San-machi SujiIn Takayama, one finds old streets and buildings that are untouched by the passage of time. This district called San-machi Suji with the traditional home of Takayama merchants and sake brewers, has been preserved in almost exactly the same state as 200 or 300 years ago.
This is the center of the old town of Takayama and is still a living part of the city. It retains most of its old buildings in immaculate condition and has a lovely quaint atmosphere.
The three main streets of Sanno-machi Suji are Ichino-machi, Nino-machi and San-machi. They are narrow and lined with stores selling traditional wares and craftsmen's workshops. The buildings themselves are every bit as interesting as the items on display. Fine restaurants serving local delicacies such as soba noodles, hida beef and a number of family-run ryokans which trace their history back many generations can be found nestled in these old buildings.
You can explore Takayama's old town on foot or getting pulled through the streets on a rickshaw. A 30 minute tour for two persons costs around 6000 Yen.
We preferred to exercise our leg muscles and with walking we get to stop by interesting stores all along the way. So much to see!
This area is designated as a 'Nationally important historical building preservation area'.
Its massive trunk measures more than 2 metres in diameter.
Entrance to the Hachiman Shrine Sakurayama Hachiman Shrine (Sakurayama Hachimangu), another of the many temples in Takayama.
Marvelled at the amazing wood craftsmanship...
A lacquer-ware store
A wood craft store
Miso storeOne of the many many souvenir's store found in town.
Street food of Takayama
K and Jo