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Top 10 Things To Do in Takayama City

Takayama City is currently the largest municipality in Japan in terms of land area. Located in the mountainous northern part of Gifu Prefecture, Takayama City has its fair share of unique culture and tradition worth seeing and experiencing. 

For those who are planning to visit Takayama City, here's something that might help you make your visit a memorable one - the Top 10 Things To Do in Takayama City.
1. Take a stroll at Sanmachi Suji District (Takayama Old Town)
The Sanmachi Suji District is a historic district in Takayama City. It has numerous well preserved Edo Period houses that presently serve as museums, stores, and restaurants.

2. Witness the Takayama Festival
Held every April 14 and 15 and October 9 and 10, Takayama Festival is regarded as one of the three most beautiful festivals in Japan. The highlight of this festival is the parade of floats called yatai

3. Visit the Takayama Matsuri Kaikan
So you missed both the Spring and Autumn Festivals of Takayama? Fret not, you can st…

Sunomata Castle - Gifu

Located at 1742-1 Sunomata, Ogaki City in Gifu Prefecture, Sunomata Castle(墨俣城) is one of Japan's historical but reconstructed castles.
Sunomata Castle HistoryThe original castle was built in 1567 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who was during that time, a minor retainer of Oda Nobunaga. The castle was named Sunomata Ichiya-jo (Castle) or simply Ichiya-jo which literally means "one night castle". It got its name from the legend that it was built only in one night. 

Hideyoshi built the castle to serve as his base and headquarters during the siege of Inabayama Castle (now Gifu Castle). Like what was written earlier, legend has it that Sunomata Castle was built in just one night. However, Hideyoshi actually used pre-constructed sections to put up the fortress which resulted in it being finished quickly which gave the people the impression that it was built in just one night but in reality, the castle took several days to complete. 

Shoboji and Gifu Daibutsu - Gifu

Located in 8 Daibutsu-cho Gifu City in Gifu Prefecture, Shoboji(正法寺is known as the temple which houses one of the three largest Daibutsu or Great Buddha statues in Japan.
Shoboji and Gifu Daibutsu HistoryOfficially named Kinpouzan Shobouji (Temple)and also called Shohoji, Shoboji was first established in 1638. It joined the Obaku school in 1692. Although the temple incorporated many aspects of the Obaku school, its architectural style and sacraments are in the Chinese style. 

As was already written, Shoboji houses one of the largest statues of Buddha in Japan. It was the 11th head priest of the temple, Ichyuu (Ichu) who planned for the construction of Gifu's Great Buddha in 1790. Sadly, he never saw the completed Buddha as he passed away in 1815. The Great Buddha was completed in 1832 - 38 years after it was started. 


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