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Takayama

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Natural History Museums · Architectural Buildings · Specialty Museums
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation. The town's remote location influenced the look and character of its neighborhoods, with the 17th-century architecture of the old town area notably well preserved and displaying a mastery of carpentry for which the town has become famous. The surrounding hills hide a number of interesting old temples and shrines, with hikes up to nearby monuments serving as highlights of many Takayama tours. Our Japan trip itinerary planner combines visitor reviews with your personal interests to make an itinerary informed by experts, but tailored to suit your style.
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Where to stay in Takayama

Look along the banks of the river running north-south through Takayama for arguably the town's best accommodations. Traditional ryokan (guesthouses) with onsite onsen (traditional Japanese spas) occupy scenic positions across this central area, displaying fine carpentry skills of the locals and the distinctive architectural style they developed over the years. West of this area, you'll find a number of basic ryokan, with a decent selection of side-street hostels and standard hotels around the train station.
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