Hida-Takayama has preserved the
feeling of a castle town, apparent by its history-filled streets.
With the latticed bay windows and linked eaves of merchants' houses
in Sanmachi Suji, the enduring historical temples and shrines of
Higashiyama, and the reproduction of Hida's traditional mountain
farming villages of sloped-roof houses at Hida Folk Village, the
town itself could be called a sightseeing spot. The Takayama festival
held in spring and fall is known as one of the three most beautiful
festivals of Japan (the other two are the Gion Festival of Kyoto
and the Chichibu Night Festival of Saitama Prefecture). Ornate floats
crafted by Hida artisans are pulled around, and Takayama becomes
truly energetic. When visiting Takayama, you can certainly savor
the arts and culture of traditional craftsmen while enjoying the
feel of the ancient city.