Make your trip to Hida Takayama a memorable one with cultural experiences!


Hida Takayama, a region known for its rows of traditional buildings, offers a variety of activities for you to enjoy, such as touring the sake breweries of Takayama or workshops where you can try your hand at making things. Check out some popular places to experience these culture activities!

 

Hida Takayama Crafts Experience Center

Hida Takayama Crafts Experience Center helps you create memories of your trip through the various workshops that on offer. All workshop experiences take place indoors, so there is no need to worry about the weather.

 

The following three workshop programs are sure to give you even richer memories of your visit to Takayama.

 

 

Making sarubobo

In the Hida dialect, sarubobo means “monkey baby.” Since long ago, in the Hida region these beloved dolls have served as amulets for the well-being of the family, the blessing of children, easy childbirth, household harmony, good matches, success, warding off evil, and so on. At the Crafts Experience Center, making a sarubobo is easy for anyone to do. All the essentials of assembling the parts such as the head and the body are covered, using a needle, thread, and glue. You can choose from five colors: red, pink, yellow, blue, and green. Workshop fee: 1,500 JPY

 

 

Hanabobo-kazari
Since olden times, hanabobo have served as decorations for good luck. They are sewn one by one while making wishes for sound health or a good match in marriage. How about making your very own special hanabobo, stringing up small auspicious objects such as rabbits, butterflies, and sarubobo dolls, which have been made in the Hida area since ancient times. Workshop fee: 1,500 JPY

 

Handmade senbei rice crackers

In this workshop, metal chopsticks are used to to pick up thin, hard senbei uncooked pieces of about 5 cm in diameter and bake them in a Japanese kamado oven. The senbei crackers expand to about 1.5x the original size. There is nothing like the taste of a warm senbei that you have baked yourself. Workshop fee: 600 JPY / 10 pieces

 

Hida Takayama Crafts Experience Center

  • Official website (http://www.omoidetaiken.jp/)
  • Address: 1-436 Kamiokamoto-machi, Takayama, Gifu Prefecture
  • Access: 10 minutes by Takayama city circle bus from Takayama Station (located right by Hida-no-sato bus stop)
  • Opening hours: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (reception)
  • Closed: Thursdays (Open during busy travel seasons)

 

Touring Sake Breweries


With extreme temperature differences, and blessed with delicious water and rice, Hida-Takayama is a famous for producing high-quality, distinctive local sake. Of the 12 sake breweries in the Hida region, 6 are located within the city of Takayama. These breweries offer sake-tasting and, depending on the season, tours of the breweries themselves.

 

 

Hirase Shuzo Brewery

  • Address: 82 Kamiichino-machi, Takayama, Gifu Prefecture
  • Access: 15 minutes’ walk from Takayama Station on JR Tokai Takayama Main Line
  • Opening hours: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • Closed: New Year’s
  • **Take the popular sake-making process tour (with an English-speaking guide) from here! http://www.isitetakayama.com/sake.html You can taste genuine freshly made sake!

 


 

Funasaka Shuzo

 

Hirata Shuzojo

  • Official website (http://hidanohana.com/)
  • Address: 43 Kaminino-machi, Takayama, Gifu Prefecture
  • Access: 11 minutes’ walk from Takayama Station on JR Tokai Takayama Main Line
  • Opening hours: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Closed: Tuesdays

 

Harada Brewery

  • Official website (http://www.sansya.co.jp/)
  • Address: 10 Kamisanno-machi, Takayama, Gifu Prefecture
  • Access: 10 minutes’ walk from Takayama Station on JR Tokai Takayama Main Line
  • Opening hours: 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (April-October), 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (December-March),
  • Closed: Open year-round

 

Kawajiri Brewery

 

Niki Shuzo

  • Official website (http://niki-sake.com/)
  • Address: 40 Kaminino-machi, Takayama, Gifu Prefecture
  • Access: 10 minutes’ walk from Takayama Station on JR Tokai Takayama Main Line
  • Opening hours: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Closed: Open year-round

 

Oita Shuzo

  • Official website (http://www.onikorosi.com/)
  • Address: 67 Kamisanno-machi, Takayama, Gifu Prefecture
  • Access: 11 minutes’ walk from Takayama Station on JR Tokai Takayama
  • Opening hours: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Closed: Open year-round