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- ❶Hida Takayama seen from the sky
- ❷Gujo Hachiman Castle & Gujo Odori Dance Festival
- ❸Mino Washi Akari Art Contest & Exhibition
- ❹Traditional Methods of a Japanese Sword
The history of modern Takayama dates back to 1596, when Nagachika Kanamori, a feudal lord, tooko control of the Hida resion. In 1588, Kanamori started to complete the constraction of Takayama Castle and the infrastructure of the castle town it protected. The higher ground around the castle was designated as a residential area for the samurai and the lower ground, now the Old Private Houses, was for the merchant housing. In the eastern hills, now the Higashiyama Temple Area, the temples and shrines were built or relocated from other places. Kanamori also built and maintained the roads which stretch from the castle town to all four cardinal directions and made Takayama the political and economical center of the Hida resion. By Kanamori's efforts, the foundation of today's Takayama was established.In 1692,the territory of Kanamori family was changed by the command of the Tokugawa shogunate. Hida region came under the direct control of the Tokugawa shogunate. Then the Takayama Jinya, a branch office of the government,was placed in Takayama. Although Takayama Castle and the samurai residences were all torn down, the merchant town and the Higashiyama Temple Area remained. After that, Takayama kept on developing at the lead of the merchants called Dannashu.The towns and streets of central Takayama still remain in the form 400 years ago.