December 4, 2012

New Sake dedication ceremony.

Do you know "Sugidama"??

It is what is called a “sugidama”(杉玉).

This is normally hung outside of sake breweries  in Japan.

There is a ceremony for New Sake at Takayama.

Date: 9 th (Sun) December 2012
Time:  10:00 Sugidama dedication ceremony.
         10:15 Traditional song sing in chorus
         10:40  Lion dance(Shishimai)

Place: Funasaka sake breweries.
(about 10min from J-Hoppers Hida Takayama Guest House)

November 26, 2012

Why don't you go sking or snowboarding?

Mont Deus ski resort→   (Open from 22nd Dec to 17th March)

★Access: Suttle bus from Takayama bus center(30 minutes)★

1 day lift ticket included in bus ticket: 2500yen(week day)

1 day lift ticket included in bus ticket: 3500yen(weekend and holiday)

1000yen (Special day)Tuesday and Wednesday)

Mont Deus ski resort

★Rental ski and snowboarding equipments★

Ski rental:3000yen


★sled course for kids★

★ Snowmobile★(1000yen/30 minutes)

★Information of Ski resorts in Takayama  →

October 10, 2012

Mt Ontake

Hi there

I went to Mt Ontake which is located in south of Mt Norikura.

Mt Ontake consists of various other Japanese mountains.

The highest peak is 3067m

Luckily we could see snow on the top of the mountain.

It is about 3hours hike to the top and  2hours to go down.

There is a famous onsen called Nigorigo at bottom of the mountain  on the side of Gifu prefecture.

It is really nice after hiking!!

Access:2hours from Takayama by car.

Sennin waterfall

Autumn leaves

Snows on the top

Look for our staff Ayumi!

Gonoike lake

September 22, 2012

Shirakawa-go Lighting up in 2013

The schedule of Shirakawa-go Light Up in this winner has fixed.

① 19th January (Sat)
 ②26th January (Sat)
③ 27th January (Sun)
④2nd February (Sat)
⑤3rd February (Sun)
⑥ 9th February (Sat)
⑦ 10th February (Sun)
⑧16th February (Sat)

If you would like to go, please bring warm jacket!

How to get there,
You need to catch the bus from Takayama bus terminal.
They accept the reservation one month before the departure date.
No-hi Bus :


September 8, 2012

★Hida Beef Festival in Takayama★

★Hida Beef Festival★

Date:  15, 16 September 2012
Time:  11:00am-8:00pm
Place: Takayama station, West parking

You can see real cow, and have many kind of Hida beef menu!!
They also sell local vegetable and special local products. 

September 2, 2012

Hida osaka waterfalls

I went to Hida Osaka waterfalls.

 There are so many waterfalls around Hida Takayama area,especially in Hida Osaka

Most of the waterfalls  made by molten rocks  makes themself unique.

Hida Osaka waterfalls

It takes 45minutes by car.
If you come to Takayama by car,I recommend you to go there.

Gandate kyou



Karatani waterfall

Mitsutaki waterfall

August 30, 2012

Festival for the Culture and Industrial in Takayama.

Takayama is famous for the wood crafting.
There is a festival for the culture and industrial in Takayama.

You can see a beautiful furniture and wood crafts.
Also , you can make an music box by yourself.

Date : 5th - 9th September 2012
Place : Hida Earth Wisdom Center.
How to get to there: By bus (from the Takayama bus terminal 200yen one way.)
Also, there will be a shuttle bus during the festival period.

August 27, 2012

Cosmos festival @Honoki daita

★Cosmos Festival★

Date:  25 August-2 September

Place and Time : Honoki daira, 11:00-14:00

How to access:

45min by bus or car :

Big Map

★100yen Ramen

★Bazaar: Mitarashi-dango, Spit-roasted Hida beef, Fresh vegetable

★Pounded Mochi (only 2 Sep) 11:00/13:30

August 22, 2012

Maze firework festival

There will be Maze firework festival in Gero city on 25th August.

This is the biggest festival around this area.

If you come to Takayama in your car  on the date,I recommend you to go there

Maze firework festival

25th(Sar) August 2012
If it rains ,it is 26th(Sun)

Place: Maze nakagiri
Access:1 hour by car from Takayama toward Gero onsen

August 19, 2012

You can use wi-fi @Nohi bus terminal!!

You can use Wi-Fi in the waiting room at Nohi Bus terminal.

Please ask the password for wi-fi to the staff:)

July 18, 2012

Hida Beef Festival in Hida Furukawa

Would you like to try Hida Beef???

Hida Beef Festival in Hida Furukawa

Date : 21st July 2012 (Sat)
Time: 11:00 -- 20:00
Place : Hida Furukawa
        15min by JR train. from Takayama.

What you can do...
*Hida Beef BBQ

*Beer Garden

* Lottery(13:00)
You can get Hidabeef, Japanese Sake, and more!

And more event and fun at there!!

July 4, 2012


We throw 2 INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE PARTIES on every month!!

 It is the best chance to meet people and make some friends!! Local people join the party as well.Why do not join us!!



★Date:13th July ★
Noodle party
Cost:about 300yen

★Date:27th July ★
BBQ party
Cost:about 300yen


We had Sushi party  last time.There were lots of people.

We let you know about party schedule by our  J-Hoppers hida takayama tweetfacebook and event calendar 

 If you need any question,please feel free to ask us!! We are looking forward to meeting you at the party:-)

June 29, 2012

An Antique Fair

An antique fair started in 1982.
Held on the first Sunday of the month from April to October.


Date:1st July (Sun). 
Time: 9:00-16:00
Place:Sanmachi street (5min from J-Hoppers)

The streets are temporarily closed to vehicles (called “pedestrians’ paradise”) and over 20 art dealers have stalls on the street.

You will enjoy looking at olden daily-life utensils while strolling down the street.

June 13, 2012

Hida Takayama ultra marathon

 Hida Takayama ultra marathon was held  in Takayama on 10th June for the first time ever.

Hida Takayama ultra marathon

It had 72kms and 100kms courses.There were 1017 people running.

Some guests went in for the event.

There should be the marathon for next year as well.

Why don't you take a part in the event for next year.

If we get the information ,we will update information by our blog or tweet of Hida Takayama J-hoppers.

Hideaki(JPN)run Hida Takayama ultra marathon (100kms)

Hideaki,Kitty,Akudaikan(JPN) run Hida Takayama Ultra marathon(100kms)

why don't you try a rickshaw ride??

For 2person

15min: 3,000 yen
30min: 5,000 yen
1 hour: 10,000 yen

It looks bit expensive.
I think you can have special memories!!

June 10, 2012

Public bath: Takanoyu!!

Have you tried Onsen?

If you like to take a bath, I recommend "Public bath (Sento)", also!!

In Edo period, most building were made of wood and there were a lot of fire.
Even ruling class "Bushi" are permitted to install a bath only in samurai residences called "Bukeyashiki." 

By the 18th century, sentos were loved by people as places not only for bathing but also as places for communicating with others.

Now, some " Sentos" produce their own, design-conscious,bathing goods, while others make the most of their "venues" and host events such as rakugo (traditional Japanese comic monologue performances), small concerts or yoga lessons. 

Although the sento may be changing its form a little, it may always remain a place for people to meet and communicate with others.

There is a Sento called "Takano-yu" in Takayama.
It is one of the old style one around here.

They sometimes have a event like special aroma bath.


Big Map

Open   14:30-22:00

Closed on Wednesday

Fee: 400yen

They have small free rental towel

May 18, 2012

Mt Norikura

The hiking season has just started in the Japanese Alps

Hiking aroud Norikura
Norikura mountains isn’t as crowded as Kamiko-chi and has some splendid mountain scenery,easy hiking trails.

A bus take you to a bus stop called Tatamidaira(2700m above the sea level).When you get off the bus .you can enjoy
alpine plants and hiking. Also you can see snow walls on the way to bus stop.Why don’t you do a day trip for Norikura.?
Also if you have a car,you can go to see some waterfalls from side of Matsumoto.

Mt Norikura from Takayama city.
Snow wall on the way to Norikura

Sanbon water fall(one of three waterfalls )
Taking a break while hiking

Access 2hours by Nohi bus Roud -trip 4400yen
Takayama- Hoonoki daira- Norikura(Tatamidaira)

May 6, 2012

Food Festival in Takayama.

Food Festival in Takayama.

Date : 19th May 2012 (Sat) 09:00am to 17:00pm
20th (Sun) 09:00 am to 16:00 pm

Place : Honmachi street
(about 5min walk from J-Hoppers Hida Takayama Guest House)

What you can eat?
Fish from river
Local sweets.
Taste Japanese sake made in Takayama.

Sushi from Toyama prefecture.

There will be 40 shops on the street!


April 23, 2012

Hiorayu no yu (Onsen)!!

There is a onsen at the Hirayu folk village.

You can see Gassho houses and take a rest there.

 It is separate types of onsens, just outside.

Please pour water over your body and get used to the temperature before entering the tub.

When your body warms up, step out your upper body or wrist for breaks
 because soaking for too long would make you dizzy.

Enjoy Onsening!!

Hirayu no yu

Fee 100-300yen?!?! 
(You can see the box is shaped like a Gassho house,
please leave some coins in the box!!)

April 15, 2012

Kurobe Alpine route has been opened for this year.

The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is a famous mountain sightseeing route between
Toyama and Nagano.The whole route has been opened for this year

The route is just 37 km in length. It uses 7 different transports to cross the mountains with different modes, such as trolleybus ,ropeway, and walking.

All the transportation are expensive but it is worth going there once in a lifetime

The most interesting thing there in this season should be snow walls which are more than 10M.

Bus can go through the walls.

You can make a day trip from Takayama.

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine route↓

April 12, 2012

Opening Festival for Kamiko-chi (27th April)

Festival to mark the opening of the mountain climbing season in Kamikochi featuring ceremonies devoted to the safety of climbers and many entertainments.

Date : 27th April 2012  
Time : 10:50-14:00
Place : Kamikochi  Kappa-bashi bridge.

March 20, 2012

How about cosplay experience??

There is an exhibition about Ukiyoe at Hikaru museum.

Hiroshige-Fifty-three stations of the Tokaido

26 Feb 2012 - 5 June 2012


Closed on Wednesday

You can try cosplay like "Yaji-san and Kita-san!!"

They are famous character who traveled "Tokaido" in

Tokaidochu Hizakurige.

Here is the link about discount coupon!!

★900 yen⇒700 yen

March 7, 2012

Commemorative Walk:Sayonara Nuclear Power

Hi ,I am Matsu from J-Hoppers Hida Takayama.

It will be a year soon from Tsunami and nuclear power disaster.

It seems there will be many commerorative events for bye-bye Nuclear power around Japan.

There will be sayonara nuclear power walk here in Takayama as well.

Please participate for the event.

Date:11th March 2012
Time:13:00~ 15:00
Place:Poppo park 5minutes walk from J-Hoppers Hida Takayama.

March 3, 2012

Sake Festival in Takayama.

Have you tried Japanese Sake?

There are unique event in March.

Title : Shizuku miya sai (Shizuku miya festival)
Date : 18th March 2012
Time :10:00-16:00
Place :Takayama-Jinya, Nakabashi bridge,Miyamaebashi bridge.

There will be "Hand holding fire works", Food tent, Parade.

February 29, 2012

Fextival for Girl .

It's becoming more and more like Spring.

Do you know Japanese festival called "Hina Matsuri"?

Hinamatsuri occurs on March 3 and is an occasion to pray for young girls' growth and happiness. Most homes with girls display dolls for the Doll's Festival and dedicate to them peach blossoms, rice cake cubes, special colored and diamond-shaped rice cakes, white sake, and other items.
The origin of hinamatsuri is an ancient Chinese practice in which the sin of the body and misfortune are transferred to a doll and washed away by setting the doll in a river to drift away. When this practice spread to Japan, it was linked to girl's playing with dolls and, in the Edo Period(1603-1867), was developed into the hinamatsuri.

In Takayama, the doll(Hina) festival is celebrated one month later then the traditional Doll's Day.
We celebrate the doll festival on the 3th of April.

Approximately one month before the festival day, traditional dolls are displayed at various locations in the city.

One of place which dispray the dolls is Hida Folk Village.
At the Maeda house, dolls are displayed at the Engawa.
"Engawa" is a narrow wooden passageway [deck] (along the edge of a house facing the garden).
You can sit back and get comfy with irori fireplace.

Date: 1st March- 3rd April.
Place: Various locations throughout the city, including tourist facilities and historic houses.
*Some of place need entry fee.