‘Mahikari’ – or true light – is a modern religious movement said to combine elements of Buddhism, Shamanism and Shintoism. The Sukyo Mahikari sect is an off-shoot whose members follow unique practices and a set belief system, and their headquarters is based in Takayama. You’ll see the glittering golden roof of their World Shrine across the valley from Hida Folk Village, and it’s worth crossing over to meet members of the sect and see their place of worship, as well as browsing the Hikaru Memorial Hall, a museum dedicated to one of the founders of Sukyo Mahikari, Yoshikazu Okada. You’ll be greeted warmly, and given a glass of sake to keep you warm as you leave.