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day 1
December 1
Morning. Start your day with a visit to the Miyagawa Morning Market, where locals sell fresh produce and handicrafts. Take a stroll around the charming streets of the Sanmachi Suji district, filled with traditional buildings and shops, and visit the Takayama Jinya, a former government office that offers insight into the region's history.
Afternoon. Head to the Hida Folk Village, an open-air museum showcasing traditional farmhouses and crafts from the Hida region. Enjoy a relaxing soak in one of the many onsens (hot springs) in the area, such as the Hirayu Onsen or Okuhida Onsen.
Evening. Savor a delicious dinner of Hida beef, a locally raised and prized wagyu beef known for its marbling and tenderness, at one of the many restaurants in the area, such as Maruaki or Hidagyu Kokubunji.
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day 2
December 2
Morning. Take a day trip to the Shirakawa-go village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses with steep thatched roofs. Learn about the history and culture of the area at the Shirakawa-go Museum, and enjoy a panoramic view of the village from the Shiroyama Observatory.
Afternoon. Stop by the Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan, a museum dedicated to the intricate floats used in the Takayama Festival, one of Japan's most famous festivals held twice a year. Take a walk along the Miyagawa River and enjoy the autumn leaves during the fall season.
Evening. Dine at Sakaguchiya, a restaurant known for its sake and traditional Japanese cuisine, or at Sumiyoshiya, a popular restaurant serving local Hida beef dishes.
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day 3
December 3
Morning. Get an early start and hike up to the Shiroyama Park to catch the sunrise and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Visit the Takayama Museum of History and Art to learn more about the region's rich cultural heritage.
Afternoon. Take a scenic drive to the Shinhotaka Ropeway, where you can take a cable car up to the observation deck and enjoy panoramic views of the Northern Alps. Visit the Kamikochi National Park, known for its pristine nature and hiking trails.
Evening. Enjoy a traditional kaiseki dinner, a multi-course meal featuring local seasonal ingredients, at the Michelin-starred restaurant Hidatei Hanaougi.
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day 4
December 4
Morning. Visit the Hida Takayama Crafts Experience Center, where you can try your hand at traditional crafts such as woodworking, lacquerware, and weaving. Take a walk along the Higashiyama Walking Course, a scenic path that leads through temples, shrines, and gardens.
Afternoon. Explore the Takayama Old Town, a preserved district of traditional buildings and shops that date back to the Edo period. Stop by the Kusakabe Folk Museum, a former merchant's house that showcases the lifestyle of the affluent townspeople.
Evening. Dine at the atmospheric Kotte Uzuki, a restaurant housed in a former sake brewery that serves local Hida beef and seasonal dishes.
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day 5
December 5
Morning. Take a relaxing walk in the Shiroyama Park and enjoy the beautiful autumn foliage during the fall season. Visit the Hida Takayama Museum of Art to view the collection of Japanese paintings and ceramics.
Afternoon. Take a scenic train ride on the Hida Limited Express to Nagoya, passing through picturesque landscapes and mountain scenery.
Evening. Savor a final meal of local specialties at the Nagoya Station area, such as hitsumabushi (grilled eel on rice) or miso katsu (deep-fried pork cutlet with miso sauce).
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