Takayama is situated in the mountainous Hida Region, in northern Gifu Prefecture. Takayama’s old town is a top destination for both Japanese and foreign tourists especially among those who wish to add a rural element to their trips to Japan as it retains a sense of traditional Japan that is not always easy to find. It is also a great location from which to visit the UNESCO heritage site of Shirakawago.
Within Takayama itself, there is of course the Old Town, which is described below.
Another major attraction is the Hida Folk Village, an open air museum with 30 well-preserved traditional houses from the Hida region that are open to be explored and give a window into everyday life in the past in Japan. There are also workshops whereby visitors can learn how to make local crafts.