Arriving at Takayama Station, Japan
As you can see, you will have to do a couple of transfers to complete journey from Tsumago (and the Nakasendo Trail) to Takayama. If you have a JR Pass, then you don’t have to pay for tickets for each train ride. Having said that, it is quite easy to purchase train tickets in Japan using their bilingual machines. As I mentioned earlier, because of the multiple transfers, be mindful of your stops and destinations. Always double check the signs for each train platform.
I know that this is not the most straightforward train journey in Japan, but with this route, you will see a lot of the Japanese countryside, which is stunning in my opinion (provided there are no snow storms near the Alps). In addition, Takayama is definitely a worthy destination. From here, exploring the Japanese Alps is convenient.
What Not To Miss in Takayama
Takayama gives off a rural and serene appeal; its bridges and small wooden houses are just some of the things that make it charming. The number one draw here is its Old Town, which is one of the most beautifully preserved in Japan. Stroll around the Old Town to enjoy the old architecture, quaint shops and the serene atmosphere. Other attractions include the Matsuri no Mori Museum and the morning markets along the water.
Where Did We Stay in Takayama?
We were traveling in Japan for several days, and it’s a fairly expensive country to travel, so we made sure to keep a tight budget in terms of accommodation without compromising certain standards. Our secret was to look for the best hotels within our price range using two top hotel sites: Agoda.com and Booking.com.
If you read more about Japan, you will soon discover that the county is known for its special form of traditional accommodation called ‘Ryokan’. The best Ryokans are more expensive than your average hotel because to stay in one is considered a top cultural experience. We couldn’t leave Japan without trying out the famous Ryokan hospitality; so in Takayama, we did it… we stayed in a Ryokan called Seiryu Hotel.
We have no direct affiliation with Seiryu Hotel, we are only giving our personal opinion about our experience staying here. Ryokans are known for their deep hospitality and high standard of service, and Seiryu Hotel did not disappoint. The staff were so nice and excellent at their job. The room was clean and their onsen (hot tub) facility was top notch. Overall, it was definitely a satisfying stay and there is no reason why we wouldn’t recommend staying there based on our experience. Clean, hospitable and ideally located.
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