Takayama Local Cuisine, Food & Sake Cultural Tour with Government-Licensed Guide

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This is more than an ordinary culinary tour—escorted by an experienced licensed local guide, you’ll be introduced to sights that tell of Takayama’s rich culture and history, regaled with fascinating stories, and even meet some of our local food heroes throughout shops that still retain the authentic atmosphere of days long past. Takayama is a town famed for being deeply rooted in its local culture and history, where daily life still revolves around its longstanding traditional shops. This entertaining and informative Takayama cuisine and cultural tour takes lets you stroll down the side streets of a beautiful town, practically unchanged since the Edo period. Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Japan Guide Agency

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Takayama Jinya

The Takayama Jin'ya is a surviving Edo period jin'ya which served as the government headquarters for Hida Province under the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan from 1692 to 1871.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Jinya-Mae Morning Market

An essential Takayama tradition is called Asa-ichi. Behind this name hides the small morning market where fresh produce and local crafts are found.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market

The Miyagawa Morning Market has existed in one form or another for more than two centuries, and it's still a hub for fresh produce. The market is located on either bank of the Miya River between two bridges—Kajibashi and Yayoibashi. Every morning, weather permitting, you can buy everything from local fruit and vegetables to dolls and stylish chopsticks. As with all markets, the earlier you get there, the better. The juiciest, freshest products will get picked off first, and the market is a perfect place for people-watching.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Sanmachi Suji

The heart of Takayama is Sanmachi, the old town of preserved and restored buildings. During the Edo period (1603-1867), Takayama was a lively hub town bustling with craftsmen, merchants, and farmers from the surrounding area. Today that legacy is preserved in the three main streets and encircling districts of Sanmachi.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At:

OHNOYA, traditional Miso and Soy source brewery and shop was founded 250 years ago in the city of Takayama(HIDA).

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Harada Sake Brewery

Signature brand Sansha is a dry sake with muscular umami. You can buy a small tasting cup for 200 yen and savor more than ten types of sake. The steamed manju buns and cakes, both made with sake, will also leave you with nostalgic memories.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Kawashiri Sake Brewery

Kawashiri specializes in artisanal matured sake. For a small charge, you can taste a trio of fine brews, including Hidamasamune.

Duration: 30 minutes
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