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Takayama, A Traditional Japanese Town

Manabu Ozawa from Japan

A Takayama street
Photo: Manabu Ozawa
If you come to Takayama, you can see historical architecture. The buildings were originally built in the 16th century though they have gotten rebuilt several times.



A bridge in Takayama

Photo: Manabu Ozawa
If you are tired of big cities, go to Takayama and relax. Warm folks are waiting.

My home town is a very small town; its population is just 65,000. But if you visit Japan, I strongly recommend you visit my hometown, Takayama, Gifu.

If you come to Takayama, you can see historical architecture. The buildings were originally built in the 16th century though they have gotten rebuilt several times.

If you want to see older traditional Japanese houses, there is a small village 30 miles away from there called Shirakawa-mura. It is one of the UNESCO World Heritage spots. You can see old Japanese houses which are made of wood with straw on the roof.

The big city of Tokyo is not the only Japan. You can have fun in Tokyo; it is a nice place, but a big city is always the same: tall buildings and busy people. So, if you are tired of big cities, go to Takayama and relax. Warm folks are waiting.

There are many Japanese traditional hotels there; the cost is about $100, including breakfast and dinner. If you don't like Japanese style bathroom (big differences from western style), you can find a nice western style hotel.

Don't miss the Takayama Festival. This festival has been held since 1141. It is said ancestors started it to celebrate the defeat of a monster with 2 faces, 4 legs, and 4 arms. This festival is famous for luxurious floats (12 for spring festival and 11 for autumn festival). Some of them have incredible marionettes on the top of them, and a lot of visitors come to see them.


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