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Higashiyama Walking Course

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Address: Shiroyama Park, Takayama, Gifu Prefecture
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Temples and shrines, a castle and private homes are among the sights along...

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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One of the best walking trails I have experienced thus far. The trail passes through temples, rivers, old buildings and best of all - the Shiroyama park (do take note there are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 16, 2015
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Lennox Head, Australia
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This would have to be one of the most beautiful walks I have done in Japan. I did this on a Sunday afternoon and didn't come across another person. There are 7 temples as well as graveyards along the way, all set amongst a beautiful forest and overlooking Takayama. The snow on the the buildings and trees makes it even... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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238 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved Takayama - it was very quiet compared to other places we visited. And we especially enjoyed this walk. We only did the section around the temples late one afternoon in December and there were no other tourists at all! There is a section through a cemetery where we saw a sign to look out for bears. Luckily we... More 

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Thank NettyA
Brisbane, Australia
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29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took this walk in early January, in particular to see the castle ruins. The walk was beautiful and had great views of the city along the way. However it was poorly marked for non-Japanese speakers and at times we felt quite lost. Sometimes the signs appeared to point in contradictory directions and the trail was much more detailed than... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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121 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

As others have said this is such a tranquil walk that it's almost spiritual which was indeed the intent of those responsible for the temple district. The collection of temples assembled here (many brought in from other towns) is astonishing and they and their grounds are beautiful. The oldest has a history dating to 720 but in terms of construction,... More 

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Thank bckpckrau
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015 via mobile

Very nice walk to pay respect as well as a prayer to make a wish at the top of the temple.my son managed the walk quite well but it's not pram friendly.We left it down the bottom locked up

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Thank tania7620
Singapore
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

One of the best walking trails I have experienced thus far. The trail passes through temples, rivers, old buildings and best of all - the Shiroyama park (do take note there are bears in the park). What I best about the trail and also Takayama itself is that there aren't loads of tourists and the pace of life is so... More 

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2 Thank DexAl2112
Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We did not complete the entire route but what was poignant was the many temples lined up along these route. A majority of them seem run down and not much in use. Nonetheless, it was amazing to see so many lined up one after another.

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1 Thank BertSG
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015 via mobile

We didn't finished the course because we were to amaze with Shiroyama Park. The Park was mesmerizing, dazzling with yellowish gingko and redness maple! It's so recommended to visit!

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Boulder, Colorado
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015 via mobile

I waked this route on a rainy day in late November and was blown away by the peace and tranquility that these shrines and forests created. It may have been luck or season or weather but I barely saw a single other persons the whole 3 hour walk lending to the erie other worldly atmosphere. A truly spiritual experience.

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1 Thank jacob g
Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

I like architecture so enjoy this walk of the historical old town. Most temples are closed so it is very quiet and not many tourists here so it is such a serene walk and together with the autumn foliage, it is the best part of my Takayama trip.

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