October 12, 2017

Fall foliage in Takayama

Looking for good spots for the fall foliage ?

The fall foliage is an event colorful welcoming the cold season. Let's enjoy the warm-color full scenery around Takayama. It has actually just start in the city but is already quite enjoyable in Shirakawa-Go, do not forget to check our tour to the UNESCO village !

Spot #1(number 8 on the map) : Nakabashi, the red bridge
From the 1st of October until the 30th of November
Everyday from 18:30 to 22:00

Spot #2 (number 9 on the map) : Enako River, the little river in th old town
From the 1st of October until the 30th of November
Everyday from 18:30 to 22:00

Spot #3 (number 10 on the map) : Hida Folk Village
From the 1st of October until the 13th of November
Fri/Sat./Sun./Holiday from 17:30 to 21:00
Adult 300 yen / Child 100 yen

October 5, 2017

Takayama Autumn festival 2017 edition

 Ready for the Festival ?

It is already autumn here in Takayama, and if the leaves are still green the temperatures dropped ! And everyone is now preparing for the festival in Takayama, one of the three most beautiful in Japan. Takayama will be joyfull and crowded as everyone is waiting to see the floats walking down the path. The floats are really high, about 9m, and colorful. Inside the floats you will be able to watch the Karakuri, wooden puppets moving by strings, performing story and dance. Sometimes 10 people are needed to move one Karakuri !

October 9th 2017
9:00 to 16:00 : Line-up of Floats
12:00 to 12:20 : Puppet show (Karakuri) - Hachimangu Shrine
13:00 to 15:00 : Goshinko processing - Hachimangu Shrine
13:30 to 16:00 : Parade of floats
14:00 to 14:20 : Puppet show (Karakuri) - Hachimangu Shrine
18:00 to 21:00 : Night Parade - From Hachimangu shrine to Shimo-no-machi, through Yasugawa avenue.


October 10th 2017
8:30 to 11:30 : Goshinko processing - Hachimangu Shrine
9:00 to 12:00 : Line-up of Floats
11:00 to 11:20 : Puppet show (Karakuri) - Hachimangu Shrine
13:00 to 13:20 : Puppet show (Karakuri) - Hachimangu Shrine
13:30 to 16:00 : Goshinko processing
9:00 to 12:00 : Line-up of Floats - Only in the warehouse and riverside 

August 11, 2017

Takayama Night Market

After the "Takayama Tezutsu Hanabi Festival"
another summer event is starting today in the city :
The Takayama Jinya Mae Youichi
The Takayama night market in front of the Jinya
This summer event is held on the night of the 11th, 12th and 13th of this month. The venue is in front of the Jinya where you find on the morning the market. The festivities start at 19:00 and continue until 21:00. Locals products, music, dance, games, you will feel like going to a summer festival !

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Where : In front of the Jinya (Jinya morning market)
When August 11, 12, 13 - 7:00PM to 9:00PM
What Music/Dance Performance
Night market (local product, crafts, etc.)
Food and games stands

Let's enjoy the cool summer night  of Takayama !

August 1, 2017

Firework in Hida region

Who speaks about summer speaks about "Hanabi".
In Japan the fireworks are typical of the season and here we got our lot of great events too !
August 2, Takayama
60th Hanabi taikai in Hida Takayama
19:30 - 20:45
Feel the start of summer while strolling in the food stands and watching the Fireworks
Takayama's Firework
August 3, Gero
Gero Onsen Hanabi musical summer version 
20:00 - 20:45
Firework synchronized with music

August 5, Nyuukawa (Takayama)
Nyuukawa Summer festival
18:00 - 20:45
The event include Taiko performances, bon dance, live music
August 7, Gujohachiman
37th Gujohachiman Hanabi taikai 
19:30 - 20:20
You can also enjoy the bon dance, famous in Gujo Hachiman

August 9, Takayama
34th Tezutsu Hanabi Taikai
19:15 (parade)
19:30 - 21:00 Firework
"Tezutsu Hanabi" are "hand hold firework", please witness the pride and courage of Takayama citizen while enjoy uncommon fireworks
Tezutsu Hanabi in Takayama

August 12, Hida Furukawa
Hida Furukawa Hanabi Taikai
20:00 - not mentioned
Furukawa is known as Itomori in the best-seller movie "Your Name."
Furukawa Firework

August 14, Gujohachiman
26th Gujo Nagarakawa Hanabi taikai
20:00 - 21:00
You can also enjoy the bon dance, famous in Gujo Hachiman

August 19, Kokufun (Takayama)
Furusato summer festival
20:00 - 20:30
One of the last firework of the summer, enjoy the festival before hand


To complete your summer experience in Japan why do not rent a Yukata !
Let's enjoy this beautiful season all together ~

July 27, 2017

"Chokeramaika" Great masquerade Bon dance

Summer in Japan is often assimilated to "bon dance".
However, here in Takayama we hold quite a special one at the end of July :

"Chokeramaika" Great masquerade Bon dance

"Chokeramaika" means in Hida dialect : "Won't you play around ?"
The main point of this event is the masquerade parade of its participants.
Funny, colorful, ridiculous, etc. people create teams and come wearing costume to participate at this big event. 

When : 2017 July, 29 ; from 19:00 to 20:30
Where : San-no-machi shotengai, only 7min from J-Hoppers
What to bring : your camera and smile 

Let's have fun together !

July 15, 2017

Yukata event in Takayama

From today and until the 11th of September in Hida Takayama
you can enjoy strolling in the old town wearing yukata.

The event is offering great price for the yukata rent and also coupon in more than 40 places around the city. Another event is a photography contest with the theme : "Hida Takayama" and "Nippon", and "Summer". The photography can be lansdcape or portrait. The contest is on Intragram with #hidasummerphoto or #飛騨夏フォトコン.

The yukata can be rent in two locations.
The closest one from our hostel is :

kimono NAKADA
since 1876 
2-78 Honmachi, Takayama, Gifu 
506-0011 Japan
TEL  (0577)32-0159
FAX  (0577)32-8801
OPEN  10am ~ 7pm
CLOSED  on Tuesday
Reservations for rent a kimono

The price is from 3,500 yen and they have 10 yukata from woman and 5 for man. This price is including yukata, geta, a small bag and a small hair accessory. The price for the help to wear a yukata that you bring is from 1,500 yen.

Let's enjoy the Summer !

June 9, 2017

Takayama Ultra-Marathon

Do you like running ?
How about running 100 km ?

This is the ultra marathon !

Marathon map

Takayama is holding its 6th ultra marathon this year.
Known as one of the most hard marathon due to its sloping course, approximately 3,000 persons participate to this edition.

When : 2017 June, 11 (Sunday)
start at 4:45 finish at 18:45 (for 100km)
start at 5:15 finish at 16:15 (for 72km)

Where : All around Takayama !
From Big Arena through the old streets to the ski station and back

Even if you do not run, please cheer the runner and enjoy the great ambient.