Takayama Information

Population: 93,000

Access: Shinkansen (bullet trains) from Tokyo and Kyoto will take you to Nagoya, where you change trains on to the JR Hida Limited Express to Takayama - a beautiful two-hour journey. From Hakuba, you can catch the train to Matsumoto, where you change to a local coach.

Highlights: Hida Folk Village / Takayama's old city / Festival Float Exhibition Hall / Tomenosuke science-fiction movie gallery

Favourite hotels: Tanabe, Sumiyoshi, Hotel Associa Takayama Resort

How to Book

We don’t believe in off-the-shelf packages - we tailor-make holidays.

  • Tell us what you want to do. Whether you have detailed plans or just a vague idea, get in contact – we have knowledge, ideas and expertise.
  • We build a tailored itinerary. Once you’ve received it, we can answer any further questions and refine it until you are completely happy.
  • Book it. When you are satisfied with all the arrangements, we ask you to complete a booking form and pay a deposit, at which point we start confirming everything.

Different Snow is a fully bonded tour operator, which means we automatically take responsibility for your whole holiday, offering you 100% financial security.

Takayama’s traditional inns or ‘ryokans’ are delightful, and they provide a perfectly fitting retreat in this historic little town. Designed with calm and comfort in mind, ryokans are very homely, offering a truly authentic experience of the Japanese way of life. Typically you’ll sleep on a futon caringly laid out for you each evening; this will be done after dinner, however, as the Japanese prefer to enjoy their evening meal in the privacy of their room. Ryokan cuisine is enlightening – a painstakingly prepared and perfectly balanced multi-course meal, often featuring fish, meat and vegetables.

Another highlight of any stay in Takayama is the chance to enjoy an onsen; the age-old Japanese tradition of bathing in hot springs is one of our very favourite Japanese experiences. And if you prefer to stay in a conventional hotel, you don’t need to miss out on an onsen – the Hotel Associa exists for just that purpose.

Takayama Information

Population: 93,000

Access: Shinkansen (bullet trains) from Tokyo and Kyoto will take you to Nagoya, where you change trains on to the JR Hida Limited Express to Takayama - a beautiful two-hour journey. From Hakuba, you can catch the train to Matsumoto, where you change to a local coach.

Highlights: Hida Folk Village / Takayama's old city / Festival Float Exhibition Hall / Tomenosuke science-fiction movie gallery

Favourite hotels: Tanabe, Sumiyoshi, Hotel Associa Takayama Resort

How to Book

We don’t believe in off-the-shelf packages - we tailor-make holidays.

  • Tell us what you want to do. Whether you have detailed plans or just a vague idea, get in contact – we have knowledge, ideas and expertise.
  • We build a tailored itinerary. Once you’ve received it, we can answer any further questions and refine it until you are completely happy.
  • Book it. When you are satisfied with all the arrangements, we ask you to complete a booking form and pay a deposit, at which point we start confirming everything.

Different Snow is a fully bonded tour operator, which means we automatically take responsibility for your whole holiday, offering you 100% financial security.