Takayama is an alpine town in the mountains of Honshu, Japan's main island.
Known for the quality of its craftsmen (many of Kyoto's famous temples were built by craftsmen from Takayama), and for the extremely popular Takayama Festivals (which take place in April and October); Takayama today is a large modern city with a thoroughly traditional heart.
The photo you see here was taken by InsideJapan's David Lovejoy, who lives in Japan and visited Takayama in the wintertime whilst it was wreathed in snow. Hidden behind these wooden facades are countless sake breweries, craft workshops, traditional ryokan inns and izakaya restaurants serving the local speciality - Hida beef (every bit as delicious as its famous Kobe cousin!).
If you are lucky enough to have the chance to visit Takayama, we highly recommend a stop at the Hida Satoyama Folk Village, where you'll see traditional, steeply thatched gassho-zukuri ("praying hands") farmhouses; and at the Festival Float Museum in town, where you'll be able to admire the incredibly elaborate floats that form the focal point of the region's festivals.
If you've an interest in the odd, you might also consider visiting the Sukyo Mahikari World Shrine: a cult whose world headquarters can be seen from all over Takayama and features a giant fishtank at its altar!
Travel tip shared by InsideJapan