Takayama, Japan, Travel Photo Mondays #22

Travel Photo Monday


Takayama, Japan, Travel Photo Mondays

It’s Monday morning, time to enjoy some gorgeous travel photography and inspiration from around the world. Let’s banish those Monday blues by sharing gorgeous imagery and story telling.


Takayama Japan


This Monday, I’m taking you to the Japanese alpine community of Takayama, a historic and old city which celebrates the artistry and crafts of its past.  Takayama meaning “Tall mountain” has a wood-working and building history of producing some of the most historic wood temples, design and crafts from around the country. Many Japanese shoguns (rulers) brought Takayama’s best builders, crafters and artisans to create their palaces, temples and other public structures in Kyoto, Nara and Nikko, Japan.

Even though the city is large, the historic district is small and walkable – maintaining it’s charm and unique characteristics with sake factories, wood shops and art galleries, and other artisanal food products made in the region. Many of the streets in the center are wonderful walking venues with many shops that produce local products and still retain their small town virtues, featuring locally made arts and crafts, specialty food and produce. Along the way, you’ll also find street vendors offering grilled fish, squid and other specialties or even the local tofu maker who has a small stand for you to try out his just-made tofu creations.


A large portal gate to the old historic center at Takayama

A large portal gate to the old historic center at Takayama


Sanomachi street is lined with sake breweries, old homes, coffee houses, galleries and delicious restaurants serving local favorites from the region.


One of the old shopping districts in the city

One of the old shopping districts in the city




Takayama Japan

Barbeque fish selling from a street vendor





Rick shaw drivers touring the historic district

Rickshaw drivers touring the historic district

Its pleasant walking or taking a rickshaw ride through some of the older in the historic district, this particular street has many sake breweries that you can sample all their offerings.  Many artisans of wood working, ceramics, jewelry and other crafts have small galleries which are fun to explore and view their work in progress.


Shopping district with sake shops and crafts stores

Shopping district with sake shops and crafts stores


The tofu maker is enthusiastic about sharing his specially made tofu products and you can try all of his favorites!


Offering different tasts of home made tofu

Offering different tastes of home-made tofu


Takayama has a spring and autumn festival that is one of the most popular and gorgeous Japanese festivals to attend.  Many parades occur with specially made floats crafted from the various artisans of community and there are many ceremonies and events that happen during this timeframe along with the very popular “Yatai” or street vendors that line the entire length of the riverside of the old town.  My next post will feature the fall harvest festival and the wonderful types of street food to try at this event.


A colorful bridge crossing the main river

A colorful bridge crossing the main river


It was a fun visit to Takayama, Japan,  I hope you enjoyed the tour for Travel Photo Mondays. Please come and visit the blogs below for more interesting places to visit around the world today.


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20 Responses to Takayama, Japan, Travel Photo Mondays #22

  1. Jamie November 29, 2013 at 8:40 am #

    Loving the photos! Can’t believe I didn’t see this on Monday–would’ve been a nice pick-me-up. Anyway, will share it today 🙂

  2. NatureFootstep Travel November 27, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    it seems to be a nice place. 🙂

  3. Donna Hull November 27, 2013 at 9:46 am #

    Beautiful photos of a region that I haven’t visited in Japan. Adding this one to my travel to do list.

  4. Samantha November 27, 2013 at 5:42 am #

    Aww I love the smile on that man’s face as he’s pulling the rickshaw. He looks so happy! Gorgeous photos! I’m dying to visit Japan.

  5. Suzanne Fluhr (Boomeresque) November 25, 2013 at 11:46 pm #

    Beautiful photos, Noel, as usual. If I ever have the chance to revisit Japan, I’m going to aim to visit smaller towns and villages—such a different vine thanTokyo.

  6. BiTi November 25, 2013 at 10:06 am #

    Gorgeous photos and what an exotic place 🙂

  7. Mike (Nomadic Texan) November 25, 2013 at 8:17 am #

    Have you considered adding a Pin It button to your photos so that we can save the photos we like to our Pinterest Boards or is this not in line with your thinking? Thanks.

    • Noel November 25, 2013 at 8:44 am #

      Hi Mike,

      MY posts do have pin buttons on each photo on the top left side of the image, not sure if you noticed?

  8. Tonya {The Traveling Praters} November 24, 2013 at 7:52 pm #

    Takayama looks like a very beautiful and cultural city. I’d love to spend time in the shopping district viewing all the wares.

  9. muzachan November 24, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

    I love Takayama… great photos 🙂

  10. budget jan November 24, 2013 at 7:19 pm #

    There are some beautiful photos here Noel. I particularly like the BBQ Fish and Rickshaw Driver for the story they tell. Oh and the man in blue 🙂

  11. Mary {The World Is A Book} November 24, 2013 at 7:16 pm #

    I had never heard of Takayama before but what a lovely town and so full of culture and history. I love those shopping streets and the historic district ambience. Beautiful pictures but I am so drawn to the fish street food. I can almost taste the salt on them.

  12. Dawn @ We Call It Junkin November 24, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    This is wonderful, Noel, the photo of the fish is my favorite, but the ones with the people smiling for you are great, too. Thanks for hosting. -Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.

  13. Marisol@TravelingSolemates November 24, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    HI Noel, Another beautiful photo series of Japan. I’m so delighted to see this post on Takayama. I good friend of mine lives there and its great to see through your photos that her city as beautiful as she described. I love the photos of the old shopping district – they beautifully depict its old world charm. The photo of the BBQ fish is amazing – they look alive and dancing!

  14. Marilyn Armstrong November 24, 2013 at 9:43 am #

    So beautiful it hardly seems real 🙂


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