Traditional Townscape of Kami-Sannomachi area in the center of the city features historical building from the Edo period (1603-1868) and is popular with tourists. Buildings such as Yoshijima-ke Old House, Kasukabe Heritage Museum, and Takayama Jinya are available for viewing and visitors can enjoy the historical buildings, interior included, up close. This area has been designated as a Conservation District of Traditional Buildings of Japan.
The Takayama Festival is held every April and October. Luxurious floats parade through the city and mechanical dolls are also offered to dedication. Within Takayama City, these floats used during the festival are on exhibit at Hida Takayama Matsuri-no-Mori.
Takayama has welcomed a large number of foreign visitors and has pamphlets and brochures in multiple languages which makes it easy for tourist to gather information. The Takayama Tourist Information Site can also be viewed in 11 languages so be sure to look for information there before you go.
The closest train station to Takayama is JR Takayama Station. It is conveniently accessible by train from Toyama Station and is a 1.5 hour ride on the express train. From Tokyo or the Kansai area, take the bullet train or bus to Toyama Station.