Takayama is a city near the northern Japan Alps of Gifu prefecture, in the Chubu region of Japan. The region is famous for its well-preserved quarter with Edo-style streets, only rivaled by those of Kanazawa.
Kanazawa is an historic city in Ishikawa prefecture, Japan. Kanazawa is one of the overlooked jewels of Japanese tourism - although not by the Japanese, who visit in droves. Its relatively remote location, off the beaten (shinkansen) track, has perhaps unfairly contributed to a lower number of foreign tourists.