1-Day Tour in Takayama: Immerse in Takayama's Rich History and Temples
All Year Round
09:00 - 16:00
1-Day Tour in Takayama: Immerse in Takayama's Rich History and Temples
Hidden amidst the tranquil mountains of central Japan, Takayama unveils its timeless allure. Guided by a knowledgeable local, traverse picturesque streets adorned with historic treasures, where remarkable woodwork and ancient traditions flourish. Immerse yourself in the enchanting history and culture of this charming town, a stark contrast to bustling cities like Tokyo and Osaka. Discover the heart of old Japan through its well-preserved temples, unearthing stories of bygone eras. Explore the significance of the Takayama Festival, gaining insights into its deep-rooted connection to the town and the enduring bond it has forged among its people over the centuries. Join us on this journey to experience the unique charm of Takayama.
- Immerse in Festival Culture with a guided visit to the Takayama Matsuri Yatai Museum to delve into Takayama’s vibrant festival traditions, discovering the craftsmanship behind the magnificent floats.
- Delve into the serene realms of Hachimangu Shrine and Hie Shrine, gaining profound insights into the Takayama Festival’s traditions and understanding the deep significance these sacred sites hold
- Explore Historic Old Town: Stroll through Takayama’s meticulously preserved old town, adorned with traditional wooden buildings and charming shops.
- Hands-On Artistry: Engage in interactive Japanese craft activities, fostering a deeper appreciation for local artisanship and culture.
Your day begins at 9:00 AM, where you’ll meet your knowledgeable local guide at Takayama Station. From there, embark on a captivating exploration of Takayama’s cultural treasures. As you start your journey, pause at the giant Torii gate for a photo opportunity, capturing the essence of your visit.
Then, venture into the Takayama Matsuri Yatai Museum, housing some of the most ornate floats used in the biannual Takayama Festival, the museum offers a deep dive into the meticulous craftsmanship and dedication that goes into each creation. As you explore, you’ll gain insights into the festival’s history and its pivotal role in uniting the community in vibrant celebrations.
After immersing in the vibrant celebrations of Takayama’s festival, extend your experience to the attached Sakurayama Nikkokan Museum. Here, you’ll be enchanted by the detailed miniature replicas of the renowned Toshogu Shrine from Nikko. Crafted with impeccable attention to detail, these miniatures transport you to the architectural wonders of Nikko, all while staying in Takayama.
Next, ascend the stone steps leading to the entrance of Hachimangu Shrine, and you’ll be transported to a world of serenity and spirituality. This sacred Shinto shrine, a revered place of worship for centuries, not only offers a glimpse into the spiritual heart of Takayama but also serves as the site for the vibrant Takayama Matsuri autumn festival.
Continuing from the spiritual aura of Hachimangu Shrine, you’ll meander through Takayama’s old town. With every step, the echoes of the past resonate, revealing streets that have lovingly preserved the charm of ancient Japan. From traditional wooden facades to local artisans meticulously crafting their wares, this part of town is a living testament to Takayama’s rich heritage. Here, you’ll be granted some free time, allowing you to browse the inviting shops at your own pace or perhaps explore the vibrant Miyagawa Morning Market.
Post lunch, your exploration takes a hands-on turn at the Hida Takayama Activity and Exchange Hall. Engage with local artisans, understanding their craft and even trying your hand at creating something uniquely Japanese. Whether it’s crafting a bamboo lamp or making a Sarubobo, these activities offer a tangible connection to the local culture. Furthermore, these handcrafted creations will stand as cherished souvenirs, reminding you of your memorable time in Japan.
As the day progresses, the Takayama History and Art Museum beckons. Within its walls, the tale of Takayama unfolds. Artifacts, exhibits, and detailed displays trace the town’s evolution, offering a comprehensive look into its past, its influences, and its undying spirit.
Concluding your day’s journey is a visit to Hie Shrine. Nestled amidst lush greenery, the shrine offers a tranquil conclusion to a day filled with discovery. Not only a sanctuary of serenity, Hie Shrine also plays a pivotal role in the Takayama Spring Festival, serving as a vibrant stage for the town’s celebrations. As you explore the grounds, the legacy of the festival and its significance to Takayama might be felt in every corner, letting you internalize the day’s experiences and the town’s rich traditions.
As the day draws to a close, your journey comes full circle. Your guide, having been your window into Takayama’s soul, offers to accompany you back to Takayama Station. However, should your next destination lie elsewhere, feel free to continue on your path. With memories to cherish and a deeper understanding of Takayama’s cultural tapestry, you’ll be ready for your next adventure.
*See our FAQs below for details. Or please inform your guide, and they will offer any additional help you may need.
|09:00||Meet your friendly guide at Takayama Station, where your journey through Takayama's history and temples begins.|
The meeting point will be immediately outside the ticket gates in the station, near the walkway to the left.
|09:30||After a scenic walk through the streets of Takayama and the Miyagawa Morning Markets, we will stop at the impressive giant Torii gate the gateway to the Hachimangu Shrine. Here is a great chance to capture some memorable photos to start your day.|
|09:45||Immerse yourself in the captivating world of Takayama's festivals and traditions at the Takayama Matsuri Yatai Museum. Learn about the meticulous craftsmanship behind the vibrant floats and festival culture. Extend your exploration to the attached Sakurayama Nikkokan Museum, where detailed miniature replicas of the renowned Toshogu Shrine from Nikko await, offering another layer of cultural insight.|
|10:20||Discover the spiritual heart of Takayama at Hachimangu Shrine, where you'll explore its serene grounds and gain insights into Shinto rituals and beliefs.|
|10:40||Embark on a leisurely walk through Takayama's historic old town, renowned for its beautifully preserved streets and traditional architecture. Along the way, pause to explore charming shops and significant cultural landmarks. You'll be given free time to enjoy shopping and browsing at your own pace, allowing you to savor the atmosphere and discover hidden gems.|
|12:00||Relish a delightful lunch at a local restaurant, handpicked by your guide for its authentic Soba noodles, a beloved Japanese dish. Savour the flavours of regional cuisine and recharge for the afternoon. If you have different culinary preferences, feel free to explore other dining options in the area; your guide can offer recommendations to suit your tastes.|
|13:00||Continue your cultural exploration at the Hida Takayama Activity and Exchange Hall, where you'll engage in hands-on experiences with Japanese crafts, deepening your appreciation for local artistry.|
|14:00||Immerse yourself in the art and history of Takayama at the Takayama History and Art Museum. Discover the town's evolution and cultural heritage through captivating exhibits.|
|15:00||Enjoy a scenic stroll over to the Hie Shrine, a serene sanctuary nestled amidst lush greenery. Explore the spiritual ambiance and peaceful aura while learning about the shrine's significance in local life.|
|16:00||As your exploration in Takayama concludes, your guide will accompany those headed to Takayama Station. Alternatively, feel free to part ways at any point along the route, should your next destination differ. Your guide is there to assist, ensuring a seamless continuation of your journey.|
TOUR MEETUP POINT
1 / TAKAYAMA STATION @ 9:00 A.M.
The meetup point is outside of the ticket gates at JR Takayama Station. Once you have left the gates, look to your left to see a walkway and a carving depicting an ornate wagon. You may wait nearby there until the tour begins at 9:00 A.M. Be sure to look for the guide wearing a SNOW MONKEY RESORTS tour tag. There is also a waiting room with benches nearby for guests who have arrived early and would like to sit down; however, please make sure that you have left the waiting room and are in place at the meetup point at 9:00.
- Admission to the Takayama Matsuri Yatai Museum and Sakurayama Nikkokan Museum
- Hands-on Experience at the Hida Takayama Activity and Exchange Hall
- Guided tour through Takayama
- English speaking guide
- This tour involves several hours of walking in the outdoors. We recommend that you wear shoes and clothes which are easy to walk in. Please check the weather forecast before you head to the meetup point and prepare an umbrella or rain coat if necessary.
- In winter the temperatures may drop below freezing, and even during the daytime temperatures may not exceed 1-2 ℃ on some days. Please wear warm clothing and footwear appropriate for snowy and cold conditions. There may also be snow and ice on the road/sidewalk, and so you should take care to not slip by preparing the correct shoes for such conditions.
- There will be free time in Takayama for guests to enjoy the locations at their own pace. However, please make sure that you are at the respective meetup points at the time stated by your guide. If you get lost or need assistance, feel free to call the number which is listed on your tour pass, and our staff will assist you immediately.
- I’d like to join this tour from Tokyo/Nagoya. Is that possible?
- Unfortunately, it is not possible to reach the meetup point for this tour on time if leaving from Tokyo/Nagoya on the same day as the tour. We recommend guests to spend the night in Takayama or a nearby area on the day before the tour in order to be able to reach the meetup point by the starting time.
By participating in our 1 Day tour from Nagano and Matsumoto: Kamikochi and Matsumoto Castle, you will be able to start at Nagano Station/Matsumoto Station, view the historic Matsumoto Castle, and hike in scenic Kamikochi, from where you can take a short 1-hour bus ride to Takayama and spend the night - ready to participate in the Takayama and Shirakawa-go tour on the next day. Guests who take the early morning Shinkansen from Tokyo to Nagano - those departing at 6:16 or 6:28 - in order to arrive at Nagano Station for the 8:15 meet up time (or the Azusa Express leaving Shinjuku at 7:00 heading for Matsumoto) will be able to string together these two tours for an unforgettable two day experience in the heartland of Japan.
Please feel free to contact us if you would like more information.
- What should I wear/bring?
- Please wear clothing appropriate to the season in which you are taking the tour, and check the weather forecast ahead of time. Guests may wish to bring rain coats or umbrellas on rainy days, or sunscreen to avoid sunburn during the summer months. In the winter months, the air temperatures will be cold (5 to -5 ℃ on average), and so gloves, winter boots, warm hats, and hand warmers are recommended. Otherwise, please feel free to bring any other items, such as water or a snack, which you would normally carry when walking in the outdoors.
- Can I add accommodation to my tour booking?
- Yes. We can help book accommodation for guests who will be spending the night in Takayama. Please contact us for more information!
- Is this tour wheelchair accessible/appropriate for guests with limited mobility?
- The nature of this tour means it is not wheelchair accessible and may not be appropriate for guests with limited mobility, given the amount of walking involved. Should this be of concern, contact us prior to booking to discuss options.
- Is lunch included on this tour?
- No. This tour does not include lunch however there will be opportunities to purchase food and drinks during the tour. If you prefer to, please also feel free to bring snacks and drinks with you.
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Snow Monkey Resorts Tours
Nagano City Kurita 1015-7, NK Copo 202, Nagano, 380-0921 Japan
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Travel Service Supervisor: Tomoko Kasahara
All Year Round
09:00 - 16:00