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Higashiyama Walking Course

Shiroyama Park, Takayama, Gifu Prefecture, Japan
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Ranked #5 of 51 Attractions in Takayama
Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Description: Temples and shrines, a castle and private homes are among the sights along this 3.5 kilometer self-paced walking tour.
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Rochester, New York
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This was a great peaceful afternoon. A beautiful walk thru the forest edge and shrines. Very authentic. No one else was around.

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

This walk should be a MUST DO when visiting Takayama. Located in the eastern foothills, this path meanders in and out of countless temples and shrines. Each structure is incredibly restored/well cared for and gave me the impression I was truly walking through ancient Japan. Some of the path took me through quaint residential neighborhoods - no tourists, just locals.... More

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Woodbridge, United Kingdom
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41 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This walk takes you around a number of the many shrines that are on the north side of Takayama. The walk is very well sign-posted, is quite gentle and we found it very quiet. Lots of shrines are on the walk and many others a couple of minutes off the path. You can look at as many as you want... More

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Palo Alto, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

A nice, almost intimate walk, away from the crowds & tourists, thru narrow passages. Interesting temples - none of them are "amazing" but the overall experience is pleasant. Allocating two hours should be more than sufficient.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

This is a walk along the temples in Takayama. We walked just a part of it, but it was really nice. It is not much people up there, so you almost have all the temples and shrines all by yourself. The course is well marked, so you shouldnt be lost up there. As a bonus you will get some view... More

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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68 reviews 68 reviews
29 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Great walking course around Takayama as it worms around the many shrines at Takayama with lots of opportunities for great picture shots and pleasant stroll. At Ninomaru Park, take a deep breath if you have intention to see the Takayama Castle ruins as it is a stiff climb and the view from there as well as the ruins (nothing more... More

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Perth, Australia
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Soft rain and zen I wandered in my heart's delight Perfect harmony at each turn Then bittersweet like a geisha's tear A fleeting moment passed.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Although the trail is extremely well marked, we still managed to wander off-course, which brought pleasures of its own. Plan to spend a few hours, have plenty of camera battery, and be prepared to see much beauty.

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Oakland, California
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

I was the only person on this walking course when I did it so it was really peaceful...there are more impressive shrines elsewhere but having the shrines all to yourself makes the experience that much more amazing (though having said this the shrines were still wonderful). Can be done in 1-2 hours depending on how long you spend. Walking maps... More

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Chicago, Illinois
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

This is one of the most interesting well-organized self-guided tours we came across in Japan. We didn't learn about the audio tours in time to take advantage of them, and that's too bad, but we certainly learned a great deal reading the fairly frequent signs in English.

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