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.

November 20, 2016

Winter season will soon starts !

In Takayama we get the first snow in the city on the 10th of November. It was a really light snow but our manager made us betting on the first snow date and won. This was a little game in our team but really enjoyable.

Then if it snowed in the city it is even better on the mountains ! 

The ski resort CIAO open on the 11th.

If you want to enjoy walking in the winter landscape why not going there for one day and use the lift and gondola to get on the best spot ?

Until the 31th of December, one day ticket is only 1,000 yen per person. And if we get lucky the snow may fall again soon ! Then get your gear ready to ride on the white carpet !

Even if you never ski before you will certainly enjoy trying this outdoor sport !

October 31, 2016

Update on Autumn colors in Takayama (Oct 31)

It was supposed to be your correspondent's day off today but he failed to finish all his work (poor him!) the previous day and had to go reluctantly to work today. But luckily he managed to finish
all the remaining tasks in the morning, and after a quick lunch, and armed with his new iphone (your correspondent dropped his iphone 5 on the ground, broke it, bought a new phone, then dropped it into the toilet in less than two weeks, necessitating the purchase of yet another phone; your correspondent is broke right now), he headed down to the Shiroyama Park to check out the autumn colors. Rumor has it that the autumn colors this year are less vivid than in a regular year because of heavy rainfall in the last few months, and I am afraid I have to agree. But still you can spot trees with vividly red maple leaves here and there in the park. Based on my experience, the autumn colors here are still a week away from its peak, as we are expecting the weather to turn pretty cold next week, which will hopefully speed up the change of colors. So don't forget to check out the Shiroyama park in a week! (Don't forget your bear bell...just in case).


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 13th of November
Sat./Sun./Holiday 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