With its riverside setting, Takayama, commonly referred to as Hida-Takayama, is surrounded by nature with the Northern Alps (Hida mountain range) providing a scenic backdrop. The beautifully preserved old town is a popular attraction with its Edo-style streets, wooden merchants’ houses, historical buildings, coffee houses, sake breweries and craft shops. The Takayama Festival, held in spring and autumn, is considered one of Japan’s best festivals. Additionally, the World Heritage Site Shirakawago is just a 50 minute coach journey away. Takayama ranks highly on most travellers’ wish list when touring Japan.