Takayama is located in the hinterland of the Hida area in Gifu Prefecture. Its flourishing past as a castle town made it also known as "the little Kyoto of Gifu". Today, it's a tourist hotspot crowded with people eager to enjoy its stunning nature and old townscape that still holds the evocative atmosphere of the past. Takayama also boasts a large number of delicious local specialties. If you're visiting Hida Takayama, make sure you drop by one of these restaurants and have its famous [Hida Beef] or [Takayama Ramen].
1. Hidatakayama Hidagyu Hidakisetsuryori Sakana
Here you can enjoy different local specialties from Hida according to the season. Fragrant wild plants in spring, lively freshwater fish in summer, natural mushrooms in fall, and in winter you'll be able to savor wild game carefully selected from a trusted hunter from the matagi hunting community. As for Hida Beef, they only use A5 rank.
Hidatakayama Hidagyu Hidakisetsuryori Sakana
Average price: [Dinner] 12,000 JPY / [Lunch] 10,000 JPY
Access: An 8-minute drive from Takayama station. An 8-minute drive from Takayama Interchange. A 3-minute walk from the Hotel Associa Takayama Resort.
Address: 1126-1 Echigomachi, Takayama, Gifu (Map)
2. Honkaku Edomae Zushi Matsuki Sushi
Almost equidistant from the Sea of Japan and the Pacific Ocean, Hida Takayama is also known for its fresh seafood. Head here to stuff your cheeks with delicious sushi prepared with seasonal fish directly delivered from Toyama, Kanazawa, Nagoya, and Hamamatsu.
Honkaku Edomae Zushi Matsuki Sushi
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY
Access: 5 minute walk from Takayama station.
Address: 1-40 Sowa-machi, Takayama, Gifu (Map)
3. Takumikan Italian Artigiano
This restaurant is located right next to Miyakawa Morning Market, one of the most popular attractions of Takayama. Using lots of fresh ingredients from Hida Takayama, it will allow you to taste all the typical products of this land. You can also take your pet with you if you grab a seat on the roof terrace.
Takumikan Italian Artigiano
Average price: [Dinner] 1,800 JPY
Access: A 10-minute walk from JR Takayama station. Going via Kokubunji-dori, it is next to Miyagawa Morning Market.
Address: 3F, 1-22 Shimosannomachi, Takayama, Gifu (Map)
4. Miyabi An
Served in a Japanese-style interior, this restaurant serves authentic Japanese cuisine and [Hand-Pulled Soba] made with buckwheat flour. They freshly prepare the flour by milling buckwheat seeds produced in Hida Shokawa with a mortar. Aside from soba, the menu offers many other dishes that enhance the original flavor of seasonal ingredients to the fullest.
Average price: [Lunch] 1,200 JPY
Access: 20 minute walk from Takayama station. Go straight on Chuo street right in front of the station, and turn onto Miyakawa. It is just past the Hirata memorial museum.
Address: 65-4 Kaminino-machi, Takayama, Gifu (Map)
Consisting of Hida Beef and vegetables stewed together in a soup made from fragrant magnolia leaves and Takayama miso, the [Hida Beef and Magnolia Leaf Miso Yaki] is the dish most representative of Hida Takayama's cuisine. Pair it with one of the many local sake (Japanese alcohol) and beer from Hida Takayama available on the menu.
*If Monday is a national holiday, it will be open on Sunday and closed on Monday
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY *Courses from 3,500 JPY
Access: Located in the city center of Takayama. Head north from Kokubunji Street and you'll find it immediately.
Address: 23, Asahi-machi, Takayama-shi, Gifu Map