Top Historical Places in Takayama

Are you looking to explore the history of Takayama through the ages? There are a number of historical destinations in Takayama including the time-honored buildings, monuments, palaces, and parks where you can learn about the glorious past of Takayama. The presence of these historical sites and museums will take you on a walk through Takayama ‘s rich history.
If you are willing to have an in-depth historical information about Takayama, we recommend that you take a wonderful guided tour to cover the major historical attractions. Also, check the opening and closing time for each so that you can organize your time. Make sure that you go through the complete list of historical places in Takayama for a great trip!

Let's witness the history of Takayama with these top historical places - monuments and landmarks:

  1. Hida Folk Village

    4.3 (495 Votes)
    Hida Folk Village

    Museum, Village, Historical Site

    The Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village consists of 30 traditionally built structures including homes with thatched roofs, shrines and small sheds. The nearby Goami Pond adds to the landscape and is perfect to take a few moments to relax at its shore. You can explore the homes and shrines as you like and see traditional tools, machinery and even see hand-made crafts take form in front of your eyes. ...Read more
  2. Takayama Old Town, Sanmachi Suji

    Landmark, Walking Area, Historical Site, Food And Drinks

    The Sanmachi Suji neighborhood takes you back to the Edo period with buildings that date from the 17th to the 19th century. The neighborhood was where wealthy merchants settled down and their residential places and shops still inhabit Narita to offer a part of history that would otherwise be lost. From sake breweries where you can try flavored sake, to shops that sell locally made products and ...Read more
  3. Takayama Jinya

    4.1 (531 Votes)
    Takayama Jinya

    Historical Site, Food And Drinks, Architecture

    The Takayama Jinya is a government office that was used to get the Hida province under the rule of Edo Bakufu (Shogunate) and was formerly a residential place that belonged to Lord Kanamori. The place was designated an historical site in 1929 and today is one of the most iconic places to see classic Japanese architecture with a fine use of wooden shingles, timber and clay store rooms. A farmers...Read more
  4. Higashiyama Walking Course

    3.8 (460 Votes)
    Higashiyama Walking Course

    Castle, Historical Site

    Created by Kanamori Nagachika (1524-1600) who loved Kyoto, the King made a Castle here with the hilly region developed to resemble the Higashiyama area. All of the attractions of these area come together to form the Higashiyama Walking Course. In the 17th century, the Kanamori family’s rule ended and the castle was destroyed. Today its ruins are seen near the Shiroyama Park while other bu...Read more
  5. Hida Daishonyudo Cave

    3.9 (125 Votes)
    Hida Daishonyudo Cave

    Cave, Landmark, Historical Site

    The Hida Daishonyudo Cave is a limestone cave that covers a length of 800 meters located at a height of 900 meters- making this the highest limestone cave in Japan! Walk through the pathway laid through the cave and see the gorgeous structures and shapes that come to life with warm lights. The stalactites and stalacmites that resemble frozen ice only scratch the surface of the cave’s impe...Read more
  6. Hidakokubun-ji Temple

    4.1 (564 Votes)
    Hidakokubun-ji Temple

    Religious Site, Temple, Historical Site, Architecture

    The Hida Kokubun-ji Temple is home to some of the oldest and diverse Buddha statues and includes idols of Honboshi Yakushi, Amida Birai, Sei Kannon Bodhisattva, Benzaiten and Fudo Fudo among others- with every idol depicting a fabled story of its own. The shrine itself is an important cultural and heritage building and is famous for its architecture. The bell tower, triple tower structure and t...Read more
  7. Sakurayama Hachiman-gu Shrine

    Religious Site, Historical Site

    The Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine dates back to the ruling era of Emperor Nintoku (413 - 439) who pleaded Prince Takefurukuma-no-mikoto to kill Ryoumen Sukuna- a dangerous monster. Before the prince left to kill the monster, he dedicated this place as a shrine to his father Emperor Ojin. Today, the legend of the protection that is blessed upon anyone who visits the shrine, has a deep faith among...Read more
  8. Yoshijima Heritage House

    4.1 (411 Votes)
    Yoshijima Heritage House

    Landmark, Historical Site, Architecture , Heritage Building

    The Yoshijima Heritage House was formerly the home of a rich merchant and was constructed under the supervision of master carpenter Nishida Isaburo in 1907. The house was also used as a brewery for sake indicated by the plastered store rooms that still are a part of the building. Today the house itself is an architectural masterpiece that confluences the Yin and Yang forces and uses wood as the...Read more
  9. Sukyo Mahikari

    4.3 (318 Votes)
    Sukyo Mahikari

    Religious Site, Temple, Historical Site

    The Sukyo Mahikari is a temple that believes in ‘’the art of True light’. The practice was started in 1978 by Keishu Okada and is still followed after his death. The practice translates to being able to give and receive the light of God through your palms for a better, peaceful world. The stunning building of the temple welcomes you to explore yet another world of faith and is...Read more
  10. Shokawa-zakura At Shokawacho Nakano

    Landmark, Observatory, Walking Area, Historical Site

    The Shokawa-Zakura is one of the two oldest Cherry trees and is more than 400 years old! At its old location, the tree was submerged under the water at Miboro Dam and was brought here in the 1960’s. You can see wooden poles supporting the branches of the trees. The locals believe that every petal on this tree is a memory from someone who lived in the village. Take a walk around the park t...Read more
  11. Takayama Municipal Government Memorial Hall

    Museum, History Museum, Landmark, Historical Site

    Built in the late 19th century, the Takayama Municipal Government Memorial Hall showcases the history of the government of Takayama. Made entirely from wood, take a walk inside to see historic office essentials, explore the rooms separated by panels and even take a look at historic phones, typewriters, old computers and other items. Even though the exhibits inside are interesting, the exterior ...Read more
  12. Takayama Betsuin Shorenji Temple

    Religious Site, Temple, Landmark, Historical Site

    Believed to date back prior to the Edo period, the Takayama Betsuin Shorenji Temple is a sight to behold right from the entrance. The small town stands still in time and is a beautiful spot to walk round especially during winters, when the snow embellishes the grand buildings. The bell is the highlight of the town placed in a tower while the diverse buildings themselves are a treat for architec...Read more
  13. Sakurayama Nikkokan

    4.4 (4 Votes)
    Sakurayama Nikkokan Image

    Art And Culture, Religious Site, Temple, Historical Site

    The Sakurayama Nikkokan houses miniatures of some of the most gorgeous and popular temples around Japan. The models scaled to 1/10th of the size, still exude the minute details that are seen in their original counterparts and are placed here to pay tribute to the fine craftsmanship of artists from Takayama that made these grand structures. The collection includes 28 models with 10,000 miniature...Read more