I traveled to Hida Takayama and Shirakawa-go for three days and two nights. This is my second visit to Hida Takayama and Shirakawa-go since I visited them for the first time in September 2014. In addition, I also went to Hida Furukawa, which is the filming locations of “Your name/Kimi no na wa”, a blockbuster Japanese anime film. In this article, I will write about Hida Furukawa as part of Day 3.
[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Day1: Shinjuku – Takayama – Shirakawa-go
* Day1: Shirakawa-go
* Day1: Shirakawa-go (Evening and night view)
* Day2: Shirakawa-go (Morning walk)
* Day2: Takayama 1
* Day2: Takayama 2
* Day2: Takayama (Evening and night view)
* Day3: Takayama (Morning market)
* Day3: Hida Furukawa [This article]
This is the final article of a series of Hida Takayama and Shirakawa-go trip for three days and two nights. After watching the morning market in Hida Takayama, I expended my trip to Hida Furukawa.
Hida Furukawa Station
It took about 20 minutes by local train from Hida Takayama to Hida Furukawa.
At Hida Furukawa station, “Hidakuro”, a local mascot character of Hida beef, welcomed me.
I found a poster of “Your name/Kimi no na wa”, a major famous Japanese anime film.
View from a bridge across railroad.
The same cut was used in the film except for that there was a train stopping at the station. I will try to take photos with trains when I return to Tokyo.
I got a map of Hida Furukawa at the station and started to walk around Hida Furukawa.
Hida Furukawa Festival Museum
To begin with, I visited Hida Furukawa Festival Museum.
Furukawa Festival is held on April 19 and 20 every year and was registered as UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List along with Takayama Festival.
Hida Furukawa Festival Museum exhibits festival floats etc. Here are some photos in the museum.
In addition, there was a 3D movie that introduces Furukawa Festival.
Then, I moved to Enkoji temple.
Enkoji temple is one of the temples for locations of “Santera Mairi” or “Three Temple Visit”, a local festival in Hida Furukawa (- I will visit the rest of the two temples related to”Santera Mairi” or “Three Temple Visit” later).
Here are some snap photos of Enkoji temple.
Now I will have a lunch. I went into “Sobasho Nakaya”, a handmade soba noodle restaurant.
In the restaurant.
I ordered “Egoma soba”.
Hida Furukawa Sakura Gift Shop
After lunch, I stopped by Hida Furukawa Sakura Gift Shop.
Hida Furukawa Sakura Gift Shop sells local crafts and souvenirs.
In addition, a panel exhibition of “Your name /Kimi no na wa” was held.
Then, I visited Shinshuji temple.
Along with Enkoji temple I visited earlier, Shinshuji temple is also one of the temples that are the locations of “Santera Mairi” or “Three Temple Visit”.
The last temple of “Santera Mairi” or “Three Temple Visit” is Honkoji temple.
This is the largest wooden architectures in Hida area.
Setogawa Canal and White Walled Storehouse Street
Setogawa Canal and White Walled Storehouse Street are the most famous tourists spots in Hida Furukawa.
The White Walled Storehouse Street runs about 500 meters and old houses remain there.
Enkoji temple I visited earlier was located around here.
Now I covered all of the places I planed to visit, so I will spend the rest of time at ease.
I took a rest at Ichinomachi Coffee.
In the cafe.
You can see outside over the lattice window.
I ordered a cup of hot chocolate.
I liked the atmosphere of the cafe with jazz music, so I additionally ordered a cup of ginger milk.
When I returned from the trip, I just found that Hidetoshi Nakata, a former professional football player, recommended this cafe on a magazine.
Hida Furukawa Station
I returned to Hida Furukawa station.
“Hidakuro”, a local mascot character of Hida beef.
In the waiting room of the station.
There was a parked train on the platform.
View from a bridge across railroad.
As I mentioned earlier, the same cut was used in the film of “Your name /Kimi no na wa”.
This cut (a taxi in front of Hida Furukawa station) was used in the movie.
Return to home
Now the trip was about to be over and I will return to Tokyo.
There was a direct express bus service between Hida Furukawa and Tokyo (Shinjuku), so I used it.
The bus arrived at Shinjuku on time and here are some photos around Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal.
That’s it for the article about Hida Furukawa, which was a filming location of “Your name /Kimi no na wa”, as part of Day 3.
To summarize the trip to Hida Takayama and Shirakawa-go, I found both of the places were very attractive. They have different atmospheres depending on seasons, so I believe whenever tourists visit these places, they are satisfied with Hida Takayama and Shirakawa-go 🙂
Now a series of the trip to Hida Takayama and Shirakawa-go (9 articles) is completed. Thank you for reading my blog.
Regarding my next trip, I have already arranged it. I am going to Taiwan (Taipei) from April 27 to 30. Once I return from the trip, I will write new articles, so please check my next article.
Love your write up and thanks for sharing. I am planning to visit this places but I plan to go from kanazawa.
Do you have instagram? Can I follow you please? 🙂
Hi Aaron, thank you for your comment. Unfortunately, I don’t have an instagram account. Anyway, I hope you will be enjoying your trip to Hida Furukawa 🙂
Just read your blog in Takayama.
Your photos are so professional.
Thank you for sharing your experiences. It helped my itinerary greatly!
Hi Chun, thank you for your comment. I really appreciate your compliment.
I hope my blog was of some help when you developed your itinerary. Anyway, please enjoy your trip to Takayama 🙂
hi,i just read all your blog takayama series, i really enjoy your writing and photos,that’s professional quality photos.
Hi yadi yaori, thank you for your comment and compliment. I hope you’ve got interested in Japan as well as Takayama through my blog 🙂