Breakfast β Matsumoto β Takayama. This morning a private coach will take us on a two hour journey through the picturesque Japanese Alps to Takayama, a delightful town in the heart of the Hida Mountains. It just so happens that our tour perfectly coincides with the revelry of the Takayama Autumn Festival, which sees the streets of this small town burst into a kaleidoscope of colour every year. Lucky us!
Here we will witness a huge procession of festival floats pass through the streets, accompanied by hundreds of locals in colourful traditional dress. These ornately decorated floats will feature intricate mechanical dolls, which move and dance to the rhythm of music under the control of skilled puppeteers hidden within the floats. This popular autumn festival sees locals and travellers alike flock to this procession, creating a exciting festive atmosphere throughout the town.
Overnight: Takayama | Breakfast