Every day, from 7am (6am in summer) until around noon, Takayama has two morning markets (asa ichi), which are well worth getting up early to attend. The fruit and veg market is held in front of the jin’ya, while the larger, more tourist-orientated market is strung out along the east bank of the Miya-gawa, between the Kaji-bashi and Yayoi-bashi bridges. Here, apart from pickles and flowers, you can buy local handicrafts, including sarubobo, the little fabric baby monkeys seen all over Takayama, grab a coffee or locally brewed beer, and sample the sweet marshmallow snack tamaten.

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