See Seasonal Light-up Events in Hida!

Hida Takayama, where the abundant nature and historical streetscapes are a must-see, is famous for its heart-stopping views in daytime. But the gorgeous illuminations you can see at night mustn’t be overlooked!

Each season, the illuminated spots are carefully picked to provide the best views. This means you can enjoy different destinations year-round.

 

 

Let’s take a look at what is on view each season.

 

 

Winter

See lights glinting off the snowy scenery in Hida Takayama. Bathed in warm light, the enchanting scene will take your breath away.

 

 

Illumination Spot 1
Hida Takayama Winter Illumination
See the Red Nakabashi Bridge blanketed in white snow.
Place: Miyagawa River Nakabashi Bridge area (Shinmeimachi, Takayama)
Transportation: twelve minutes’ walk from JR Takayama Station

 

Illumination Spot 2
Hida no Sato Winter Illumination
You cannot miss the view of this thatched-roof village enveloped in snow and lit up by night. This is a one-of-a-kind winter wonderland.
Place: Hida no Sato (1-590 Kamioka Motomachi, Takayama)
Transportation: ten minutes’ walk from JR Takayama Station

Other Illumination Spots

  • Old town paper lantern display (parts of Kamini no Machi and Kamisan no Machi, Takayama)
  • Hida Earth Wisdom Center Blue Illumination (900-1 Chishimamachi, Takayama)
  • Hidashin Winter Illumination: Hida Credit Union headquarters (1-13-1 Hanaokamachi, Takayama)

 

Shirakawa-go Winter Illumination

At Shirakawa-go, a World Heritage Site, there are also seven special days between January and February where the area is illuminated, further enhancing the majestic beauty of the village. See the warm, inviting form of the thatched-roof dwellings emerging from a snowy scene – it’s like something out of a picture book. A page apart from the light shows you would see in the city, this is a chance to enjoy a beautiful nighttime vista.

 

 

 

Spring

It goes without saying that the appeal of spring is the blossoming cherry trees. Here, the lights play a gorgeous duet with the flowers. No matter which spot you choose, you’ll be treated to cherry blossoms and lights in tandem.

Illumination Spot 1
Red Nakabashi Bridge in Full Bloom
The pink cherry blossoms and the Red Nakabashi Bridge are lit up for an enchanting mood.
Place: Miyagawa River Nakabashi Bridge area (Shinmeimachi, Takayama)
Transportation: twelve minutes’ walk from JR Takayama Station

 

 

Illumination Spot 2
Enago River Spring Illumination
The combination of white walls and pink cherry blossoms on the Enago River is a brilliant match.
Place: Enago River (Tayakama)
Transportation: seventeen minutes’ walk from JR Takayama

 

 

Other illumination spots

  • Sakurano Park (Hirose-machi, Kokufu-cho, Takayama)
  • Tochio Onsen Sakura Festival illumination: Tochio Onsen Horadani environs (Tochio Onsen, Okuhida Onsen-go, Takayama)
  • Shokawa-zakura illumination: Nakano Observation Point (Shokawa-cho, Takayama)

 

 

 

Summer

Evenings in summer are noted for the way the weather drops to temperatures much cooler than those in the afternoon. People like to take a stroll at night and enjoy the refreshing breeze.

Illumination Spot 1
Hida Takayama Summer Illumination
The Red Nakabashi Bridge is lit up alongside the abundant greenery of the nearby trees. Enjoy the view and take in the cool summer breeze.
Place: Miyagawa River Nakabashi Bridge area (Shinmeimachi, Takayama)
Transportation: twelve minutes’ walk from JR Takayama Station

 

 

Illumination Spot 2
Hida Kokubunji Temple Illumination
The three-tiered pagoda at Hida Kokubunji is lit up, lending a magnificent air to the temple.
Place: Hida Kokubunji (1 Sowamachi, Takayama)
Transportation: five minutes’ walk from JR Takayama Station

 

 

Fall

Autumn is a chance to see Hida Takayama bathed in beautiful red and yellow foliage, which is then illuminated at night. The magical mood is simply unmatched.

 

Illumination Spot 1
Hida Takayama Fall Illumination
The Red Nakabashi Bridge emerges over the Miyagawa River, creating a bewitching mood for a long evening stroll. Place: Miyagawa River Nakabashi Bridge area (Shinmeimachi, Takayama)
Transportation: twelve minutes’ walk from JR Takayama Station

 

 

Illumination Spot 2
Enagogawa River Fall Illumination
Just a short walk from Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine will bring you to the illuminated banks of the Enagogawa River.
Place: Enagogawa River (Takayama)
Transportation: seventeen minutes’ walk from JR Takayama Station

 

 

Illumination Spot 3
Hida no Sato Fall Foliage Illumination
This village of thatched-roof homes and lovely foliage is illuminated in a quiet glow.
Place: Hida no Sato (1-590 Kamioka Motomachi, Takayama)
Transportation: ten minutes’ walk from JR Takayama Station

 

Other illumination spots

  • Shinhotaka Foliage Walk by the Committee for the Enjoyment of Evening Skies: Shinhotaka Onsen Jigoku-daira Sandbank Area (Shinhotaka Onsen, Okuhida Onsen-go, Takayama)