May 25, 2017

Hida no Aji Matsuri : Spring

The "Hida no Aji Matsuri" is held for each season in Takayama. This is the opportunity to try the Hida flavour enjoying a walk in the city and feel the warm welcome from the people of Takayama.
Do not be surprise to be stop by someone
calling you in English here !
Everyone is always trying their best with a smile.

This month let's enjoy the spring flavour !

When : May, 27 - 9:00 to 17:00 // May, 28 - 9:00 to 16:00
Where : On the Honmachi street


May 2, 2017

Kimono walk in Takayama

During all this month on Saturday, Sunday and holidays you can enjoy walking in Takayama wearing a beautiful kimono (for women) or a kamishimo (for men). The experience last 2 hours for 2,000 yen. The price include the kimono rental, and a tourist pass offering you to visit for free the Jinya and Hida Folk village and get discount to other tourist spots. You will also get a memorial pictures of you wearing kimono in front of the main bridge of Takayama : Nakabashi, the red bridge.





Flow of experience

  1. Choose your favorite Kamishimo (for men) or Kimono (for women) and wear it.
  2. Take off for sightseeing town, carrying a sightseeing pass.
  3. Memorial photo is presented to you.
  4. Return costume and pass.

Fee2,000 yen for 2 hours (After 2 hours, 500 yen is charged in every 30 minutes.)

Facility info : Nakabashi Bridge Tourist Information center

Address
1-2 Hon-machi, Takayama City
Access
12 min. walk from JR Takayama station
Note
Contact: Tourist Division of Takayama City Hall

April 30, 2017

Re-openning of the Alps

Spring as finally come here too.

The cherry blossom season is almost over here in Takayama.
However, some farther place in the mountains are still blooming !

And now that spring is over flowing to summer the snow is melting and the alpine roads re-open !


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Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine  Road re-opens on the 15th of April.
A lot of snow is still covering the top part of the course.
If you go there bring warm clothes and shoes.

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Kamikochi 

The majestic Kamikochi valley re-opens on the 17th of April while the openning ceremony was hold on the 24th. The valley is walkable but you still have snow on the top.

 
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Norikura 

The highest road in the Japanese Alps will re-open on the 15th of May.

April 10, 2017

Spring festival

 One of the three most beautiful festival in Japan !

Registered as a UNESCO world heritage since last year.


The festival is a most to see at Takayama on April.
Let's enjoy the floats and mikoshi parade in the old street and along the river.
Do not miss the "Karakuri" show, on the top of four of the floats enjoy a traditionnal puppets show - sometimes more than 10 men are needed to perform.

The show can be seen on the 14th between 10:00~10:50 then 14:00~14:50, and on the 15th between 11:00~11:50 then 14:30~15:20.

However the must see of the Spring Festival is the night parade on the 14th night from 18:30 to 21:00. The parade is departing form Shinmei-machi going north up to Uenomachi and then turning on the Yasugawa avenue.


Let's enjoy the Spring Festival !


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.

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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
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All photographies from http://ameblo.jp/shizukumiya/

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 !