|The beautiful streets of Takayamal
TakayamaLocated in the mountainous Hida region of Gifu Prefecture, Takayama is most famous for the Sanno-machi Historic District, as well as one of Japan's most beautiful festivals, where beautifully carved, wooden festival floats are put on display throughout the city. But, if you can't make it to the festival, don't worry, as you can see the floats on display in a museum in the city all year round.
|The Takayama Festival Floats are testaments to the craftsmen of Takayama
|The streets of Takayama decorated for a festival
MeibutsuMeibutsu is a Japanese term for famous products associated with particular regions. - Wikipedia.
There are two main meibutsu to come from Takayama. First, is Hida-gyu, or Hida beef. There are a number of rules regarding what counts as Hida beef and what doesn't, including the amount of time the animal live in Gifu prefecture, in addition to approval from the Hida Beef Brand Promotion Conference (yeah, it's actually a thing). The most important thing about Hida beef is that it's delicious. The meat is so marbled that it just melts in your mouth. If you're on a budget and don't want to splash out on a Hida beef steak, you can always just enjoy a Hida-gyu-man, a steamed bun filled with Hida beef.
|A Hida-gyu-man from the Takayama morning marketSource: Flickr
|An old sake shop on the streets of Takayama