An open-air morning market held in Hida-Takayama is ranked among Japan’s three greatest open-air morning markets, the other two being those in Katsuura City, Chiba and Wajima City, Ishikawa. It is also included among Takayama’s three most popular tourist attractions (Takayama festival, Old-fashioned townscape, and Open-air morning market).
Situated relatively close, or only a 7-8 minute walk, from Takayama Station, it gathers quite many tourists and has become a symbolic feature indispensable to Hida-Takayama.
The open-air morning market originated from a mulberry market held mainly on the Takayama Betsuin temple’s precincts around 1820, but toward 1894, a mulberry market transformed itself into a produce market where vendors sold vegetables and flowers grown by themselves due to the decline of the sericultural industry.
The Takayama Betsuin temple’s precincts was used as the site of an open-air morning market up until 1862 or so, but the site of a market was changed frequently thereafter, such as to an end of the Yayoi bridge toward 1867 and to the Naka bridge toward 1872. In 1922, a marketplace was moved to the Takayama Manor House, where a vegetable market began to be held day and night and prospered till around 1941.
Due to a blackout during World War Ⅱ, a night market was discontinued, but a morning market was set up again after the War and has continued till today with the Takayama Jinya morning market association formed in 1970.
An open-air morning market opens from around six o’clock till noon every morning and an array of stalls with a plenty of vegetables, edible wild plants, pickled foods, flowers, fruits, rice cake, Miso, handmade folk crafts, etc.
grown or made by the owners on display allow visiting citizens and tourists to perceive the season, which we have less and less chances to notice in our modern life, and find varying enjoyments of the seasons.
“Welcome to Hida, and we are looking forward to your return,” words of courtesy spoken in the Hida dialect, which sounds honestly simple and tender to the ears, are heard from a stall, soothing visitors’ hearts. As a popular spot of International Tourist City Hida-Takayama, where people have sustained the traditional spirit of hospitality till today, it thrives to be a lively market gathering many tourists from around Japan and overseas as well as residential patrons and serves as an important place for exchange among people.