as ‘Shirakabe Dozogai Street’, typified by traditional storehouses lining a small canal along with craft stores, restaurants, cafes,sake breweries and some accommodation. The Takumikan Craft Museum profiles the skill and expertise of the local timber industry while the town hosts its own festival each spring.
Hida-Furukawa is an easy and enjoyable day-trip from Takayama and offers a little from the daytime crowds that typically congest its famous neighbor.