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“Walk,look, taste and photograph.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sanmachi Suji

Sanmachi Suji
Takayama, Gifu Prefecture
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Ranked #4 of 68 things to do in Takayama
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Owner description: Three quaint streets comprise this popular neighborhood, tastefully dotted with alluring sake breweries, museums and miso shops.
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“Walk,look, taste and photograph.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

We spent a lovely afternoon doing all of the above in the Sanmachi Suji. Lovely traditional buildings to admire and take that just-so photo, even more stunning with a fresh fall of snow. Locate the 3 story garages which house the floats that are not currently on display in the Float Museum. Read their story on the accompanying plaque. Pop into a cafe for a warm up coffee...any type, our preference cappuccino which is a little different in Japan with powdered cinnamon on top. Try sake in one of the many little breweries...some people have said on this site that there is a charge but we were never asked for one, perhaps because we bought some. Wandered into another warehouse type store and was offered miso soup to try. All the shops selling a fabulous variety of sweets and rice crackers offer generous samples to taste. Buy a ticket in a vending machine and present it at the stall selling hot croquettes.Wherever we went w encountered that unfailing Japanese politeness and helpfulness. One young woman, on seeing us looking at a map, stopped and asked where we'd like to go then took a walking tour map out of her bag and gave it to us. She waved us a cheery goodbye with a wish that we enjoy her town. The streets are easy to walk on which was great as I was a little wary having had a broken ankle some months earlier. This lovely town also has an abundant supply of clean, heated toilets with heated toilet seats which is such a welcome change compared to other countries. There so so much to see in this collection of heritage streets that we walked down one of them each day on our way back to our ryokan and saw something new. Don't be tempted to rush through and say I've done that. Stop and have another coffee and another people watch, ask to pat the cute dog waiting outside, have lunch in one of the many restaurants, relax and enjoy this lovely town and its friendly people.

Visited March 2013
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“Lovely to wander the old streets”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

Like wandering the back streets of Kyoto, it's lovely to wander around here. We visited in winter, so it wasn't very crowded. Lovely to just look at the outside of houses and some of the more touristy shops. Very pleasant morning or afternoon walk.

Visited December 2012
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“A highlight of my trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

Great streets, all old style with a high attention to detail.

best part is the food. It is easily the best you can get anywhere in Japan. There are plenty of beef restaurants. They were a major highlight of my holiday. Hida spicy beef soup was one of the best dishes I have had anywhere.

Visited October 2012
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“An absolute highlight in Takayama”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

Wander the streets, enjoy the many souveneir shops, sake breweries, food stalls and quaint cafes, traditional restaurants, and people-watching. Enjoy Takayama delicacies such as Hida beef skewers and hida beef nigiri sushi, soy-sauce rice crackers and soy rice ball skewers). Admire the amazing preserved areas and the buildings, houses and shop fronts, the bridges and canals and walk-ways. It is truly breath taking and just something so special.
There is so much to see, smell, taste, enjoy, admire and buy! It's enjoyable throughout the day and regardless of the weather, and when the sun goes down and the merchant stores close, the streets are empty and perfect for photographers wanting to capture empty old streets.
You could probably rush it if you are limited for time and spend an hour and a half or so here, but if you've got some time, try a half day just wandering and exploring.
A must when in Takayama.

Visited September 2012
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“Even better than Kyoto's Higashiyama area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

Old merchant houses, canals with running water alongside and vendors selling traditional Takayama delicacies (e.g. nigiri sushi with A5 grade Hida wagyu beef, Mitarashi-dango).

We spent almost every day of our stay in Takayama exploring these streets which were littered with old merchant houses with deep canals with running water lining both sides of the cobble-stoned streets. I loved this bit of Takayama. Compared to Kyoto's Higashiyama district it was so much more refined, less crowded, quaint and original.

It can be visited in an hour or so, but to truly enjoy it, set aside at least a morning to be able to leisurely stroll through these streets.

Visited September 2012
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