These 5 Fun Activities You Can Do While On Vacation in Takayama, Japan

These 5 Fun Activities You Can Do While On Vacation in Takayama, Japan

Takayama is a city in Japan located in Gifu Prefecture. This city is increasingly recognized by foreign tourists because it is the main access to visit Shirakawa-go which has been registered in the UNESCO World Heritage.

Takayama City is not to be missed because besides being beautiful, there are many interesting things to do when you stop there. Here are some things you must do when visiting Takayama.

  1. Go to the Takayama morning market

Takayama has 2 busy morning markets, namely the Miyagawa Morning Market and the Jinya-Mae Morning Market, which operate daily from 7 a.m. to 12 noon.

What makes this morning’s market fun to visit is the variety of artworks offered and neatly arranged in a clean environment. Interesting works of art include sculptures and accessories made of cedar wood, sarubobo dolls, baby monkey mascots in the Hida region, and name writing services in Japanese characters.

Exciting snacks that you don’t miss are our takoyaki, roasted chestnuts, candied sesame to roasted black bean tea, and sake. The fun thing is, the majority of these snacks have a tester, you know!

  1. Be creative in making sarubobo dolls

Sarubobo, the mascot of Takayama’s baby monkey, can not only be seen and bought as a souvenir, but you can also make your own. For those who like handicrafts, visiting the workshop for making sarubobo dolls is an activity you don’t want to miss.

Making this doll is not difficult because you don’t sew and shape everything from scratch. Instead, you will be facilitated by some patchwork that is arranged into a sarubobo shirt and hat, then the staff at the location will explain to you the next steps.

Of course, once it’s finished, you can take home your sarubobo doll. Participating in this workshop costs 1500 Yen per person or around Rp. 195,000.

  1. Taste the delicious Hida beef

Hida Beef is authentic beef from Gifu Prefecture which is of high quality because of its good marbling pattern so that the sweetness, aroma, and tenderness are maintained.

The processed meat produces a variety of culinary delights, including Hida Beef Sushi, Hida Beef Bun (father of meat), Hida Beef Burger, Hoba Miso Beefsteak, and Stewed Hida Beef, and Hida Beef Croquette.

The average price offered starts from 500 Yen or Rp. 65,000. Meanwhile, the average price for rice set with Hida Beef is around 2000 Yen or IDR 260,000.

  1. Visit the beautiful Hida Folk Village

Visiting Hida Folk Village will remind you of the legendary village of Shirakawa-go. Indeed, the 30 traditional gassho-zukuri houses in this museum were moved from near Shirakawa-go due to their fragile condition with age.

This beautiful rural nuanced museum exhibits various means of supporting the daily life of residents such as means of transportation, traditional clothes, irori (heating equipment and food), to very simple wooden toilets.

Besides that, you can take pictures in Takayama’s signature farmer clothes for free, and feed the wild animals with special biscuits for 50 Yen or Rp. 6,500 per pack, or watch the wood carving work with 1 knife called ichii ittobori.

  1. Explore the beauty of the old town of Takayama

Antique buildings and houses built in the Edo period (1600-1868) along the streets beautify the old town of Takayama. Now, these historical buildings have been transformed into cafes, restaurants, sake distilleries, local craft centers, gift shops, and some old houses that were once owned by wealthy merchants have become museums that you can visit.

Apart from walking, you can get around the old town by riding a typical Japanese trishaw. The price is quite draining your pocket, starting from 4000 Yen or Rp. 158.000. But it is guaranteed to be an unforgettable memory and of course, don’t forget to take pictures on a trishaw which is cool to upload on social media. If you are lucky, you can take a photo with a female rickshaw puller.

  1. Witness the majestic Takayama Festival

The Takayama Festival, which has been held twice a year since the late 16th and 17th centuries, is the biggest celebration that attracts tourists. The spring festival (14-15 April) is held for the Hie Jinja shrine, while the autumn festival (9-10 October) is held for the Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine.

The festival runs from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is generally very lively with a procession of portable shrine worship on palanquins, Japanese orchestral offerings, or ohayashi, Japanese classical music or garaku, and shishimai or lion dance.

Well, it’s time for Takayama to be included in your bucket list for the holidays after the pandemic is over! Hopefully, the list above can guide you on who will visit Takayama.