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Central Takayama 伝統的な町並み


Central Takayama near Takayama Station is noted for traditional buildings. Many attractions are within walking distance from the station. This area is also a National Important Traditional Townscape Preservation District (重要伝統的建造物群保存地区) popular with tourists.

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Takayama Jinya 高山陣屋


Central Takayama's most important traditional building is this former Government House. Originally the palace of Lord Kanamori of Takayama Castle, it was later used by local government administrators from 1692 to 1868. It is a National Historic Site.

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Takayama Matsuri Festival 高山祭


The Takayama Festival is held twice a year, during April 14-15 and Oct. 9-10. The spring festival is held by Hieda Shrine and it is called Sanno Matsuri. The festival features twelve ornate "yatai" floats which are displayed and pulled along the streets. In a large plaza, katakuri puppets perform on a few of the floats. The festival is also dramatic at night with a float procession. On Dec. 1, 2016 (JST), Takayama Matsuri Festival was inscribed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity as one of 33 "Yama, Hoko, and Yatai float festivals in Japan."

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