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Hie Shrine (Takayama, Japan)

A peaceful shrine surrounded by nature in Takayama City, Japan.

Serene and calm, you will find Hie Shrine an oasis surrounded by tall trees in the mountain city of Hida Takayama, in Gifu prefecture Japan. This shrine, dedicated to family safety, is most well-known as the host of the famous Takayama Spring Festival, or Sanno Festival. The karakuri, or marionette, figures and floats used for the annual festival are located here when not in use.

It is said that this Shinto Shrine has a history spanning back to 1141. The large cedar trees on the grounds are also over 1000 years old!

Local Travel Tips

To enjoy this shrine to the fullest, be sure to schedule your visit in April or October to coincide with the Takayama Festival, held at Hie Shrine. Takayama Festival is hailed as one of the most beautiful Japanese festivals, and is one of the premier events in Hida Takayama, so is definitely worth scheduling your visit around. If you’re having trouble deciding between a spring or fall visit, we recommend the Spring Sanno Matsuri!


English Address 

156 Shiroyama, Takayama-shi, Gifu-ken

Japanese Address

〒506-0822 岐阜県高山市城山156番地


9:00 – 16:00


Hie Shrine is about 1.2km , or a 20 minute walk, from JR Takayama Station. Although there are a couple buses to shorten the trip, we recommend walking to truly take in the beauty of Hida Takayama City. On the way to Hie Shrine, you’ll pass by the Miyagawa River, picturesque historical streets, and Takayama Jinya.

Where to stay

To get the best access to Hie Shrine and other local attractions, we recommend staying at an accommodation nearby, with access to JR Takayama Station for your other travel needs.


The perfect mix of traditional and modern, this accommodation property near Takayama Old Town is just an 8-minute walk from JR Takayama Station.  Choose to stay in a western-style room or a Japanese tatami room complete with futon beds.  For groups, try the spacious loft rooms!


For a more luxurious stay in Takayama City, rather than a hotel, stay in a traditional machiya house!  Just a few steps from the historical Takayama Old Town, THE MACHIYA HANARE is a private Japanese holiday house available to one group per day.  Completely private, with a hinoki wood Japanese bathtub and modern kitchen, you’ll love the views from the liviing room and balconey! 

Post Date : 2022/07/20、 Last updated :
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