Hida Takayama is one of my favourite old towns in Japan and its charm keeps me coming back year after year. Located in the beautiful mountains of Gifu Prefecture, Takayama is famous for its well preserved old town as well as the Takayama Festival held in both spring and autumn. It also has in my opinion some of the best gourmet food and restaurants in all of Japan.
Continuing on from my recent trip to Shirakawa-go, here's a report from my first day in the Hida area, in which I passed through Takayama and stayed in a smaller village called Hida-Furukawa. The trip was operated by Satoyama Experience.