Hida Furukawa

Hida Furukawa is a nice little day trip from Takayama.  It is a compact town with some nice traditional streets showing off some rather beautiful, very Japanese architecture.  It’s quieter and calmer than Takayama.

Budget travel tips

  • Download this useful town map or get one from the Tourist Information Center outside of Hidafurukawa Station south exit.
  • It’s best to just get this map and take your time walking around.  There are lots of nice little shops, displays and cafes around.

Things to do

Old Town Area

Pick up a map and take a stroll around this wonderful little shopping and shrine area.  It may be a quiet place, but there is lots to see.

Street Canal

Make sure you don’t miss this, a street lined with a canal and white stone buildings.

Mishima Japanese Traditional Candle Shop (FREE)

Have a peek inside to see how Japanese candles are made.  These guys are hardcore candle makers!

Hida Furukawa Festival Exhibition Hall

Full of information about the big town festival, with some Japanese festival floats on display.

Open: 9:00 to 17:00

Price: 600 yen

Temples (FREE)

There are lots of simple, but stunning temples scattered around the old town area.  Most are left open all the time and are free to enter.

How to get there

First, get to Takayama.  From Takayama station, take the JR Takayama Main Line to Hidafurukawa Station (230 yen, 15 mins).


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Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who lived in New Zealand and Japan for many years. Having traveled across these countries, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel, and also worked at many leading tourism companies in both countries. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association. Those heading to Taiwan should check out his new site, Taiwanna Travel.