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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.
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.
Osaka/ Tokyo Narita and Haneda (Japan Airlines, British Airways)
12 hours 30 minutes from London
GMT +9 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
No vaccinations required
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Annie, Brandon, Debbie, Margaret, Vicky Hamlin, Vicky Smith and Rachel - are experts in designing travel experiences across the region to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our Orient, India, Australasia and Indian Ocean portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout these areas, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.
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