Takayama

Check Out the Forest of the Seven Lucky Gods in Gifu!

The Seven Lucky Gods of Japan represent good fortune when it comes to Japanese folklore and mythology. Most of them came from India and China and are often seen in many carvings from ancient trees and other representations all throughout the country. You can also see them carved in rows of rice storehouses in Hida…

Takayama Spring and Fall Festivals, Truly Enchanting Cultural Events

Takayama festivals are held annually in Takayama city, Japan. The Spring Takayama Festival is also known as Sanno Festival, due to its apparent relation to the Hie Shrine(also known as “Sanno Shrine”) which was originally built in 1141. The Autumn Takayama Festival, on the other hand, focuses on the Hachiman Shrine. People in Takayama region…

Takayama: The Little Kyoto of Gifu

For my 9 months here in japan, I can’t count how many times I have visited Takayama. Takayama is located in the Gifu area and it has drawn many local tourists. Now Takayama’s goal is to have more foreign tourists and I tell you, it’s worth a visit. Takayama is a six-hour trip by bus…

The Intriguing Sarubobo Dolls of Gifu and Their Meanings

Have you ever seen these dolls during your travels in Japan? I’m sure that you have come across these faceless dolls at some point. These are sarubobo dolls. Sarubobo dolls are faceless human like figures that are mainly red but come in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes. Where can you find them? jp.fotolia.com/…

Don’t Miss Out on these Spectacular Autumn Festivals in Japan!

Japanese festivals (matsuri) are celebrated all year round in Japan and for many different reasons and occasions. Originally matsuri evolved as part of the native Shinto religion and is still widely and routinely celebrated all across Japan and is usually sponsored by a local shrine or temple. Autumn is a splendid time in Japan when…

Experience Japanese Culture in Depth at Takayama

Takayama thejteam.jp/ The city of Takayama is located in Gifu area, Central Japan. This city is surrounded by beautiful nature of Japanese Northern Alps. Takayama or often called Hida Takayama, preserves the traditional culture of Japan (mixed Edo and Kyoto cultures). One of the most popular attractions in this city is its historical old town.…