Takayama

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Due to its previously inaccessible location nestled high in the mountainous Hida alpine region, this beautifully preserved old town was cut off from the rest of Japan, allowing it to develop its own unique culture. A very distinctive architecture can be seen in Shirakawago- a UNESCO World Heritage listed village famous for its 'Praying Hands' style farmhouses. Explore the Miyagawa morning market before visiting one of the many sake breweries, where the famous drink is of a particularly high quality due to the area's clean water sources. The Hida No Sato Folk Village is an open air museum exhibiting over 30 typical farmhouses and other traditional buildings from the Hida region and the Takayama Festival Floats museum, displays floats from the famous Takayama festival.


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Best time to be there

Spring (late March to April) for cherry blossom, early summer (May to early June) for warm sunshine, autumn (October to November) for sunny weather and spectacular colours.

Fly to

Osaka/ Tokyo Narita and Haneda (Japan Airlines, British Airways)

flying time

12 hours 30 minutes from London

time difference

GMT +9 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

No vaccinations required

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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Japan, Hong Kong and the Ryukyu Islands Cruise

Nights: 15 | from £15,431pp

Explore the rarely visited Ryukyu Islands, as well as Taiwan and Hong Kong, accompanied by an award-winning expedition team on L’Austral. Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Classic Japan

Nights: 12 | from £4,877pp

Journey through the heart of Japan, mixing its pulsating cit-ies with its ancient temples, age-old traditions, sacred is-lands, sake breweries, 20th-century... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Sushi and Sashimi

Nights: 11 | from £5,365pp

Food, culture and history are intertwined in this unique destination: not for nothing has Washoku – traditional Japanese cuisine – been inscribed on UNESCO’s... Find out more

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Okinawa Beach Break

Nights: 4 | from £2,270pp

For an extraordinary beach getaway, journey to the powdery white sands and azure waters of Okinawa, home to some of the world’s most beautiful marine... Find out more

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Luxury Small Group Journeys - Classic Japan 2017

Nights: 8 | from £7,535pp

Experience the juxtaposition of fast-paced, neon-lit Tokyo and Osaka with the serene and culture-rich surroundings of ancient Kyoto Find out more

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Honjinhiranoya Kachoan Ryokan

Honjinhiranoya Kachoan Ryokan is placed in an ideal location to explore the attractions of this beautiful area. The accommodation has a traditional Japanese... Find out more

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Oyado Koto No Yume, Japan

This unique art-style Ryokan lies in the heart of Takayama's old town, close to many of the town's main attractions including the soothing hot springs. As... Find out more

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Wanosato Ryokan

This mountain inn is the perfect place to relax and experience exceptional Japanese hospitality at its best. This tranquil setting surrounded by the mountains... Find out more

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