October 11, 2016

Autumn Light-up in Takayama

During the Autumn the leaves change color and Takayama get illuminated all around the city !

Well this year is maybe not the most beautiful one due to the heavy rain of the past months, but the light-up are still running in Takayama giving some good view of the city by night.

Spot #1(number 8 on the map) : Nakabashi, the red bridge
From the 1st of October until the 30th of November
Everyday from 18:30 to 22:00

Spot #2 (number 9 on the map) : Enako River, the little river in th old town
From the 1st of October until the 30th of November
Everyday from 18:30 to 22:00

Spot #3 (number 10 on the map) : Hida Folk Village
From the 1st of October until the 30th of November
Everyday from 17:30 to 21:00
Adult 300 yen / Child 100 yen

October 8, 2016

Takayama Autumn Festival

Takayama's Autumn Festival, one of the three most beautiful one in Japan.

Tomorrow and the day after tomorrow the street of Takayama will be joyfull and crowded as everyone is waiting to see the floats walking down the path. The floats are really high, about 9m, and colorful. Inside the floats you will be able to watch the Karakuri, wooden puppets moving by strings, performing story and dance. Sometimes 10 people are needed to move one Karakuri !

October 9th 2016
9:00 to 16:00 : Line-up of Floats
12:00 to 12:20 : Puppet show (Karakuri)
13:00 to 15:00 : Goshinko processing
13:30 to 16:00 : Parade of floats
15:00 to 15:20 : Puppet show (Karakuri)
18:00 to 21:00 : Night Parade

October 10th 2016
8:30 to 11:30 : Goshinko processing
9:00 to 16:00 : Line-up of Floats
11:00 to 11:20 : Puppet show (Karakuri)
13:00 to 13:20 : Puppet show (Karakuri)
13:30 to 16:00 : Goshinko processing

September 18, 2016

Furukawa Fire Fox Festival

Every year on the fourth Saturday of September, foxes walked in Furukawa !
It is the Fire Fox Festival of Furukawa !

Let's get some fox make-up and enjoy the "kistune matsuri" !
Anyone coming into the city will get a white and red fox make-up.
From all over the country couples apply to been selected as the fire foxes married coupled, 
but only one will be chosen and play this huge role.
Procession, dances, stands, music... A lot to see and feel during this event !


Where : Hida-Furukawa, 5mn from the station
When :  September 24 (Sat.) 13:00~21:00

September 5, 2016

Aji Matsuri - Festival of Taste + Street Jazz Festival

The Festival of Taste is back in September !

This weekend the Hida Autumn Food will be held in Honmachi.
Enjoy the friendly ambiance of the event and discover the popular foods of Hida Takayama. :

  •  Hida beef on skewers - Gyu-kushi
  • Hida beef sushi - Gyu-zushi
  • Salty grilled river fish - Ayu/Amago/Iwana shio-yaki
  • Sticky rice balls covered with a sweet soy sauce - Mitarashi dango
  • Sticky rice covered with miso - Miso gobei
  • Hida beef Croquette - Gyu-kuroke
  • and so many others !

You will also be able to have some locals sake tasting ! Hida-Furukawa's sake, Hourai, has been selected best sake in the world ! Do not miss the chance to try it during this festival !

Where : Shopping Street Honmachi, Takayama
When : September 10th (Sat) and 11th (Sun) // 9:00~17:00 (~16:00 Sunday)


10th Street Jazz Festival in Takayama !

7 Jazz-bands from the region gathered to this Festival. 
A free event bringing you music in the old street. 

Have a hear to them !

Where : Kami-ni-nomachi (the old streets)
When : September 10, 13:00~18:00 

August 13, 2016

Obon odori and summer festival in Takayama

Summer is hot and full of festival in Japan !

Do you know "obon" ? It is a Buddhist custom to celebrate the ancestors. "Bon odori" means "bon dance", which is a dance to celebrate the ancestors' spirits. Each city has its own dance and music, but it is always constructed with a pattern which is repeated all along the song, and people usually dance in circles. Let's try to dance with locals !

In Takayama near the J-Hoppers Hida Takayama we will have a lot of opportunities to dance and wear yukata ! You should try to wear it at least once if you come to Japan during summer ! Yukata can be easily rented.

  • Takayama Jinya Obon odori: 14th and 15th of August 2016
    • 3mn from the hostel
  • Takayama Bestuin Obon odori : 16th of August 2016
    • 15mn from the hostel
  • Takayama Ryokan Obon odori : 27th of August 2016
    • 5mn from the hostel

July 31, 2016

Handheld Fireworks

The annual handheld firework display will be held in Takayama on August 9 along Miyakawa River. If you haven't seen this amazing event before, I do recommend that you see if for once. I am sure you will be awed by the sight of fireworks raining down on the body of the brave handheld firework holder and the sound of explosion in the end, after which everything falls silent. I always wonder if it will be pretty painful doing this, and I definitely cannot imagine myself doing this. I will be happy being the spectator, and this year will probably be my third year watching this event. Please join me on August 9 from 7.30pm! 

June 30, 2016

Lavender Festival at Kiyomi

Okay, I know Furano at Hokkaido is famous for lavender, but actually you can find lavender field in Takayama, though in a much smaller scale. But still if you don't have time to venture that far to Hokkaido, you can satisfy your thirst of seeing lavender by riding a bicycle to Kiyomi. The best time to see lavender here is around early July, and for two consecutive weekends, on July 2 and 3, as well as on July 9 and 10, a lavender festival will be held around the lavender garden. Don't miss it! Please ask our staff for access to the lavender garden.