Japan In Depth - 2015
Denver Takayama Sister Cities


Takayama as we see it

Takayama has a long history as the source of timber for temples and houses all over Japan. Located in the mountainous Hida region of Gifu prefecture, this town has retained its picturesque quality. Takayama is Denver's Japanese Sister City and the relationship has been going since 1961.


In most of the other cities we visit, we will be staying in Western style hotels. In Takayama we are planning to stay in a pension.

We will be staying at The Open Heart Pension. The pension is owned by the Hirakawa famiy, and Mr. Hirakawa (Osamu) is the vice-president of the Takayama Denver Friendship Association.


Some things to do in Takayama

Here is a list of some suggested sites to see / things to do in Takayama. Feel free to suggest additions. When we are in Takayama, this will be our first source in deciding what we'd like to do next. Items marked with a red asterisk (*) are among the World Heritage Sites in Japan.