Sanmachi Suji
Sanmachi Suji
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Three quaint streets comprise this popular neighborhood, tastefully dotted with alluring sake breweries, museums and miso shops.
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Helena H
London, UK1,144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
I really enjoyed visiting his street I went to this street a few times once early in the morning before anything was open and it’s really pretty and very quiet. Then during the day we went and tried a little miso soup and went into one of the sake breweries. These are indicated often by the balls hanging up outside. We paid 450 yen and for that you got a little sake cup and could sample once twelve different types of sake. The one I went in had a little seated area and you got to keep your cup.

There are lots of little food vendors on the street and I recommend trying the beef skewers and the beef and potato hash. You pay at a machine and get a little receipt which you had in. The food comes very quickly. We also tried the puffs filled with different flavours . They have five flavours my husbands vegetarian so we asked not to have the sausage and then he went back and got another give cheese ones they were soo good.

We only really brought food and drink there are lots of shops but we had already picked up some craft things at the the morning market stalls.

It’s pretty touristy but definitely worth a visit.
Written March 29, 2023
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GClife
Gold Coast, Australia1,593 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Having read many articles about the old town, I think my expectations may have been too high. Yes it’s got some lovely old buildings, but doesn’t have that much charm. It’s good for specialty shops and dining, and strolling with the crowds, unless you go into every shop, and hour is the maximum amount of time you need.
Written February 8, 2020
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chowso
Gloucester, UK1,758 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This is a lovely area with some very nice souvenir shops and sake breweries. I enjoyed looking around some of the souvenir shops as the goods weren’t tacky plastic that you might get elsewhere, there were some genuine crafts on display. It wasn’t too busy when we visited but I can imagine at peak times it would be packed with people.

If you’re in Takayama it’s definitely worth a look even if you just take in the lovely traditional buildings.
Written April 30, 2024
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Zimminaroundtheworld
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,946 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
The historic districts in Takayama are beautiful and well worth seeing. I was in Takayama for about two days and found myself here many times. There were many shops and restaurants open. In the late evening and early morning, there was hardly anyone here, so photos turned out great. It can get crowded around noon, I could only image how busy it gets here during tourist season. Visit Takayama now while you can!
Written July 19, 2022
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khim chong
9 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
I love Japan. But I hate Takayama. Is one of those highly recommend picturesque town with the promise of old Japan. If you are a tourist with little travel experience and love tourist traps, you will be happy here. This place should be rename as souvenir town. 99% of the this town are souvenir shop. Every cafe here are aim at tourist with cute cakes and bad coffee. The famous street where the old building line up, is tourist shops after shops after shops. You can walk it in 20 mins. Imagine flying across the world and taking hours of train to be here. Japan is great with amazing food and onsen and culture and arts. But avoid Takayama. Trust me.
Written March 7, 2023
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Lee Kim Boon
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Lots of street alley and lovely old charm .. best beef in the whole in takayama ‘Hida beef’ ..my second time here but still love it .. good place for a day tour to Shirakawa-go gassho village
Written April 6, 2019
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Ong Li Rui
Singapore, Singapore642 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Family
This was our 1st time here, we reached in a late evening, able to catch the famous Hida beef Center4 Hamburgers as dinner was really worth near by our hotel in the town.

We had a lovely cold morning walk around the old town but rush. I had bought many magnets in one of the magnet souvenir shop most items price range from 100-300¥; bought the Kyohou honey juice& Yuzu honey juice from Sugi Bee Garden; tried the Hida beef sushi and also Hida beef steam buns.

Although the old town become very commercial but still interesting to see the old houses and enjoy the super clean road and of course some lovely photos shot.

The southern half of the old town, especially the Sannomachi Street, survives in a particularly pretty state with many old homes, shops, coffee houses and sake breweries, gift shops, some in business for centuries.

Definitely will recommend! Thanks for the vote if you found this helpful :D
Written February 18, 2016
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Nine_Ate_Seven
Tokyo, Japan208 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Family
Many towns throughout Japan have preserved older traditional neighborhoods and this is one of the better ones due to its size, the variety of shops, and the attention to historical preservation. It was incredibly crowded on the beautiful late October weekend when we visited, with about as much walking space on the streets as at Shinjuku station during peak commuting time, which forced us to just move along with the flow of pedestrian traffic and keep a close eye on the kids, stopping off periodically into one of the shops selling a wide range of goods including miso, sake, wooden bowls and implements, weaving, sewing, and hand-grilled sembei, all housed in atmospheric historically-preserved buildings.

Though obviously very heavily touristed, I felt it was not "touristy" (in contrast, for example, to the equally crowded Nakamise shopping street beyond Sensou-ji temple's Kaminarimon Thunder Gate in Tokyo's Asakusa neighbohood that will be familiar to many readers) because the items for sale were authentic household items, of good quality, and sold in shops housed in historically preserved buildings and with long histories extending back more than a hundred years.

There were some unexpected treats, such as a working mechanical doll on the street outside a restaurant that held a box covering plates of toy food. Powered by water flowing down the street gutter, the doll would lift the box to reveal a different plate of food each time. Although many children were gathered around this toy, shouting out their guesses as to what food plate might be revealed next, most of the adults just passed it by, oblivious. While the mechanical workings allowing this toy to accomplish this feat of swapping out food plates make it a museum-quality piece, and one can imagine how it has been attracting customers to that restaurant for more than half a century, before all the modern marvels of the internet, Yelp and TripAdvisor, I found it ironic that today's often criticized heavily screened youth were the ones attracted to this traditional toy, not the adults who had brought them to this traditional neighborhood in the first place.

It is also ironic that we tourists want to visit an historically accurate and continuously operating shopping street but want to visit when there are no customers! There are opportunities to escape the crowds, including several museums that show glimpses into the past, often very specific glimpses, as many of the museums seem to have been created as a means for the family to preserve its historic home. And the shopping can be rewarding too. We had been looking for a set of wooden miso soup bowls that have more character than those at your neighborhood grocery store, and we found just the thing in a traditional lacquerware shop.

Yes, it is crowded, but well worth the visit. And if you want to visit in silence, just wait until after 5pm. You will be amazed at the difference.
Written November 15, 2014
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FWErmite
Fort Worth, TX52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
We have visited Takayama twice, and strolling through this area is our favorite attractions. Favorite shops to visit: 1) sake breweries - can be found by the round sphere of cedar twigs hanging above the door. Our favorite, the name of which I can't remember, has an open cooler with a dozen or more sake bottles to try. For about 100 yen, you will receive a sake cup that is yours to keep and you will be on the honor system to only taste each type once. 2) beef sushi - don't be afraid, it is wonderful. Marbled Hida beef, delicious. I like the sirloin, and also the chopped Hida beef wrapped in nori with quail egg yolk on top. This shop has a walk up bar on the street, you can't miss it. 3) traditional craft shops 4) the honey store (try the honey yuzu drink, especially if it is a hot day) 5) rickshaw ride - our driver stopped in 2 locations to take our photo, it was a highlight for our children. 6) morning market - really fun to see the wares sold here, definitely worth a stroll. Go early if you can. Start shutting down late morning. 7) walk to down the stairs to the river and feed the koi and ducks 8) Hida beef skewers, Hida beef buns, and Hida beer. Of all the microbrews I've tasted in Japan, this may be one of my favorite breweries, many locations on Sanmachi to buy. Even though there are many gift shops in this area, don't be surprised if you find some very high quality things to buy.
Written August 19, 2015
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VincentePaulo
Zurich, Switzerland764 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
It must be a nice place with lots of beautiful old buildings and good looking shops if there are not too many tourists. Unfortunately we hit the wrong time. We were pushed to and fro by a group of bad mannered tourists and were hardly able to visit the cute shops. We therefore decided to come back to this place just before the closing time (17:00), which turned out to be the best decision we ever made. It was already a bit dark but the people in the shops were friendly and had more time for us.
Written May 4, 2015
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