March 10, 2017

Shizukumiya Festival

Let's enjoy a Sake Festival on this end of winter !

Do not miss the sake barrel mikoshi, portable shrine, carried by the local youth. Colorful, and full of energetic people, the parade is a must to see ! Children from sport clubs also participate, feel the local atmosphere of this festival.

The Taiko performance and hand-held fireworks are also event to watch at Miyagawa !

And then why do you not try the local sake : “Kami no shizuku” sake, and browse many food stalls.


WHERE  : In front of Jinya, Along Miyagawa river
WHEN : 9;55 in front of Jinya
12:25 along Miyagawa river
13:50 in front of Jinya
14:20 Kanpai
WHAT : parade, market, sake, taiko performance

All photographies from

February 28, 2017

Ji-Kabuki and Sake Night

A Night for Jikabuki and Jizake (local sake) in Hida-Takayama

If Ji-Kabuki is an art from Gero it is quite rare to see it in Takayama and even rarer to see it with English subtitle. However GreenHotel is holding an event where even foreigners can enjoy this performance, and it's free !

In March you can still view it on the 11th, 12th, 18th and 19th.
The performance starts at 21:00 and lasts 2 hours.
The performance changes every nights.

The local sake bar opens at 20:30 and the costs varies.
Snacks also available.

"Takayama is a popular sightseeing spot in Japan, known for its picturesque old town that is unchanged from the Edo period, its morning market, and one of the most beautiful festivals in Japan, the Takayama Festival.

There is another thing that you should not forget when visiting Takayama: the abundant local sake.  Six historical sake breweries are located in the town for you to visit on foot.

Takayama Green Hotel, which is located near JR Takayama Station, holds a special event where you can enjoy both a Jikabuki performance and the Jizake (local sake) of Takayama at the same time. "-Takayama Greenhotel official page

Halal Food in Takayama

Hello everyone !

Did you know that Takayama is a Muslims friendly city ?

A lot of visitors are from muslim countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia. 
However it is not always easy for muslims to find places to go to eat outside...

But here in Takayama an association is working hard to help muslim to enjoy their trip.
If you are looking for a place in which the facilities are welcoming muslim with either prayer room or special menu look for this sign :

Hida-Takayama has even its own "Travel guide for Muslim Visitor"

Let's share our differences and culture !
Please enjoy Hida and Shoryudo region !

January 21, 2017

Winter Illumination 2017

The snow has finally been falling all over the mountains !
Last week Takayama got 75cm in only 3 days, while Shirakawa-go got over 1m ! And what may be more beautiful than winter landscape with light-up ?

Of course Shirakawa-go will be running is main event from the 22nd of January every Sunday and Monday. But Takayama has also some beautiful places near by which get their own light-up.

Like every season Nakabashi, the red bridge, is illuminated between 19:00 and 22:00. It is really near our hostel, only 5 minutes walk. If you are not afraid by the cold you will be able to take good pictures.

However if you allow yourself more time one of the best spot for winter illumination is definitely the Hida Folk Village ! The open air museum light-up is run every day from 17:30 to 21:00. Entrance fee is 300 yen per adult and 100 yen per child. You will enjoy Gassho-zukuri style house covered by snow like you were in Shirakawa-go in a less crowded environment.

To reach the Hida Folk village from J-Hoppers :
  • by walk : 30mn Est
  • by bus : Sarubobo bus (number 1) 210 yen one way
    • to go 18:00 / 18:30 / 19:00 / 19:44
    • to come back 19:00 / 20:00 / 21:00

 Let's enjoy winter view by night !

January 11, 2017

Let's discover and enjoy Japanese Sake !

From the 13th of January to the 26th of February 2017, 
the breweries will open their door to everyone. 

One brewery opens the door of its making process for one week. 
Group up to 15 people are invited to see the inside of the building and taste the sake produce.
No reservation needed / Last entrance 15mn before closing

① 1月13日(金)~1月19日(木) 平田酒造場(上二之町)
From 13th to the 19th of January : Hirata Brewery
(01/13 (Fri.) from 10:00 AM Opening ceremony at Hirata Brewery)
② 1月20日(金)~1月26日(木) 原田酒造場(上三之町)
From 20th to 26th of January : Harada Brewery
③ 1月27日(金)~2月  2日(木) 川尻酒造場(上二之町)
From 27th of January to 2nd of February : Masamune Brewery
④ 2月  3日(金)~2月  9日(木) 二 木 酒 造(上二之町)
From 3rd to 9th of February : Niki Brewery
⑤ 2月10日(金)~2月16日(木) 平瀬酒造店(上一之町)
From the 10th to the 16th of February : Hirase Brewery
⑥ 2月17日(金)~2月26日(日) 舩坂酒造店(上三之町)
From the 17th to the 26th of February : Funasaka Brewery

December 29, 2016

New Year Fireworks

Have you ever seen winter fireworks ?

Here in Takayama, the city launches beautiful "Hanabi" to celebrate the new year coming.
The fireworks are launched from the Sky park at 20:00.
Good places to see it : the train station, the city hall and near the river.

By the way do you know how to wish a good year in Japanese ?

  • "あけましておめでとう!/Ake mashite omedetou ! " it says the 1st of January,
  • "良いお年を!/ Yoi o toshi wo !" can be said any day.  
Lets' enjoy a great evening and start the next year with beautiful memories.

December 7, 2016

Chochin light-up in Old street

Let's enjoy the old street with an enchanting light-up !

The 16th and 17th of December the old streets will be lived-up by the light-up event.
Starting at 18:00 until 20:30 in the Kami-san-no-machi and Kami-ni-no-machi we will be able to enjoy light-up with traditional Japanese lantern chochin and andon.
Chochin lantern

Andon lantern

 You can also enjoy some event in the Sake breweries :

  • Funasaka Sake Brewery : Lion dance 19:30~
  • Harada Sake Brewery : Amazake degustation
  • Niki Sake Brewery : Jazz concert ( twice a day from 18:30)
If you dressed-up in kimono do not miss to take one free rental Japanese umbrella to walk down the street. You can also take a picture on a Jinrikisha !

Feel authentic Japan and travel back in time.