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さんまち通り Sanmachi Street

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  • Around Takayama
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Around Takayama
Kamisan-nomachi, Takayama-shi, Gifu, 506-0846, Japan
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Date of post:2015/07/24

Main streets of Old Town in Takayama

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If we want to feel an old street atmosphere, we should visit Sanmachi-dori.
Sanmachi is registered as an important preservation district of historic buildings.

And, you can enjoy shopping and eating here. There are many cafes and restaurants in the original historic buildings. And, we can enjoy Japanese food like soba, zenzai, odango, senbei, and sushi.

And also, there are sake breweries, soy-sauce shops, miso shops, handicraft shops, Japanese miscellaneous good shops and souvenir shops. In a holiday, Sanmachi-dori seems to be full of life these days.

Hida beef sushi might be cuisine we can eat in only this region. If you like sushi, you should try it. Even though you are not good at row fish so much, you can eat Hida beef sushi. It is because, if you ask, the beef will be baked well done.

Actually, there are many sake breweries in Sanmachi. And, we can see a big ball called Sugitama in front of those sake breweries. The scenery is specific to Takayama. If a sake brewery shows a Sugitama, it is a sign to start creating sake. At first, the Sugitama is green, and it turns from green to brown gradually. We can see how sake matures through the color of Sugitama.

In winter, tours to see some breweries take place. And we can see the inside which we cannot see usually. And, we can taste a cup of sake.
There are some sake breweries where we can taste, if we pay a few hundred yen except winter. We can also taste a cup of miso soup in a miso shop.

There is Hida Folk Archaeological museum, Fuji Folk Museum and Hirata Folk Art Museum in Sanmachi, although they are not so big. If you are interested in folk art and life, please try to see them. And also, there is Takayama Museum of History and Art. It is a big museum and the admission is free. It takes about a few minutes from Sanmachi. It is one of must-see places of Takayama, so you can also take a rest there.

In the daytime, there are a lot of people in Sanmachi these days. So if we visit Sanmachi in the early morning or in the evening, there are not many people. We can feel some different mood of Sanmachi, and it is also very nice.

Date of post:2015/07/23

Exciting Old Town with Many Interesting Shops

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Sanmachi is the area around the major three streets that make Hida Takayama famous. It is the place what you wanted to see in Takayama.

Since more than 300 years ago, it has been a flourishing merchant town that established around the Takayama Castle, shrines and temples. The local feudal lord in Edo period instructed to build the town like Kyoto, so the town is also known as “Little Kyoto”. Since the town fortunately wasn’t bombed in the world war, it’s well-preserved and was designated as a Nationally Recognized Important Historical Building Preservation Area.

Along the streets, there are unique wooden architectures with low gate roofs and its fine patterned latticed windows. Many buildings are still used as Sake warehouses, cafes, restaurants and souvenir shops. Have fun shopping for souvenirs, tasting Sake, trying some local dishes, and visiting a number of small museums. You can spend more than 2 or 3 hours here experiencing these activities.

I love tasting each breweries’ Sake especially. There are many unique and tasty Sake, because brewers in Takayama are always competing with each other. Some of the Sake has won international awards. Most breweries will serve you several tasting cups, so enjoy the difference and select the best souvenir. Be aware not to get totally drunk!

*In many stores in Sanmachi, you can use credit cards or Union Pay, free wi-fi and see English menus.

*There are some tourist information offices in the town, and you can get the town map in English/Spanish/French/Italian/German/Simplified Chinese/Traditional Chinese/Korean/Thai/Hebrew.

  • * The information above is from the date of the review. Please be aware that some of the content may vary from the most recent information.
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