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Takayama, nestled in the heart of the Japanese Alps, is a town steeped in history and renowned for its Edo-period charm. With roots dating back over 1,400 years, this picturesque city has retained much of its traditional architecture and cultural heritage. Originally settled by the Emishi people, Takayama's history evolved alongside the growth of the Hida Province. During the Edo period (1603-1868), it flourished as a thriving castle town under the Tokugawa shogunate. The well-preserved streets, lined with merchant houses and sake breweries, offer a glimpse into the town's prosperous past.

One of Takayama's most cherished traditions is the Takayama Festival, celebrated bi-annually in spring and autumn. This vibrant event showcases ornate floats, centuries-old marionettes, and exquisitely adorned shrines, drawing visitors from around the world.

The old town, known as Sanmachi Suji, is a living museum of wooden latticed structures, cobblestone streets, and sake breweries. Takayama's culinary heritage is equally captivating. Indulge in the famed Hida beef, a premium Japanese wagyu renowned for its marbling and exquisite flavour. For a taste of local culture, sample sake at the revered breweries that have perfected their craft for generations.